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k1 or CR1 OR K-3? for Indian fiancé

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hello,

I am a US citizen through birth, and I'm looking into bringing my fiancé from India to the united states to marry, but...

i am confused.

does anyone have experience with bringing an indian fiancé or spouse here to the U.S.A?

my boyfriend and i will most likely become engaged within this next year and just looking at all the forms makes my head spin.

The most confusing part is when or what can i do while here in U.S.A and what does he fill out over there in India and what do I fill out here in U.S.A.

Also, if we marry in india first, how long will the marriage process take in India? as i will only have 2 weeks vacation away from my job, and if we marry in india is there anything i can be doing as far as paper work here (U.S.A) in the meantime?

Any information or suggestions are much appreciated! :)

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~Moved from Introducing Members to What Visa Do I Need since OP is exploring K1 and CR-1 options~

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07/09/2008: F-1 Interview - Successful
05/01/2013: (L) Married (L)

AOS from F-1:
07/09/2013: AOS package (I-130/I-485/I-756/I-131) fedexed
09/25/2013: AOS Interview with my husband at Milwaukee, WI
03/03/2014: AOS Approved

I-751 Removal of Conditions:

11/13/2015: Received reminder notice dated 11/08 from USCIS to apply for ROC
Day 00 - 12/04/2015: Mailed I-751 package to CSC via USPS Priority Mail
Day 03 - 12/07/2015: I-751 package delivered
Day 05 - 12/09/2015: Check cashed
Day 07 - 12/11/2015: NOA1 received dated 12/07/15
Day 22 - 12/26/2015: Biometric appointment notice received dated 12/19/15
Day 35 - 01/08/2016: Biometric appointment

Day 235 - 07/26/2016: Approved (E-notification of Card Production)

Day 238 - 07/29/2016: Status changed to 'Card Was Mailed to Me'

Day 241 - 08/01/2016: CSC returned original docs that were submitted at the time of application.

Day 241 - 08/01/2016: New status update 'Card was picked up by the United States Postal Service' Priority Mail 2-Day with tracking number provided.

Day 243 - 08/03/2016: Received 10 year Green Card

Day 255 - 08/15/2016: Received NOA2 with approval dated 07/26/2016

Click here for a sample of my cover letter, list of evidence, package assembly & shipping box

Click here for a sample of my I-751 notarized affidavit from a friend

 

 

N-400 Naturalization:

12/03/2016: Eligible

Day 00: 12/12/2016 Mailed N-400 to Phoenix, AZ lockbox via USPS Priority Express

Day 01: 12/13/2016 N-400 application delivered

Day 03: 12/15/2016 Credit card charged

Day 07: 12/19/2016 Text & e-mail notification received with a NBC receipt #

Day 11: 12/23/2016 NOA received via mail with priority date 12/13/16

Day 16: 12/28/2016 Received E-mail notification reg. biometrics scheduling

Day 19: 12/31/2016 Received Biometric notice via mail with notice date 12/24/2016

Day 32: 01/13/2017 Biometric appointment

Day 53: 02/03/2017 Received e-mail notification stating I am "in line" for interview scheduling

Day 144: 05/05/2017 Filed an e-request that interview notice was not yet mailed to me

Day 148: 05/09/2017 Received e-mail notification that interview has been scheduled after being in line for 95 days

Day 151: 05/12/2017 Received N-400 Interview notice via USPS

Day 183: 06/13/2017 N-400 Interview at USCIS Milwaukee, WI field office (Approved!) ***To read about my interview experience, click here***

Day 192: 06/22/2017 Received e-mail notification stating I am placed in line for oath ceremony

Day 206: 07/06/2017 Received e-mail notification stating oath ceremony notice was mailed

Day 210: 07/10/2017 Received oath ceremony notice (N-445) via USPS

Day 227: 07/27/2017 Oath Ceremony at Milwaukee, WI!

Dual citizen (France & U.S.A) / OCI card holder

 

Day 00: 07/27/2017 U.S. passport application at Milwaukee, WI (routine processing)

Day 05: 08/01/2017 Passport application locator number provided

Day 06: 08/02/2017 Checks cashed

Day 12: 08/08/2017 Received 2 e-mails stating that passport processing is over and it has been mailed with tracking # provided

Day 15: 08/11/2017 Received passport book via Priority Mail

Day 18: 08/14/2017 Received passport card via First Class Mail

Day 22: 08/18/2017 Received naturalization certificate back via Priority Mail / Updated citizenship status with SSA
 

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Review the guides on the top; they're quite helpful for first timers, and easy to understand.

K1.. http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1guide

CR1.. http://www.visajourney.com/content/i130guide1

"Also, if we marry in india first, how long will the marriage process take in India?" 2-3 weeks for traditional multi-day wedding and registration process.


USCIS

January 16, 2015 I-130 Mailed, Chi lockbox January 20, 2015 Priority Date, January 21, 2015 NOA1 notice date, Assigned VSC, January 23, 2015 Check Cashed, electronically March 5, 2015 NOA2

NVC

March 27, 2015 NVC received April 6, 2015 Case#, IIN# assigned April 8, 2015 Paid AOS + IV fee Invoices May 5, 2015 AOS + IV package submitted May 11, 2015 Scan Date

June 11, 2015 DS-260 submitted June 25, 2015 False checklist (for ds260).. hello? June 30, 2015 Answered checklist Aug 5, 2015 Escalated to Supervisor review Aug 13, 2015 Case Complete

Consular

Sept 10, 2015 Interview Scheduled Sept 11, 2015 P4 Letter received Sept 21, 2015 file In transit from NVC Sept 23, 2015 file at Embassy

Sept 28, 2015 Medical Oct 14, 2015 Biometrics Oct 15, 2015 Interview (Approved) Oct 19, 2015 IV visa Issued Oct 23, 2015 Passport Pickup

POE

Nov 2, 2015 Entered the US Nov 16, 2015 Applied for SSN, walk-in Nov 20, 2015 Social Security Card recd Jan 15, 2016 GC received

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Did you check the India regional forum? Yes we have a lot of Indian visa beneficiaries.

