if filed in philipines at the US counsolate how long does it take for a k3 visa approval?
in the year 2000, i married my ex, and filed the k3 visa. it took about a week for approval, and she was able to come back with me on the same flight i was on. i know since then immigration laws have changed. so if i go to the philippines, marry my fiance’, and file the k3 visa the same way, directly with the US counsolat there in the philippines, would i be able to bring her back with me? i will be there for about 3 weeks. do i have to file anything here in the U.S. before i marry her there? or should we file everything there after we are married? and how long does it take for the k3 visa? thanks, and any info is apprieciated. have been to many web sites but have found little info. on this!!
If you are intending to get married first in the Philippines and then file for a spouse petition (K-3) you cannot bring her along with you after you get married.You should file for the K-3 petition to USCIS here in the US.Processing time is from 6 months – 2 years.
If you are intending a Direct Consular Filing (DCF) at the US Embassy in Manila this is what the website of the Embassy says about filing DCF:
“The IR Visa
A spouse of a U.S. Citizen is considered an immediate relative (IR) and is immediately eligible to apply for an immigrant visa under the IR category. The Filipino spouse must be the beneficiary of an I-130 petition approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This petition must be filed at the USCIS office that has jurisdiction over the petitioner’s (American spouse) place of residence. On a case-to-case basis, a U.S. Citizen who resides in the Philippines may be allowed to file the I-130 petition at the immigration services office at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. However, the petitioner must be domiciled or residing in the United States at the time the Filipino spouse has a visa interview”.
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