Jump to content
tanman22

Canadian K1 Visa

14 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Hi everyone, 

I will soon be applying for a K1 visa I’m from Ontario and my fiancée is from Michigan. For all the K1 Canadian vets on here I have a few questions:

 

1. Did you notice that your petitions were less heavily scrutinized being from Canada?

 

2. How long did the K1 visa take to be approved?

 

3. For the medical exam did many of you end up getting it done in Montreal since that is where the visa interview is taking place?

 

 

4. After you married your US spouse how long did it take you before you got your work authorization and Green Card?

 

Thanks and Merry Christmas!

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, tanman22 said:

Hi everyone, 

I will soon be applying for a K1 visa I’m from Ontario and my fiancée is from Michigan. For all the K1 Canadian vets on here I have a few questions:

 

1. Did you notice that your petitions were less heavily scrutinized being from Canada?

 

2. How long did the K1 visa take to be approved?

 

3. For the medical exam did many of you end up getting it done in Montreal since that is where the visa interview is taking place?

 

 

4. After you married your US spouse how long did it take you before you got your work authorization and Green Card?

 

Thanks and Merry Christmas!

 

There is an entire forum dedicated to all things Canada. 

 

1.  All petitions receive the same level of scrutiny 


YMMV

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
18 minutes ago, tanman22 said:

1. Did you notice that your petitions were less heavily scrutinized being from Canada?

The only plus side is that Canada is not considered a high-fraud country, and that sometimes background checks tend to move slightly faster due to the US and Canada openly sharing criminal/immigration/border control information with each other...but that's really about it.  That being said, your petition won't be scrutinized any less solely based on one partner being Canadian.

 

 

 

 


Applied for Naturalization based on 5-year Residency - 96 Days To Complete Citizenship!

July 14, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed online

July 21, 2017 (Day 07) -  NOA Receipt received in the mail

July 22, 2017 (Day 08) - Biometrics appointment scheduled online, letter mailed out

July 25, 2017 (Day 11) - Biometrics PDF posted online

July 28, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics letter received in the mail, appointment for 08/08/17

Aug 08, 2017 (Day 24) - Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed

Aug 14, 2017 (Day 30) - Online EGOV status shows "Interview Scheduled, will mail appointment letter"

Aug 16, 2017 (Day 32) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Interview Scheduled, read the letter we mailed you..."

Aug 17, 2017 (Day 33) - Interview Appointment Letter PDF posted online---GOT AN INTERVIEW DATE!!!

Aug 21, 2017 (Day 37) - Interview Appointment Letter received in the mail, appointment for 09/27/17

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Naturalization Interview--- read my experience here

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Oath Ceremony Notice mailed"

Sep. 28, 2017 (Day 75) - Oath Ceremony Letter PDF posted online--Ceremony for 10/19/17

Oct. 02, 2017 (Day 79) -  Oath Ceremony Letter received in the mail

Oct. 19, 2017 (Day 96) -  Oath Ceremony-- read my experience here

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, tanman22 said:

Cr-1 would take more time would it not?

Depends on what you are measuring.   K1 has a Slight advantage to time to entry, cr1 has a huge advantage on time to green card 


YMMV

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, tanman22 said:

Cr-1 would take more time would it not?

A little more time yes. 8-10 months for K-1(most likey) 12-14 for cr-1 I think. Nothing to stop you from coming down for those couple of months anyway to visit unless you are denied entry for some reason. With cr-1 however you are free to work and come and go to Canada as soon as you get here. While you have to wait for AOS with k-1 generally you will get your EAD/AP in 4 to 6 months. Look up processing times for the local office where you will be moving for time to get a greencard. I'm not sure of the rules in Michigan but you potentially will not even be able to drive during that time. K-1 is right for some just make sure you know what you are getting into.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

~~Moved to the Canada forum, from K1 P&P - The OP is asking about other Canadian's experience.~~


Spoiler

Met Playing Everquest in 2005
Engaged 9-15-2006
K-1 & 4 K-2'S
Filed 05-09-07
Interview 03-12-08
Visa received 04-21-08
Entry 05-06-08
Married 06-21-08
AOS X5
Filed 07-08-08
Cards Received01-22-09
Roc X5
Filed 10-17-10
Cards Received02-22-11
Citizenship
Filed 10-17-11
Interview 01-12-12
Oath 06-29-12

Citizenship for older 2 boys

Filed 03/08/2014

NOA/fee waiver 03/19/2014

Biometrics 04/15/14

Interview 05/29/14

In line for Oath 06/20/14

Oath 09/19/2014 We are all done! All USC no more USCIS

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, tanman22 said:

Hi everyone, 

I will soon be applying for a K1 visa I’m from Ontario and my fiancée is from Michigan. For all the K1 Canadian vets on here I have a few questions:

 

1. Did you notice that your petitions were less heavily scrutinized being from Canada?

 

2. How long did the K1 visa take to be approved?

 

3. For the medical exam did many of you end up getting it done in Montreal since that is where the visa interview is taking place?

