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Hello everyone,

Still reading the guides and forums ... I would like to ask ... What is the difference between filing INSIDE the US and OUTSIDE the US. I'm currently living with my spouse outside the US and would like to file here.

I looked here at i130guide 1 and 2 ... and seems in the US there are more files to be filed.


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Found each other May 2003

Engaged June 2005

Married Sept 2006

Child 1 born Sept 2008

Child 2 born Nov 2009

Child 3 born Mar 2012

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  • Consulate : Algiers, Algeria

CRBA

  • N-600 Sent :

I-130

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  • I-130 NOA1 :
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That really makes no sense ... since filing in the US you have to wait about a year too ... I know this since I have several friends who have done this ... I have read filing at the embassy it's quicker ... either with DCF or if DCF isn't allowed in that country then they may speed up the process.


::: Timeline for N-600 & CR-1/ IR-1 :::

Note: This is for USC living abroad

°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°

Found each other May 2003

Engaged June 2005

Married Sept 2006

Child 1 born Sept 2008

Child 2 born Nov 2009

Child 3 born Mar 2012

  • Service Center : Embassy & Chicago Lockbox
  • Consulate : Algiers, Algeria

CRBA

  • N-600 Sent :

I-130

  • I-130 Sent :
  • I-130 NOA1 :
  • I-130 Approved :
  • ..... to be continued

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You are living with your "spouse" -- which means you have already married. You are currently outside the US; there is no real way for you to get "in" to the US with the plan to do Adjustment of Status in the US, because most nonimmigrant visas require that you not intend to immigrate on that trip when you enter. So your only choice is to do Consular Processing outside the US.

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ok that makes more sense. thank you


::: Timeline for N-600 & CR-1/ IR-1 :::

Note: This is for USC living abroad

°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°

Found each other May 2003

Engaged June 2005

Married Sept 2006

Child 1 born Sept 2008

Child 2 born Nov 2009

Child 3 born Mar 2012

  • Service Center : Embassy & Chicago Lockbox
  • Consulate : Algiers, Algeria

CRBA

  • N-600 Sent :

I-130

  • I-130 Sent :
  • I-130 NOA1 :
  • I-130 Approved :
  • ..... to be continued

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Ok I'm confused again ... reading more if you live abroad you can file for DCF. But the country we are in doesn't offer this it seems. So where do I send the file? To the embassy or some in the US? And if in the US, where exactly? Thanks again. I'm really out of mind here on what to do :P


::: Timeline for N-600 & CR-1/ IR-1 :::

Note: This is for USC living abroad

°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°

Found each other May 2003

Engaged June 2005

Married Sept 2006

Child 1 born Sept 2008

Child 2 born Nov 2009

Child 3 born Mar 2012

  • Service Center : Embassy & Chicago Lockbox
  • Consulate : Algiers, Algeria

CRBA

  • N-600 Sent :

I-130

  • I-130 Sent :
  • I-130 NOA1 :
  • I-130 Approved :
  • ..... to be continued

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DCF is usually quicker than filing from inside the US. But if your country don't offer DCF then I'm affraid it's the long way for you to, so count about a year. :(


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newacct

Thank you for the link.

mallafri76

Well it is what it is ... Can't change that. I'm more interested in just knowing where and a rough estimate of time so we can plan accordingly.


::: Timeline for N-600 & CR-1/ IR-1 :::

Note: This is for USC living abroad

°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°

Found each other May 2003

Engaged June 2005

Married Sept 2006

Child 1 born Sept 2008

Child 2 born Nov 2009

Child 3 born Mar 2012

  • Service Center : Embassy & Chicago Lockbox
  • Consulate : Algiers, Algeria

CRBA

  • N-600 Sent :

I-130

  • I-130 Sent :
  • I-130 NOA1 :
  • I-130 Approved :
  • ..... to be continued

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Thanks Velvety!


::: Timeline for N-600 & CR-1/ IR-1 :::

Note: This is for USC living abroad

°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°

Found each other May 2003

Engaged June 2005

Married Sept 2006

Child 1 born Sept 2008

Child 2 born Nov 2009

Child 3 born Mar 2012

  • Service Center : Embassy & Chicago Lockbox
  • Consulate : Algiers, Algeria

CRBA

  • N-600 Sent :

I-130

  • I-130 Sent :
  • I-130 NOA1 :
  • I-130 Approved :
  • ..... to be continued

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If you file outside you have to wait for at least a year before you can come to US.

Not necessarily. We filed from Australia. Started the process in May 2014, and finished at the end of April 2015. I delayed for four months so we could have finished in 7/8 months (hubby would have been coming to US in February) and I know two others who finished in 7/8 months so you don't have to wait a year. You could, depending on how slow or fast it all goes but it's not definitely a year.

I sent off the petition (Chicago lockbox) at the end of May, and we had NOA1 by mid June 2014. I then took two months to send off info to the NVC.then we got a RFE because I made a mistake in a form and I took anther two months to resend the updated information. That's four months I delayed our case, not immigration. So we could have been done much faster.

With saying that, some parts are out of your hands and it depends on the speed of the government offices at the time. We scheduled in a year to be safe and planned around that :) that way,if the government delayed us, it would,not be a problem. Just know it can go faster if you want,or you can slow it down like I did.

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IR1 - Spouse VisaPetition I-130

Posted from Australia 05/24/2014

Email receipt received 06/09/2014

Paid from Bank 06/09/2014

Approved online update on case status 06/20/2014

Received NOA1 in the post 06/22/2014

NOA2 received in post 07/10/2014

NVC

Email from NVC 8/7/2014

AoS ready for paymentDS-261 submitted 8/8/2014

AoS Fee Paid 8/12/2014

AoS and IV scan date 10/25/2014

Checklist: 12/18/2014

Posted updated packet for checklist on 2/25/2015

Received by NVC 3/2/2015

Case Complete: 3/2/2015

Interview: 4/21/2015

Approved: 4/21/2014

POE: 6/2/2015<p>

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