> I'll do you one better. The direct consular filing. Go to NZ, get
> married, file your paperwork with the embassy. You completely bypass a
> great deal of the INS BS and she comes to the states with full greencard
> rights. Check this out:
> The key is preparation, making sure you have all your paperwork ready
> ahead of time......
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I need to repeat a story I already posted once. Maybe in NZ
things are different, but I'd say in the end (and rightly
so) it is INS who makes the difference.
A friend of us was studying in Arizona and met a Dutch guy,
working at a F-16 base. They fell in love (romance
He was stationed back in Holland and she was allowed to
accompany him. They lived in Holland for 5 years, got
married after two and had a kid.
NATO sent him back over to Texas, being an instructor in
F-16 flying. Fine. After a year they decided they wanted to
stay in the US. Married, a kid, she is American, he works
No way. They had to get a lawyer, went through really heavy
stuff to get somewehere. OK after more than 7 months finally
he could apply for a visa. They are still waiting for a
Greencard (now it has been three and a half years) during
that period they are not allowed to leave the country, so he
has no way seeing relatives and friends, unless they come
over of course.
Now, I am not saying this case fully applies to the NZ
example you mention above. My friends already were in the
US. But I do know that the K-1 route is known to be better,
easier, faster and brings no traveling restrictions. Please
remember, that last thing may bring hardship.
But OK, having said that.......if it is possible to get the
greencard rights in NZ, sounds good, I just know that was
not a possibility living in The Netherlands, and I do not
see why INS would make a difference between those countries.