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Hi all,

 

I've hired an immigration consultant to help us file I-130 and would like to seek your advise on a few concerns.

 

The consultant said that after I-130 is reviewed then we will file DS260 (green card). The Case number on the NVC’s notice is used to log into the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) to proceed this stage (around 3-5 months). The final step is interview in US Consulate. The decision will be made in 1-2 months.

 

My question is whether my application is IR1/CR1 or K-3 or none of the above? I originally thought we were applying for K-3 but it sounded like we are not. Then when i look at the visajourney, it shared a timeline which says I-130 for IR1/CR1 & K-3 visas. This got me into thinking that the I-130 is meant for IR1/CR1 or K-3?

 

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Your are applying for a IR1/CR1 unless you also filed an I-129F for a K3 and it was approved before the I-130 was adjudicated.  Only 3 K3's have been approved this fiscal year.


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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K3 visas are no longer really being issued, and K3s also require that an I-129f is filed after the I-130. A standalone I-130 is for a CR1. You have petitioned for a CR1 visa as you have not submitted an I-129f. You will not submit a DS260 until you reach NVC stage, after your I-130 is approved at USCIS. I-130 approval can take many months. So it will be a while before you submit DS260. There are, of course, other things you need to do at NVC stage as well. But like I said, not until I-130 is approved, which is not quick.

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Our CR1 Journey So Far:
 

USCIS Stage:

  • Feb 8 2019: Sent package
  • Feb 14 2019: Delivered
  • Feb 21 2019: NOA1 (PD Feb 14, 2019)
  • Assigned to Nebraska Service Center (yay... 🙄)
  • Waiting for: NOA2

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Thanks guys. We've married longer than 2 years therefore it should be IR-1, if that makes any difference.

 

We applied it last year and received NOA1 in Sept (spouse) and Oct (child). Their processing time site keeps back tracking and it's frustrating!

 

Why is K1 visa (fiance) much faster than I-130/IR-1?!?

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3 minutes ago, G_ngan said:

Thanks guys. We've married longer than 2 years therefore it should be IR-1, if that makes any difference.

 

We applied it last year and received NOA1 in Sept (spouse) and Oct (child). Their processing time site keeps back tracking and it's frustrating!

 

Why is K1 visa (fiance) much faster than I-130/IR-1?!?

K1 is only faster st this end .. getting to the US. The long stage occurs after marriage on the K1 .. during Adjustment of Status 

 

For IR/CR1 a lot more of the checks and document collation is done at the NBC before the file gets sent to the Consulate. 

 

K1 uses the NVC only for case number allocation and the on to the Consulate   But they get more scrutiny at  the AOS stage 

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