K-1 Fiancé Visa – SOS

posted 6 months ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My good friend had similar issues.  They opted to get married in the other country and apply for his wife’s visa as a spouse instead of a fiance.  Even that process took over a year.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

scheveningen :  Have your legal wedding at the court house to satisfy visa requirements. Plan wedding once visa has been issued, you can take your time.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Can you get married here on a normal tourist visa, and then petition for him as your spouse?  I couldn’t imagine trying to plan a wedding for a moving 90-day target window, so we got married here while Darling Husband and his family were over for a visit, and then I brought him over as my husband.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Fremont, CA

We are basically applicant twins with a year difference. 🙂

In our case, we planned everything with a nice little time cushion, and everything was booked in advance.

We applied for the K1 visa mid August 2017 and planned our wedding for the end of July 2018. From when we got the NOA2 (end of February, 2018) to the NVC number to be assigned, it took one more month. So, by the end of March, we were able to schedule my medical exams and interview, which were set for the end of May (because of my work in Brazil – but, just so you know, there was only availability from the end of April on!). By mid June I had my visa in hand (took about 10 days for me to receive my visa) . By The Way, it also depends if your fianc(e)é’s country has a Packet 3 and Packet 4 system. Mine doesn’t, so the process went faster.

What I’m saying is that, if things are still taking as long as they were last year, I don’t think there will be enough time for you to have your wedding in May. :/

Side note: your friends and family’s should apply for their tourist visas A.S.A.P.. My friends showed my wedding invitation on their visa interview.

Good luck! I hope you get yours faster! In any case, you could reach out to venues and see if you can insert a clause of date alteration to your contracts… Worst case scenario, you do a quick courthouse wedding and have  your celebration months later. Also, submit the adjustment of status papers ASAP once you get your marriage certificate. I’m almost going insane here, unable to work or travel back to my country. :/

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Fremont, CA

kooshball5 :  she can’t. That would be considered visa fraud, as the K1 application shows intent to marry and the only way for them to accept weddings with a tourist visa is when the wedding occurs as an unplanned, spur-of-the-moment action.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

scheveningen :  Oh, my bad.  My husband’s from the UK so we didn’t have to bother with a tourist visa.  Sorry for the misinformation.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Fremont, CA

Are you guys on VisaJourney? It’s a super helpful forum!

My friiends had their interviews right after our K1 was issued, but they had scheduled those interviews way before that. They picked the week after my interview.

We initially wanted to pick July 28 for our wedding, because it was a meaningful date for us, but it was too pricey, as it was a Saturday. We had it on the 26th instead, and our cost dropped to one third (same venue, they made an exception for us, as they don’t usually do weddings on Thursdays). So as we couldn’t pick our initial special day, we made the new day special instead. 🙂

Good luck! Feel free to PM me if you need anything!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

1.) We started planning our wedding/booking venues before my husband’s green card was approved, and everything turned out fine. (Although we did end up having to get married at the courthouse a month and a half before our ‘wedding’, which I guess could have been avoided if he came over a bit later. He didn’t want to wait though.) Anyway, I probably wouldn’t advise booking anything for May incase something does go wrong. July or after should be a safe bet though.

2.) I didn’t go to my husband’s interview so I can’t give you any advice there. I think it’d be nice to be there though, if you’re allowed.

3.) Get married well before the 90 days are up if you don’t want to be yelled at at your AOS interview. We got married at around the 75 day mark, and the woman interviewing us was REALLY pissed off about it for some reason. (Cause apparently you’re ‘supposed’ to get married right away or you don’t really love each other, even if they give you 90 days.)

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Fremont, CA

I’m glad to read that, girl!

Yeah, this process is a great teacher. We truly learn to distinguish between needs and wants, between what is fundamental and what is merely cosmetic… 🙂

Best of luck to you!

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