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Preparing to submit my I-130 Package Need Advice

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Ok guys,

I'm preparing all my documents to submit an I-30 for my Canadian spouse to move to the U.S. Here's a rundown of my situation. I'd really apreciate some advice!

I am a U.S. Citizen who is currently a PR of Canada, immigrated to Canada nearly 5 years ago on a family visa. My spouse has no prior history of travel to the U.S. and I have not maintained many ties. I file my U.S. and Canadian tax returns. No U.S. bank account, no driver's lisence. I have no U.S. address to list and no family member that I would be comfortable asking to use their address or sign any support. I currently have a job position until June 2016, at which point I hope to be well along with this process.

I am intending to return to the U.S. to establish a residence, bank account, driver's lisence, what have you - before my husband's interview date. I should not have any issue establishing a job and a residence (& all else) for him to move to within a month or so of my re-entry to the U.S. (say, by July 2016) and at that point will have no issue proving domicile. That being said, how would I go about filling out the forms to be able to even get us to that point? If I put my Canadian address and a U.S. address as "'to be determined', Arizona" or something like that with no U.S. income presently, will I even get an interview with that kind of ap? I have plenty of bona fide relationship evidence all in order. I'm wondering if it would be at all beneficial to write an intro letter stating basically my intentions. That I want my spouse to begin the process of getting a visa at which point I will re-establish my domicile before his interview date? I mean it wouln't hurt to just be up-front would it? It's allowed for me to re-establish the domicile at or before his entry, right? Not having any of that NOW (at application time) won't hold that up?


USCIS

2015-08-22: Sent I-130

2015-09-01: NOA1; USCIS Received and transferred to CSC (e-mail)

2015-09-22: NOA2; USCIS approval & sent to NVC (21 days from NOA1)

NVC

2015-10-14: Case received by NVC (Found out this date on Oct 19th via phone) (22 days after NOA2)

2015-11-15: Received NVC Welcome Letter (Letter dated Oct 30th)

2015-12-11: Received IV and AOS invoices

2016-02-02: Mailed payment for both

2016-03-23: Started re-establishing my US domicile & joint sponsor

2016-05-30: Finally got all my documentation of domicile and sponsor financial information, sent off IV/AOS email

2016-06-14: NVC requested a new copy of applicant's birth certificate - we sent the "short" one instead of the "long" one - my mistake!

2016-07-08: 3 N/A's!!!

2016-07-13: Received the NVC "case complete" e-mail

2016-07-20: Interview appointment letter!

2016-08-24: Immigration medical

2016-08-30: Interview date - APPROVED!!

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The issue I see for you is the affidavit of support. If you do not have someone who would be willing to sign as a joint sponsor, you may want to move to the USA sooner than later to be able to establish 3-6 months of working at a particular job that qualifies, unless you guys plan on qualifying via assets.


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but you also need to show re-establishment of domicile before interview, not entry. Montreal is who you need to impress.


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Thanks guys. I'd like to delay the seperation for as long (and as short a duration!) as possible, of course. At this point I just want to get through the first steps and try to ensure I have the rest of it "in order" before the end of the process. Seems like it can take about a year from the first submission until the interview date. And yes, I intend to move back and re-establish my domicile before the interview date to show Montreal :)

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USCIS

2015-08-22: Sent I-130

2015-09-01: NOA1; USCIS Received and transferred to CSC (e-mail)

2015-09-22: NOA2; USCIS approval & sent to NVC (21 days from NOA1)

NVC

2015-10-14: Case received by NVC (Found out this date on Oct 19th via phone) (22 days after NOA2)

2015-11-15: Received NVC Welcome Letter (Letter dated Oct 30th)

2015-12-11: Received IV and AOS invoices

2016-02-02: Mailed payment for both

2016-03-23: Started re-establishing my US domicile & joint sponsor

2016-05-30: Finally got all my documentation of domicile and sponsor financial information, sent off IV/AOS email

2016-06-14: NVC requested a new copy of applicant's birth certificate - we sent the "short" one instead of the "long" one - my mistake!

2016-07-08: 3 N/A's!!!

2016-07-13: Received the NVC "case complete" e-mail

2016-07-20: Interview appointment letter!

2016-08-24: Immigration medical

2016-08-30: Interview date - APPROVED!!

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HI jpeach-- I noticed you already got your NOA1 on your timeline, but the date is in the future? Or was that a mistake?


04/30/2014: Married :)
08/11/2015: I-130 mailed to Chicago lockbox via FedEx
08/17/2015: NOA1 - Nebraska Service Center

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Oh that was just an anticipatory/estimated date so that the website would give me further estimates on my timeline :)


USCIS

2015-08-22: Sent I-130

2015-09-01: NOA1; USCIS Received and transferred to CSC (e-mail)

2015-09-22: NOA2; USCIS approval & sent to NVC (21 days from NOA1)

NVC

2015-10-14: Case received by NVC (Found out this date on Oct 19th via phone) (22 days after NOA2)

2015-11-15: Received NVC Welcome Letter (Letter dated Oct 30th)

2015-12-11: Received IV and AOS invoices

2016-02-02: Mailed payment for both

2016-03-23: Started re-establishing my US domicile & joint sponsor

2016-05-30: Finally got all my documentation of domicile and sponsor financial information, sent off IV/AOS email

2016-06-14: NVC requested a new copy of applicant's birth certificate - we sent the "short" one instead of the "long" one - my mistake!

2016-07-08: 3 N/A's!!!

2016-07-13: Received the NVC "case complete" e-mail

2016-07-20: Interview appointment letter!

2016-08-24: Immigration medical

2016-08-30: Interview date - APPROVED!!

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