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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Japan
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Hi everyone,



I'm scheduled to talk to a immigration attorney but thought I would post here to learn from other couple's real world experiences. I have a Japanese girlfriend living in Japan that I was in process of filing a fiancée visa (K-1) for. Well, I got her pregnant, but that's okay as I was planning on marrying her anyway. I could file the K-1 and have it processed before her due date, have her move to the US, get married, put her under my insurance plan; problem solved. But there is a problem. For several reasons (justifiable), she does't want to give birth in the US. So now what?



I could get married to her in Japan and file a spousal visa (K3 or CR1) but how do I account for the unborn child? Do I have to wait until the child is born before I file for the spousal visa? Or can I file the spousal visa after getting married in Japan (and before the baby is born) and somehow do a Adjustment of Status (AoS) after the baby is born? Anyone have any experience with a situation like this?



Any advice or real world experience would be greatly appreciated!


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Assuming you meet the requirements, you would be able to file a Consular Report of Birth Abroad for the child and they would automatically receive US citizenship through you once the child was born. You could then obtain a US passport for them and they would not require a visa at all.

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/abroad/events-and-records/birth.html

You must demonstrate that you have spent at least five years physically present in the US, at least two of which must have been after you were 14.

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Widow/er AoS Guide | Have AoS questions? Read (some) answers here

 

AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

Day 376 (1/14/19) Interview

Day 385 (1/23/19) Denied

Day 400 (2/7/19) Denial revoked; N-400 approved; oath ceremony set for 2/14/19

Day 407 (2/14/19) Oath ceremony in Dallas, TX

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Japan
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Hi Hypnos,

thank you for the reply and advice! So, even though the wife is not a legal US resident (or visa holder) at the time of the baby's birth, as long as I am a US citizen (and meet the US residence requirements) I should have no problem in getting US citizenship for the baby by filing a CRBA? Has anyone on this board gone through this procedure (US husband, foreign wife, baby born abroad, CRBA)?

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Correct.

Lots of people have done this; it's a very common thing.


Widow/er AoS Guide | Have AoS questions? Read (some) answers here

 

AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

Day 376 (1/14/19) Interview

Day 385 (1/23/19) Denied

Day 400 (2/7/19) Denial revoked; N-400 approved; oath ceremony set for 2/14/19

Day 407 (2/14/19) Oath ceremony in Dallas, TX

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ireland
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Yes it is common to do that, we did it with our twins.

We have a forum specifically about the process here: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/forum/154-consular-reports-of-birth-abroad-crba/

You can file for either the K1 or the CR-1 during the pregnancy, no issues there either.


Bye: Penguin

Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Japan
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Yes it is common to do that, we did it with our twins.

We have a forum specifically about the process here: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/forum/154-consular-reports-of-birth-abroad-crba/

You can file for either the K1 or the CR-1 during the pregnancy, no issues there either.

Interesting. So, is it possible to start the K1 fiancee visa process (which has a shorter time to completion), and file a CRBA when the baby is born even though we won't be legally married when the child is born in Japan? Or should I marry and file a CR-1 which has a longer lead time for completion? Has anyone done the former with success? Thanks so much in advance!

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You can do whichever you feel like; you do not have to be married in order for your child to receive derivative US citizenship from you.


Widow/er AoS Guide | Have AoS questions? Read (some) answers here

 

AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

Day 376 (1/14/19) Interview

Day 385 (1/23/19) Denied

Day 400 (2/7/19) Denial revoked; N-400 approved; oath ceremony set for 2/14/19

Day 407 (2/14/19) Oath ceremony in Dallas, TX

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ireland
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Hypnos is correct- the US citizenship for the child depends on biology, not on you being married to the mom.


Bye: Penguin

Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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