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Open K1 Application for my Fiance, Also Applying for Fiancee UK Visa for me. Does This Matter?

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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Hi!

 

So my fiance and I have just about had it with US immigration and waiting for an interview and pulled the trigger yesterday on applying for a UK fiancee visa for me to move here. We are basically thinking we will just go with whichever country comes through with the visa first. My question is, will have both applications open at the same time hurt our chances in either direction? I am thinking no since one visa would be for me and one visa would be for him, it is not like we are each seeking two visas. 

 

If we had to make the choice, we would be okay with cancelling the US visa at this point, but also don't really want to lose all the progress and want to go with our original plan. What do you guys think? Will we run into trouble with two open applications or will we be okay with out original plan?

 

Thanks!

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Have you found during your research a website that will give you the estimated adjudication timeline for a UK visa? That would be my first step? Second would be to be in a FB or find a web site like VJ for UK processing and get "boots on the ground" knowledge of what you are facing. There are so many factors to consider then sitting down in disgust with what COVID has done to the visa process in the US but how has it affected the UK visa process. So many questions to answer before you pull the trigger but that's just me thinking aloud. Good luck and stay engaged. 


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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7 minutes ago, Greenbaum said:

Have you found during your research a website that will give you the estimated adjudication timeline for a UK visa? That would be my first step? Second would be to be in a FB or find a web site like VJ for UK processing and get "boots on the ground" knowledge of what you are facing. There are so many factors to consider then sitting down in disgust with what COVID has done to the visa process in the US but how has it affected the UK visa process. So many questions to answer before you pull the trigger but that's just me thinking aloud. Good luck and stay engaged. 

Thanks for the response! So yes, we did a lot of research on the UK visa process before we actually spent the money (significantly higher than the US) and I was able to get a biometrics appointment for September 16th. We are now working on gathering all of our documents for the application (similar to the US). The timeline after that is 15-60 working days for a decision and according to the UK visa subreddit people have been providing their timelines and that has been accurate. We are definitely going to stay engaged and are prepared to wait it out either way but just think having the option to go in either direction is best/quickest way to get it done. I haven't seen anything that would imply having both applications open would be a problem,  especially since we are already approved by USCIS on paper so if this ever came up it would be during his interview and if he made it to that point before we had the UK visa we would void that one anyway, but I also think this is a unique scenario so I just want to be sure :)

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2 minutes ago, Sarahbmalvin said:

Thanks for the response! So yes, we did a lot of research on the UK visa process before we actually spent the money (significantly higher than the US) and I was able to get a biometrics appointment for September 16th. We are now working on gathering all of our documents for the application (similar to the US). The timeline after that is 15-60 working days for a decision and according to the UK visa subreddit people have been providing their timelines and that has been accurate. We are definitely going to stay engaged and are prepared to wait it out either way but just think having the option to go in either direction is best/quickest way to get it done. I haven't seen anything that would imply having both applications open would b a problem, but I also think this is a unique scenario so I just want to be sure :)

I applaud you for taking the time to research. Many make emotional decisions at times and regret it in the end. I can't answer your original question on what affect the UK application will have on the US version so I will step aside and allow others with more experience answer your question. All the best.


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Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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No impact on UK and UK has always been super quick compared to the US.

 

I recollect when I was going through this an Indian friend was bringing his wife over from India, normal processing time was a month but you could pay extra to get it done quicker. Mine to the US was over a year.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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11 minutes ago, Boiler said:

No impact on UK and UK has always been super quick compared to the US.

 

I recollect when I was going through this an Indian friend was bringing his wife over from India, normal processing time was a month but you could pay extra to get it done quicker. Mine to the US was over a year.

That’s great news! And yeah seems like it’s a lot quicker and more efficient. We are going on a year with the US (applied last September). I applied for U.K. yesterday, was able to book my biometrics right away for 9/16 and it 15 working days was the “longer” option. 

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Wow, did not know that UK fiancee visa processing is that quick. Kudos to you for researching! The only thing I would add is, if the UK visa comes through quickly and you move there and if you go ahead and get married there, then obviously your US K-1 will no longer be applicable since you will have already been married by that time.


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The UK process is quicker but more expensive and stricter. No co-sponsors allowed and no waivers for ineligibilities (as we discovered when we were denied). My brother successfully brought his wife into the UK and she has just obtained British citizenship. Overall a smooth process, from what he told me. 


 

 

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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1 hour ago, JFH said:

The UK process is quicker but more expensive and stricter. No co-sponsors allowed and no waivers for ineligibilities (as we discovered when we were denied). My brother successfully brought his wife into the UK and she has just obtained British citizenship. Overall a smooth process, from what he told me. 

Hoping ours goes smoothly as well! 🤞🏻 As far as the requirements (financial, relationship, housing) go it seems we have all we need so hopefully it goes off without a hitch. 

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13 hours ago, Sarahbmalvin said:

We are basically thinking we will just go with whichever country comes through with the visa first.

My money is on the UK visa coming through faster. The UK and Ireland proclamation is in effect indefinitely and those few K-1 applicants that happen to be exempt to it are being stonewalled by the US Embassy in London:

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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9 hours ago, HRQX said:

My money is on the UK visa coming through faster. The UK and Ireland proclamation is in effect indefinitely and those few K-1 applicants that happen to be exempt to it are being stonewalled by the US Embassy in London:

 

Yeah I would bet on the UK as well. If you look at the UK visa subreddit it’s almost all positive news of people getting approved with ridiculously quick timelines. 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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The only issue I could foresee is that Border officers in the US would see that he had a K1 petition at one point If he tries to enter the US to visit. That would maybe prompt some more scrutiny on him. But they must deal with this situation from time to time, so as long as he's honest with them, Its probably not a big deal.

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Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.


Our journey:

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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