Hello. How is everyone? New member here. I wanted to know which would be the best option to take my wife with me to the U.S? I´ve been told about the CR-1 visa and that it would take 8-10 months or more. I have also been told I could go for Direct Consular Filing but to my recent knowledge they´ve stopped doing it since August 2011, and only allow it through exceptional causes.
About myself: I have been in Brazil for nearly two years and I got married to my wonderful wife in July of this year. I have known her for five years now(I lived here a few years ago before returning to the U.S and now I'm back). We dated a year and a half since my return.
I am a U.S born citizen from Ohio and I have dual citizenship through parentage, so I am a Brazilian citizen as well. I wanted to know how could I file for the CR-1 visa since we have been married for less than two years. I live in Brazil as I've mentioned, and have legal documents, a home address in my name and bills, etc. I don't think I could file directly in the embassy in Rio de Janeiro, could I? I came here to support an elderly family member, my grandmother, in building an Orphanage and now it is in the completion phases, I think it is time to return home with my wife. What would be my best option here?
About her. She tried to go for the tourist visa earlier this year in March but was denied due to lack of ties to the country. She didn't try it again. She was suppose to go on a trip with me to a cruise going to Mexico but I ended up going alone with my family. We had no intentions to live in the U.S at the time. We planned on coming back here to Brazil to have the marriage ceremony, and we did. Since that's done I would like to begin the process as soon as possible.
1. Will her denied tourist visa be a problem for us attempting to go to the U.S? It was denied this year.
2. Is there any way I can attempt Direct Consular Filing?
3. Does the Affadavit of Support have to be submited along with the I-30 form or does that come later?
4. The I-130 fee has to be sent with the application or do I pay after it has been approved in NOA?
Thanks in advance guys! Looking forward to hear from you soon.