Immigration- CR-1 Visa- how long did the process take you?

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

it takes forever. don’t plan any sort of wedding without having your K1 in hand. You will DEFINITELY, no doubt about, NOT have your visa before the end of this year.

 

We applied for the K1 on November of 2011. I had my medical exam on October 2012, and my interview on November 2012. So I moved here on December 2012, over a year after we started the paperwork.

We married on February 2013. On June 2013 I applied for adjustment of status and I am still waiting.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

BTW: I was never outside of any processing times. it was all normal. and you can’t marry in the US without a K1 visa unless you have another visa that allows you to live here.

Post # 6
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2912 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i don’t have first hand experience with this, but i have friends who are currently in the process. so far, it’s been a year and 8 months and they still have several months (at least) to go until it’s all done.

it’s definitely not a quick process. my friend somehow got the impression that it would be done within a year and was very upset because she rushed her wedding just so they could get the process started and it wasn’t happening as quickly as she wanted it to. i felt bad, but i had to keep giving her a reality check that their case wasn’t the only case they were working on, and the fact that they rushed their wedding doesn’t give them a front of the line pass.

but she is undocumented (brought to the u.s. as a baby), so i think they have more hoops to jump thru than if it was just a “regular” case.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My husband and I went the K-1 rout, and the process took just short of eight months, which I hear is pretty standard. I’m not sure about the CR-1 though. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@BurritoMiss:  if you want to apply for a CR-1 it is better to get married in Canada. They’re gonna give you a very hard time about marrying in the US without the appropiate paperwork, because coming from Canadawithout a visa means that you’re coming as a tourist. Coming to the US with the intent to get married without a K1 visa is illegal.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@bebero:  Actually that is incorrect, although it’s a common misconception. Coming with intent to get married and then stay and file for permanent residency is illegal. Coming to get married and then the foreigner returns to their country and the proper CR-1 is filed is perfectly legal. 

@BurritoMiss:  check on visajourney.com and they will have lots more info on CR-1, as well as Canada-specific information. CR-1 is a much superior visa than K1 in that you will be able to become a legal resident and be able to work and travel as soon as you immigrate, whereas with K1 you have to wait to file until after the wedding. Basically K1 is two seperate processes (visa and then adjustment of status) whereas CR-1 is just one process.

ETA: CR-1 does usually take longer than K1 because of the extra security checks associated with issuing an immigrant visa. That’s more a matter of months than years but K1 would get you back together with your man faster. It’s all a matter of priorities…

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I have a friend who did this. I believe they got married in April, he went back to the UK while she stayed in the US. She was just able to move to the UK this month. Not too bad.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@BurritoMiss:  I’m so sorry about the heterocentric references! *makes mental note to use different wording in the future*

Post # 13
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2546 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

wait! are you a same sex couple? if that’s the case, i suggest getting a very savvy immigration lawyer. since same sex marriage is not recognized at a federal level in the US, only in some states, same sex couples are currently not eligible for immigration benefits.

 

 

 

 

if you file a suit with a very good lawyer there’s hope though


ETA: Actually I just read as of last month this isn’t the case anymore. i’m sorry and congratulations!!!!!

 


 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@bebero:  I think the downfall of DOMA changed all that and if they get married in a state (or Canada) where same-sex marriage is recognized, then it’s recognized on a federal level. 

 @BurritoMiss:  I have not followed the changes on family-based immigration eligibility pertaining to the DOMA strikedown, but there’s at least one or two threads on visajourney explaining all that and helping same-sex couples through the process. I think you’ll be fine.

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