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Question About US CR1 Visa Process

William asks…

whats the process for a US green card for a fiance overseas?

I live in chicago and my girlfriend lives in new zealand. We’ve been talking and skyping for almost 2 years. We’ve spent every waking second talking even with the time difference. I was hoping if someone could ecplain in detail how i can get her to stay here in the states.

Best Answer:

To bring your fiancee to the USA you have two choices, apply for a Fiancee Visa, planning to marry once she arrives in the USA, or marry first, then apply for a Spousal Visa.

This is described in the video I produced “How to Bring Your Lover to the USA”
http://www.visacoach.com/how-bring-lover-to-usa.html

Easier? Both are about equally complicated, and have similar steps of petitioning, and interviewing.

More Expensive? Fiancee visa is about $ 800 more costly.

Faster? Fiancee visa is about 6 months faster

The K-1 fiancee visa allows your fiancee to come to the USA to marry you. Once here you marry, then apply for her Green Card.

The average time from submitting your Fiancee petition to USCIS till she has her interview, and the visa in her passport is now about 5 to 7 months.

Costs:
$340 Fiancee visa filing fee, when she originally applies to USCIS
$200 medical exam fee, just prior to your interview at the consulate
$240 Visa application fee, just prior to your interview at the consulate
$1,070 Green Card application fee, after marriage, to allow her to remain permanently in the USA

The spousal visa process currently take on average 9 to 13 months from the time you submit your petition till she gets the visa stamped into her passport.

The CR-1 marriage visa process, automatically includes approval for the Green Card.

Costs:
$420 Spousal visa filing fee, when she originally applies to USCIS
$88 Affidavit of Support Fee, paid to Department of State (National Visa Center), about 7 months
$230 Visa application fee, paid to Department of State (National Visa Center), about 8 months
$200 medical exam fee, just prior to your interview at the consulate
$165 immigrant fee

Comparison

A. The proof that you have a “bone fide” relationship is the same.
See how to prove your relationship is bone fide:
http://www.visacoach.com/genuine-relationship-video.html

B. Spousal Visa takes at least 3 to 9 months longer

C. Paperwork: Fiancee Visa: 2 document submissions, Spousal Visa: 3 document submissions.

D. Minimum Income Eligibility is $19,662 annual income for Spouse versus $15,730 for Fiancee

K1 Fiancee Visa

Pro: You can apply as soon as you have met face to face
Con: If you do not meet financial eligibility: Some consulates may not allow use of a financial co-sponsor

CR1 Spousal Visa

Pro: Green card is included, you save about $800 in fees.
Pro: If you do not meet financial eligibility: Use of a financial co-sponsor is permitted
Con: You must marry first before submitting.
Con: Takes longer
Con: Three sets of documents to prepare

The key factors for most are:

Fiancee Visa = 6 months faster.
Spouse Visa = $800 cheaper

More details and video explanation are at
http://www.visacoach.com/choosing-marriage-visas.html

Best of luck with your plans

Fred Wahl
Visa Coach

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