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1 minute ago, Lucky Cat said:

Agree......The K-1s seem to be even more disadvantaged under the current situation as spousal visas are deemed "mission critical".....

Only thing is that my fiancé is in the military so I cannot go to the US to get married because of the travel ban (and then apply for the spousal visa) and it's even harder for him to come to Europe. It's such a mess :( 




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23 minutes ago, Ellie__ said:

Only thing is that my fiancé is in the military so I cannot go to the US to get married because of the travel ban (and then apply for the spousal visa) and it's even harder for him to come to Europe. It's such a mess :( 

As long as you're okay with living with the restrictions of the K-1 once you get here, that's kind of why I'd say go ahead and file if you've already done enough that approval is likely.

If you can't meet (but already have), you might as well let USCIS do as much processing as they can while you're waiting.


K-1                             AOS
NOA1 Notice Date: 2018-05-31    NOA1 Notice Date: 2019-04-11
NOA2 Date: 2018-11-16           Biometrics Date: 2019-05-10
Arrived at NVC:  2018-12-03     EAD/AP In Hand: 2019-09-16
Arrived in Moscow: 2018-12-28   GC Interview Date: 2019-09-25
Interview date: 2019-02-14      GC In Hand: 2019-10-02
Visa issued: 2019-02-28
POE: 2019-03-11
Wedding: 2019-03-14

 

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6 minutes ago, DaveAndAnastasia said:

As long as you're okay with living with the restrictions of the K-1 once you get here, that's kind of why I'd say go ahead and file if you've already done enough that approval is likely.

If you can't meet (but already have), you might as well let USCIS do as much processing as they can while you're waiting.

I was in the US with him in March, then Europe started closing borders and I had to rush back home, at least we got to meet :) 

 




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Is there a third country where you two can meet and have a destination wedding?

 

I agree with others that during these unpredictable times, a spouse visa appears much more secure. K1s are not considered mission critical and therefore not being processed at all in many embassies. Especially in countries with currently travel bans in place. The travel bans to the US only exempt spouses, not Fiancés.

 

The lower priority will more likely than not increase overall processing times, eliminating the only significant benefit of K1 vs. spouse visa.

 

With USCIS processing within the US becoming more and more of a headache (have you heard of form I-944 which must be filled out if you file adjustment of status from within the US?), furloughs hanging above the heads of 70% of USCIS staff, any timeline predictions for EAD, AP, Greencard are impossible. Sitting in the US without a drivers license, ineligible to work etc etc makes any adjustment/settling down a challenge by itself.

 

In the end it’s up to you - if all those seem acceptable for you in favor to secure a spot in line rather sooner than later, the K1 might still be your best bet.

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28 minutes ago, Quarknase said:

Is there a third country where you two can meet and have a destination wedding?

 

I agree with others that during these unpredictable times, a spouse visa appears much more secure. K1s are not considered mission critical and therefore not being processed at all in many embassies. Especially in countries with currently travel bans in place. The travel bans to the US only exempt spouses, not Fiancés.

 

The lower priority will more likely than not increase overall processing times, eliminating the only significant benefit of K1 vs. spouse visa.

 

With USCIS processing within the US becoming more and more of a headache (have you heard of form I-944 which must be filled out if you file adjustment of status from within the US?), furloughs hanging above the heads of 70% of USCIS staff, any timeline predictions for EAD, AP, Greencard are impossible. Sitting in the US without a drivers license, ineligible to work etc etc makes any adjustment/settling down a challenge by itself.

 

In the end it’s up to you - if all those seem acceptable for you in favor to secure a spot in line rather sooner than later, the K1 might still be your best bet.

Spouse visa has for sure a lot more benefits than K1. I think the military won't let him go to a third country which makes it harder :( 




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2 minutes ago, Ellie__ said:

Spouse visa has for sure a lot more benefits than K1. I think the military won't let him go to a third country which makes it harder :( 

I just decided to go with K1 since I can't go marry my fiance right now and with work its much harder trying to line up vacation time during all of this and find a place that will marry us.(In Russia we would have to apply and then wait 30 days to even be able to pick a date!) I figured as long as he can come here by sometime next year then at least we will be together even if we have to wait longer on some things to process.:)

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3 minutes ago, Cheburashka34 said:

I just decided to go with K1 since I can't go marry my fiance right now and with work its much harder trying to line up vacation time during all of this and find a place that will marry us.(In Russia we would have to apply and then wait 30 days to even be able to pick a date!) I figured as long as he can come here by sometime next year then at least we will be together even if we have to wait longer on some things to process.:)

In italy same, they told me it takes about a month to get married and that's something impossible for him. What a terrible situation, months ago I thought it would get over by summer :( 




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1 minute ago, Cheburashka34 said:

I just decided to go with K1 since I can't go marry my fiance right now and with work its much harder trying to line up vacation time during all of this and find a place that will marry us.(In Russia we would have to apply and then wait 30 days to even be able to pick a date!) I figured as long as he can come here by sometime next year then at least we will be together even if we have to wait longer on some things to process.:)

Yeah; even back in normal times, dealing with Russian bureaucracy is not fun.

 

That's mostly why we did a K-1; I couldn't reasonably spend more than a week or so in Russia or take multiple trips on short notice, and setting up a third-country meeting somewhere two foreigners could marry quickly would have taken another couple months minimum if we didn't want to spend a fortune.


K-1                             AOS
NOA1 Notice Date: 2018-05-31    NOA1 Notice Date: 2019-04-11
NOA2 Date: 2018-11-16           Biometrics Date: 2019-05-10
Arrived at NVC:  2018-12-03     EAD/AP In Hand: 2019-09-16
Arrived in Moscow: 2018-12-28   GC Interview Date: 2019-09-25
Interview date: 2019-02-14      GC In Hand: 2019-10-02
Visa issued: 2019-02-28
POE: 2019-03-11
Wedding: 2019-03-14

 

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2 minutes ago, Ellie__ said:

In italy same, they told me it takes about a month to get married and that's something impossible for him. What a terrible situation, months ago I thought it would get over by summer :( 

Yeah it's like we would have to apply, then I'd have to go back later and then we get married and then we file and it takes another year to get approved, and I can't go to Russia until December when I have enough vacation and hopefully flights will even be running by then. So I figured I'll file now and by December or January it will at least maybe be approved and then we are just waiting on an interview at that point which sounds better to me...

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