Q: Hello, I am interested in marrying someone from Russia. I am a U.S. citizen. What is the fastest way to get her here?
I have looked at the fiance visa, and that is at least 6-9 months to get approved. Would it be faster to do that? Or to go to Russia and get married and find another way for her to come back with me?
A: K-1 Visas are generally more expedient than consular processing for a spouse. But you really should set up a consultation with a qualified immigration attorney, who can screen both of you for other issues that may be dispositive of whether you should do a K-1 or IR1.
A: The fiance visa typically takes 6-8 months and is generally the fastest way to get a loved one here. If you'd like to see if you qualify, you should contact a qualified immigration attorney for assistance. Having done thousands of these, many from Russia, I can also tell you that it will help if your attorney and/or staff speaks Russian as well.
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