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I just got back from my trip from visiting my boyfriend, now fiance, from Cuba. I want to begin the K1-visa process, but I am not sure where to start or if I should consider getting married first and doing a spousal visa.

I am kinda doing research to see which option is best for us, because I am a student and only working part-time at the moment. We were dating for several months till I went to visit him and he asked my mom's permission to ask me to marry him, after she approved he did so. We understand this can be a long process, but I want to be able to do whatever I can by myself. For instance, filing the i-129 form, etc. because Cuban agencies here where I live are asking an insane amount of money to do the process for me. My fiance and I are desperate to be able to be together and we are seeking the best option we might have.

Here are some questions I have:

1) What do you think is the best option? K1-visa or CR1?

2) If we did the K1-Visa process, would it be something we could do mostly by ourselves?

3) What kind of paper work and/or documentation is needed to show proof of a bonafide realtionship for Cuba?

4) Where do I start for the K1-Visa process?

Please include any other information, tips, or personal stories you might have. And by the way, I am a born American citizen if that makes a difference with anything.

Edited by eruiz3

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Denmark

what is best for you guys only you can answer. It depends on a lot.

K-1/K-2 visa is fastest but he will not be able to work/leave the country for about 90 days after you file for adjustment of status (Green Card).

He will be your fiancé and you have to marry within 90 days from his arrival. This process takes about 4-6 months right now.

CR-1/CR-2 here you marry first and then apply for the visa. He can work and travel right away and will get Green Card when he gets there, this process takes about a year.








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Filed: Other Country: Nigeria

you should of studied the process of both before you even went to cuba that way as soon as you come back you already know exactly what u want to do , k1 is shorter maybe 4-6 months but is more pricey , cr1 is takes longer to process but its cheaper so just depends on what u guys want , you can do this process all by yourself no lawyers or service needed if your determined , proactive , and driven

go to the guides and comparison links this site offers study them completely






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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Norway

Starr by reading the guides that Georgia linked to. You do NOT need the help of a lawyer or agency to file. Make sure you have the necessary funds for the filing fee, and that he has the funds for the medical, visa fee etc. You will probably also need a co-sponsor - so start thinking about who you could ask for help.

If it isn't difficult, it isn't worth it.


K1 process

9/24/15: I129f sent

9/30/15: NOA1

11/2/15: NOA2

Delayed processing due to work

3/15/16: Medical

4/28/16: Interview (approved)

Delayed entry due to work

8/12/16: POE Detroit


9/4/16: Wedding!


AOS process:

9/9/16: I485/I131/I765 sent

9/14/16: Received 3xNOAs by text/e-mail (day 2)

9/14-18/16: Received 3xpaper NOAs 

9/23/16: Received biometrics appointment letter (day 11)

10/3/16: Biometrics appointment (day 19)

11/4/16: EAD+AP approved (day 53)

11/16/16: EAD status changed to card shipped (day 65)

11/17/16: EAD/AP combo card received (day 66)

12/30/16: Notice of interview scheduled (day 109)

2/1/17: AOS interview (day 142) - APPROVED

2/8/17: GC received (day 150)


ROC process:

11/3/2018: ROC window opens

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03/24/11 - Got married in the Boogie-Down Bronx, NYC!
04/21/11 - Mailed I-130,I-765, I-485, I-864 and I-693 - Day 00

04/23/11 - Application delivered - Day 02
04/28/11 - NOA (most forms) - Day 07
05/03/11 - Checks cashed - Day 12
05/31/11 - Biometrics completed in the Bronx, NYC - Day 40
06/24/11 - Received someone else's employment authorization card!!! What the...? - Day 64
07/01/11 - Mailed the poor lady's card back after calling USCIS - Day 71
07/07/11 - Received poor lady's interview notice! What??? - Day 77
07/15/11 - Received my own EAD card - Day 85
08/12/11 - Interview. Approved on the spot! - Day 113
08/18/11 - Received card in the mail - Day 119

05/28/13 - Mailed I-751 - Day 00

05/30/13 - Application delivered - Day 02

05/31/13 - NOA I-797 - Day 03
06/04/13 - Check cashed - Day 07

06/06/13 - NOA delivered to my home/Biometrics letter generated - Day 09

06/10/13 - Received Biometrics letter in the mail - Day 13

06/27/13 - Biometrics completed in Milwaukee, WI - Day 30

09/10/13 - Application approved! - Day 105

09/14/13 - 10 year Green Card received! - Day 109


05/10/16 - Mailed N-400 - Day 00

05/12/16 - Application delivered - Day 02

05/13/16 - Credit card payment accepted - Day 03

05/17/16 - Received text & email update - Day 07

05/20/16 - Received 1st NOA (dated 05/13/16) & created ELIS acct - Day 10

05/21/16 - Received 2nd NOA (dated 05/16/16) confirming my DOB and address - Day 11

05/22/06 - Biometrics scheduled (online update) and appt letter was mailed on 05/20/16 - Day 12

05/24/06 - Biometrics letter became viewable online (appt scheduled for 06/07/16) - Day 14

05/27/16 - Received Biometrics letter in mail - Day 17

05/31/16 - Was denied walk-in fingerprints with just 1 person left in line. Milwaukee office, boo! - Day 21

06/07/16 - Biometrics completed in Milwaukee, WI - Day 28

12/21/16 - Passed Citizenship test/Interview was successful! - Day 197

01/26/17 - I am a US citizen!!! - Day 233

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Cuba

I applied for k1 visa for my girlfriend on aug 04, 2016 BUT we meet in 11 times and spent together 180 days for the last 3 years. Our case arrived to Havana today and we waiting to schedule an interview date and all the process has taken less of two months at this point.

You MUST have a lot of evidence because In Cuba is hard to get a k1 visa approved.

I think that if you have went to Cuba 1-2 times (a short time)within the last 2 years, k1 will be denied.

Sorry, I let you know my opinion.

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