 

 

4. After you married your US spouse how long did it take you before you got your work authorization and Green Card?

 

Thanks and Merry Christmas!

 

1) Canada is low fraud regardless of petition type. If your family or yourself were from an originally high fraud country.

2) k1 are taking about 10 months.  (CR1 is about 14 months.)  

3) location of medical depends on your location

4) EAD is taking about 6 months for most people.  Green card about a year. 

So the CR1 is 14 months to green card and K1 is 22 months to green card.  

 

However cr1 would require getting married first and you would need the marriage certificate before filing. However theres no way it would take the time difference. 


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

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would consider the CR1. You will get a green card right away.. etc as mentioned in other posts. My fiancé is Canadian and we waited 1 year and 2 months for NOA2 for no good reason...shouldn’t have happened especially with a low fraud country and nothing in his background to warrant it. If we had it over we would’ve done CR1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

K-1

More expensive than CR-1    
Requires Adjustment of Status after marriage (expensive and requires a lot of paperwork)    
Spouse can not leave the US until she/he receives approved Advance Parole (approx 5-6 months)    
Spouse can not work until she/he receives EAD (approx 5-6 months)    
Some people have had problems with driver licenses, Social Security cards, leases, bank account during this period    
Spouse will not receive Green Card for many months after Adjustment of Status is filed.

 

CR-1    
Less expensive than K-1    
No Adjustment of Status  (I-485, I-131, I-765) required.    
Spouse can immediately travel outside the US    
Spouse is authorized to work immediately upon arrival.    
Spouse receives Social Security Card and Green Card within 2 or 3 weeks after entering the US    
Opening a bank account, getting a driver's license, etc. are very easily accomplished with GC, SS card, and passport.
Spouse has legal permanent Resident status IMMEDIATELY upon entry to US. 

My Final Analysis:  CR-1 is a much, much better option


"Experience can be a tough teacher to those who fail to heed good advice"- Missileman, 12/6/18

 

First career- 20 year Retired E-8, USAF Missileer,

Second career-Retired Registered Nurse, experience in Labor& Delivery, Home Health, Adolescent & Adult Psych

Third career-Retired IT Developer & Database Administrator for surgical services dept.

 

Immigration Journey:

  • Texas Service Center after transfer from Nebraska
  • Consulate :Taipei, Taiwan
  • Marriage: 7/30/2015
  • I-130 NOA1 : 4/27/2016
  • I-130 Approved :9/8/2016
  • Case received at NVC: 10/11/2016                               
  • Case # and IIN#: 10/24/2016
  • AOS Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • AOS Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • DS-260 Completed: 10/28/16
  • Scan Date:11/9/2016
  • Supervisor review: 12/21/16 
  • Checklist: 1/13/17 
  • Case Complete: 4/10/17
  • Interview Date: 5/8/17 
  • Visa  "ISSUED": 5/10/17
  • Visa and Passport in hand/Flight to USA Booked!!!: 5/12/17  
  • POE Dallas DFW on June 22, 2017
  • SS Card received : 7/3/2017
  • 2-year Green Card received in mail: 7/15/17
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Heyo I'm Canadian (living in Montreal for school, but I'm from Halifax!). We are doing k1 because we didn't want to get married in Canada and then be separated for 1 year + while the CR1 goes through. We filed for the k1 on June 15 and just got our noa2 (USCIS approval on Dec. 7). I should have my visa interview, I predict, by March at this point. :)

I already have a volunteer thing lined up for when I enter the US to make the time pass before I can actually work lol


06/15/18  -  NOA1

12/06/18  -  NOA2

01/16/19  -  NVC received case

01/17/19  -  NVC issued case number

Pending    -  Case received at Montreal Consulate

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/14/2018 at 6:14 AM, NicoleM said:

Heyo I'm Canadian (living in Montreal for school, but I'm from Halifax!). We are doing k1 because we didn't want to get married in Canada and then be separated for 1 year + while the CR1 goes through. We filed for the k1 on June 15 and just got our noa2 (USCIS approval on Dec. 7). I should have my visa interview, I predict, by March at this point. :)

I already have a volunteer thing lined up for when I enter the US to make the time pass before I can actually work lol

Becareful with volunteer work not on an ead.  If you get anything at all or are potentially keeping someone from having a job or are guaranteed a job after the fact you aren't allowed to volunteer for that position or company.  


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

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×