My wife of 7 years works for a bonafide US mission organisation in Singapore - we are trying to determine if she is actually a 'missionary' (note - she is paid about 50% of what she should be as it's a mission group so we believe she is effectively a missonary but we are checking on whether we can get written proof). We are looking at options for me to quickly obtain US LPR/citizenship for the following reasons: I'm 50 and I want to pay into the US SS for 40 quarters as I have a snowballs chance of getting an OAP in Australia thanks to the new 35 year residency and secondly I may lose my job this due to the oil price collapse. HOWEVER the trap is I don't want to LEAVE my well paid job in Singapore for the 3 years residency in the USA to get LPR / USC (IF I lose my job - well all bets are off - I understand that with only a Green Card [LPR] I can't really work in Singapore fulltime as I risk losing the LPR).
As I understand the process I should;
1. File I-130 ASAP via Chicago lock box (any chance as all of a DCF - seems very hard to do now?).
2. Obtain a IR1 immigrants visa in <15 months hopefully (We should be able to avoid the CR1 AFAIK).
3. Travel to the US and apply immediately for a IN-319B with supporting paperwork. I believe I can leave while the paper work is being processed and return for the swearing in later.
4. My current employer is a US listed company - once I'm a US citizen they need to then start paying SS contributions and I'd need to file with IRS - pay tax in the USA (separate discussion really).
Does anyone see any points or stumbling blocks I've missed?
FYI 1. My wife owns a house (i.e. domicile in the USA) but has not lived in the USA for 15 years - always filed taxes tho and we have the wherewithal for her to sponsor me no issues. 2. We married in Australia - all paperwork is in English thank God. 3. We have an adopted daughter who we successfully put through the N-600K visa / citizenship route last year.
This website and the immigration subreddit has been very helpful but there's not much on there about the 319B. See this to understand it and why it applies to me;