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I, the US petitioner am living in Costa Rica with my Filipina fiancee. We have lived here for one year and planned to do a K-1 and go to the states to marry. Someone mentioned that instead of the K-1 since we have been together for a year already that we marry here in CR and then file for DCF.

my problem is i don't understand how the DCF/CR-1 works. Neither of us have residency in Costa Rica. We moved here to see if we liked it enough to live here and we never filed for residency, because we were never sure. Now we decided to get married and want to go back to the states to live.

The DCF states that as long as i have resided outside the US for 6 months or more 'as legal residents' i qualify as the petitioner........it is the 'legal resident' thing confuses me. Legally i must leave Costa Rica every three months for 72 hours, which i have done for the last two years. We have lived here together for over a year. I have a corporation (not active), a vehicle, apartment, utility bills for two years etc. Thanks for any advice

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I, the US petitioner am living in Costa Rica with my Filipina fiancee. We have lived here for one year and planned to do a K-1 and go to the states to marry. Someone mentioned that instead of the K-1 since we have been together for a year already that we marry here in CR and then file for DCF.

my problem is i don't understand how the DCF/CR-1 works. Neither of us have residency in Costa Rica. We moved here to see if we liked it enough to live here and we never filed for residency, because we were never sure. Now we decided to get married and want to go back to the states to live.

The DCF states that as long as i have resided outside the US for 6 months or more 'as legal residents' i qualify as the petitioner........it is the 'legal resident' thing confuses me. Legally i must leave Costa Rica every three months for 72 hours, which i have done for the last two years. We have lived here together for over a year. I have a corporation (not active), a vehicle, apartment, utility bills for two years etc. Thanks for any advice

What the DOS field manual says is, residency is described as physical residence general abode without regard to future intention, meaning if you can prove you have lived there for six months, ie. passport visa, affidavit from landlord, rental agreement, utility bills etc. you can establish the requirement to file DCF. We did just that here in the Philippines, I can't see it being much differant there in Costa Rica but check the consulate website for the specific requirements and maybe shoot them an e-mail


2007-08-21Met through dating site

2007-10-12Hubby's first visit/met me and picked him up in Davao International Airport

2007-10-17Officially engaged to my one and only love hubby & formally proposed in front of my family

2007-10-22Flew back to the US

2008-02-022nd visit of my hubby and picked him up at Cebu International Airport

2008-02-04Went into the US embassy Cebu to get his certificate of legal capacity

2008-02-05Flew back together into Davao City and drove to Tagum City

2008-02-27Our awaited precious moment the WEDDING DAY!!!!

2008-03-04Hubby Flew back to the US

2009-05-013rd visit of my hubby and picked him up at Hong Kong International Airport

2009-05-02We went to Hong Kong disneyland (pretty amazing)

2009-05-03Flew back together into Manila and got his balikbayan visa to stay here with me for one year

2009-12-24First time we celebrate together the Christmas Eve (very much awesome!)

2009-12-31First time we celebrate together the New Years Eve (very much happy)

2010-01-07We celebrate together on his Birthday!

2010-01-15Celebrate together on his cutie wifey Birthday!

2010-01-25Sent I-130

2010-01-27Manila consulate received

2010-03-31I-130 approved(66 days)

2010-04-15NOA2 received

2010-04-22Packet 3 received(YaY)

2010-04-24DS230I & DS2001 Sent

2010-04-26Manila consulate received

2010-05-06Packet 4 received(Yepeyy)

2010-05-26-MEDICAL 7:00am(Passed)

2010-06-17-INTERVIEW 7:00 AM VISA APPROVED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you Lord !!!

2010-06-19 Recieved passport with visa via Air21 so fastttttt !!

2010-07-16 POE Detroit

2010-07-26 Recieved SS card

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I, the US petitioner am living in Costa Rica with my Filipina fiancee. We have lived here for one year and planned to do a K-1 and go to the states to marry. Someone mentioned that instead of the K-1 since we have been together for a year already that we marry here in CR and then file for DCF.

my problem is i don't understand how the DCF/CR-1 works. Neither of us have residency in Costa Rica. We moved here to see if we liked it enough to live here and we never filed for residency, because we were never sure. Now we decided to get married and want to go back to the states to live.

