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Hi,

I am an American married to a French citizen and we are currently living in the UK (and have been for nearly 3 years). I have a resident card for the UK and I want to start the DCF process but we are planning on leaving London in a month's time. We will be in Europe for the next three months, and then I am moving back to the US (and hopefully my husband will be able to come with me). I have a couple questions that I couldn't find the answer to:

1. I am wondering if I can start the DCF process and once we move either request a change of address to a friends place in the UK or to my in-laws in France. We would not be starting this process under false pretences because we are currently resident, but won't be here throughout the entirety of the process

2. We are hoping to go back to the US in three months. I understand that this process may not be complete by then, if it's not, can my husband still travel with me as a tourist and return to London later to complete the process? I understand that I do not need to attend the interview.

Any information or suggestions would be greatly appreciated- the plan to move has come up suddenly and now we are in a bit of a bind.


Timeline for DCF London (IR1):

Petition posted~ July 7 2015
NOA1 received ~ July 9 2015
Petition approved ~ Aug 20 2015
NOA2 received ~ Sept 20 2015
Packet 3 - Never arrived, emailed embassy after 8 weeks had passed, was given a case number and informed that a letter was sent on Sept 23rd which we never received. We confirmed our mailing address, which was correct. Unclear what the issue was.

Medical completed ~Nov 20 2015 All clear pending blood results.
Packet 4 - Not received, emailed embassy and was given interview date and link to documents required.
Interview ~ Scheduled for Dec 2, 2015!

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You can leave after you file.

DCF is fast but 3 months is pushing it big time.

He can visit during the process, he will interview in UK if you go this route.


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