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Hi Everyone! 

 

Ive known my fiancé since October the 10th 2018 when I came over on an ESTA from the UK, we hit things off straight away and our relationship so far has been very romantic. The day before I was leaving to return to the UK on the 9th January 2019 she told me she was pregnant and so I asked her to marry me as I’m certain I want to be with her forever. 

 

Were planning to file for a K-1 visa over the next couple of weeks and I have a Skype appointment booked with Navid Dayzad (anyone who’s used him and had a positive experience please come forward!). However we both seem to be quite pesssimistic about it actually being approved due to evidence. We have maybe a handful of pictures together over the 3 month period I was here and realistically we’ve only known each other 4 months despite the fact we’re having a baby now! She has also booked to visit me in London in March so hope that helps. Our first concern is that they really won’t believe our relationship is legitimate when it is! 

 

The second is the timeframe of the K-1 Visa, the baby is due in late August and I’m sure it would be a miracle if I had the visa before then. Is there any way I could expedite the process? Not because of the pregnancy directly but the fact that she’s just moved into (and furnished) a new apartment and having time off after the baby would cause ALOT of financial distress! I could stay at home with the baby for  the first month or two to make things easier. 

 

Hope someone can advise or share their experience! 

 

Thanks, 

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1 minute ago, james9117 said:

Hi Everyone! 

 

Ive known my fiancé since October the 10th 2018 when I came over on an ESTA from the UK, we hit things off straight away and our relationship so far has been very romantic. The day before I was leaving to return to the UK on the 9th January 2019 she told me she was pregnant and so I asked her to marry me as I’m certain I want to be with her forever. 

 

Were planning to file for a K-1 visa over the next couple of weeks and I have a Skype appointment booked with Navid Dayzad (anyone who’s used him and had a positive experience please come forward!). However we both seem to be quite pesssimistic about it actually being approved due to evidence. We have maybe a handful of pictures together over the 3 month period I was here and realistically we’ve only known each other 4 months despite the fact we’re having a baby now! She has also booked to visit me in London in March so hope that helps. Our first concern is that they really won’t believe our relationship is legitimate when it is! 

 

The second is the timeframe of the K-1 Visa, the baby is due in late August and I’m sure it would be a miracle if I had the visa before then. Is there any way I could expedite the process? Not because of the pregnancy directly but the fact that she’s just moved into (and furnished) a new apartment and having time off after the baby would cause ALOT of financial distress! I could stay at home with the baby for  the first month or two to make things easier. 

 

Hope someone can advise or share their experience! 

 

Thanks, 

Pregnancy is not an expeditable criteria

 

Short time frame will not be an issue


YMMV

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4 minutes ago, james9117 said:

Hi Everyone! 

 

Ive known my fiancé since October the 10th 2018 when I came over on an ESTA from the UK, we hit things off straight away and our relationship so far has been very romantic. The day before I was leaving to return to the UK on the 9th January 2019 she told me she was pregnant and so I asked her to marry me as I’m certain I want to be with her forever. 

 

Were planning to file for a K-1 visa over the next couple of weeks and I have a Skype appointment booked with Navid Dayzad (anyone who’s used him and had a positive experience please come forward!). However we both seem to be quite pesssimistic about it actually being approved due to evidence. We have maybe a handful of pictures together over the 3 month period I was here and realistically we’ve only known each other 4 months despite the fact we’re having a baby now! She has also booked to visit me in London in March so hope that helps. Our first concern is that they really won’t believe our relationship is legitimate when it is! 

 

The second is the timeframe of the K-1 Visa, the baby is due in late August and I’m sure it would be a miracle if I had the visa before then. Is there any way I could expedite the process? Not because of the pregnancy directly but the fact that she’s just moved into (and furnished) a new apartment and having time off after the baby would cause ALOT of financial distress! I could stay at home with the baby for  the first month or two to make things easier. 

 

Hope someone can advise or share their experience! 

