Philadelphia, PA asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Pennsylvania

Q: is it easier to apply for a K1 or get married abroad then apply for a K3?

Fiance lives in the Cayman Islands. I'm a US citizen.

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Daniel Martin Hartzman, Esq.
Daniel Martin Hartzman, Esq.
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Neither is easier than the other. Both take about the same amount of time for completion. The difference is that if your fiance comes on a K-1 visa your fiance must still apply for a green card after you get married.

Matthew J Hartnett
Matthew J Hartnett
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Not many people go the K-3 visa route because if your already married, filing an I-130 and going through the consular process to get an immigrant visa (green card) would be just as fast and also cheaper in terms of filing fees. Consider a consultation with an attorney to discuss what's best for you.

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