I'll start with our back story as I guess it's pretty relevant to any question. I really appreciate anyone having the time to help us out, this website is proving invaluable !
My now husband (27) and I (24) have been together for almost 6 years (5 of those in New Zealand where we met and lived together)
My partner came back to the states in October 2012 after leaving his job and to be with family as they had all moved back to the US (it was a pretty spur of the moment decision) but I remained in New Zealand as I was studying.
He ended up enjoying being back and got a job he was really happy about. I came over last year for 3 months to visit from May til August and we traveled around a bit.
I arrived under the VWP in January again to visit and planned to return home to continue the next part of my study after a 2 month stay here. We had had some discussion as to how this was going to work over the next couple of years (ie. him moving back until I was done in New Zealand then us coming to the states to live after that, just visiting during my school breaks, me trying to transfer to here with a student visa) but overall we couldn't come to a decision and agreed to decide after discussing more during my visit.
Shortly after I arrived it became apparent that we really didn't want to say goodbye again and we both enjoyed being here so we began doing a bit of research and discovered that we could actually apply for me to stay through marriage to him as a citizen.
We had always wanted to get married but hadn't made it a priority due to the huge costs that can be involved in a ceremony and we're still reasonably young/I was studying. It worked out really well getting married on a time limit! We ended up able to have a no fuss ceremony (which was lovely) in Big Sur with a friend who was certified as the celebrant to carry out the ceremony and were able to start our married life a few years earlier than we otherwise could have.
I'm now going through the I-130 process and as seems to happen for everyone, questions pop up all over the show.
Once again any help/suggestions would be wonderful.
1) When looking at the sample form for I-130 on the visa journey site see http://www.visajourney.com/examples/INS-Form-I-130.pdf
It indicates that the example beneficiary (Question C 2.) should write their present address back in Australia - aren't they now technically living with their spouse in America? Is this important to show a person had intent to return? Or is the form aimed at those applying for AOS from K1 Visa?
In our situation my cousin has now moved my things in to storage in her garage for me and I've ended my New Zealand tenancy and tried to tie up a lot of loose ends as I intend to be here with my now husband, I also believed it was important to show proof of a bona fide marriage by showing a shared tenancy here (we've now put my name on the lease here.) Very confusing. Am I risking our application by not showing an overseas address?
2) Question C. 19 asks for your relatives address abroad? Should I just state my last address - the address I had when I flew over?
3) Question C. 21 If filing for your husband/wife, please give the last address at which you lived together?
Should I use our current address where we live together now and fill in the time as from January until present or should I use our last residence together in New Zealand in 2012?
Thanks heaps, I couldn't be doing this myself without the help of this site.