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Switching from K1 to K3?

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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1 minute ago, Islandgirl297 said:

Hi all, 

 

does anyone have experience with switching from K1 to K3?? 
 

We haven’t applied for K1 visa but are thinking once we apply and process takes too long - we would want to switch to K3.

 

Is that possible? Or would we have to restart everything all over again? 

No switch.  It's a 100% do over


YMMV

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1) Not possible to switch.

2) K-3 is basically obsolete. Only a small handful are issued each year. A CR-1 would be much more likely the result of trying.


Timelines:

ROC:

Spoiler

7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: Received by USCIS, 8/10 NOA1 electronic notification received, 8/1/ NOA1 hard copy received

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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9 minutes ago, Islandgirl297 said:

Hi all, 

 

does anyone have experience with switching from K1 to K3?? 
 

We haven’t applied for K1 visa but are thinking once we apply and process takes too long - we would want to switch to K3.

 

Is that possible? Or would we have to restart everything all over again? 

You would need to get married and file an I-130.  That takes longer than a K3.   Only a handful of K3 were issued last year.


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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

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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17 minutes ago, Islandgirl297 said:

Hi all, 

 

does anyone have experience with switching from K1 to K3?? 
 

We haven’t applied for K1 visa but are thinking once we apply and process takes too long - we would want to switch to K3.

 

Is that possible? Or would we have to restart everything all over again? 

I don't think they even approve k3 anymore. It would require you to get married first. 

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1 hour ago, Solaris81 said:

I don't think they even approve k3 anymore. It would require you to get married first. 

They approve it but it is in the single digits for worldwide approval.

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12 hours ago, Islandgirl297 said:

Hi all, 

 

does anyone have experience with switching from K1 to K3?? 
 

We haven’t applied for K1 visa but are thinking once we apply and process takes too long - we would want to switch to K3.

 

Is that possible? Or would we have to restart everything all over again? 

Not going to work. 

 

A common venture people, who are just starting out on this journey, try to do is think of ways to speed up the process. If there was a successful way, it would be the number 1 thread on this and every other immigration website. There is no switching visas. And to give you an idea of the K3, there were only 6 K3's approved in 2018 and 5 approved in 2019. With how Covid-19 is affecting everything, you would have a better chance winning the lottery than getting approved for a K3.

 

Here is the official US report -> https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Statistics/AnnualReports/FY2019AnnualReport/FY19AnnualReport-TableXVI-B.pdf

 

It sucks but you have to wait it out. 


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Brazil
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2 hours ago, TiEy said:

What is the difference between K3 and CR-1?

K-3 used to be a visa to get a spouse in the country and then wait out adjustment of status, like K-1 for fiancees, when spousal visas took much longer than they do today.

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4 hours ago, TiEy said:

What is the difference between K3 and CR-1?

K-3 is a non-immigrant visa. It lets you enter the country then apply for permanent residence.

CR-1 is an immigrant visa. You become a permanent residence upon entry.


Timelines:

ROC:

Spoiler

7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: Received by USCIS, 8/10 NOA1 electronic notification received, 8/1/ NOA1 hard copy received

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: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria
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No such thing as switching. K3 is for married folks. So filing a K1 would not be your path. K3 would probably 99.9% never be issued because it's not a viable path. You would need to marry and just go that course.
So choices are stay single file I-129F or get married file I-130.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Ghana
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You can't switch from K1 to K3; there's no such thing. However, you can get married and file for CR1 by completing I-130. Once I-I30 receipt is received you may optionally file for K3; though you should note that K3 is essentially obsolete.

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