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I was told that since I filed finance visa I-129F ... once the petition gets approved from USCIS it becomes a immigrant visa ? so my finance will have to file a immigrant visa within the US consulate in her country ? is that true ?

DS-160: Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application

DS-230: Application for Immigrant Visa

when calling NVC... which do we choose ? nonimmigrant visa ? or immigrant visa ?


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The K-1 is a non-immigrant visa with visa intent (confusing I know). They'll tell you exactly which forms to fill out once you have your NOA2 and then send you further correspondence. But it will be the DS-160. The K-1 is non-immigrant because it requires the recipient to file for AOS once in the states...the AOS is what declares immigrant intent and puts the steps in place to receive a green card.

K1 Visa Process AOS Process

Mar 18 2013: I-129F mailed to CSC Nov 15 2013: I-485 with EAD/AP filed at Chicago Lockbox

Sept 19 2013: Interview - Approved!! Jan 25 2014: EAD/AP Card Received

Oct 6 2013: POE - Chicago O'Hare June 2 2014: Permanent Resident Card Received!

Oct 27 2013: Wedding!

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Fiancé visa is considered a nonimmigrant visa since it is contingent on marriage to the USC. DS-160 is the form you need.

However, when you look up your case on the CEAC website, it's under the immigrant category. Why they make it so complicated is beyond me!



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Interesting question and one that seems to be asked every couple of months. Using the forum's custom Google search function, yielding 10 pages of "hits," including this vintage thread: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/189236-k1-an-immigrant-or-non-immigrant-visa/

Good luck on your immigration journey.

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