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Hello everyone. So me and my fiancé have been together for 3 years. My divorce took a while so it tied us up. I’m 41 he’s 33. I’m American and he is Pakistani living in Dubai for 13 years. I’ve visited him in Dubai 10 times (as of next month) in the last 25 months. Obviously we have beyond tons of evidence for each trip and everything else in between including chats, western union stuff, mail packages, ring receipts. Will they think we look too married ? My divorce was final in April of this year and then he officially proposed lol. We can marry next month in Dubai but are afraid to get stuck in Nebraska with a huge wait as I’m 41 and we want a baby soon. Thoughts on k1 vs Cr1 ? UAE embassy. I also have 5 kids from First husband but my income is 6 figures so no worries with needing a co sponsor. Thank you all ❤️  Also I’ve not traveled to Pakistan. His dad is very elder and his mom deceased. He works a lot and doesn’t get much time off. I’m not comfortable with traveling to his village as our state dept has warnings posted not to go and get a permit if you do. I do have pics with cousins and nephews. Will this be ok ? 

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Will he have his interview in Dubai?  @Lovetoteach is a member here with a similar situation and could probably shed some light on your questions.

 

My guess would be you would have better luck with a CR-1.  The difference in processing times overall is not huge, when you factor in the possibility of more scrutiny/extended AP with a K-1.  Seems like you have much more than the average number of visits though, so that bodes well!

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5 minutes ago, Jorgedig said:

Will he have his interview in Dubai?  @Lovetoteach is a member here with a similar situation and could probably shed some light on your questions.

 

My guess would be you would have better luck with a CR-1.  The difference in processing times overall is not huge, when you factor in the possibility of more scrutiny/extended AP with a K-1.  Seems like you have much more than the average number of visits though, so that bodes well!

His interview will be in Abu Dhabi, I was hoping all the visits would help the K1. It’s a huge process to marry there. My divorce decree is in DC right now getting it’s attestation and then I have to send it to the uae embassy in DC for final attestation for it to be recognized as a legal document in Dubai court 

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Posted (edited)
12 hours ago, KSK said:

Hi , 

I have been waiting since 25 months After my K1 visa intervew in US embassy in AUH , i suggest you go ahead with CR 1 . 

May I ask what country you are a citizen of ? Any red flags like age gap? Not enough visits to see you ? 25 months is insane to be waiting. 

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Every couple has their own priorities, and each couple must decide which visa is better for their situation.

K-1
    Slightly faster arrival in the US (currently about 5 months sooner)    
    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
    Slightly slower arrival in the US (currently about 5 months later)

    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.
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Our journey:

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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)

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