 

Thanks, 

First this is a pretty simple process to get a K-1 visa so it's unnecessary to have a lawyer. But if you feel more comfortable then it is after all your choice. Lots of good folks here to help you.

 

Second, on any visits start compiling your pictures, receipts etc. for the interview. Since you met you said you have some items and that she is going to visit in March you'll have even more so I really don't see that as an issue.


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Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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If you submitted the i129f petition, like, tomorrow (not saying you should, you don't want to rush it and forget things, it took us months to assemble and submit ours), you MIGHT get the interview by October or November 2019, if there are no delays and nothing missing from your application package.

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06/15/18  -  NOA1

12/06/18  -  NOA2

01/16/19  -  NVC received case

01/17/19  -  NVC issued case number

02/05/19  -  Case left NVC ("In Transit" on CEAC)

02/07/19  -  Case received at Montreal Consulate

02/11/19  - Case changed to "Ready" on CEAC

   Pending -  Packet 3

 

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Hi Everyone! 

 

Ive known my fiancé since October the 10th 2018 when I came over on an ESTA from the UK, we hit things off straight away and our relationship so far has been very romantic. The day before I was leaving to return to the UK on the 9th January 2019 she told me she was pregnant and so I asked her to marry me as I’m certain I want to be with her forever. 

 

We're planning to file for a K-1 visa over the next couple of weeks and I have a Skype appointment booked with Navid Dayzad (anyone who’s used him and had a positive experience please come forward!). However we both seem to be quite pessimistic about it actually being approved due to evidence. We have maybe a handful of pictures together over the 3 month period I was here and realistically we’ve only known each other 4 months despite the fact we’re having a baby now! She has also booked to visit me in London in March so hope that helps. Our first concern is that they really won’t believe our relationship is legitimate when it is! 

 

The second is the timeframe of the K-1 Visa, the baby is due in late August and I’m sure it would be a miracle if I had the visa before then. Is there any way I could expedite the process? Not because of the pregnancy directly but the fact that she’s just moved into (and furnished) a new apartment and having time off after the baby would cause ALOT of financial distress! I could stay at home with the baby for  the first month or two to make things easier. 

 

Hope someone can advise or share their experience! 

 

Thanks, 

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2 minutes ago, james9117 said:

Hi Everyone! 

 

Ive known my fiancé since October the 10th 2018 when I came over on an ESTA from the UK, we hit things off straight away and our relationship so far has been very romantic. The day before I was leaving to return to the UK on the 9th January 2019 she told me she was pregnant and so I asked her to marry me as I’m certain I want to be with her forever. 

 

We're planning to file for a K-1 visa over the next couple of weeks and I have a Skype appointment booked with Navid Dayzad (anyone who’s used him and had a positive experience please come forward!). However we both seem to be quite pessimistic about it actually being approved due to evidence. We have maybe a handful of pictures together over the 3 month period I was here and realistically we’ve only known each other 4 months despite the fact we’re having a baby now! She has also booked to visit me in London in March so hope that helps. Our first concern is that they really won’t believe our relationship is legitimate when it is! 

 

The second is the timeframe of the K-1 Visa, the baby is due in late August and I’m sure it would be a miracle if I had the visa before then. Is there any way I could expedite the process? Not because of the pregnancy directly but the fact that she’s just moved into (and furnished) a new apartment and having time off after the baby would cause ALOT of financial distress! I could stay at home with the baby for  the first month or two to make things easier. 

 

Hope someone can advise or share their experience! 

 

Thanks, 

If possible, you may want to consider a spousal visa.  Your K-1 will be approved if you can prove that you met at least once within two years of filing (I think you have that covered) and that you are both free to marry.  Those are the basic requirements for petition approval at USCIS.

 

Here is a complete breakdown of fiancee vs spousal so you can see the big picture.

 

K-1 vs CR-1 Full Analysis

 

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 (about 5-6 months)    

Spouse can not work until she/he receives EAD (about 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 10 to 12 months after Adjustment of Status is filed.

