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Hey all,

My wife is subject to 212(e) 2 year HRR. We are just about a year into it and we are heading to Jakarta to file her I-130 and register my son's birth on June 20. We arrived in Indonesia on June 29, 2010, meaning he 2 year HRR does not end until June 30, 2012. Is 13 months before it runs out too early to start the process? We were hoping to get this started ASAP, as I don't know how much longer I can stand being in Indonesia lol.

I would hate to start this whole thing then get an IV appointment with 6 months left on her HRR. That would be a tough one to explain why I am postponing it for so long.

I don't think we can go to the IV interview with any time remaining on her HRR, right? Or do they simply post-date the Visa in those cases. Or will they flat out deny her?

Any help is appreciated!


03/26/2010 - Got married

06/28/2010 - Left for Indonesia

06/29/2010 - Arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia and drove to Tasikmalaya

05/25/2011 - Set up an appointment for my sons registration of overseas birth for June 20th

05/28/2011 - Filled out and printed all documents needed (I think). Didn't sign any of them since some don't need signed until you are told to sign. Neatly organized them in folders.

06/05/2011 - The Embassy advised us that they will "pend" my wife's I-130, so we can file 1 year prior to departure to avoid mailing to Chicago.

06/20/2011 - Filed my wife's I-130 at the Consular in Jakarta (1 year pending from here).

04/09/2012 - Emailed embassy to start I-130 process.

04/10/2012 - Received email to collect documents for IV and call to schedule an interview

04/11/2012 - Scheduled medical exam for June 4, 2012

To be continued...

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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they won't deny but they cannot issue the visa until after that time expired or if you can get a waiver..

Since a a direct filed I-130 can typically be processed in a month or two, not a lot of sense to file with a year left on HRR. Might be better served waiting until closer in or see if you can get a waiver


YMMV

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they won't deny but they cannot issue the visa until after that time expired or if you can get a waiver..

Since a a direct filed I-130 can typically be processed in a month or two, not a lot of sense to file with a year left on HRR. Might be better served waiting until closer in or see if you can get a waiver

We were going to try the waiver, but she had a J-1 visa via a Fullbright scholarship.

Fullbright + J-1 Visa = No way in H@#$ of getting a waiver.

Also, we have no legit excuse for her getting the waiver.

a) we can't use family separation as an excuse.

b) I am a freelancer an d can work anywhere

c) I am already in Indonesia

d) There isn't a war or anything threatening her life here.


03/26/2010 - Got married

06/28/2010 - Left for Indonesia

06/29/2010 - Arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia and drove to Tasikmalaya

05/25/2011 - Set up an appointment for my sons registration of overseas birth for June 20th

05/28/2011 - Filled out and printed all documents needed (I think). Didn't sign any of them since some don't need signed until you are told to sign. Neatly organized them in folders.

06/05/2011 - The Embassy advised us that they will "pend" my wife's I-130, so we can file 1 year prior to departure to avoid mailing to Chicago.

06/20/2011 - Filed my wife's I-130 at the Consular in Jakarta (1 year pending from here).

04/09/2012 - Emailed embassy to start I-130 process.

04/10/2012 - Received email to collect documents for IV and call to schedule an interview

04/11/2012 - Scheduled medical exam for June 4, 2012

To be continued...

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Mexico
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Sounds like the best bet is to do something many of us wish we could do--live in another country for an extended period--it actually sounds like a lot of fun, and as you said, you can work anywhere. No since spending a lot of energy trying to accomplish the impossible. Have fun--wish we were there !!

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Sounds like the best bet is to do something many of us wish we could do--live in another country for an extended period--it actually sounds like a lot of fun, and as you said, you can work anywhere. No since spending a lot of energy trying to accomplish the impossible. Have fun--wish we were there !!

I am already in Indonesia, have been for about a year. I can't stand it here. Besides the exchange rate, it is miserable. You can't drive anywhere without putting your life in great danger (AKA everyone drives like they are running from the police), the government is horribly corrupt and their Immigration LOL don't get me started there.

I can't get out of here quick enough! Hence my rushing to get the process started. From what I am reading on other posts is that doing a DCF in Indonesia typically leads to a 30-day turnaround time for a visa. So, I think we will just do my son's paperwork and work on my wife's later.


