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I recently got engaged with my military boyfriend. And we are planning to stay in the US. The problem is I’m from Philippines but a Canadian Permanent Resident. I just applied for a citizenship. But my boyfriend will be up for deployment. With this, I am asking for opinions which route to take. With we withdraw my citizenship application in canada and do the k-1 visa application? Or wait for me to be a canadian citizen?

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Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.

Our journey:


September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*


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So many Filipinos and Canadians get approved for K1 visa.  I'm not sure I understand what exactly your concern is.


If it's the K1 visa timeline, you might want to look into the expedite option for US military and see if your boyfriend qualifies.  A quick search of the forums got me this example:



Also, are you planning on being a naturalized US citizen down the road?  If so, it seems pointless to seek Canadian citizenship now if you're going to give it up in a few years anyway.  Unless you want a stronger passport to travel with until you get the US one?  Anyway, it's your call.


Good luck and congratulations on your engagement!

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11 minutes ago, Sunshine022 said:

Thank you the reply. I was just concern if my current canadian citizenship application will greatly affect my K-1 visa application? I heard they might not give me a visa since i am applying to another country 

Your fine.  Citizenship application will not interfere


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5 minutes ago, Sunshine022 said:

So I have to continue with my canadian citizenship and start with my k-1 visa application?

You do not have to.  You can choose to.


If I was you, I would get Canadian citizenship.  Healthcare is very expensive in the US.  Leave open the option to return to Canada as a citizen so you can take advantage of provincial healthcare if you want or need to.


It takes about a year to get a K-1, so you probably will be able to complete your Canadian citizenship if you already started the process.  

Edited by aaron2020

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1 hour ago, Sunshine022 said:

Thank you. My boyfriend said that the US side might not want to grant me a k1 visa if I am on the process of applying a canadian citizenship. 

The USA is indifferent to how many citizenships you have 


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