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Bringing my wife's daughter - SOFA status and I-130 processing

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"A"and I will be married in the PI in 4 days! We are so excited!

I'm wanting to know what all we will need to do to bring her 3yo daughter along with her when she comes in 3-4 months on SOFA status (as I am US Military). Once i arrive back in Germany (my current assignment location) I will start to get her SOFA stamp on her passport that will allow her to come to Germany and I also will go to the US embassy in Frankfurt to file the I-130 paperwork.

Is there anything special we need to do for her to be able to bring her daughter at the same time? She was never married to the Childs father, but his name is on the child's birth certificate. We already have gotten a passport for the child, so I will be attempting to get a SOFA stamp on the child's passport as well. I've listed her daughter on the I-130 and G-325A forms.

We are just trying to stay ahead of the game as much as possible. Thanks for any/all help and info,

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From reading on here...once you get married, you will have to file a I-130 for the daughter too since there is no derivative status from the mother's CR-1 visa like a K-1. As far as the SOFA visa, you should apply for it just like for your soon to be wife.

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