As the Author of the China Marriage and K3 Visa Guide one of the most popular questions I’m often asked is: “After my Chinese spouse arrives in the United States what is the total cost for a marriage in China?” After you are married in China and your spouse enters the U.S. on a K3 Visa, the cost will vary depending on the choices you make and how you proceed. Over the years I have developed many alliances with U.S. Citizens who have successfully married in China and brought a spouse to the U.S. along with those who have filed petitions to bring a fiancee to the U.S. to marry here. Our case studies cover both, with and without the use of an attorney. As we discuss the total cost we need to look at 3 important factors: 1. Legal cost; 2. Transportation; and 3. Filing documents, paperwork and fees. In part one, we’ll look at the legal cost of hiring an attorney.
Marriage in China – Legal Cost of Hiring an Attorney
Many of our readers have been lured to advertisements for immigration attorneys for as little as $500 to $800. Our case studies prove that on average U.S. Citizens hiring an attorney for help bringing their spouse or fiancee to the United States from China will pay $2000 to $2500 to have an attorney fill out their forms and mail them to U.S. Citizens and Immigration Service (USCIS). In one case a gentleman from Wisconsin paid over $5000 dollars. The sad part is, in that case it took his Chinese spouse the longest time to arrive in the United States after his marriage in China, 2 years and 8 months because of mistakes in filing. On the other hand, we have discovered many U.S. Citizens who have filed their own paperwork and their Chinese spouses arrived in the United States in as little as 8 months after receiving a K3 Visa. If you do decide to hire an attorney you will need to talk price up-front. Its best to ask for a flat rate so you know the final cost. If you decide to do your own paperwork and save the money there are U.S. Citizens who have first-hand experience with bringing a spouse from China. You can connect with them on sites like US Visa Toolbox or in forums such as those offered by Travel China Guide.
In the next informative article from US Visa Toolbox we will break down the cost for filing documents and petitions for a marriage in China. We will also look at different ways many U.S. Citizens have saved a bundle of money on traveling to China.