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Hello,

I have been living in Colombia for over 1 year and we were married last Saturday in Medellin. I need advise on how to proceed with the application process.

Is it necessary/more prudent that I return to the U.S. BEFORE we file the IR-1/CR-1?? I believe the U.S. needs appropriate evidence of my intent to return to the U.S. I would prefer not to do this because I would have to leave my wife for many months. I was hoping I could wait until later in the application process before I returned.

Also, if we do file now while living in Colombia, I am not sure how to address the question on the I-130 regarding my address in the U.S. I do not currently own a home in the U.S. I still have a UPS mail box, bank accounts, storage unit, etc. Would it be problematic if I stated I plan to re-establish work/residence in the near future in this section of the I-130?

I don't want to do anything stupid and end up delaying the process. Many thanks, au58

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Is it necessary/more prudent that I return to the U.S. BEFORE we file the IR-1/CR-1?? I believe the U.S. needs appropriate evidence of my intent to return to the U.S. I would prefer not to do this because I would have to leave my wife for many months. I was hoping I could wait until later in the application process before I returned.

For filing the initial filing of the I-130 petition with USCIS, no it is not necessary or more prudent that you return to the US. When the time comes to file the I-864 with the NVC, then you will need to show intent to reestablish a US Domicile.

Also, if we do file now while living in Colombia, I am not sure how to address the question on the I-130 regarding my address in the U.S. I do not currently own a home in the U.S. I still have a UPS mail box, bank accounts, storage unit, etc. Would it be problematic if I stated I plan to re-establish work/residence in the near future in this section of the I-130?

I don't want to do anything stupid and end up delaying the process. Many thanks, au58

Is this the question that states what the intended address in the US is for your relative? If so, I will suggest the following, if you were going to return to the US tomorrow, where would you stay, family, friend? Is there somebody stateside that you know who would be willing to let you use their address for the I-130? You're not held to what you write for that question as circumstances can and do change for people between the time a petition is filed to the time a visa is issued. The time when you really need something concrete is when the DS-230 is completed and submitted to the NVC.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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read this -> http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/357465-usc-petitioner-living-abroad/

refactor your plan a bit

and DO PLAN on being able to show up a written plan for re-establishing domicile in the USA when the I-864 is submitted into NVC,

then have all of the proof of it on interview day.

IMO, if you file from abroad, you'll cut 5 months off the waiting time at USCIS.

Be careful when filling out at the I-130 and G-325 on yerself, though, your domicile address needs to be Columbia for a bit.


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