Post # 1
I wrote a post awhile back asking for help with the K1 fiance visa. Everyone was very helpful with their tips but we decided to seek the advice of a pro anyway. Turns out there are Non-Profit Immigration Lawyers all over the place. We found one in Astora, NY and we couldn’t have asked for more. They know the system inside out and the K1 is not the only way to go. You can get married THEN file for the paperwork. If any of you have looked into the K1 visa and how complicated and LONG it is, this would the better alternative. You can set a date, you can get it all done here in the States and it is ALOT cheaper. Just though i would let you all know, as I am sooo glad I was told about these lawyers, very professional, trustworthy and on the cheaper side!
Post # 3
I’m glad everything worked out for you!
Post # 4
my boyfriend is english and I’m american and we were just about to start the k-1 process. We are really daunted by the piles of paperwork and months of waiting involved. I would love a little more information about the alternative to the k-1. My email is [email protected]. Any insight you can offer would be so helpful. Thanks!
Post # 5
Your title cracks me up…no little green man! LOL Congrats on finding a lawyer, I’m glad you were able to find somebody that you liked and is cost friendly!
Post # 6
Well just keep one thing in mind. To adjust from status while already in the US is allowed. However the US considers that you should not enter the country with the intent to marry and adjust status.
In your case, englishmuffin, I believe you came without that intent so you are fine.
npearce124: in your case it depends what country you are both in right now. You have to keep in mind that when the foreign fiance enters the US border you are asked questions by the immigration officer. If that officer has any doubt that he plans to stay there and apply for the green card he could be sent back home. There is no shortcut to the K1 visa.
Also keep in mind that if you come with a K1 visa, I have found that those cases tend to be processed faster on average when it comes to the AOS application than when you do like I did and like englishmuffin is planning.
It’s only an alternative if bboth are already in the US when making the decision to marry and adjust status. Just a warnin so you don’t have any surprises.
Check what the US embassy says and also go to uscis.gov and look at their official guide: http://www.uscis.gov/files/article/A2.pdf
Post # 7
yes-our lawyer made it very clear to us that you can plan this but you must wait at least 6 weeks before the civil ceremony otherwise you will be seen as coming into the country with intent to marry and not on a vacation. mrs froogy is yr gal when it comes to this. she has been a great help-listen to this amphibian-she speaks a wealth of knowledge (correct knowledge!) x