The DCF states that as long as i have resided outside the US for 6 months or more 'as legal residents' i qualify as the petitioner........it is the 'legal resident' thing confuses me. Legally i must leave Costa Rica every three months for 72 hours, which i have done for the last two years. We have lived here together for over a year. I have a corporation (not active), a vehicle, apartment, utility bills for two years etc. Thanks for any advice

We are not married yet. I thought it would be easier to do the K-1 and marry in the states. Now with this new info, I am wondering if we marry now, do we have to wait another six months before we file the I-130 or can we do it right away? I would love to be able to get her to the states for Christmas with my family.

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We are not married yet. I thought it would be easier to do the K-1 and marry in the states. Now with this new info, I am wondering if we marry now, do we have to wait another six months before we file the I-130 or can we do it right away? I would love to be able to get her to the states for Christmas with my family.

You can marry next monday and file next tuesday the requirements do not stipulate you must be married only that you meet the residency requirements :)


2007-08-21Met through dating site

2007-10-12Hubby's first visit/met me and picked him up in Davao International Airport

2007-10-17Officially engaged to my one and only love hubby & formally proposed in front of my family

2007-10-22Flew back to the US

2008-02-022nd visit of my hubby and picked him up at Cebu International Airport

2008-02-04Went into the US embassy Cebu to get his certificate of legal capacity

2008-02-05Flew back together into Davao City and drove to Tagum City

2008-02-27Our awaited precious moment the WEDDING DAY!!!!

2008-03-04Hubby Flew back to the US

2009-05-013rd visit of my hubby and picked him up at Hong Kong International Airport

2009-05-02We went to Hong Kong disneyland (pretty amazing)

2009-05-03Flew back together into Manila and got his balikbayan visa to stay here with me for one year

2009-12-24First time we celebrate together the Christmas Eve (very much awesome!)

2009-12-31First time we celebrate together the New Years Eve (very much happy)

2010-01-07We celebrate together on his Birthday!

2010-01-15Celebrate together on his cutie wifey Birthday!

2010-01-25Sent I-130

2010-01-27Manila consulate received

2010-03-31I-130 approved(66 days)

2010-04-15NOA2 received

2010-04-22Packet 3 received(YaY)

2010-04-24DS230I & DS2001 Sent

2010-04-26Manila consulate received

2010-05-06Packet 4 received(Yepeyy)

2010-05-26-MEDICAL 7:00am(Passed)

2010-06-17-INTERVIEW 7:00 AM VISA APPROVED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you Lord !!!

2010-06-19 Recieved passport with visa via Air21 so fastttttt !!

2010-07-16 POE Detroit

2010-07-26 Recieved SS card

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sorry, dunright, the embassy website says you have to have been a legal resident of Costa Rica for 6 months.

http://sanjose.usembassy.gov/iv_onbehalf.html

You have to file in the US unless you want to become a resident of CR. I would look at the timelines to see if K-1 or CR-1 is faster in Costa Rica.

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April 19, 2010 - NOA1 (documents received at Mexico City Embassy)

April 20, 2010 - NOA2 (received notice April 28, 2010, mailed April 27)

May 3, 2010 - Packet 3 sent (received May 27, 2010)

May 9, 2010 - I emailed them using the inquiry form asking for my case number

May 17, 2010 - received case number and link to Packet 3 by email

May 18, 2010 - sent Packet 3 to Ciudad Juarez

May 28, 2010 - called Ciudad Juarez to see if we had an appointment yet, they said wait 6-8 weeks :(

May 30, 2010 - I return to the US

June 8, 2010 - called and found out appointment date

June 16, 2010 - received Packet 4

July 6, 2010 - interview - Approved!

July 7, 2010 - pick up visa at DHL and POE to activate

July 29, 2010 - welcome letter received

August 1, 2010 - my husband comes home to me

August 13, 2010 - received Green Card

September 28, 2010 - never received Social Security Card, had to apply for it, arrived Sept. 28

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sorry, dunright, the embassy website says you have to have been a legal resident of Costa Rica for 6 months.

http://sanjose.usembassy.gov/iv_onbehalf.html

You have to file in the US unless you want to become a resident of CR. I would look at the timelines to see if K-1 or CR-1 is faster in Costa Rica.

Is the OP there Illegally ? Legal residency in the eyes of USCIS could be as simple as a visa stamp in a passport ;)

I say give it a try if you can prove you have been there legally for 6 months, you stand to lose 355.00 but is six months more waiting worth 355 to you ? ...


