1. me (the beneficiary) arriving to the U.S on a tourist visa to celebrate our wedding party (but not officially get married as we wish to remain "engaged" to qualify for the K-1 requirements) then before i return back to my home country, we will fill out the I-129F petition together for the K-1, and I will fly back to my country for the interview/ medical examination and come back to finalize our married with a marriage certificate and then finally the I-485 to adjust status
2. me arriving to the U.S on a tourist visa to marry my fiancee, return home before I-94 expires, she files the I-130 and I'll wait until my CR-1 visa gets approved
Which way should we pick? what would be the safest/fastest way? 1 or 2??
This is up to you. Either way will take abut the same time. In fact, factoring in the adjustment of status process fees and time, k1 is really not a god idea.
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There may be some intent issues if you go the second route. Entering the US on a tourist visa with the intent of marrying a US citizen. Could be construed as violating the terms of the tourist visa. People often skip the the long K visa process by entering on a tourist visa, marrying a US citizen, then applying for adjustment of status but if you enter the US with the intent of doing so then you are committing fraud. So as is usually the case, the safest way and the fastest way are not the same way. You should consult an immigration attorney before you do anything.
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This is a complex question: you should speak with an experienced immigration attorney to understand the timing and procedures involved in your two scenarios, because each is quite different.
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