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It takes awhile to become a U.S. Citizen. You have to get U.S. Lawful Permanent Residency first and have that for a few years (normally) before you can apply for U.S. Citizenship. When do you plan to marry? And when do you plan to immigrate to the U.S.?
U.S. Lawful Permanent Residency is a green card. You will have to have that status for a few years before you can apply for U.S. Citizenship. There are essentially three ways for you to come and none are really fast, unfortunately:
1) The K-1 fiance visa takes 6 to 9 months, but you must have met your U.S. Citizen fiance before at least once during the last two years in order to process it. The I-129F will cost $340 plus a $350 fee for the visa processing fee. After you enter the U.S., then you have to marry and then you have to pay $1070 for the I-485 and you will have to wait about 5 to 7 months and get another interview that you attend with your new spouse so that you can get Residency.
2) The K-3 spouse visa takes 6 to 9 months, you must be married to the U.S. Citizen. The I-129F will cost $340 and $350 for the visa processing fee. Then after you enter the U.S., you must still file the I-485 for $1070 and wait for the marriage interview about 5 to 7 months later.
3) The CR-1 visa (or IR-1 if your marriage is more than 2 years old) takes about 1 year or so. You must be married to the U.S. Citizen. The fees are $420 for the I-130, $330 for the visa processing fee, $88 for an Affidavit of Support fee. But once you enter the U.S., you enter as a Resident and you do not have to file (or pay for) an I-485 nor do you have to attend an additional interview. You just get your green card in the mail a few weeks later.
So the K-1 and K-3 are faster but generally more expensive. The CR-1 (and IR-1) are slower, but generally cheaper. And no, there is no middle-visa that you can use to enter the U.S. while that process is pending. You will most likely have to wait outside.
Here is a link to those visas:
and another link:
I know you do not want to wait. I know it is very inconvenient. I know you want to be together sooner rather than later, but I have this same conversation two or three times per day on this website. No one ever likes it and believe me, if there was an easier or faster way, I would tell you. I know you will probably say, “but what about this...?” or “but what about that...?” But I will most likely continue to have bad news for you. I am truly sorry. The problem is that the U.S. concerns over security and fraud in this area are more important than a 6 to 9 months inconvenience to you. The way they see it is that if it truly is a real relationship, it will survive that length of time apart. Again, I am truly sorry. I wish I had a faster and easier way to tell you about.
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When do you turn 18? Where will you marry?
You can start the I-129F process now, but you will most likely need a Joint Sponsor for the Affidavit of Support because of your age and most likely lack of income. Here is a link:
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How old is your fiance?
Ok. Then you can start the process now. To marry in NJ, you would have to have parental consent to marry before 18. Your fiance is old enough to sign the Affidavit of Support, so that should be ok.
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Thank you, Sophie. Here is the official link to the K-1:
He starts by filling out the I-129F. Here is a link:
He should read the instructions of the I-129F carefully, fill it out, add a check or money order for the fees and sign it and mail it out to where the instructions indicate.
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No. It is still usable. Until they make a new one, that's the one that is still used. As to the question, he is supposed to be single or divorced to be able to aply for you.
You are not married yest, so yes, he puts Single.
Yes, he leaves those sections blank.
Leave that blank too. That's if someone else besides him would receive it at that address.
Sophie, this is a forum for legal advice, not to go over every single question on the I-129F. I don't mind answering a few follow-up questions for you, but within reason. Leave the "care of" blank. Apt is Apartment, Ste is Suite, Flr is Floor. So unless he lives on an entire floor separate from the house, a Suite, or an Apartment, those are left unchecked.
You do not have an A# ***** so that is left blank.
As far as Citizenship, if he was born in the U.S., he marks Birth. If he filed for it on his own, he marks Naturalized. If his parents Naturalized before he turned 18, then he marks Parents.
Leave Province blank.
I understand. I'm sure you'll be fine.
No. They are different things. One shows that one was born in a place and it is assumed that they have citizenship from the place they were born in. The other means that they probably acquired citizenship after they were born.
Didn't you say, "...one final question..."?
It is ok to not have an attorney. He can leave that in blank.
No problem. I'm sure everything will turn out ok. Good luck.