03/26/2010 - Got married

06/28/2010 - Left for Indonesia

06/29/2010 - Arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia and drove to Tasikmalaya

05/25/2011 - Set up an appointment for my sons registration of overseas birth for June 20th

05/28/2011 - Filled out and printed all documents needed (I think). Didn't sign any of them since some don't need signed until you are told to sign. Neatly organized them in folders.

06/05/2011 - The Embassy advised us that they will "pend" my wife's I-130, so we can file 1 year prior to departure to avoid mailing to Chicago.

06/20/2011 - Filed my wife's I-130 at the Consular in Jakarta (1 year pending from here).

04/09/2012 - Emailed embassy to start I-130 process.

04/10/2012 - Received email to collect documents for IV and call to schedule an interview

04/11/2012 - Scheduled medical exam for June 4, 2012

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Is it your son by birth? Or is it a step son?

If the child has claims to US citizenship, as in you, a US citizen and meets the requirements, are the child's father

Good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Is it your son by birth? Or is it a step son?

If the child has claims to US citizenship, as in you, a US citizen and meets the requirements, are the child's father

Good luck

Yeah, he is my son. I don't quite get what you are trying to say. He is not a problem, the issue is getting my wife's visa, She has a 2 year HRR from a J-1 visa on a Fulbright-sponsored scholarship/


03/26/2010 - Got married

06/28/2010 - Left for Indonesia

06/29/2010 - Arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia and drove to Tasikmalaya

05/25/2011 - Set up an appointment for my sons registration of overseas birth for June 20th

05/28/2011 - Filled out and printed all documents needed (I think). Didn't sign any of them since some don't need signed until you are told to sign. Neatly organized them in folders.

06/05/2011 - The Embassy advised us that they will "pend" my wife's I-130, so we can file 1 year prior to departure to avoid mailing to Chicago.

06/20/2011 - Filed my wife's I-130 at the Consular in Jakarta (1 year pending from here).

04/09/2012 - Emailed embassy to start I-130 process.

04/10/2012 - Received email to collect documents for IV and call to schedule an interview

04/11/2012 - Scheduled medical exam for June 4, 2012

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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I understand, I was simply reminding you that your son, as long as you meet the requirements, does not need a visa, he needs US citizenship

You mentioned your son's paperwork, so I offered clarification

Good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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I understand, I was simply reminding you that your son, as long as you meet the requirements, does not need a visa, he needs US citizenship

You mentioned your son's paperwork, so I offered clarification

Good luck

Oh oh oh lol. I gotcha now, sorry I misunderstood and got myself all confused. We are going just for his citizenship on the 20th, I was hoping to limit making the 8-hour trip to only a few times by doing my wife's paperwork at the same time. Fortunately, the consular here seems to work lightning-fast when it comes to DCF of the I-130. Unfortunately, this means an extra trip-or-two to Jakarta.

Guess I will look at the awesome side that they work quickly. Hopefully they do not change in the next 10 months or so. I think we will file her paperwork sometime in early-May 2012. That leaves about 60 days for processing, and I should be able to push back the interview a few weeks, if they schedule it too early. :) Thanks for all the help guys and gals!!!


03/26/2010 - Got married

06/28/2010 - Left for Indonesia

06/29/2010 - Arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia and drove to Tasikmalaya

05/25/2011 - Set up an appointment for my sons registration of overseas birth for June 20th

05/28/2011 - Filled out and printed all documents needed (I think). Didn't sign any of them since some don't need signed until you are told to sign. Neatly organized them in folders.

06/05/2011 - The Embassy advised us that they will "pend" my wife's I-130, so we can file 1 year prior to departure to avoid mailing to Chicago.

06/20/2011 - Filed my wife's I-130 at the Consular in Jakarta (1 year pending from here).

04/09/2012 - Emailed embassy to start I-130 process.

04/10/2012 - Received email to collect documents for IV and call to schedule an interview

04/11/2012 - Scheduled medical exam for June 4, 2012

To be continued...

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Get the kid's citizenship in place and then focus on your wife. It's really pretty easy

Yeah, after doing more reading here, it seems a lot more transparent and wayyyy easier than Indonesia's Immigration. That's definitely a good thing!

