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Hi all,

my wife (USC) is about to submit an I-130 (for a CR-1) for myself, a UK citizen, to Chicago and has a few questions that we'd like to see if anyone can clear up for us before we send it off. Last thing we want is to screw up so early on!

First of all, I am currently in the USA on a VWP and am departing the US on June 11th. So no intent to remain, but still filing I-130 while I am here so I am can spend some of the processing time with my wife in my parent-in-law's home. I have just retired from the British Army (one month ago) and came straight here, so I do not have a job - but I am on the books of a driving agency I worked for to get spare cash over my leave periods when I was in the service.

Questions:

  1. regarding question 14 of I-130 (if your relative is currently in the USA, complete the following:)

    Will it harm our application if I am still here until June 11th? Is it better to just depart shores as we send it off?

  2. regarding question 15 of I-130 (Name and address of current employer)

    Will it harm my application to say I am unemployed, or would it be better to put the details of the driving agency down - knowing I last worked there in dec 07, but am able to get a job any day of any week when I am in the UK...so technically, I feel employed.

  3. Thirdly, regarding paperwork we send in with the I-130 - do things like birth, divorce and marriage certificates need to certified copies or can they be just plain photocopies. My brain says certified copies, but the paperwork only asks for copies....maybe a cultural difference in wording, but that confused me.

Thank you all so much for any help you may give me in advance.


- OUR TIMELINE -

04/25/08 - sent I-130 to Chicago lockbox

05/05/08 - received NOA1, assigned to VSC

11/07/08 - transferred to CSC

12/16/08 - NOA2 by email - I-130 approved

12/20/08 - NOA2 in mail - 240 days

12/22/08 - NVC receive package

01/05/09 - we receive AOS Bill and DS-3032

02/12/09 - medical 04th Mar 2009 - NVC Complete - 314 days

04/28/09 - interview passed - 370 days

06/20/09 - visa arrived by courier

06/21/09 - POE Dallas Fort-Worth - 398 days to gain permanent residence (CR-1)

02/22/11 - Sent I-765 to Vermont Service Center

03/03/11 - Received receipt for I-765

04/04/11 - AOS interview and biometrics in Oklahoma City - took all of 20 minutes, no sweat

Currently waiting on my 10-year Green Card - Best wishes to everyone going through their journey!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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1) This is not a problem you can indicate that you are in the USA visiting at the time that the I-130 is submitted.

2) Not a problem either, you will become un-employed anyway in-order to immigrate.

3) Plain photo copies.

USCIS no longer routinely requires submission of original documents or "certified copies." Instead, ordinary legible photocopies of such documents (including naturalization certificates and alien registration cards) will be acceptable for initial filing and approval of petitions and applications.
http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD

OUR TIME LINE Please do a timeline it helps us all, thanks.

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Look here: A Candle for Love and China Family Visa Forums for Chinese/American relationship,

Visa issues, and lots of info about the Guangzhou and Hong Kong consulate.

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Thanks you for helping us!


- OUR TIMELINE -

04/25/08 - sent I-130 to Chicago lockbox

05/05/08 - received NOA1, assigned to VSC

11/07/08 - transferred to CSC

12/16/08 - NOA2 by email - I-130 approved

12/20/08 - NOA2 in mail - 240 days

12/22/08 - NVC receive package

01/05/09 - we receive AOS Bill and DS-3032

02/12/09 - medical 04th Mar 2009 - NVC Complete - 314 days

04/28/09 - interview passed - 370 days

06/20/09 - visa arrived by courier

06/21/09 - POE Dallas Fort-Worth - 398 days to gain permanent residence (CR-1)

02/22/11 - Sent I-765 to Vermont Service Center

03/03/11 - Received receipt for I-765

04/04/11 - AOS interview and biometrics in Oklahoma City - took all of 20 minutes, no sweat

Currently waiting on my 10-year Green Card - Best wishes to everyone going through their journey!

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