Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! Typically, the K-1 route is faster than K-3, but there is also another option that could be faster than both K-1 and K-3. Whether or not that option is available to you will depend on your specific situation, including wedding plans, travel plans, etc. I recommend you speak with a knowledgable immigration attorney (like the ones here at Ellis Porter) to make sure you are proceeding with the quickest and most cost effective option.
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Fiance visa may be a little faster, but on average, both routes take approximately the same amount of time. Contact experienced immigration lawyer to assist you with the process.
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You have several options available, including ones that you do not list in your question. It would be a good idea for you to consult with an immigration attorney about your situation so that you can make an informed decision about the best way to proceed.
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Cheapest: Get married first and file K3. Fastest, fiancé visa. Other factors include whether your fiancé will be in the U.S., in which case, definitely married and adjustment is the fastest.
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I venture to state the following: nothing is easier, faster and most cost efficient with the presently chaotic USCIS, staggering under the weight of its own unnecessary bureaucracy and case stagnation, which it generates rather efficiently.
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