Received I-797 approval of I-129F, but we are looking to delay the visa process now. It took USCIS ages to process our I-129F, so we made plans for me to go to fiancée (beneficiaries) country in the meantime since we had no idea when it would be approved. We would like to delay the Visa for about a year now. Whats the best method of extending? How long can it be extended for?
Take it up with the National Visa Center - if you give them a good enough reason, NVC might agree to delay. Personally I don't think they will - but can always try.
Note that the "reasons" must be "good faith" valid reasons - I don't think your reasons are "valid". Unless you come up with a "medical emergency" of a reason or that the "girl must finish school first" there is nothing you can do and they will want to proceed at their own pace - as the system is supposed to be. This seems to be one instance when the "system" is working as smooth as it can be, and you are still not happy... What else can I say?
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Why not just get married in the beneficiary's country while you're there and file an I-130 and then get an Immigrant Visa for her? It is wise to have an attorney assist you with all immigration applications. You should at least speak to an attorney, a good attorney. That's harmless, and you'll be glad you did. Most people who consider applying on their own, upon speaking with an immigration lawyer, request professional legal representation. A lawyer can easily demonstrate how much is involved in completing an immigration application, beyond filling out paperwork. There is considerable strategy involved, especially in this current anti-immigration climate, and unforgiving rules to sidestep. No reason to go it alone, especially when each application is kept by the U.S. government forever.
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The process takes long enough and is unpredicatable. You would be taking a risk...especially with the current administration. You never know what will change. Why not finish the process, then go there for a year?
It's not clear where you are in the process. You may not even need to delay in order to wait a year. It could be done naturally just by filing slowly.
YOu would really benefit from a consultation with a savvy immigration lawyer.
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