Spouse Visa is Better Than Fiance Visa

CR1 Spouse Visa is Better than K1 Fiance Visa

I get calls every day. And the conversation usually starts with no preamble but “I have a girl or boy friend overseas, please tell me, what is the BEST visa to get him or her here, Fiance or Spouse?”

My answer always is “well, it depends upon your situation and what your priorities are. It depends on what is important to you. Is it fastest speed? Lowest Cost? Relative simplicity? Are children involved? How old are they? Do you have enough income to self sponsor or do you need a co-sponsor?” And so on.

Only after I understand what the person’s situation is, and what his or her priorities are, can I suggest what visa might fit.

 

 

On reviewing annual US immigration statistics comparing how many K1 fiance visas are issued, compared to CR1 spouse visas, there is no clear cut winner in the “which is better” contest. Continue reading “Spouse Visa is Better Than Fiance Visa”

Why is Spouse Visa Slower?

Spouse visas take 8 or more months longer for processing than Fiance Visas: Why?

Todays topic is: Why does it take longer to get a spouse visa than a fiance visa? Currently Fiance Visas take about 7-9 months for processing, spouse visas 14 to 18 months for processing.

Why is there an 8 month penalty?

 

On the face, it seems counter intuitive. If you are married to someone you would think it would be faster to bring THEM home,someone you had really committed too, versus bringing home someone you basically are only dating.

The answer lies in the nature of the two visas.
Continue reading “Why is Spouse Visa Slower?”

Marriage to Prove Bona Fides

Getting married to “prove” your relationship is genuine (bona fide)

I always hope that a couple reaches out to me for a free consultation before they make their final decisions and take actions that can’t be changed. This is especially important when deciding whether to marry outside the USA then apply for a spouse visa or to marry within the USA after arrival on a fiance visa.

In choosing between pursuing a fiance or spouse visa there is a lot to be considered as far as speed, expense, and overall complexity that can make one path decidedly more attractive than another.

Sometimes the first call I get from a couple is after they have made their decisions and have already limited their available options. They often say: “We got married because this proves how serious a couple we are”

Well, No, Not really.

 

Well Congratulations! it is a super big and important step that you got married. In your eyes and that of your family, friends, and church your relationship is Rock Solid.

Immigration is not impressed. Continue reading “Marriage to Prove Bona Fides”

Bringing Partner to USA

Bring your Partner to the USA on K1 Fiance or CR1 Spouse Visa

This video is for those who have not quite decided yet, which path is best for them. You are still trying to decide whether to get married first and apply for a CR1 spouse visa, or stay engaged and apply for the K1 Fiance Visa then marry once your partner arrives to the USA.

I am going to talk about both paths side by side, so you’ll understand what happens with either, and hopefully this will bring you closer to decide one way or the other.

And by the way last year there were about 40 thousand spouse visas issued, and also about 40 thousand fiance visas issued, so there is not a clear cut favorite, in answering the “which is better question”

 

Your partner needs permission from the US government to allow her or him to enter the USA. If you are just married, this is called a CR1 Spouse Visa, if you are planning to marry after arrival to the USA, this is called a K1 Fiancee visa. Continue reading “Bringing Partner to USA”

5 Things you Must Know before applying for visa

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Approval or denial, success or failure, all hinge upon the consular interview. The interview is the final challenge before a visa or green card is approved. The officer must be convinced the couple has a bona fide relationship, and the applicant is of good moral character.

Sometimes even genuine couples, get tripped up during the interview. I ensure my clients success by crafting for them a persuasive “front loaded” petition, that answers all the consular officers questions before he asks any,

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K1 or CR1 Which is Better?

2020 What is Better? Fiance or Spouse Visa ?

In deciding between applying for a K1 Fiance visa versus a CR1 Spouse visa there are three main questions each couple should ask themselves to determine their preferences and to choose which type of visa is best for them.

Actually there are just three main Questions that each couple should ask themselves to decide what they want to do.

How soon should the foreign partner arrive to the USA?
The fiancée visa process is twice as fast as a spouse visa. Currently fiancée visas take about 7 to 9 months compared to spouse visas that take 14 to 18 months.

