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CR1 Visa vs. F1 Visa: Which is best for our situation?

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Hello,

 

I'm an American citizen living in South Korea. I have been living here for 4 years. I got married four months ago to my wife who is Korean. We are planning to move to the U.S. in Fall of 2020 so she can attend graduate school.  She has a master's degree in English Language Instruction, but will be pursuing a degree in a different field. She will be a full time student and likely won't work while studying. I have not lived in the U.S. for 4 years, and I have never lived in the state where we hope to move for school. We don't know our plans after she graduates, we will likely move back to Korea, but there is the possibility we may want to stay in the U.S. after graduation.  

 

Is a CR1 visa the obvious option for us? Or would an F1 visa also be suitable for our situation? If we applied for a CR1 visa and ended up moving back to Korea for several years after graduation would the visa be canceled? Would being a married couple on an F1 visa cause any foreseeable problems? 

 

Thanks for your help!

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Personally, I would pursue the CR1 as I think it gives her more options once your future plans are more solid, however, your timeline may be a bit strained to get that in 12 months.  Too bad DCF is not available anymore (to my knowledge).  In my opinion, in pursuing the F1, there may be a large hurdle to overcome as to potential immigration intent.  Others may have different opinions, but with a non immigration visa such as an F1 with a USC spouse also moving to the US, it may be a red flag.

 

Good Luck!


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Looks like you just missed the DCF window for the USCIS office in Seoul.

 

https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-offices/south-korea-uscis-seoul-field-office


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US Entry : 2014-09-12

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Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

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2 hours ago, Bill & Katya said:

Personally, I would pursue the CR1 as I think it gives her more options once your future plans are more solid, however, your timeline may be a bit strained to get that in 12 months.  Too bad DCF is not available anymore (to my knowledge).  In my opinion, in pursuing the F1, there may be a large hurdle to overcome as to potential immigration intent.  Others may have different opinions, but with a non immigration visa such as an F1 with a USC spouse also moving to the US, it may be a red flag.

 

Good Luck!

There is no MAY BE about it.  Being married to a US Citizen, her chances of getting an F1 visa are none and slimmer than nonte.  She is deemed to have immigrant intent.  

 


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