When can I upgrade my status for my citizenship? 6 Answers as of July 29, 2011

Should I file for I-129 or should I wait for I-130 to be approved? I filed for I -130 for my wife in January 2011 when I was still a LPR, I am now a US Citizen. Should I wait for I-130 to be approved or should I just upgrade my status and apply for K3(1-129). What is the process in status upgrade. I just want the fastest way to bring my wife. If I wait for I-130 to be approved and processed will it take longer for for my to come? Thanks everyone.

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Kazmi & Sakata
Kazmi & Sakata | Harun Kazmi
Hello, The upgrading process depends on what service center the I-130 is processing. The safest thing to do is send a copy of the Certificate and a copy of your I-130 receipt with a letter requesting the upgrade. Most K3s are processing the same time as I-130s right now and they will not process a K3 if the I-130 is approved at the same time. Double check your Service Center's processing time and if they are the same, don't bother doing a K3.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/29/2011
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Reza Athari
You should upgrade the I-130. I-129 was designed to expedite the process at a time that I-130s would take years. But now they are processed quickly and there is no need for I-129.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 7/28/2011
Fong & Associates
Fong & Associates | William D. Fong
For the K-3 visa, you only need to show you are a US citizen and that you filed the I-130. So you can file the I-129F now to get the K-3 approved.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 7/28/2011
Hans Burgos, P.A., Immigration Law Offices
Hans Burgos, P.A., Immigration Law Offices | Hans Burgos
You should upgrade the Petition for Relative (Form I-130) now that you are a US citizen. And then file an Application for a Non-immigrant Visa (Form I-129) requesting a K-3 visa on behalf of your wife.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 7/28/2011
Eric M. Mark, Attorney at Law
Eric M. Mark, Attorney at Law | Eric Mark
Your questions makes no sense. You are confusing terms and forms. You need to speak with a lawyer.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 7/28/2011
    The Law Office of Khoa D Bui
    The Law Office of Khoa D Bui | Khoa D Bui
    The "upgrade" is normally done automatically by the USCIS on your becoming a citizen. You may also request for immediate upgrade by writing to the USCIS, along with your certificate of naturalization or passport and the notice of approval of your petition.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/28/2011
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