Where should the wedding take place?
One of you probably has a strong preference of where and how to get married.  It’s usually a good idea to go with the stronger desires.

How soon does the foreign partner want to work after arrival in the USA? 
A spouse visa permits the foreign spouse to work as early as on the day of arrival. This compares with a fiancée visa where the fiancé typically cannot work for at least eight months.

When bringing your partner to live with you in the United States, you have two choices and they both include marriage.

Sorry, but US immigration does not offer a boy or girlfriend visas.

Lets start by comparing the K-1 and the CR-1.

Click here for information on the Top Reasons K1 fiance visa is better

Click here for information on the Top Reasons CR1 Spouse visa is better

 

The K-1 Fiancee visa is like a tourist visa on steroids.

Continue reading “K1 or CR1 Which is Better?”

Fiancee visa is better than spouse visa

Top Reasons: why those who choose Fiance Visas, Choose them over Spouse Visas

I get calls every day. And the conversation usually starts with no preamble but “I have a girl or boy friend overseas, please tell me, what is the BEST visa to get him or her here, Fiance or Spouse?”

My answer always is “well, it depends upon your situation and what your priorities are. It depends on what is important to you. Is it fastest speed? Lowest Cost? Relative simplicity? Are children involved? How old are they? Do you have enough income to self sponsor or do you need a co-sponsor?” And so on.

Only after I understand what the person’s situation is, and what his or her priorities are, can I suggest what visa might fit.

 

On reviewing annual US immigration statistics comparing how many K1 fiance visas are issued, compared to CR1 spouse visas, there is no clear cut winner in the “which is better” contest.

Amazingly enough it’s a TIE !

In recent experience about 40,000 of EACH are issued annually.

Again the real answer is “it depends”. That is one of the main reasons I invite future clients to first book a free case evaluation with me. Besides giving us the chance to get to know each other, and feel if we can work together, it gives me the opportunity to learn what is going on, and what the person wants. Then together we discuss the pros and cons and figure out which of the two visas best fits.

But today, I am going to list just the PROS, the TOP positive reasons why most who choose the Fiance Visa path, actually choose it. Next month I will take the other side and list the top reasons why a Spouse visa path is chosen instead.

Reason #1. Fiance visa is twice as fast

In 2018 this means while a spouse visa takes 14 to 18 months on average, a Fiance visa will get your fiancee to the US much sooner, in half the time, only 8 to 9 months on average.

The reason the spouse visa takes longer than the fiance visa, is because the time to approve permanent residency is included in the spouse visas processing time.

A K1 Fiancee visa is considered a non-immigrant visa. Non-immigrant means it is only for a short and temporary stay, and that is only 90 days. This compares to a regular immigration visa like a CR1 Spouse Visa which not only gives the person permission to enter the USA, but also grants permission to remain permanently as a lawful permanent green card holding resident.

A fiance visa does not need to include the the time it takes to review for permanent residency and green card approval, only approval for a short 90 day visit instead. And immigration knows that their fiance visa review can be less vigorous and thus faster because they understand, that if the fiancee marries and applies to remain in the USA, there will be a second chance to review the applicant all over again, when the new bride or groom applies for permanent residency after arrival, after the wedding.

Reason #2. Wedding in USA

The second reason a fiance visa is better is when the couple wants to celebrate their wedding in the United States. Usually this means they want to share their happiness with their American family and friends.

Reason #3. Fiance’s Children ages 18 to 21 are still eligible to immigrate with Parent

The third reason that a fiancee visa is better is when the foreign fiance wants to bring his or her children to the USA, who are 18 years of age or older.

When applying for a fiance or spouse visa the American sponsor can also at the same time apply to bring to the USA the dependent children of his or her fiance or spouse.

If the wedding has taken place, the American sponsor can apply for a spouse visa, and regular immigration for any child who was under 18 years old on the day of the wedding. The American Spouse is limited to only apply for the under 18 year old’s. Any children aged 18 to 21 would be left behind.

However, if the couple is not married, and instead applying for a Fiance Visa, then the American can sponsor the older children too, up to 21 years of age.

Reason #4. Single trip Engagement appears more bona fide vs single trip Wedding.

