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I am seeking the fastest and most reliable way for a US visa for my Iranian soon-to-be-spouse, so we can be together. As we would be starting the visa application process only now, I am concerned that the visa ban is a big problem.

 

Would love to hear feedback on two avenues I'm considering.

 

First more details for context:

-I'm a dual US-Philippines citizen living in California

-We met in 2015 in the Philippines

-My girlfriend is an Iranian passport holder

-She has no existing ties to the US besides me

-We plan to marry this coming August 2018

 

Ideas:

#1 Pursue a waiver and go through K-1 or CR-1. According to the US  "From December 8, 2017 through June 15, 2018, at least 809 applicants were cleared for waivers." (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/revisions-to-presidential-proclamation-9645.html)

 

#2 Obtain a 3rd country passport. The visa ban doesn't apply to "Any dual national of a country designated under the Proclamation when traveling on a passport issued by a non-designated country" (same link as above)

 

It sounds like #1 has been pursued fruitlessly for most.  Has anyone heard of individuals pursuing a US visa by first obtaining a 3rd country passport? 

 

 

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On 7/2/2018 at 4:31 AM, BenSF said:

I am seeking the fastest and most reliable way for a US visa for my Iranian soon-to-be-spouse, so we can be together. As we would be starting the visa application process only now, I am concerned that the visa ban is a big problem.

 

Would love to hear feedback on two avenues I'm considering.

 

First more details for context:

-I'm a dual US-Philippines citizen living in California

-We met in 2015 in the Philippines

-My girlfriend is an Iranian passport holder

-She has no existing ties to the US besides me

-We plan to marry this coming August 2018

 

Ideas:

#1 Pursue a waiver and go through K-1 or CR-1. According to the US  "From December 8, 2017 through June 15, 2018, at least 809 applicants were cleared for waivers." (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/revisions-to-presidential-proclamation-9645.html)

 

#2 Obtain a 3rd country passport. The visa ban doesn't apply to "Any dual national of a country designated under the Proclamation when traveling on a passport issued by a non-designated country" (same link as above)

 

It sounds like #1 has been pursued fruitlessly for most.  Has anyone heard of individuals pursuing a US visa by first obtaining a 3rd country passport? 

 

 

There is one person I know who is pursuing this option. It costs a lot, in his case about 125K USD to get a passport from a Caribbean nation. Multiple lawyers he spoke with said it should work. Also another person who had a EB5 did the same thing. Outcomes of both cases is not yet clear. Which 3rd country passport are you considering? 

 

 

 

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On 7/2/2018 at 4:31 AM, BenSF said:

I am seeking the fastest and most reliable way for a US visa for my Iranian soon-to-be-spouse, so we can be together. As we would be starting the visa application process only now, I am concerned that the visa ban is a big problem.

 

Would love to hear feedback on two avenues I'm considering.

 

First more details for context:

-I'm a dual US-Philippines citizen living in California

-We met in 2015 in the Philippines

-My girlfriend is an Iranian passport holder

-She has no existing ties to the US besides me

-We plan to marry this coming August 2018

 

Ideas:

#1 Pursue a waiver and go through K-1 or CR-1. According to the US  "From December 8, 2017 through June 15, 2018, at least 809 applicants were cleared for waivers." (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/revisions-to-presidential-proclamation-9645.html)

 

#2 Obtain a 3rd country passport. The visa ban doesn't apply to "Any dual national of a country designated under the Proclamation when traveling on a passport issued by a non-designated country" (same link as above)

 

It sounds like #1 has been pursued fruitlessly for most.  Has anyone heard of individuals pursuing a US visa by first obtaining a 3rd country passport? 

 

 

Hey there, just wondering what did you guys end up doing? I am also Iranian waiting for my CR-1 visa.

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