Which Visas do I Choose Tourist Visas, Student Visas or US Tourist Visas?
Each couple and each situation is different so it is impossible to say that one visa is always the best. However, for most couples, the fiancee (fiancé) visa is the most appropriate visa especially if you are not sure you are ready to marry, or you want to see how your fiancé, fiancee will adjust to life in the United States of America. So what will it be, tourist visas, student visas or us tourist visas?
If you are ready to get married, or your fiancé/fiancee wants to get married in their home country then the K-3 is the best and only legal way to go. However, keep in mind getting married in some countries can require a lot of paperwork, and will require that you be in the particular country for a potentially lengthy period of time The K-3 does currently offer approximately the same USCIS processing time as the K-1, and even though there can more cost up front, in the long run it can be cheaper. The K-3 is valid for two (2) years with multiple, entries and therefore there is no need to apply for Advance Parole (permission to travel outside the United States) like in a fiancee (fiancé) visa situation, and paying the appropriate filing fee (currently US$ 170.00) each time to the USCIS.
If you marry a foreign person outside of the U.S. you must file an immigrant (spousal, marriage petition) in order to obtain permanent resident status. This usually takes 12-24 months for approval and issuance. That is why you may and should also file for a K-3 Visa, which presently has approximately the same processing time as for a Fiancee (Fiancé) Visa K-1. The Spouse and K-3 visa's provide the best combination of high success rate, short processing time, and simplicity. The Spouse and K-3 visa is absolutely the best and only legal way to get your spouse to the United States if you are already married or plan to be soon, and after approval of the K-3, your spouse can then wait here with you in the United States for their spousal visa to be approved and finalized.
Tourist visa applications generally have a very low success rate, and are issued or denied at the sole discretion of the consulate officer. Tourist visas are normally only possible if the recipient can show that they have ample reasons to return to their country, e.g. a child not traveling with them, substantial assets, prior experience traveling to first world countries, a good job, and/or a substantial amount of money in a bank in their country. Very few individuals, however, meet the above criteria, and even when they do their request for a tourist visa is often times still denied.
Student visa applications also now have a lower success rate than tourist visas and a much lower rate than the fiancee (fiancé) visa. In addition, the student visa usually takes much longer because the student must take an English test in their home country (TOEFL Test), and then apply for and gain admission to a U.S. University prior to applying for a student visa. In addition when applying for a student visa, the student must have enough money in the bank to pay the full cost of tuition, fees, housing, etc. to cover at least one year of study.
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