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Thank you for your service to our country. You basically have two options:
1) The K-3 spouse visa takes 6 to 9 months. The I-129F will cost $340 plus $420 for the I-130, and $350 for the visa processing fee. Then after she enters the U.S., she must still file the I-485 for $1070 and wait for the marriage interview about 5 to 7 months later.
2) The CR-1 visa (or IR-1 if your marriage is more than 2 years old) takes about 1 year or so. The fees are $420 for the I-130, $330 for the visa processing fee, $88 for an Affidavit of Support fee. But once she enters the U.S., she enters as a Resident and she does not have to file (or pay for) an I-485 nor does she have to attend an additional interview. She just gets her green card in the mail a few weeks later.
So the K-3 is faster but generally more expensive. The CR-1 (and IR-1) are slower, but generally cheaper. And no, there is no middle-visa that she can use to enter the U.S. while that process is pending. She will most likely have to wait outside. However, you may be able to use your membership in the Military to speed it up somewhat. Here is a link to the help line that you can call to see about expediting the case:
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Once my wife enters the states and we file these forms, will she have to leave the states so far what I've found she can stay in the states under the visa waiver program for upto 90 days and as long as we file the forms she can stay until they are processed. Even if it exceeds her I-94 stay.
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