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Hi I'm completely  new to this and my fiance is currently living in Mexico and I am trying to bring him here in a visa and want to make sure I start the process the right way without using an attorney as that's not an option. Fees? How long does it normally take? And where to file? And what proof or things might I need? 


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Follow the guides on here. They lay out everything from start to finish including fees. You should review all processes even after the K1 visa because after you fiance arrives in the US there will be more things for him to do. If you study and research there will not be a need for a lawyer unless you have a complicated case like you fiance has drug convictions or something.




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An attorney is usually not necessary. Most people here do it ourselves fine. The guide and fee links above are good sources.


If you want to marry in the US, you can file for a K-1 visa. Expect ~6 months for processing before your fiance can get the visa to enter the US. The visa is valid for 6 months and a duration of 90 days after entry. You would need to get married during those 90 days, then you can file for AOS to obtain a green card. Your fiance will not be able to work while in the US until they obtain an EAD (~3 months after filed), which you can file with your AOS packet.


If you get married outside the US, then you would apply for a CR-1 visa. Expect roughly 12-18 months for processing (albeit I see them taking ~10 months on average currently, expect longer just in case). Upon entry, your fiance can get a green card immediately.


K-1 is a longer process end-to-end, but you get to be with them in the US sooner. It's also decently more expensive. CR-1 takes longer upfront, but is cheaper.



AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

?/?/18: Approved (hopefully)





12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received



4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017



5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE



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