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K-1 Visa Sep. 17th, 2012 @ 08:12 pm
My boyfriend left for Mexico in June this year to see his parents (he hadn't seen them in two and a half years) and he thought he would be back by now. He says it's going to cost him up to $3000 dollars to return so I am looking into the fiance visa to bring him back in a safer manner.

I was just wondering if anyone knew how long the processing time is for the K-1 visa at this time. I read that it's been five to nine months and was hoping for a more precise time since we would have to be married within the 90 days. How can I plan a wedding without knowing when he'll actually be back?!

So any advice or resources would be wonderful.

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K1 Visa- Do we have to marry in his state? Mar. 31st, 2011 @ 09:40 pm
My fiance and I have been together for about 7 years now, and after our last visit earlier this month, we decided to get things rolling, and if our plans work out, we should be applying for the K1 visa this summer (I am British and he is American, from the state of Ohio) :) . We had many different plans for our wedding over the years, but when we realised it would be much easier to wed in the US on the K1, we planned to "elope" (ish- parents and a few friends invited) to California for an intimate (cheap) beach wedding, so as to enjoy our day and avoid unpleasant relatives (who might gate crash). We expect we may have to live with his parents for a short time, but he desperately wants to leave Ohio and we are planning on moving to Oregon when we can afford to. However, today, I was just reading something, and it stated that the requirement for the visa would be that we would have to marry in the petitioner's state of residence. This is not something I had heard before; it does not say anything like that on the government website, it only says that the couple must be married in the US within 90 days. I did have a guide linked to me by another couple currently undergoing application for K1 but the link has broken, and I don't recall ever seeing that on there either. This is a first for me.

This may sound petty, but in actual fact, we have our hearts set on this...for starters, much of his extended family are very unpleasant and we do not want to be obligated to invite them (we both feel this way, this is not just me being an overdomineering bride ^^;; This is why he wants to move to Oregon!). For instance, the man he was hoping to have as best man is black, and his grandfather is racist @.@. My mother actually suggested a destination/eloping wedding, as then we could enjoy the "holiday" rather than stress ourselves out with a reception benefiting people we don't necessarily want to share the day with anyway. However, if what I read is true, this really does pee on our bonfire, so to speak :( Does anyone know if this is the case? x
Current Location: UK

Mar. 15th, 2010 @ 02:26 pm

I'm Canadian and my fiance is American. We're engaged, but don't plan on actually getting married for a few years.

So, here are my questions:

How long does it generally take for a K-1 Visa to go through? Is it even possible to plan a wedding in advance when going this route?

When in the process of applying for a K-1, can I still enter the U.S. without issue?

Has anyone filed for permanent residency after getting married in the U.S. without getting a K-1 Visa? I've heard this is sometimes an easier and more hassle free way of going about things. It is how my best friend did it.


Moving to Australia? Jul. 5th, 2009 @ 06:51 pm
Hello! I'm new here and I have two questions. My boyfriend Paul is coming from Australia to the United States on a work visa in Sept. We plan to marry in December. However! We want to move to Australia. Does he have to return to Australia in order to sponsor me? Will I have to stay in the U.S. until the visa is done being processed? My biggest worry is being separated from Paul.
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Afghan-US May. 27th, 2009 @ 10:20 am
Name (or LJ Username): Renee--bride-to-be (Wow! I am still in shock writing that)
Partner's name: Qais groom-to-be
Age: I am 36, he is 26
What country are you from: USA
What country is your partner from: Afghanistan
Who's going where (immigration wise): He is coming here.
Anticipated Wedding Date: We haven't set a date yet. He just proposed this past Sunday!

What's your story?

I went back to school for social work. I wasn't expecting to meet anyone and I was thinking that I was just going to concentrate on my studies and not date. Then I met Qais! He is the kindest, most generous, most loving man I have ever met. He is on a Fulbright scholarship to Ball State University in journalism. He is scared to go back home because his best friend Parwez Kambakhsh, who is also a journalist is in prison for standing up for women's rights! There was a time when authorities were coming after him as well, right before he came to Ball State University. His safety is the utmost importance to me, needless to say.

Any way, we met at a Ramadan event back in September. I found him to be funny, charming and very handsome. We started dating soon afterward and have been absolutely inseparable ever since. I sure hope that we can be together here in the US because it wouldn't be safe for us to go to Afghanistan. We'd live in constant fear of me being kidnapped or worse, or him being imprisoned by the religious crazies or worse. We also would not want our children to live in such terror either.

We both would love to see a happy, prosperous, peaceful Afghanistan. That is our dream.

I love Qais so much. I want him to be happy. He's been through so much growing up. He grew up in a war zone. He's seen people killed right before his eyes. When he was ten years old his father took him to the battleground with him in a tank. His father sat little Qais on top of the tank and enemies started to shoot at him! He also helped out with picking up dead bodies from the field. I just can't imagine seeing all that as a small child!