Decide on a visa path and then look at our guides. K1 is faster to visa, CR1 is faster to green card generally.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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CR1 visa on average is 1 year process. The good thing is you don't have to go through an Adjustment of Status later and he'll get a green card as soon as he arrives. Which means he can start working right away too. It will be conditional (2 year GC) if you are only married less than 2 years when he enters the US and you will have to go through a Removal of Conditions later. If married more than 2 years when he enters the US then he'll get IR1 visa and get 10 year GC.

Marriage process depends on what kind of wedding you are going to have. I had a traditional Christian wedding and it was less than 1 hour, we had a 2 hour reception and done. then we started the process to get our Marriage Certificate from the Municipality. We hired an attorney/Advocate to help us so we got it in 1 day. That's not always the case if you try to do it yourself. You will need a copy of that marriage certificate to start the I-130 petition process if you go the CR1 route.

If you decide to get married in India, you will need his actual wet signature on the G-325A so take a few print outs of that form with you for him to complete and sign. I made the mistake of not taking it with me which prolonged starting the whole process by 2 weeks because he needed to complete it and then mail it to me. Otherwise, there isn't anything you can start processing beforehand.

Read thought the links that one of the previous posters provided to you to get a better understanding.

Good luck!


ROC process:

Mailed I-751 petition package: 4/6/2018

USPS delivered I-751: 4/9/2018

Check cashed: 5/24/2018

NOA received: 5/26/2018

Biometric letter received: 3/1/2019; Biometric Appt: 3/11/2019

Case Transfer letter received: 3/11/2019

 

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Married life begins! June 25, 2015 (L)

I-130 Petition Process:

FedEx overnight I-130: July 15, 2015

NOA1 hardcopy received: July 24, 2015 (PD July 16, 2015);  NOA2 hard copy received: January 16, 2016

Petition sent to NVC text & email: January 25, 2016

NVC Process:

NVC Received Petition: February 1, 2016 :dance:

Case Complete: April 27, 2016 :dance:(286 days from NOA1)

Received Interview Date: May 9, 2016 :dancing:  Received Interview/Appointment Letter via email: May 10, 2016

Embassy Process:

Medical Exam: May 24, 2016;  Fingerprinting: June 16, 2016

Interview: June 17, 2016 (337 days from NOA1) - APPROVED!!!!! :dancing: :dance: :yes: :lol: B-)

Notification of Passport/Visa ready for pick up: June 21, 2016;  Visa in hand: June 22, 2016

POE (DFW): July 4, 2016; SS Card received: July 14, 2016; Green Card received: September 8, 2016

Applied for corrected GC: October 7, 2016; Corrected GC approved: December 16, 2017;  Corrected GC Received: December 22, 2017

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hello,

I am a US citizen through birth, and I'm looking into bringing my fiancé from India to the united states to marry, but...

i am confused.

does anyone have experience with bringing an indian fiancé or spouse here to the U.S.A?

my boyfriend and i will most likely become engaged within this next year and just looking at all the forms makes my head spin.

The most confusing part is when or what can i do while here in U.S.A and what does he fill out over there in India and what do I fill out here in U.S.A.

Also, if we marry in india first, how long will the marriage process take in India? as i will only have 2 weeks vacation away from my job, and if we marry in india is there anything i can be doing as far as paper work here (U.S.A) in the meantime?

Any information or suggestions are much appreciated! :)

Also, if marrying in India we'd do the civil ceremony.. and am divorced so i know i need to bring proof of that also. who need to see this? the embassy?

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Also, if marrying in India we'd do the civil ceremony.. and am divorced so i know i need to bring proof of that also. who need to see this? the embassy?

yes, NVC will request to see that and then you (your husband) will need to bring the original to the interview at the embassy.


ROC process:

Mailed I-751 petition package: 4/6/2018

USPS delivered I-751: 4/9/2018

Check cashed: 5/24/2018

NOA received: 5/26/2018

Biometric letter received: 3/1/2019; Biometric Appt: 3/11/2019

Case Transfer letter received: 3/11/2019

 

------------------------------

Married life begins! June 25, 2015 (L)

I-130 Petition Process:

FedEx overnight I-130: July 15, 2015

NOA1 hardcopy received: July 24, 2015 (PD July 16, 2015);  NOA2 hard copy received: January 16, 2016

Petition sent to NVC text & email: January 25, 2016

NVC Process:

NVC Received Petition: February 1, 2016 :dance:

Case Complete: April 27, 2016 :dance:(286 days from NOA1)

Received Interview Date: May 9, 2016 :dancing:  Received Interview/Appointment Letter via email: May 10, 2016

Embassy Process:

Medical Exam: May 24, 2016;  Fingerprinting: June 16, 2016

Interview: June 17, 2016 (337 days from NOA1) - APPROVED!!!!! :dancing: :dance: :yes: :lol: B-)

Notification of Passport/Visa ready for pick up: June 21, 2016;  Visa in hand: June 22, 2016

POE (DFW): July 4, 2016; SS Card received: July 14, 2016; Green Card received: September 8, 2016

Applied for corrected GC: October 7, 2016; Corrected GC approved: December 16, 2017;  Corrected GC Received: December 22, 2017

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A copy of all divorce decrees are needed for the I-129F or I-130 (depending on route chosen) and originals (preferably) at interview.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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