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Hello and thanks to all in this website, supporting eachother and helping eachother while themselves.

I am United States citizen, my wife is Ethiopian. Our relationship is 2 years old, our age now is (me) 23, and 22 (she), age difference about 9 months. 1 week ago we married in Ethiopia. I returned to US 3 days ago, and 2 days ago she returned to UAE for work.

I will be starting the process as soon as possible.

My question is...

1...My Ethiopian wife is now in United Arab Emirates working with working visa, while waiting for process. Can she interview and required documents with the US embassy/consulate in UAE, or does she need to return back to Ethiopia?

2...K-3 or CR-1 best option for us?

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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CR-1.

IF she is in UAE, legally, around the interview time, then she can interview in UAE.

This will pre-suppose that she's gonna be there at least 9 months from today, if you file the I-130 this week.

There's additional steps you two must do for NVC processing and intake, as well, prior to interview appointment setting.


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Filed: Country: Ethiopia
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Unfortunately, a visa interview based on marriage must take place in the consulate where the marriage was registered. She will be required to attend the interview at the Addis Ababa consulate.

CR-1 is the better option for you.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Unfortunately, a visa interview based on marriage must take place in the consulate where the marriage was registered. She will be required to attend the interview at the Addis Ababa consulate.

Incorrect, if a beneficiary is a legal resident of a country at the time of a visa interview, they can interview in that country, they do not need to return home.

OP: as Darnell already told you, if your wife is a legal UAE resident at interview time, she can interview in Abu Dhabi.

To answer your other question, CR-1 is the best option.


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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Filed: Country: Ethiopia
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Incorrect, if a beneficiary is a legal resident of a country at the time of a visa interview, they can interview in that country, they do not need to return home.

OP: as Darnell already told you, if your wife is a legal UAE resident at interview time, she can interview in Abu Dhabi.

To answer your other question, CR-1 is the best option.

Try that and you will see it is correct. May be a direct quote from the state department's website will convince you.

"It should be noted that under U.S. immigration law, a foreign citizen who marries a U.S. citizen outside the U.S. must apply for the K-3 visa in the country where the marriage took place."

link: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_2993.html

I have seen a dozen people (Some I know personally) who had residency in other countries but were ordered to have their interview in the Addis Ababa consulate simply because their marriage was registered in Ethiopia.

Please check your facts first. If the visa is sought on basis other than marriage, then yes, the applicant can apply at the consulate of his/her residence (not necessarily the home country). Your advise may cost someone tons of time. But I understand the confusion.

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Thankfully, the K-3 visa process is NOT the path these two are on - is different process, altogether.

Thanks for the link, though.

I stand by my original statement.


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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The link you posted deals with K3. In this State Department link, Immigrant Visa for a Spouse of a U.S. Citizen (IR1 or CR1), nowhere is that requirement stated. I quoted a key section of the link below:

Visa Interview

Once the NVC determines the file is complete with all the required documents, they schedule the applicant’s interview appointment. NVC then sends the file, containing the applicant’s petition and the documents listed above, to the U.S. embassy or consulate where the applicant will be interviewed for a visa.

I stand by what I said earlier.


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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Let me add one more thing.

When yer filling out the I-130, be certain that you are CLEAR for her domicile country, differentiate between NATIONAL ORIGIN/Country of Passport Issuance vs LEGAL RESIDENCE IN UAE.

This will probably mean yer writing in RED INK somewhere on the form, plus putting out a letter of attestation for her LEGAL RESIDENCE in UAE, requesting interview in UAE in same letter of attestation as well as in the general cover letter that yer including with the I-130.

Edited by Darnell

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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