If you have red flags this may be the best place to start in case of denial.

Estimated timeline is approximately 8 to 10 months (NOA1 to Interview)  This is officially quoted as 6 to 12 months.

 

K-1 Fees

$535 - USCIS Filing Fee

$265 per person - DS-160 (Visa Application)

$200 to $400 - Medical Fee

$1,225 per person - AOS Fee (Includes EAD/AP if filed together)

$750 per child under 14

$680 per person - ROC Fee

 

 

$2,705 plus medical (K-1)

$2,170 plus medical (K-2 over 14 years old)

$1,695 plus medical (K-2 14 years old and younger)

 

 

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 (LPR) status IMMEDIATELY upon entry to the United States

If you are truly concerned about a denial, the K-1 may be a better place to start.

Estimated timeline is 10 to 12 months (NOA1 to Interview) This is officially quoted at 12 to 14 months.

 

CR-1 Fees

$535 - USCIS Filing Fee

$120 - Affidavit of Support Fee

$325 - DS-260 (Visa Application)

$200 to $400 - Medical Fee

$220 - USCIS Immigrant Fee

$680 - ROC (if married less than 2 years at POE)

 

$1,200 plus medical (per person if married more than 2 years when filing)

$1,880 plus medical (per person if married less than 2 years at POE)


June 6,  2017 - Filed the K-1

April 20, 2018 - K-1 refused

June 11, 2018 - Got married in Pateros, Metro Manila

September 10, 2018 - Filed the CR-1

September 11, 2018 - Priority Date

September 14, 2018 -  NOA-1

January 22, 2019 -  NOA-2 (Rose)

January 23, 2019 -  NOA-2 (AJ)

January 23, 2019 -  NOA-2 (Aira)

 

PHILIPPINES ONLY!!!  CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) INFO - Can't leave home without it!

 

PDOS (Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminar) is for ages 20-59.  Peer Counseling is for 13-19 years of age.

It is required to have the visa in their passport for PDOS and Peer Counseling.

 

GCP (Guidance and Counseling Program) is for K-1 Fiancee and IR/CR-1 spouse ONLY.   These are the only ones that can attend the seminar without their visa.

 

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5 minutes ago, aaron2020 said:

The answers are not going to change by starting another thread.  This is considered spamming and a violation of the TOS on VJ.

 

Aaron, I thought I posted it in the wrong thread so reposted in the general K-1 one and now realise that my other one didn't delete. Relax ....

 

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5 minutes ago, John & Rose said:

If possible, you may want to consider a spousal visa.  Your K-1 will be approved if you can prove that you met at least once within two years of filing (I think you have that covered) and that you are both free to marry.  Those are the basic requirements for petition approval at USCIS.

 

Here is a complete breakdown of fiancee vs spousal so you can see the big picture.

 

K-1 vs CR-1 Full Analysis

 

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 (about 5-6 months)    

Spouse can not work until she/he receives EAD (about 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 10 to 12 months after Adjustment of Status is filed.

If you have red flags this may be the best place to start in case of denial.

Estimated timeline is approximately 8 to 10 months (NOA1 to Interview)  This is officially quoted as 6 to 12 months.

 

K-1 Fees

$535 - USCIS Filing Fee

$265 per person - DS-160 (Visa Application)

$200 to $400 - Medical Fee

$1,225 per person - AOS Fee (Includes EAD/AP if filed together)

$750 per child under 14

$680 per person - ROC Fee

 

 

$2,705 plus medical (K-1)

$2,170 plus medical (K-2 over 14 years old)

$1,695 plus medical (K-2 14 years old and younger)

 

 

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 (LPR) status IMMEDIATELY upon entry to the United States

If you are truly concerned about a denial, the K-1 may be a better place to start.

Estimated timeline is 10 to 12 months (NOA1 to Interview) This is officially quoted at 12 to 14 months.