Hopefully my AOS is accepted. I missed the 2009 number by about $100 or so.


03/26/2010 - Got married

06/28/2010 - Left for Indonesia

06/29/2010 - Arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia and drove to Tasikmalaya

05/25/2011 - Set up an appointment for my sons registration of overseas birth for June 20th

05/28/2011 - Filled out and printed all documents needed (I think). Didn't sign any of them since some don't need signed until you are told to sign. Neatly organized them in folders.

06/05/2011 - The Embassy advised us that they will "pend" my wife's I-130, so we can file 1 year prior to departure to avoid mailing to Chicago.

06/20/2011 - Filed my wife's I-130 at the Consular in Jakarta (1 year pending from here).

04/09/2012 - Emailed embassy to start I-130 process.

04/10/2012 - Received email to collect documents for IV and call to schedule an interview

04/11/2012 - Scheduled medical exam for June 4, 2012

To be continued...

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Oh oh oh lol. I gotcha now, sorry I misunderstood and got myself all confused. We are going just for his citizenship on the 20th, I was hoping to limit making the 8-hour trip to only a few times by doing my wife's paperwork at the same time. Fortunately, the consular here seems to work lightning-fast when it comes to DCF of the I-130. Unfortunately, this means an extra trip-or-two to Jakarta.

Guess I will look at the awesome side that they work quickly. Hopefully they do not change in the next 10 months or so. I think we will file her paperwork sometime in early-May 2012. That leaves about 60 days for processing, and I should be able to push back the interview a few weeks, if they schedule it too early. :) Thanks for all the help guys and gals!!!

Starting this August (August 15th to be exact), if a country does not have a USCIS field office, then the I-130 will have to be sent to the lockbox in Chicago, Embassies and Consulates will no longer accept them after that date. Indonesia does not have a USCIS field office.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Starting this August (August 15th to be exact), if a country does not have a USCIS field office, then the I-130 will have to be sent to the lockbox in Chicago, Embassies and Consulates will no longer accept them after that date. Indonesia does not have a USCIS field office.

Well, doesn't that just throw a wrench in the whole process. Figures that would happen in the middle of our stay here... Jeez. Thanks for letting me know that. It would have sucked to find that out at a later date. Looks like I will be filing early August then... Am I able to send it to the lockbox now, even though I am overseas?


03/26/2010 - Got married

06/28/2010 - Left for Indonesia

06/29/2010 - Arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia and drove to Tasikmalaya

05/25/2011 - Set up an appointment for my sons registration of overseas birth for June 20th

05/28/2011 - Filled out and printed all documents needed (I think). Didn't sign any of them since some don't need signed until you are told to sign. Neatly organized them in folders.

06/05/2011 - The Embassy advised us that they will "pend" my wife's I-130, so we can file 1 year prior to departure to avoid mailing to Chicago.

06/20/2011 - Filed my wife's I-130 at the Consular in Jakarta (1 year pending from here).

04/09/2012 - Emailed embassy to start I-130 process.

04/10/2012 - Received email to collect documents for IV and call to schedule an interview

04/11/2012 - Scheduled medical exam for June 4, 2012

To be continued...

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Edited... I found the law on another .gov site... Ugh... This is so dang annoying!

Edited by cup1981

03/26/2010 - Got married

06/28/2010 - Left for Indonesia

06/29/2010 - Arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia and drove to Tasikmalaya

05/25/2011 - Set up an appointment for my sons registration of overseas birth for June 20th

05/28/2011 - Filled out and printed all documents needed (I think). Didn't sign any of them since some don't need signed until you are told to sign. Neatly organized them in folders.

06/05/2011 - The Embassy advised us that they will "pend" my wife's I-130, so we can file 1 year prior to departure to avoid mailing to Chicago.

06/20/2011 - Filed my wife's I-130 at the Consular in Jakarta (1 year pending from here).

04/09/2012 - Emailed embassy to start I-130 process.

04/10/2012 - Received email to collect documents for IV and call to schedule an interview

04/11/2012 - Scheduled medical exam for June 4, 2012

To be continued...

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Am I able to send it to the lockbox now, even though I am overseas?

Yes


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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