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Married my Aussie man in Australia... how to DCF him for the U.S???

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Hi, I have read the pinned Australia thread above but I remain confused..

I came to Australia on a tourist visa and married my man (An Australian citizen) a couple of months later. Now we want to go back to the U.S for a prolonged period of time, which means he needs a green card. How do we go about direct consular filing?

There are things I am unsure about... I am 18 years old and I have never worked... How will this affect my application? What will I have to do?

What are the steps we take in order to achieve this? Are police clearances in Australia easy to get.. and will only my husband have to get one?

I have a month and a half left on my Aussie tourist visa... Will this have adverse affects on the chances of starting and finishing a DCF? If so what are my options? If I can extend my stay here, how long would I need? If this even possible on a tourist visa... I jsut read at the end of that thread that there is now a 6 month 'residency requirement'.. does that mean you can only do DCF if you are a lawful resident of Australia instead of just a tourist?

Sorry for the barrage of questions, as you can imagine (acutally I bet most of you don't have to imagine), setting up a life with your loved one in the same country can be very difficult and stressful, and very hard to understand the processes.

Thanks so much for any help...

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

Hi,

I came to Australia on a tourist visa and married my man (An Australian citizen) a couple of months later. Now we want to go back to the U.S for a prolonged period of time, which means he needs a green card. How do we go about direct consular filing?

Looks like you can't - you must be a resident for at least 6 months to DCF in Australia - more info here: http://sydney.usconsulate.gov/consular/visas/iv/file.html

There are things I am unsure about... I am 18 years old and I have never worked... How will this affect my application? What will I have to do?

You will want to read the guide for the CR1, just click on the Guides tab at the top of this page. You must earn at least 125% of the poverty guidelines to sponsor your Husband, or you will need a joint sponsor. That will all make more sense after you read the guide.

What are the steps we take in order to achieve this? Are police clearances in Australia easy to get.. and will only my husband have to get one?

First you need to file a petition with USCIS - the I-130 and the accompanying G-325A's

Only he needs a police certificate from Australia - and from any place he has lived outside Australia for 12 months or more. Details of how to obtain it are here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/reciprocity/reciprocity_3504.html#docs

He won't need this until the National Visa Center stage - so plenty of time to get it.

I have a month and a half left on my Aussie tourist visa... Will this have adverse affects on the chances of starting and finishing a DCF? If so what are my options? If I can extend my stay here, how long would I need?

Tourists do not qualify - see link above.

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How long have you resided in Aus? Like trailmix has said, you can only DCF if you have been residing in Australia for 6 months or longer. And I don't know that a tourist visa "counts" as proof of residence. We DCF'd and my USC husband showed proof of residency with his Aussie spousal visa


DCF Timeline here

POE Timeline

08/24/2008 POE Seattle

08/29/2008 SSN assigned

09/08/2008 SSN (Card) received

09/29/2008 Green Card received

I-90 Timeline (USCIS error)

11/10/2008 Send I-90 to Texas service center

12/xx/2008 NOA1

01/07/2009 Card production ordered

01/14/2009 Card mailed

01/xx/2009 Card received

I-751 Timeline

06/02/2010 Send I-751 to California service center

06/04/2010 Received at CSC

06/07/2010 NOA1

06/09/2010 Check cashed

07/27/2010 Biometrics

07/28/2010 Touch

09/02/2010 Approved

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A tourist visa doesn't count when filing DCF in Australia. Sorry.


02/11/10 - Hubby (USC) has I-130 interview at Sydney Embassy

02/11/10 - Hubby and I have CRBA interview at Sydney Embassy

02/17/10 - Medical results received

02/22/10 - Police check received

02/22/10 - NOA2/Packet 3 received

02/23/10 - DS230 mailed off to Embassy

02/23/10 - CRBA received with US Passport for daughter

02/26/10 - DS2001 and supporting documents mailed to Sydney Embassy

03/02/10 - Packet 4 received. Application is complete!

03/09/10 - Visa interview scheduled at Sydney Embassy

03/09/10 - Visa approved

03/11/10 - Visa received

03/19/10 - POE Los Angeles

03/31/10 - Greencard received

04/20/10 - SSN received

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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Have you two considered any possibility of YOU staying in AUS, applying for residency permit, then working and going to school there?

Life in AUS is so much better than in USA, for 'young couples' who really push themselves to excel and succeed.

Seriously.


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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hey usausgirl - any news?


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

-=-=-=-=-=R E A D ! ! !=-=-=-=-=-

Whoa Nelly ! Want NVC Info? see http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_Process

Congratulations on your approval ! We All Applaud your accomplishment with Most Wonderful Kissies !

 

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