Based on my experience, the processing times for a K1 Fiance Visa and a CR1 or IR1 Marriage Visa are relatively close. I would say that it now takes about 7-8 months to obtain a K1 Fiance Visa and about 10-12 months to obtain a Marriage Visa. As you can see, the actual processing times are not that different. What makes a difference is when you can file for either visa. You can file for a K1 Fiance Visa as soon as you like. Whereas you must already be married to file for a CR1 or IR1 Marriage Visa. This big difference in when you can file is largely why the K1 Fiance Visa is faster to obtain and the most popular Visa for couples in love and wanting to be together as soon as possible.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss whether a K1 Fiance Visa or a CR1 Marriage Visa is best for you, just give me a call. 1-888-515-3529.
Attorney Jeff Pettys