To see her as soon as possible, the fastest way would be for you to go back to Ukraine, or to take her to a place like Turkey that allows Ukranian citizens to enter with a minimum of hassle.
For her to come to the U.S., the fastest route is the K1. If you try to sneak around with a student visa and get caught, she'll be denied a fiance visa in the future. In Ukraine you might be able to do a DCF (direct consular filing). There is some information out there on the web about that; I can't give you details myself.
I would steer clear of that attorney. I do not know what region of the country you are in but if you check the USCIS web site, USCIS California office, as of Jan 24th is just starting to work on K-3 form I 130's that were received by that office on July 19th 2005. That does not mean they have been approved, just that that have started the process. If you look at the K-1 Form I 129 you will see that they are working on those that were received on Oct 18th 2005. At first glance it would seem that it is much faster to get the fiance visa.
I agree with wmferg. That lawyer sounds like he doesn't know what he's talking about. I know several guys who married in Ukraine or Russia and waited over a year for their wife to get approved for a visa. Talk to another lawyer. Several of us here used John Roth.
why all the gettin married stuff --what a waste of bux --shack up with her like most do married ahhhhhhh what and get cleaned out ( jese talk about creating your own monsters ) he guys we aussies know the poorest guy in aussie is a marriage celbrant i dont know where folks get those ideas --ive had my russian giorl headin on 3 years now --tell em up front anything yu want sure fine by me ! but gettin married pass! ring and the scrap of paper spells nightmare .
If what this attorney says is true...then what would be the need for a K-3 in the first place? Belive me if what your attorney says is true I would not be going through the K-1 process myself, I cannot imagine anyone going through USCIS if all we had to do is go to the embassy and get her travel documents in a few weeks. I am using John Roth to do the paperwork and I think if the was an easier way that was for sure then I would think that he would go that way. There may be some situations that what your attorney claims holds true, but consider this, if you are married and for some reason do not qualify for this program then you have no alternative but to go the K-3 route. The K-3 process will take, in some cases in excess of a year to complete where the K-1 is usually 4-6 months. At this point I am sure the attorney will just say sorry there is nothing I can do, you just did not qualify. In the meantime you have increased the time it will take for you two to be together.
Just curious...is this lawyer that you consulted in America or in Ukraine?
If he is an American lawyer, and what he says is true, then it is the first time that I have ever heard of such a thing, and I've consulted with several immigration lawyers, have two friends that run agencies, and have read RW boards for a couple of years.
Can you post more specific details about what this lawyer said? What petition do you file? With what US agency? How is this different from a K-3?
Every form in this process has a name, and he should be able to tell you exactly what he is talking about.
vanecheka ive been going to russia 3 years ive never had anybody hear more than 60 days i dont know how but you read it all upside down mate --------3 years hear with one of these tarts --god turn it up youd either get driven mad or they'd send yu broke no mate -you got to able to put em back in the cupboard where yu found em at times --------3 years theyd kill yu anyway they to fit . steve
It would be interesting to learn the precise nature of the enquiry in the first instance. It would appear that the original post has been deleted by the moderators thus why wasn't the entire thread deleted?
Olga, I get it, but I guess it went over the heads of the list. Don't you guys get the humor in the subject line? :) Read it again carefully:
"What is the fastest way to get a girl from Ukraine here in America?
If you still don't get it, the answer is "Pick-up an ex-pat Ukrainian community paper in America and look for a massage parlor ad."
buffed...you missed the original post. The conversation started with the guy who started this saying his attorney claimed all he had to do was marry the girl in Ukraine and then go to the American embassy and fill out some forms and in a couple of weeks she could come to the US.
Certainly something is srange wmferg. I had glanced at the original thread previously but took no particular notice of it. Seems strange how it has come out.
But in answer to the question that GENERALLY seems to be posed here. A finace visa IS the fastest way to bring a lady to the US.
If, on the other hand, you DO want to get married to her in her country (in front of relatives etc.) that can be done with a K-3. And POTENTIALLY you could take her home with you in short order IF you do all of the required paper work ahead of time. An I-130, and an I-129F must have been approved before hand and many other documents need to be filled out - but it IS possible.
Here is a page from the US Embassy in Moldova (my area of interest) detailing the process for marrying a woman in Moldova. No doubt the process for Ukraine would be similar.