I am from New Zealand and currently live in London (Indefinite Leave to Remain) and my fiancé is from the US. We are looking to get married in New Zealand in January 2019 but would like to be together in the US as soon as we can. I have done a little research and the fiancé visa appears to process faster than the marriage visa. Is this correct?
Could we apply using the fiancé visa now even though we are getting married in January 2019 or should we wait until after we are married and use the marriage visa application?
Also will I need to be in Nz for the US interview or can I be in London for that?
Thanks for your advice!
Not really. Marriage petition is more economical and ‘faster’ you would consular process where you reside, London.
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The timing for the marriage and fiance process are relatively similar. If you wanted to start the fiance process now, you could. However, if you did this, you would need to get married in the United States once your fiance petition was approved. If you wish to get married in New Zealand in January, you cannot start the process until you receive your marriage certificate.
You would do well with an immigration consult to understand the process for each. If your plans are set for wedding, then the fiancé petition would be broken by the marriage and would make no sense and the immigrant petition process would have to wait until after legal marriage. Immigrant visa Processing after the immigrant petition approval would occur at the US consulate where you legally reside.
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