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So I goy my k1 approved and am in America. Thing is after living together with my fiancé we feel like maybe things were a bit rushed just so we could be together. I was all prepared to go to university here to get into the career that I want. Meanwhile we are thinking maybe if I get an f1 visa instead, we have more time together, and I get the qualifications that I want and after we can move to the UK possibly. It's a complicated situation I know but Im not sure a permanent stay in the USA is for me. What do yall think are my options? F1 would be perfect it's just whether it would be possible. My fiancé will be my financial support so money isn't a worry

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~Moved from K1 Process to K1 Progress Forum~

~Inquiry about visa progress~

Edited by A&B

Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

"Si vis amari, ama" - Seneca




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You cannot "convert" a K-1 to an F1.

If you have not yet married, beware that you would have to leave after 90 days of staying in the U.S.

If you DID get married, you can still do what you wanted to do, and go to uni..

Also, a K-1 (or CPR, assuming you get married and file for AOS) doesn't mean you have to

stay in the US permanently... you have to initially, but once the paperwork (AOS, ROC) is done,

you could go back and forth as needed.... you would have the *option* of living on either side

of the pond.


SEP-1994 First met! 12-16-14 POE PHILADELPHIA

05-25-14 Engaged (what took us so looooong!!!?) 12-19-14 MARRIAGE (SIMPLE)

06-19-14 I-129F packet sent to Lewisville Lockbox (USPS overnight) 01-05-15 I-485 (AOS/EAD/AP) package mailed out

06-20-14 USPS messed up, and had to re-route! 01-12-15 NOA text/email received for AOS/EAD/AP

06-23-14 I-129F packet received at Lockbox 02-03-15 Biometrics (Indianapolis)

06-23-14 NOA1 Notice Date (routed to CSC, yay!) 04-07-15 EAD and AP approved, card ordered

06-25-14 NOA1 text/email received 04-14-15 EAD/AP Combo Card received by certified mail.

06-26-14 Check Cashed 06-15-15 Received letter about interview waiver. 6mo to go!

06-27-14 Alien Registration Number changed 08-06-15 Welcome Notice mailed, permanent status registered.

06-30-14 NOA1 hardcopy received 08-14-15 Green Card mailed to me.

09-24-14 NOA2 text/email received *APPROVED* 08-18-15 Green Card (which is green!) in hand!!

09-28-14 NOA2 hardcopy received

10-15-14 NVC received 05-17-17 Time to start ROC !

10-16-14 NVC case number assigned

10-21-14 NVC left (to Amsterdam Consulate)

10-23-14 Consulate Received

10-25-14 PACKET-3 Received (regular mail)

10-25-14 Online DS-160 submitted **** I am the Beneficiary (Fred) ****

10-27-14 Sent reply to Consulate (arrives 10-28)

10-29-14 Touched *** If you have questions about the K-1 journey coming

11-01-14 PACKET-4 Received (regular mail) *** from The Netherlands, send me a message !



12-06-14 Touched (Administrative Processing)

12-08-14 Touched (Ready)

12-09-14 Touched (Issued)

12-10-14 Received email that package was sent off

12-11-14 VISA IN HAND

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Things to study before you make a decision--

(Concerning what Fred said) You can't move back to the UK and take up residence and keep your greencard indefinitely. There are regulations for maintaining permanent resident status in the US. Read the rules. You could go through a visa process again and adjustment of status if you ever wanted to come back. Or you could become a US citizen and move back and forth freely.

A student visa has some requirements. Have you already been accepted into an approved program/school. http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/study-exchange/student.html

Tuition as an international student will be more expensive. Compare prices and see if it is affordable.

Your employment will be restricted on a student visa. You can't just find a job anywhere like you could with a greencard which authorizes you to work in the US.

Moving back to the UK with your boyfriend won't be a cake walk. . Study the requirements and the income you must make https://www.gov.uk/settle-in-the-uk

Unfortunately, there is no boyfriend visa to easily stay and live and work in the US. You have to marry to get those benefits. If you aren't ready for that, then go home before 90 days runs out and make a new plan for yourself that suits your needs. You are smart to admit that marriage isn't what you want right now.

