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It exists, but fewer are issued every year and it was only 3 last year.


Timelines:

ROC:

Spoiler

7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: received by USCIS

AOS:

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

12/1/16: sent, 12/14/16: 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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6 minutes ago, 100518 said:

Is it true???

Last year, there were only 3 approved world-wide....

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Filed: Other Country: Saudi Arabia
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8 minutes ago, 100518 said:

Is it true???

It’s still a law on the books.

 

Problem is the petitions are processed together now so the I130 petition gets approved with the I129F and the I-130 is the one sent through for visa processing.

The purpose of K3 was to issue a non-immigrant visa to an immediate relative so they could enter the US while the I-130 was being processed.  The time difference in I130 processing was eliminated back in ‘07 or so (we got a K3 but our petitions were approved same day and somehow the I129F was forwarded instead of I130)

After 2007 the petitions were filed together and almost all K3 requests turned into CR1/IR1 visas.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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We filled for K3 3 months after CR-1. Not sure, but it might be one of the reasons why we got approved CR-1 at USCIS way earlier than expected. Of course, they denied K3 next day after CR-1 approval

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41 minutes ago, 100518 said:

Does it cost to file after you've already sent the i130?

No. You would send a copy of the I-130's NOA1 along with the I-129F packet.


Timelines:

ROC:

Spoiler

7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: received by USCIS

AOS:

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

12/1/16: sent, 12/14/16: 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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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: New Zealand
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23 minutes ago, Nitas_man said:

K-3’s a pain.  Adjustment of status is a pain.  EAD procurement is a pain.

Going through all that, might as well do a K-1.

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22 hours ago, 100518 said:

Is it true???

Why would you even bother with this anyway???? The usage of the K3 visa has been declining for many years now. 

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25 minutes ago, Cyberfx1024 said:

Why would you even bother with this anyway???? The usage of the K3 visa has been declining for many years now. 

Just to try anything to be with my wife sooner..

Even if it was a 2% possibility that it would help 

1 hour ago, Nitas_man said:

K-3’s a pain.  Adjustment of status is a pain.  EAD procurement is a pain.

The entire process is a pain and stressful af

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: New Zealand
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4 minutes ago, 100518 said:

Already married

I get that.  But doing a K-3 eliminates the primary advantage of the CR/IR-1, which is no AOS.

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