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Hi,

 

Considering immigration laws are getting very tight lately, I'm wondering if people are still having positive outcomes from applying for the K1. Is rejection rate really high? I'm worried about the risks this comes with and if it is better to apply for the spousal visa instead. Any feedback would be helpful.

 

Thanks.

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People are getting approved for K1 all the time. Unless you're from the high fraud country and have barely any facetime. Then your K1 will be denied. 


K1

29.11.2013 - NoA1

06.02.2014 - NoA2

01.04.2014 - Interview. 

AoS

03.2015 - AoS started.

09.2015 - Green Card received.  

RoC

24.07.2017 - NoA1.

01.08.2018 - RoC approved. 

 

 

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The only thing I've seen happen from things becoming/feeling tighter is that more and more people seem to be rushing K-1's and not knowing how to AOS or even just rushing the relationship in general because they're afraid immigration will bar them from being together. 

Acceptance rates seem normal across the board, high fraud - low acceptance, low fraud - high acceptance.

 


*More detailed timeline in profile!*
 
Relationship:     Friends since 2010, Together since 2013

 K-1:   2015 Done in 208 days - 212g for Second Cosponsor    

Spoiler

04/27/15- NOA1 Recieved                                                    
06/02/15 - NOA2 Recieved
09/22/15 - Interview       (221g for more documents (a SECOND cosponsor), see profile for more details!)                                            
11/09/15 -  ISSUED!!                                                              
11/10/15 - Passport received                                                
02/20/16 - Wedding!              

                                         
 AOS:   2016 Done in 77 days - No RFE, No Interview                                                                    

Spoiler

04/08/16 - I-485, I-765, I-131 AOS Application recieved by USCIS
04/12/16 - 3 NOA1's received in mail
05/14/16 - Biometrics for AOS and EAD
06/27/16 - I-485 Case to changed to "New Card being produced"  (Day 77)
06/27/16 - I-485 Case changed to Approved! (Day 77)
06/30/16 - I-485 Case changed to "My Card has been mailed to me!"
07/05/16 - Green Card received in mail! 

 


ROC:   2018 - 2019 Done in 326 days - No RFE, No Interview

Spoiler

 

05/09/18 - Mailed out ROC to CSC

05/10/18 - CSC Signed and received ROC package
06/07/28 - NOA1 

06/11/18 - Check cashed

06/15/18 - NOA received in the mail
08/27/18 - 18 month extension received (Courtesy Copy)

09/18/18 - Request for official 18 month extension
10/22/18 - Official 18 month extension received 

02/27/19 - Biometrics waived 

04/29/19 - New card being produced!
05/09/19 - USPS delivered green card! In hand now!

 

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5 minutes ago, Ash. said:

The only thing I've seen happen from things becoming/feeling tighter is that more and more people seem to be rushing K-1's and not knowing how to AOS or even just rushing the relationship in general because they're afraid immigration will bar them from being together. 

This.  There have been countless threads lately from people who either A) didn't know AOS was even a thing, or B) had some vague notion of it, but didn't plan for the cost or understand that it should be done promptly after marriage to avoid issues with being out of status.

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1 minute ago, geowrian said:

I'm unaware of immigration law changes in the recent years.

Policies? There are some changes impacting some cases.

 

For a K-1 specifically, fiscal year 2018 had 43,280 visa applications.

Of those, 24,675 were initially issued and 18,605 being initially refused.

Among the refused, 10,427 were issued once the reason for refusal was overcome.

This makes the overall number of K-1s issued 35,102, which is 81% of all applications getting a visa.

https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Statistics/Non-Immigrant-Statistics/NIVWorkload/FY2018NIVWorkloadbyVisaCategory.pdf

 

And 80% is about normal 


YMMV

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According the the Washington Examiner and other new media Trump has cut the # of K1's visas

so read and believe or don't believe

but the number of applications has gone up so much,  of course there will be more denials

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-cuts-fiancee-visas-by-one-third

 

and according to his own State of the Union speech he has a 4 point program for immigration

1. a plan for citizenship for those bought her illegally

2  a wall on the southern border

3  stopping DV lottery

4  stopping chain migration

 

He is slowing down the process thru the ds 5535 form which now is added to both ds 160 and ds 260

this form is to protect USC from green card shoppers 

and 

to protect the USA from those who would come to harm the us

 

personally and this is only personally,   i would do marry and do the CR1  as there are advantages to it

 

 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, ramshanaeem08 said:

Thanks for the input everyone.