Edited by Nich-Nick

England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted


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Echoing others saying that there isn't a way to convert from a K-1 to any other type of visa (there are good reasons for this but it doesn't matter now)--you'll have to marry or go home before the 90 days are up.

You can continue visiting for up to 90 days at a time, just using your passport (check and make sure that your visa-free travel is still valid after having gotten the K-1). You could consider the possibility of applying for a B-2 visa---the tourist visas that people from most other countries in the world (the non-visa waiver program countries) must apply for if they want to visit the US. It is good for 10 years and you can stay for up to 6 months at a time (and apply to have those 6 months extended).

HOWEVER---they do not give these away easily, particularly not to people from visa waiver countries (apparently---and I have no idea why that may be). You have to prove strong ties to your home country, and prove that you're not intending to immigrate to the US on the B visa. This will be very difficult for you, seeing as how you already showed intent to immigrate with the K-1. However, if you tell your story, perhaps they will understand. But I wouldn't hold my breath on that. The UK specific forum could probably provide some better pointers about B2s from the UK.

Good luck.

Marriage/ AOS Timeline:

23 Dec 2015: Legal marriage

23 Jan 2016: Wedding!

23 Jan 2016: "Blizzard of the Century", wedding canceled/rescheduled (thank goodness we were legally married first or we'd have had a big problem!) :sleepy:

24 Jan 2016: Small "civil ceremony" with friends and family who were snowed in with us. December was a bit of a secret and people had traveled internationally and knew we *had* to get married that weekend, and our December legal marriage was nothing but signing a piece of paper at our priest's kitchen table, without any sort of vows etc so this was actually a very special (if not legally significant) day. (L)

16 Apr 2016: Filed for AOS and EAD/AP (We delayed a bit-- no big rush, enjoying the USCIS break)

23 Apr 2016: Wedding! Finally! :luv:

27 Apr 2016: Electronic NOA1 for all 3 :dancing:
29 Apr 2016: NOA1 Hardcopy for all 3
29 Jul 2016: Online service request for late EAD (Day 104)
29 Jul 2016: EAD/AP Approved ~3 hours after online service request
04 Aug 2016: RFE for Green Card (requested medicals/ vaccination record. They already have it). :ranting:
05 Aug 2016: EAD/AP Combo Card arrived! (Day 111)
08 Aug 2016: Congressional constituent request to get guidance on the RFE. Hoping they see they have the form and approve!

K-1 Visa Timeline:

PLEASE NOTE. This timeline was during the period of time when TSC was working on I-129fs and had a huge backlog. The average processing time was 210+ days. This is in no way predictive of your own timeline if you filed during or after April 2015, unless CSC develops a backlog. A backlog is anything above the 5-month goal time listed on USCIS's site

14 Feb 2015: Mailed I-129f to Dallas Lockbox. (L) (Most expensive Valentine's card I've ever sent!)

17 Feb 2015: NOA1 "Received Date"
19 Feb 2015: NOA1 Notice Date
08 Aug 2015: NOA2 email! :luv: (173 days from NOA1)

17 Aug 2015: Sent to NVC

?? Aug 2015: Arrived at NVC

25 Aug 2015: NVC Case # Assigned

31 Aug 2015: Left NVC for Consulate in San Jose

09 Sep 2015: Consulate received :dancing: (32 days from NOA2)

11 Sep 2015: Packet 3 emailed from embassy to me, the petitioner (34 days from NOA2).

18 Sep 2015: Medicals complete

21 Sep 2015: Packet 3 complete, my boss puts a temporary moratorium on all time off due to work emergency :clock:

02 Oct 2015: Work emergency clears up, interview scheduled (soonest available was 5 business days away--Columbus Day was in there)

13 Oct 2015: Interview

13 Oct 2015: VISA APPROVED :thumbs: (236 days from NOA1)

19 Oct 2015: Visa-in-hand

24 Oct 2015: POE !

15 Dec 2015: Fiance's mother's B-2 visa interview: APPROVED! So happy she will be at the wedding! :thumbs:


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