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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: India

This is almost 2 year old letter, I had my Tourist visa interview at Calcutta consulate and the CO out specifically told me to apply for i-130, anyways somehow when I got back to Port Blair, I had an email forwarded by Calcutta consulate.

I was going through old mails today and reading this letter again made sense to me, so anyone looking out for DCF, think the cut out time to stay in India actually is 60 days, rather than 90 or 180 days, may be things have changed from that time, but still I thought about sharing the attached document I received from the consulate.


Effective July 1, 2004 our Office will accept Form I-130 petitions from only those U.S. citizens who have resided/lived within our jurisdiction (i.e., in India) for the past 60 days at the time of filing the petition.

The general instructions on the Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130) state that if you live in the United States you should file this petition at the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) service center nearest your residence in the U.S. As a service to U.S. citizens our office will accept petitions filed by U.S. citizens on behalf of qualifying Immediate Relatives residing in India. All general instructions on the form itself as well as all local filing instructions must be met and followed before we will accept your filing. Our office reserves the right to refuse any such filing at our discretion. All CIS forms and instructions are readily available on the internet at our website: uscis.gov We encourage you to use the internet.

The general local residence requirements are as follows:

The U.S. citizen petitioner has been physically present in India for, at least, sixty (60) days


The foreign beneficiary is a natural parent where the parent is more than seventy (70) years of age


The petition meets special humanitarian or emergent criteria.

Note: The final determination of whether or not any case meets special humanitarian or emergent criteria will be made by our office and may not be appealed.

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