 

Wouldn't you still say that it is safer to apply for the spousal instead of the K1? Additionally, spousal will get you a GreenCard much faster too as K1 is only a visa.

"Safer"?  Not necessarily.  Red flags are red flags, and high-fraud embassies will scrutinize both types of applicants.

 

What consulate are you talking about?

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1 minute ago, adil-rafa said:

According the the Washington Examiner and other new media Trump has cut the # of K1's visas

so read and believe or don't believe

but the number of applications has gone up so much,  of course there will be more denials

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-cuts-fiancee-visas-by-one-third

 

and according to his own State of the Union speech he has a 4 point program for immigration

1. a plan for citizenship for those bought her illegally

2  a wall on the southern border

3  stopping DV lottery

4  stopping chain migration

 

He is slowing down the process thru the ds 5535 form which now is added to both ds 160 and ds 260

this form is to protect USC from green card shoppers 

and 

to protect the USA from those who would come to harm the us

 

personally and this is only personally,   i would do marry and do the CR1  as there are advantages to it

 

 

 

 

"Cut"?  How?  Unlike other family reunification visas, fiancee and spousal visas for partners of USCs do not have annual limits to the numbers given out.

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6 minutes ago, ramshanaeem08 said:

Wouldn't you still say that it is safer to apply for the spousal instead of the K1? Additionally, spousal will get you a GreenCard much faster too as K1 is only a visa.

Yes. But only because:

1) A refused spousal visa due to not being in a bona fide marriage can be reaffirmed by USCIS where as a refused K-1 for the same type of reason dies.

2) Can't be "too married" for a spousal visa.

3) Fewer hurdles (no IMBRA).

Edit: I do disagree with the term "safer", though. One has fewer restrictions and more opportunities, but the burden to show a bona fide relationship/marriage is equal.

 

In most cases, a spousal visa is the better choice. But there are situations where a K-1 is better, or even the only actually viable option.

Edited by geowrian

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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23 minutes ago, Jorgedig said:

"Cut"?  How?  Unlike other family reunification visas, fiancee and spousal visas for partners of USCs do not have annual limits to the numbers given out.

The article says that the I-129F petition approval went from 90% in 2016 to 66% in 2017. Which... honestly I find it VERY hard to believe unless when they say "approval" they mean "approval with no RFE".

But the article also says things like:

"Under Obama, the immigrant didn’t even face an overseas interview to see if the relationship was real. "

"the latest data available that in FY 2016 the denial rate was about 20 percent, a huge increase from the 2015 rate of less than 1 percent. "

So you know....

Edited by Ash.

*More detailed timeline in profile!*
 
Relationship:     Friends since 2010, Together since 2013

 K-1:   2015 Done in 208 days - 212g for Second Cosponsor    

Spoiler

04/27/15- NOA1 Recieved                                                    
06/02/15 - NOA2 Recieved
09/22/15 - Interview       (221g for more documents (a SECOND cosponsor), see profile for more details!)                                            
11/09/15 -  ISSUED!!                                                              
11/10/15 - Passport received                                                
02/20/16 - Wedding!              

                                         
 AOS:   2016 Done in 77 days - No RFE, No Interview                                                                    

Spoiler

04/08/16 - I-485, I-765, I-131 AOS Application recieved by USCIS
04/12/16 - 3 NOA1's received in mail
05/14/16 - Biometrics for AOS and EAD
06/27/16 - I-485 Case to changed to "New Card being produced"  (Day 77)
06/27/16 - I-485 Case changed to Approved! (Day 77)
06/30/16 - I-485 Case changed to "My Card has been mailed to me!"
07/05/16 - Green Card received in mail! 

 


ROC:   2018 - 2019 Done in 326 days - No RFE, No Interview

Spoiler

 

05/09/18 - Mailed out ROC to CSC

05/10/18 - CSC Signed and received ROC package
06/07/28 - NOA1 

06/11/18 - Check cashed

06/15/18 - NOA received in the mail
08/27/18 - 18 month extension received (Courtesy Copy)

09/18/18 - Request for official 18 month extension
10/22/18 - Official 18 month extension received 

02/27/19 - Biometrics waived 

04/29/19 - New card being produced!
05/09/19 - USPS delivered green card! In hand now!

 

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