 

CR-1 Fees

$535 - USCIS Filing Fee

$120 - Affidavit of Support Fee

$325 - DS-260 (Visa Application)

$200 to $400 - Medical Fee

$220 - USCIS Immigrant Fee

$680 - ROC (if married less than 2 years at POE)

 

$1,200 plus medical (per person if married more than 2 years when filing)

$1,880 plus medical (per person if married less than 2 years at POE)

 

Wow John that is really helpful! Thank you so much! Maybe we can consider getting married in March. Seems like in the long run that could be a lot less hassle!

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As someone who is from the UK and having been through the K1 visa process.. Dont do it. Go with the CR1 its cheaper and will allow you to be able to work as soon as you arrive in the US. and they say the K1 is faster but in reality its not. K1 visa used to take 6 months now its pretty much the same as the CR1 which is 10 months. 

 

Unfortunately you cannot expedite the process due to pregnancy.

 

Good luck.


 

I-129F sent:  October 27th, 2017
I-129F NOA1: November 1st, 2017
I-129F NOA2: May 19th, 2018
NVC received (electronic case):  13-06-18
Case # assigned: 13-06-18
NVC left: 25-06-18
Consulate received: 07-06-18
Interview date: 23-07-18

Approved date:23-07-18

 

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13 minutes ago, james9117 said:

The second is the timeframe of the K-1 Visa, the baby is due in late August and I’m sure it would be a miracle if I had the visa before then. Is there any way I could expedite the process? Not because of the pregnancy directly but the fact that she’s just moved into (and furnished) a new apartment and having time off after the baby would cause ALOT of financial distress! I could stay at home with the baby for  the first month or two to make things easier. 

You are free to request an expedite.

Pregnancy nor the costs related to the pregnancy would be a valid basis for an expedite.


Timelines:

Spoiler

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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

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

 

NVC

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

 

K-1

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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2 minutes ago, james9117 said:

 

Wow John that is really helpful! Thank you so much! Maybe we can consider getting married in March. Seems like in the long run that could be a lot less hassle!

It is a bit easier and cheaper.  The only disadvantage is an extra couple of months that you will be apart compared to K-1.  


June 6,  2017 - Filed the K-1

April 20, 2018 - K-1 refused

June 11, 2018 - Got married in Pateros, Metro Manila

September 10, 2018 - Filed the CR-1

September 11, 2018 - Priority Date

September 14, 2018 -  NOA-1

January 22, 2019 -  NOA-2 (Rose)

January 23, 2019 -  NOA-2 (AJ)

January 23, 2019 -  NOA-2 (Aira)

 

PHILIPPINES ONLY!!!  CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) INFO - Can't leave home without it!

 

PDOS (Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminar) is for ages 20-59.  Peer Counseling is for 13-19 years of age.

It is required to have the visa in their passport for PDOS and Peer Counseling.

 

GCP (Guidance and Counseling Program) is for K-1 Fiancee and IR/CR-1 spouse ONLY.   These are the only ones that can attend the seminar without their visa.

 

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Just now, John & Rose said:

It is a bit easier and cheaper.  The only disadvantage is an extra couple of months that you will be apart compared to K-1.  

That is a bit of a pain but like you said I can basically start work immediately whereas with the k-1 it'll take months for just the work permit!

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17 minutes ago, John & Rose said:

K-1 vs CR-1 Full Analysis

 

K-1

...

If you have red flags this may be the best place to start in case of denial. 

 

CR-1    

...

If you are truly concerned about a denial, the K-1 may be a better place to start.

This seems backwards...? A K-1 is more likely to be ultimately denied than a CR-1.

A refused K-1 with the petition being sent back will sit and die.

A refused CR-1/IR-1 with the petition being sent back can be reaffirmed and not refused again for the same reason if based upon the same evidence.

If concerned about the CO's evaluation of the relationship, then a spousal visa would be an optimal path.

 

Also, certain crimes can be an issue with an I-129F, but only very few crimes are an issue for an I-130 (e.g. AWA).


Timelines:

Spoiler

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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

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

 

NVC

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

 

K-1

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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