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I am a soon to be wife of a US citizen, whom has lived in Africa for most of his life. His study visa is almost

coming to an end and we have decided to choose The US as our home. I am a South Africa Citizen. I recently saw

this post on http://southafrica.usembassy.gov/i130.html:

"Due to recent legislative changes, the Department of State will no longer be able to accept I-130 petitions

(for immigration of relatives) on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security." I am unsure as to how to proceed.

Also, when is the ideal time to file? Our wedding is in November, can one file shortly before the wedding has taken place?

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They must have not updated the website; I would call the embassy to double check, but afaik, South Africa accepts DCF cases (ie USC filing for spousal visas directly via the embassy).

When to file for the visa depends on when you want to move, but you cannot file before you are legally married, as you will need to include the marriage cert. DCF cases take less time than cases filed in the USA, but how long it takes will depend a lot on the embassy; anything from 2 weeks to a 4 months is a possibility; mine took 6 weeks. After you get the visa, you have 6 months to use it.

Bye: Penguin

Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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After the petition is approved you are invited to an interview at your closest us embassy. You have to provide more documents (birth cert, police certificates from all countries you have lived in since age 16, affidavit of support, passport etc.). After your visa is approved you will get your passport with visa mailed to you including a sealed envelope that you need for entry but are not allowed to open or damage. You will also have to get your medical done at one of the embassies panel physicians.

Just check the embassy website for your country, they should have a how to apply page somewhere on it with all the info you need. :)

  • March 2007 we first met
  • 09-26-2009 married <3
  • 05-19-2010 filed I-130 DCF
  • 07-10-2010 RFE...duh
  • 07-10-2010 sent back required document
  • 07-28-2010 Interview - approved :)
  • 07-30-2010 sent in missing document
  • 08-07-2010 Visa received
  • 09-07-2010 moving to our new home

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Thank you so much,

once the I-130 petition is approved, as you apply for the green card, you can move over?

or am I misled??

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