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J-1 Waiver and Applying for CR-1

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Hello everyone!

First of all, thanks for having this forum. It has been really helpful reading all of you guys great advice.

However, I haven't been able to find any recent threads on the following question/issue:

I am a Danish citizen marrying my fiance - a US citizen - in August, 2016. Following our wedding, we will begin apply for a CR-1 Visa.

Since I have been on a couple of J-1 Visas I am subject to the two year residency requirement, which I am now seeking a waiver for through a No Objection Letter from the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington D.C. It seems like it will take approximately 2-4 months to receive a final waiver from the USCIS.
So my question is: is it possible to begin the I-130 petition and other paperwork prior to receiving my J-1 Waiver? I.e. Do I need the J-1 waiver anytime before my interview with the American Embassy in Stockholm?
Very best,

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Welcome :)

There is a Scandinavian forum you are welcome to join :)


Can't help you with your question, just wanted to say welcome :)

K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                                AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/08/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand




ROC from K-1 + K-2:

12/08/18....ROC window opens

12/13/18....I-751 mailed to Lewisville, TX

12/14/18....Delivered at Lewisville, TX

12/20/18....Text with case number. TX service center

12/24/18....NOA1/Extension letter received





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Thanks for the quick reply Merrytooth. So to understand it correctly. I can do all paperwork until my embassy interview?


You can file the I-130 petition now.

The US consulate will need the approved J1 waiver before they can issue you the CR1 visa.

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File the I-130 petition and apply for the J1 No Objection letter at the same time.

Hopefully by the time your I-130 petition is approved, your J1 waiver should be ready for your Embassy interview.

Otherwise the CO will just postpone issuing the visa until the requirement is met

Done with K1, AOS and ROC

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