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K-1 visa for a British citizen

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Hi All,


My American girlfriend and I met just over a year ago in Brighton, England (my hometown). She was doing a masters degree and I was a marketing manager. Before meeting her I had applied for a 2-year working visa in Canada that I received. So once it was time for my GF to return to California, I started my two-year visa and am now living in Toronto (long distance but not as bad as it could have been). We are now planning on getting married and me moving south of the border. 


Firstly I'm wondering if it's ok to initiate the K-1 application even though I live in Canada and not the UK. And also, due to my girlfriend recently moving home from the UK, she is not yet earning a big sum of money and is living with her parents. Her parents are more than happy to cosponsor, but is this allowed? And lastly, if (fingers crossed) I receive the K-1, is a simple courthouse wedding sufficient after the 90-day limit, followed by the big wedding once we have had time to save? 


Any help or advice would be amazing :) 


Many thanks,




P.s. So happy to have found this wonderful group. 

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Yes, you can file the K1 even though you live in a different country. That's no issue.


No issue on co-sponsorship either. A co-sponsor can be anyone who lives in the USA, is a US citizen or Legal Permanent Resident, over 18 and has the required finances.


A simple courthouse wedding is sufficient. You just need to get married,. :) Doesn't matter it's fancy or not.

Edited by lost_at_sea

* I-130/CR-1 visa by Direct Consular Filing in London
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7th May 2013 - I-130 filed
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16th July 2013 - Interview (approved)
30th July 2013 - POE San Francisco
29th August 2013 - 2 year green card arrived


* How? Read my DCF London I-130 for CR1/IR1 Spouse Guide

* Removal of Conditions (RoC) via California Service Centre
1st May 2015 - 90 day RoC window opened
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7th August 2015 - Approved / GC production

27th August 2015 - 10 year green card arrived

* Naturalisation (Citizenship) via Phoenix Lockbox

* San Francisco Field Office:
1st May 2016 - N-400 window opened
20th August 2016 - N-400 filed

26th August 2016 - NOA1
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