2007-08-21Met through dating site

2007-10-12Hubby's first visit/met me and picked him up in Davao International Airport

2007-10-17Officially engaged to my one and only love hubby & formally proposed in front of my family

2007-10-22Flew back to the US

2008-02-022nd visit of my hubby and picked him up at Cebu International Airport

2008-02-04Went into the US embassy Cebu to get his certificate of legal capacity

2008-02-05Flew back together into Davao City and drove to Tagum City

2008-02-27Our awaited precious moment the WEDDING DAY!!!!

2008-03-04Hubby Flew back to the US

2009-05-013rd visit of my hubby and picked him up at Hong Kong International Airport

2009-05-02We went to Hong Kong disneyland (pretty amazing)

2009-05-03Flew back together into Manila and got his balikbayan visa to stay here with me for one year

2009-12-24First time we celebrate together the Christmas Eve (very much awesome!)

2009-12-31First time we celebrate together the New Years Eve (very much happy)

2010-01-07We celebrate together on his Birthday!

2010-01-15Celebrate together on his cutie wifey Birthday!

2010-01-25Sent I-130

2010-01-27Manila consulate received

2010-03-31I-130 approved(66 days)

2010-04-15NOA2 received

2010-04-22Packet 3 received(YaY)

2010-04-24DS230I & DS2001 Sent

2010-04-26Manila consulate received

2010-05-06Packet 4 received(Yepeyy)

2010-05-26-MEDICAL 7:00am(Passed)

2010-06-17-INTERVIEW 7:00 AM VISA APPROVED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you Lord !!!

2010-06-19 Recieved passport with visa via Air21 so fastttttt !!

2010-07-16 POE Detroit

2010-07-26 Recieved SS card

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I would contact the embassy in CR and ask them. Each one kind of has their own guidelines as to what they consider "residency". We filed in Denmark after being there 6 months - I did not have a visa, or my residency, but I was there legally as my residency application was pending. Since the processing of residency permits in Denmark were taking about 12-18 months, they overlooked the fact that I did not have my residency yet and had been there legally for 6 continuous months.

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I would contact the embassy in CR and ask them. Each one kind of has their own guidelines as to what they consider "residency". We filed in Denmark after being there 6 months - I did not have a visa, or my residency, but I was there legally as my residency application was pending. Since the processing of residency permits in Denmark were taking about 12-18 months, they overlooked the fact that I did not have my residency yet and had been there legally for 6 continuous months.

Thanks to all the advice so far, i do appreciate it. I will go to the embassy on Friday and see what they have to say. I will keep you posted. Ciao

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sorry, dunright, the embassy website says you have to have been a legal resident of Costa Rica for 6 months.

http://sanjose.usembassy.gov/iv_onbehalf.html

You have to file in the US unless you want to become a resident of CR. I would look at the timelines to see if K-1 or CR-1 is faster in Costa Rica.

Yes i am here legally. If i have to file to become a resident of CR, i will pass and just do the K-1 or CR-1. I will find out at the embassy on Friday which way i will go.

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Is the OP there Illegally ? Legal residency in the eyes of USCIS could be as simple as a visa stamp in a passport ;)

I say give it a try if you can prove you have been there legally for 6 months, you stand to lose 355.00 but is six months more waiting worth 355 to you ? ...

Yes i am here legally. If i have to file to become a resident of CR, i will pass and just do the K-1 or CR-1. I will find out at the embassy on Friday which way i will go. Yes i would hate to file, be denied and have to file for a different kind of visa.

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For your sake, I hope they let you...I was just reading what the website said. Anyhow, the embassy can give you the best advice.


April 19, 2010 - NOA1 (documents received at Mexico City Embassy)

April 20, 2010 - NOA2 (received notice April 28, 2010, mailed April 27)

May 3, 2010 - Packet 3 sent (received May 27, 2010)

May 9, 2010 - I emailed them using the inquiry form asking for my case number

May 17, 2010 - received case number and link to Packet 3 by email

May 18, 2010 - sent Packet 3 to Ciudad Juarez

May 28, 2010 - called Ciudad Juarez to see if we had an appointment yet, they said wait 6-8 weeks :(

May 30, 2010 - I return to the US

June 8, 2010 - called and found out appointment date

June 16, 2010 - received Packet 4

July 6, 2010 - interview - Approved!

July 7, 2010 - pick up visa at DHL and POE to activate

July 29, 2010 - welcome letter received

August 1, 2010 - my husband comes home to me

August 13, 2010 - received Green Card

September 28, 2010 - never received Social Security Card, had to apply for it, arrived Sept. 28

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