Q: Fiance visa
I am a US citizen and I want to bring my boyfriend from Dominican Republic to the United States. I would like to know which would be the best and fastest way - should I merry him in DR or should I apply for the fiance visa here in the US ?
A: The answer to your question depends on a variety of factors. To apply for the fiance visa you must have met in person first. If you did, then that may be an option. After it is approved and your fiance is in the US you should get married within the 90 days of arrival. If you want to marry in DR that works too. Then you can petition as your spouse. It is best to have a confidential consultation with an immigration attorney to evaluate the pros and cons of each scenario. Best to you.
A: If you have not married, you can file the FORM I-129F with USCIS to commence the process to request the K-1 visa on behalf of your Fiance.
If you marry, then you will have to file the the FORM I-130 with USCIS.
As to the official processing times, you can view that information by accessing the USCIS website which will give you a time range for the processing of either petition.
Good luck to you.
A: Generally speaking, and assuming that you and your fiance(e) meet the requirements for the K-1 visa process, a fiance(e) based case would go faster than a case wherein you marry abroad. That is a generalization, and you should consider having a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney who can discuss the specific facts of your case with you and determine definitely what is likely the best way to proceed. Many firms, including mine, offer online Skype or Zoom consultations because of COVID-19 concerns and/or for those who may not be inside the United States. Congratulations on your engagement!
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