RyanJ2912 wrote:So back in February 2015, I went back to Peru to spend time with my Peruvian girlfriend, I had met her and all of her family 5 years earlier on my mission there. We stayed in contact over skype and facebook and eventually we got serious about our relationship. We were planning to get married after spending our time together and after a few months my job fell through and I had to get back to the US. I put in the K-1 visa application to get her here and found out that it was going to take 5 months to get that over with which is just way too long for us. So we're going to just get married in Peru and apply for the K-3 visa later. I don't have a problem living in Peru as long as I'm making enough money to have essentials. We're losing $340 on the K-1 visa, but we'd rather just go the other way. The first go around we were gonna spend about S/.140 on the translation and I didn't have my birth certificate apostille. While I was in Peru we found out about another translator that is getting my certificate translated for S/.40
You said 5 months for the K1 is way too long but a K3 will take much longer. I don't personally understand why anyone would do a K3 anyway, as she will not be able to legally work or study once she's in the US, and you'll have to go through a whole second process later to adjust her status and get her a green card. With a CR1 visa, which takes about the same amount of time as a K3, she'll receive an immigrant visa and get full permanent resident status. K3 is also more expensive. http://www.visajourney.com/content/compare
If you're living in Peru already anyway then you should seriously consider Direct Consular Filing. This is by far the fastest way to get her a visa, and it will be an immigrant visa meaning automatic green card. It costs about the same as the CR1.
We're at the tail end of our CR1 process (NVC case complete, just waiting on interview date) and it has been faster and smoother than most of the estimated time frames I have seen, although this can change over time. We are also doing it all without a lawyer (and in all seriousness I believe this has actually made the process easier
I also got married 2 years ago in Peru, it required a lot of documents, some of which like the 'soltero' certificate don't exist in the US so that made it tricky. You also need court records, declaration of domicile, and you need all of these legalized at a consulate in the US. I'm not sure if they can also be legalized in Lima.
One last point for applying for the US visa if you're trying to cut costs: you don't have to pay for official certified translations, you can do them yourself.