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Unfortunately we are in Japan at the moment and immigration lawyers are in very short supply.
I do want some legal advice but not sure if I can get it remotely.
Our situation in brief:
Retired US Military Japan and married to a Japanese national for 14 years with 3 kids, never moved to the States.
Currently working as a Military contractor, but recently laid off because of the sequestration mess.
Was supposed to be here on this contract another year or two, plenty of time to do immigration process.
My company and Japan have given me 30 days to repatriate to the States with no warning.
I have submitted my I-130 to the Chicago lockbox and waiting of the I-797 to come back.
When I get the I-797 I will submit it and the I-129f to the Dallas lockbox, procedures from USCIS website.
My questionThe of getting the K3 vs. normal process can expedite being able to move to the States Normal: Submit I-130 and wait 5-12 months for is to get approved Then then submit the rest of the immigrant visa paperwork This could all take 6-24 months and she must remain in Japan until complete K3: Submit the I-130 & once it is received they with send back the I-797 within 24hrs of receipt Then submit the I-797 with I-129f. I-129f should take 1-4 months for a spouse Once I-129f is approved and in NVC, the embassy can issue the K3 visa This could take 1-5 months The difference is: Normal; 6-24 months during and my wife with have to wait in Japan. K3; 1-5 months for the visa and when issued she move to the States & wait for the I-130 approval there. If I-130 is approved before the I-129f, everything will default to the normal process Correct that there is no difference between them in getting the Green Card. It is how long it will take her to be admitted to the States, 5 vs. 24 months. Best case scenarios