Finally a fiance visa may be better than a spouse visa, when a couple plans to only meet once, only make one trip, and only meet a single time and then apply for the visa. This is because the timeline of their relationship will seem to make more common sense. The couple who makes a marriage proposal, after meeting face to face, that then applies for a visa have followed a more normal courtship progression of getting to know each other first, before making life changing decisions. And if their acquaintance has been short, they still have more time to get to know each other, while the fiance visa is pending before having to make the final commitment at the altar.

This compares to a couple who has never met, and sight unseen, agree to marry, make arrangements in advance of the trip, and then almost without catching breath to get over jet lag move directly from arrivals at the airport to the altar.

Remember the consular officer making the approve or deny decision, does not know you. Does not know how honest and sincere you are. However, he is aware of some dishonest people who offer money and a free overseas trip, to an American willing to marry, then sponsor a foreigner for immigration.

If your genuine relationship follows the same apparent course that some common sham applications follow, the consular officer might not be able to identify yours from the other. And for a consular officer, “when in doubt, the safest decision, is to deny”

To summarize, Couples who only have ONE TRIP, to meet in person, then propose, then apply for fiance visa, will appear to a skeptical consular officer more Bona Fide, than a couple who only have ONE TRIP, where all marriage plans, had been made and committed to in advance of the first in-person meeting, and who carried out those prearranged plans immediately upon arrival.

Next time I will describe the top good reasons why a CR1 Spouse Visa is better.

By Fred Wahl
the VisaCoach

Eligibility for Visas

Visa Eligibility Requirements: For Fiancee + Spouse Visas

Eligibility for a K-1 Fiancee Visa

To be successful to obtain a Fiance Visa the following K1 Eligibility Requirements must be met.

Sponsor is US Citizen
U.S. citizens ONLY, can sponsor an Alien Fiancee. Legal permanent residents are NOT eligible.

Free to Marry
You and your fiancé(e) must both be free to marry, at the time you submit your petition. This means that both of you are unmarried, or that any previous marriages have ended through divorce, annulment or death.
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Face to Face Meeting
You must also have met with your fiancé(e) in person, “face to face” within the last two years before filing.

Planning to Marry 
You must affirm that you both intend to marry during your fiancee’s stay in the USA

Bona Fide Relationship
You must be able to convince immigration that your relationship is genuine.

Financial Eligibility
To meet the K1 visa financial eligibility requirements, you must be able to prove your annual income is enough to support your entire household at at lease 100% of the Federal poverty Guidelines..

 

 

Eligibility for a CR-1 Spouse Visa

To be successful to obtain a Spouse Visa the following Spouse Visa Eligibility requirements must be met.

Continue reading “Eligibility for Visas”

Fiance versus spouse visa? Choosing which is best

Today’s minute topic is “What is Best, Fiance or spouse visa?

Choosing the better path. K1 Fiance or CR1 spouse visa. There are just three main Questions that each couple should ask themselves to decide what they want to do.

Today’s question is: “What is best, fiancé or spouse Visa?

In reality,there is no simple answer.

There is only choosing the path that matches what your and your partners personal preferences are.

Actually there are just three main Questions that each couple should ask themselves to decide what they want to do.

Number One: How soon should the foreign partner arrive to the USA?

The fiancée visa process is twice as fast as a spouse visa. Currently fiancée visas take about 7 to 9 months compared to spouse visas that take 14 to 18 months.

Number 2: Where should the wedding take place?

One of you probably has a strong preference of where and how to get married.

It’s usually a good idea to go with the stronger desires.

Number 3:  How soon does the foreign partner want to work after arrival in the USA?

A spouse visa permits the foreign spouse to work as early as on the day of arrival.

This compares with a fiancée visa where the fiancé typically cannot work for at least eight months.

This was Fred Wahl the Visacoach

Which is faster: fiancee Visa or Spouse Visa?

 

Processing time for Spouse Visa's is typically twice as long as the processing time for Fiancee Visas.

The Fiance Visa is faster.

Fiance visa processing time is currently about 7 to 9 months and is twice
as fast as the spouse visa processing time that takes 14 to 18 months.

Spouse visas take longer because your spouse is also being approved for permanent residency, so his or her Green Card will be waiting
on arrival.