My fiance is from England. It has been a long and stressful process, but here how it has worked out for us.
May 2011: Met my fiance. He came over to work in the states
Oct. 2011: Fiance returned to England.
Feb. 2012: Engaged via the internet. Talk about romance. lol
March 2012: Started K-1 process
May 2012: Fiance met with embassy over issues with his passport.
May 2012: Fiance returned to the U.S. to visit and work again.
Sept. 2012: Fiance returned to England again.
October 2012: Fiance performed police checks in England.
Nov. 2012: Fiance attended his medical test in London.
December 2012: Fiance attended his visa meeting in London.
December 2012: FIANCE RETURNING TO STATES! Hopefully by the end of Decemeber! 🙂
Late Dec./Early January 2012/2013: Court House Wedding & Apply for AOS
January 2014: 1 Year Vow Renewal
So I must admit it was a long process and a stressful process. Every time we had to meet with the embassy, we were holding our breath. We didn’t use a lawyer and it was doable without, but perhaps more stressful. We were originally planning on having a proper wedding within the 90 day process, BUT opted out because it was realllly stressful. AND prior to getting married, the process to work authorization is a long one, so we just wanted to get the ball rolling on that one. So I made him PROMISE me that we will have the real deal within a year. He is happy with just the court house wedding, but knows that I want a proper ceremony.
Hang in there. It’s a bit of a process, but if you are committed and happy with your fiance, stick to your guns. Just keep the end result in mind!