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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
Timeline

Details about my situation:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=168772

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=168972

As you can probably see from the above topics I started. I want to go the cr1 route because it is typically quicker, cheaper and also makes for my husband to be capable of getting a job much sooner then the k3 process. I don't know much about DCF or what it even is but know that I can use it if I go back to Pakistan and stay with my husband while filing right? Would I still be filing for cr1, only that I'd be filing from abroad? Would it make my situation any more complicated or take longer? Or would it possibly even be quicker? What are the facts I need to know about DCF and how to use it in my situation?

Is DCF initially the same as filing for i130/cr1?What are the differences? How long would it typically take? Could I still use a joint sponsor? Would being unemployed and not having a personal income source hurt our chances? I really want to get started with this procedure of being with my husband soon.....please help. :help:

EDIT:

I just checked out the DCF guide, and it says that establishing permanent residency for at least 6 months abroad is a must? What if I have a multiple entry visa valid upto 06-16-2013? I don't think that would suffice....any possible way I could work around it? Or would I still end up having to wait 6 months...and getting a residency?

Edited by MumtazG38

USCIS *CR-1*

Service Center : California Service Center

02-17-09 : I-130 Sent

02-18-09 : Received

02-24-09 : NOA1

02-27-09 : NOA1 HC

03-16-09 : NOA2

NVC

04-08-09 : C# Assigned

04-10-09 : DS-3032/AOS GEN

04-12-09 : DS-3032 emailed

04-21-09 : DS-3032 accpt

04-21-09 : AOS PAID

04-21-09 : IV bill GEN

04-28-09 : IV bill PAID

05-11-09 : IV pkg sent(NVC)

05-13-09 : Delivered

05-15-09 : Review(RFE)

07-24-09 : AOS pkg sent to NVC

07-27-09 : Delivered

07-28-09 : Review (RFE)

08-12-09 : Review

08-18-09 : Sign in Failed

08-19-09 : case complete

09-01-09 : Interview Scheduled

Embassy

09-14-09 : Forward Case

09-15-09 : Medical

09-19-09 : Case Received

10-16-09 : Visa Interview

11-14-09 : V.I.H

11-27-09 : POE (JFK, NY) = 9m 10d^^

COMPLETE TIMELINE LOCATED HERE. CLICK ABOUT ME.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
Timeline
Details about my situation:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=168772

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=168972

As you can probably see from the above topics I started. I want to go the cr1 route because it is typically quicker, cheaper and also makes for my husband to be capable of getting a job much sooner then the k3 process. I don't know much about DCF or what it even is but know that I can use it if I go back to Pakistan and stay with my husband while filing right? Would I still be filing for cr1, only that I'd be filing from abroad? Would it make my situation any more complicated or take longer? Or would it possibly even be quicker? What are the facts I need to know about DCF and how to use it in my situation?

Is DCF initially the same as filing for i130/cr1?What are the differences? How long would it typically take? Could I still use a joint sponsor? Would being unemployed and not having a personal income source hurt our chances? I really want to get started with this procedure of being with my husband soon.....please help. :help:

EDIT:

I just checked out the DCF guide, and it says that establishing permanent residency for at least 6 months abroad is a must? What if I have a multiple entry visa valid upto 06-16-2013? I don't think that would suffice....any possible way I could work around it? Or would I still end up having to wait 6 months...and getting a residency?

To use DCF, you must be RESIDENT in the country for at least six months. Even living there without being a resident is insufficient to use DCF. You do not have a residency visa for Pakistan so you could not use your multiple entry visa for that. There is no way around this condition. Since you live in Michigan, your case would most likely be assigned to the California Service Center for processing. They specify the timeline for adjudicating I130 petitions (assuming no additional security checks which can happen for Pakistanis) at six months. Therefore, your I130 with USCIS would most likely be approved before you even fulfilled the DCF conditions. As such, the fastest route would be to just apply through the standard process as soon as possible.

Also, having joint sponsorship for I864s in Islamabad appears to be a red flag that almost guarantees administrative processing (AP). If you can in any way fulfill and exceed the I864 conditions without a joint sponsor, I highly recommend it.


Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Islamabad, Pakistan

Marriage : 2007-11-24

I-130 Sent : 2008-01-17

I-130 NOA1 : 2008-02-12

Expedite Request Approved - 2008-04-17

NOA2: 2008-04-22

National Visa Center

Case Number Assigned: 2008-04-25

DS-3032 and AOS Fee Bill Generated: 2008-05-05

AOS Fee Bill Paid: 2008-05-03

DS-3032 Accepted: 2008-05-07

I-864 Hard Copy Mailed: 2008-05-07

IV Fee Bill Paid - 2008-08-04

DS230 Mailed - 2008-08-06

Case Completed - 2008-08-13

Interview - 2008-10-07 - Put on AP

Passport Requested - 2008-12-14

Passport Received - 2008-12-26

POE - 2008-12-29

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Filed: Other Country: China
Timeline
Details about my situation:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=168772

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=168972

As you can probably see from the above topics I started. I want to go the cr1 route because it is typically quicker, cheaper and also makes for my husband to be capable of getting a job much sooner then the k3 process. I don't know much about DCF or what it even is but know that I can use it if I go back to Pakistan and stay with my husband while filing right? Would I still be filing for cr1, only that I'd be filing from abroad? Would it make my situation any more complicated or take longer? Or would it possibly even be quicker? What are the facts I need to know about DCF and how to use it in my situation?

Is DCF initially the same as filing for i130/cr1?What are the differences? How long would it typically take? Could I still use a joint sponsor? Would being unemployed and not having a personal income source hurt our chances? I really want to get started with this procedure of being with my husband soon.....please help. :help:

EDIT:

I just checked out the DCF guide, and it says that establishing permanent residency for at least 6 months abroad is a must? What if I have a multiple entry visa valid upto 06-16-2013? I don't think that would suffice....any possible way I could work around it? Or would I still end up having to wait 6 months...and getting a residency?

To use DCF, you must be RESIDENT in the country for at least six months. Even living there without being a resident is insufficient to use DCF. You do not have a residency visa for Pakistan so you could not use your multiple entry visa for that. There is no way around this condition. Since you live in Michigan, your case would most likely be assigned to the California Service Center for processing. They specify the timeline for adjudicating I130 petitions (assuming no additional security checks which can happen for Pakistanis) at six months. Therefore, your I130 with USCIS would most likely be approved before you even fulfilled the DCF conditions. As such, the fastest route would be to just apply through the standard process as soon as possible.

Also, having joint sponsorship for I864s in Islamabad appears to be a red flag that almost guarantees administrative processing (AP). If you can in any way fulfill and exceed the I864 conditions without a joint sponsor, I highly recommend it.

DCF is simply a filing method for which you must qualify based on resident status. The visa is CR1 whether you file stateside or Direct Consular Filing. (DCF)


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Details about my situation:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=168772

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=168972

As you can probably see from the above topics I started. I want to go the cr1 route because it is typically quicker, cheaper and also makes for my husband to be capable of getting a job much sooner then the k3 process. I don't know much about DCF or what it even is but know that I can use it if I go back to Pakistan and stay with my husband while filing right? Would I still be filing for cr1, only that I'd be filing from abroad? Would it make my situation any more complicated or take longer? Or would it possibly even be quicker? What are the facts I need to know about DCF and how to use it in my situation?

Is DCF initially the same as filing for i130/cr1?What are the differences? How long would it typically take? Could I still use a joint sponsor? Would being unemployed and not having a personal income source hurt our chances? I really want to get started with this procedure of being with my husband soon.....please help. :help:

EDIT:

I just checked out the DCF guide, and it says that establishing permanent residency for at least 6 months abroad is a must? What if I have a multiple entry visa valid upto 06-16-2013? I don't think that would suffice....any possible way I could work around it? Or would I still end up having to wait 6 months...and getting a residency?

To use DCF, you must be RESIDENT in the country for at least six months. Even living there without being a resident is insufficient to use DCF. You do not have a residency visa for Pakistan so you could not use your multiple entry visa for that. There is no way around this condition. Since you live in Michigan, your case would most likely be assigned to the California Service Center for processing. They specify the timeline for adjudicating I130 petitions (assuming no additional security checks which can happen for Pakistanis) at six months. Therefore, your I130 with USCIS would most likely be approved before you even fulfilled the DCF conditions. As such, the fastest route would be to just apply through the standard process as soon as possible.