I just want us to have a happy life together because I love him more than I've loved anyone in my life. He is the most gentle, kindest, sweetest man I've ever met and I never want to lose him.
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» K-1 help!
Name (or LJ Username): Cheyenne
Bride/Groom/Other: Bride
Partner's name: Jason
Age: 18, hes 26.
What country are you from: Canada
What country is your partner from: America
Who's going where (immigration wise): I'm immigrating to the states seeing as how hes not allowed to cross..
Anticipated Wedding Date: Whenever everything gets sorted out.
Anything you want to tell us about your visa status or type: N/A
What's your story?

alright so after jason tried to get across the border into canada, he got denied due to criminal charges from the past. so ive decided to immigrate to the states. we have a 1 month old who was born in canada. im getting really frustrated with trying to figure out what to do. i called u.s immigration and they were absolutly no help at all. for ex, i asked where i can get the K-1 form and all i got was "us consulate".. we're getting really frustrated and at this point its starting to seem really hopeless. can anyone help? please?
a couple questions ive been meaning to get answered;
-which would be better in our case, for me to go to the states and get married and then he files the spouse form? or just go for the K-1?
-after submitting the K-1 form, can i visit while it is in progress?
-if it gets rejected can i still travel to the states to visit or am i going to be "red-flagged"?

i'm realling starting to feel negative about the whole thing.. we just really need some advice on what we should do.
» Question about online visa...(US)
So I'm going back to see my fiance next month, for the first time in a year, and my parents told me after their trip to the Caribbean in December (that included a flight to Florida) that the online visa is now being phased in and the green slips of paper for the visa waiver being phased out. With much difficulty, I finally got a Delta representative to get me on the Esta website and give me a step-by-step guide on how to use it (yay for Delta).

So I filled it out (just like on the plane lol only in my pyjamas sitting at my computer) and it crashed twice because I tried to print the page where it advised I do so XD Eventually, I got the approval, and then the page crashed again when I tried to click print again. By this point, it had already come up saying I was approved and that I shouldn't have any problems entering the US. I'm hoping to give my dad the website link and the application number to see if he can print it off at work, but I'm just a little concerned- do I really need a print-out? I would feel more comfortable if I had one, but the computer dislikes it. Does anyone know what I can expect when I go through passport control in the US next month? I'm a little nervous...I was so used to just having all my little slips ready, it was routine for me, and now I'm a bit confused and nervous about the changes....@_@
» Intro / US ---> OZ
Name (or LJ Username): Maya
Partner's name: Michael
Age: I'm 24, he is 30
What country are you from: US
What country is your partner from: Australia
Who's going where (immigration wise): Atlanta, GA, USA to Narooma, NSW, Australia
Anticipated Wedding Date: 01.02.2010 or 20.10.2010 (we're a little OCD!)
Anything you want to tell us about your visa status or type: Haven't applied yet.
What's your story?

We met online just over five years ago and have been in love ever since. I visited him in 2005, and he was here the end of 2007/beginning of 2008. We are 9,399 miles apart and are ready to start taking steps towards immigration. I hope to go back over sometime between July and December of this year, preferably to stay.

We are both short on money, so we haven't begun the application yet. I want as much help as possible, but I obviously need free or cheap advice. Any good resources or personal stories of US ---> OZ? How long did it take you to get approved? Were there any problems? I worry my previous medical conditions will count against me...

» I just got approved!
Hey everyone.

It's been a long time since I've updated since our circumstances were a little unusual, and I'd been advised to talk about them as little as possible with people outside our family. I just got back from my adjustment of status interview, and was told my green card has been approved, so I thought I'd let people know our process. :)

Hubby and I were married July 13th, 2008. We got married in my country (England) as he has dual citizenship (England/USA) and most of our elderly family members are there. We had a wonderful honeymoon in Grand Cayman, and then we met with our lawyer in hubby's state (Cincinnati, Ohio) to discuss filing a spousal visa. Our plan was to sign the papers whilst I was on a visa waiver/visitor's entrance, and then I'd return to the UK while it was being processed, which is the standard practice. However, as I was chatting with my lawyer, he was asking about my circumstances and it came out that my parents announced they'd be divorcing 3 days before my wedding, would have to sell the family home, and that I'd had to quit my job since I wasn't eligible for holiday leave and there was no way I was missing my honeymoon. Because I don't own my own property and was without a job, our lawyer advised us to petition for an adjustment of status so that I could stay in the US with my husband who has a good job and a place we can live. This is fully legal but it's not often talked about because, I guess, immigration is worried it will lead to more cases of attempted visa fraud. Part of the conditions of this is that I could not leave the country, and that we'd have to file before my visa waiver expired so that I would become 'out of status' as opposed to illegal.

Okay, so! We filed on October 22nd, 2008. I had my official medical appointment before signing. I had to have a number of shots, including the HPV vaccine, but that all went well and the doctors/nurses were kind and professional. My biometrics appointment was November 18th. I was told then that my work authorisation and advanced letter of parole (allowing me to leave the country without jeopardising my application) had been approved and would arrive within 4-8 weeks. I got them both at the 8 week mark. Then, today, was my appointment, and I was approved. :) We did not have to show any evidence of our marriage. We just verified our details (address, etc), and I was questioned on my last entry to the US to make sure I hadn't intended to commut visa fraud (and I really hadn't: it was a huge surprise to be told I could stay here). They don't stamp passports anymore so I can't leave the country until my green card comes through, which will be in 4-6 weeks. Since hubby and I haven't been married for 2 years, obviously, it's a 2 year green card. I can file for the 10 year green card in 1 year and 9 months, and once I have been here for 3 years, I can apply for citizenship.

I hope this is useful to some people and, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
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Name (or LJ Username):tonksn Bride
Partner's name: DT - Groom
Age:31 and 28
What country are you from: US
What country is your partner from: UK
Who's going where (immigration wise): UK to US
Wedding Date: 4/19/2006
Anything you want to tell us about your visa status or type: Filed a K-1, approved 10/14/2005, AOS 5/2006, approved AOS 12/22/06, plan on filing I-751 on 9/20/08

What's your story? Met through friends in 2003, met in person in May 2004. All in all, through attorney mishaps and him passing out from heat exhaustion at a POE, we have lived through one hell of a story for the grandkids.
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