Immigration…faster way to get fiance into the US?
I met an amazing woman while vacationing in the Philippines in May and want to bring her to Houston within the next few months. I know that a tourist visa may or may not be approved when she interviews in Manila. Yes, we will marry once she gets here. My initial idea was to bring her here in December on a visitor’s visa and she could meet the family/see Houston. Then we could move to the next step and plan a wedding here. Now I am wondering if I should just bring her here (if a fiance’s visa gets approved) and not make two trips out of it. To further complicate things, she has a 3 year old son that will be coming here also. My question is will the fiance visa be quicker and have a better chance of approval than the visitor’s visa for December? Also, does her son increase the chance of a delay? Finally, is hiring an immigration attorney worth the cost or can I do all of this on my own? Thank you to anyone that can shed some light, especially if you are speaking from experience.
Unlikely she will get a visitor visa. Unlikely both mother and child will get visitor visas.
If a visitor visa is approved, you can certainly marry during her holiday. HOWEVER she has no standing to remain in the USA, and will have to return to the Phil.
Then she would have to wait for 12 – 16 months for a spouse visa to be approved.
The fastest, and most trouble free (avoiding getting on immigrations black list for attempted fraud) is to apply for a fiancee visa.
The process takes only 7 to 9 months, and can easily include the child.
Here is how the process works:
What you should apply for is called a Fiancee or K1 visa. Once approved your foreign Fiancee will be allowed to LEGALLY enter the USA for the purpose of marrying you,
then permanently remaining in the USA.
I produced a video “How to Bring Your Fiance to the USA”
First of all you have a real courtship and relationship and you both intend to get married.
Then check that you both meet the eligibility requirements: You are a US citizen. You both are currently ‘free to marry’. You earn over $15,510 annual income. You have met each other ‘face to face’ at least once, during the past two years.
You will have to ‘prove’ that you have a real, genuine, ‘bone fide’ relationship. You do this by presenting copies of correspondences, photos, letters, plane tickets, etc.
You should make sure that you build from the start a solid ‘paper trail’ of the communications of your relationship. This means itemized telephone records, emails, instant messages, voip calls, snail mail, packages. If you use prepaid telephone cards make sure yours gives you an itemized call list or find a different card to use..
When traveling to visit your fiancee, take plenty of photos, vary the shots, locations, wardrobes. Meet her family, and friends. Document with photos. Turn date stamping on.
Don’t move too quickly. Couples who instantly fall in love and get engaged or married may be suspected of fraud. Go slowly, build your relationship.
Once your relationship gets serious, don’t let too much time elapse between trips to meet each other “Face to Face”. The longer the separation, the more suspect the relationship is. I recommend travel to meet with your Fiance at least every 6 to 9 months.
Once your relationship has progressed, you have made 1 or more trips, and you have abundant proof of your relationship. Then You apply for the visa, to USCIS, Homeland Security.
Then about 6 to 8 months later she will be asked to come to the US embassy for her interview. If all goes well she will be granted your visa, come to the USA and you can then marry.
Once you marry, she applies for his Green Card and then can remain together with you permanently in the USA.
$340 Fiancee visa filing fee, when You originally apply to USCIS
$200 medical exam fee, just prior to her interview
$240 Visa application fee, just prior to her interview
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