Also, having joint sponsorship for I864s in Islamabad appears to be a red flag that almost guarantees administrative processing (AP). If you can in any way fulfill and exceed the I864 conditions without a joint sponsor, I highly recommend it.

I was able to do DCF right after recieving my permanent residency in Brazil. I was granted a temporary visa after I married a Brazilian and filed for residency. After my permanet residency was granted 9 months later (we took our time with it) I was able to immediately file the I-130 directly with the consulate. To meet the 6 month requirement all I had to do was show my temporary visa and my permanent residency visa. The embassy said I had to be a legal resident and have been residing legally within Brazil for 6 months. Not be a permanent resident for 6 months.

You should find out the exact requirements from the embassy in Pakistan.


My Visa Journey so far......

Met my husband..... May 2004

First visit to Brazil....June 2006

Second visit to Brazil....May 2007

Married in Brazil....October 4, 2007

Applied for Brazilian Residency.... November 2007

Brazilian Residency Approved.... August 2008

I-130 Sent.... December 1, 2008

Packet 3 received.... December 19th, 2008

DS forms mailed... March 16, 2009

Packet 4 received.... April 6, 2009

Immigrant Visa Interview... May 27, 2009

Pregnant... due April 2009

Lydia Lorraine Nascimento born April 18th, 2009

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Details about my situation:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=168772

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=168972

As you can probably see from the above topics I started. I want to go the cr1 route because it is typically quicker, cheaper and also makes for my husband to be capable of getting a job much sooner then the k3 process. I don't know much about DCF or what it even is but know that I can use it if I go back to Pakistan and stay with my husband while filing right? Would I still be filing for cr1, only that I'd be filing from abroad? Would it make my situation any more complicated or take longer? Or would it possibly even be quicker? What are the facts I need to know about DCF and how to use it in my situation?

Is DCF initially the same as filing for i130/cr1?What are the differences? How long would it typically take? Could I still use a joint sponsor? Would being unemployed and not having a personal income source hurt our chances? I really want to get started with this procedure of being with my husband soon.....please help. :help:

EDIT:

I just checked out the DCF guide, and it says that establishing permanent residency for at least 6 months abroad is a must? What if I have a multiple entry visa valid upto 06-16-2013? I don't think that would suffice....any possible way I could work around it? Or would I still end up having to wait 6 months...and getting a residency?

To use DCF, you must be RESIDENT in the country for at least six months. Even living there without being a resident is insufficient to use DCF. You do not have a residency visa for Pakistan so you could not use your multiple entry visa for that. There is no way around this condition. Since you live in Michigan, your case would most likely be assigned to the California Service Center for processing. They specify the timeline for adjudicating I130 petitions (assuming no additional security checks which can happen for Pakistanis) at six months. Therefore, your I130 with USCIS would most likely be approved before you even fulfilled the DCF conditions. As such, the fastest route would be to just apply through the standard process as soon as possible.

Also, having joint sponsorship for I864s in Islamabad appears to be a red flag that almost guarantees administrative processing (AP). If you can in any way fulfill and exceed the I864 conditions without a joint sponsor, I highly recommend it.

I was able to do DCF right after recieving my permanent residency in Brazil. I was granted a temporary visa after I married a Brazilian and filed for residency. After my permanet residency was granted 9 months later (we took our time with it) I was able to immediately file the I-130 directly with the consulate. To meet the 6 month requirement all I had to do was show my temporary visa and my permanent residency visa. The embassy said I had to be a legal resident and have been residing legally within Brazil for 6 months. Not be a permanent resident for 6 months.

You should find out the exact requirements from the embassy in Pakistan.

But I think your best bet would be to apply stateside. Really DCF is more beneficial for those already living abroad with their spouses. I wouldnt leave the US just to do DCF.


My Visa Journey so far......

Met my husband..... May 2004

First visit to Brazil....June 2006

Second visit to Brazil....May 2007

Married in Brazil....October 4, 2007

Applied for Brazilian Residency.... November 2007

Brazilian Residency Approved.... August 2008

I-130 Sent.... December 1, 2008

Packet 3 received.... December 19th, 2008

DS forms mailed... March 16, 2009

Packet 4 received.... April 6, 2009

Immigrant Visa Interview... May 27, 2009

Pregnant... due April 2009

Lydia Lorraine Nascimento born April 18th, 2009

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