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Hello everyone! I have read this forum for the past few days and have learned a lot. I still have not started the process for my husband but we will in the next few months. . So I am the USC. I am also a citizen of Croatia(was born here) and we live together in Croatia for 5 years already..married last year and have 1 child. Now we want to move to the USA. I have a lot of questions but I'll start with my first. Do we have to be separated throughtout the process? I wanted to go to the US in a few months with my child and then my husband to come soon. I do not know if this is possible.. I see that it is very unlikely that he can come on a tourist vist if they see that he is in the process of getting a green card? we are just worried about the separation especially because of our baby. If anyone has had a similar situation please any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!

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

Hello everyone! I have read this forum for the past few days and have learned a lot. I still have not started the process for my husband but we will in the next few months. . So I am the USC. I am also a citizen of Croatia(was born here) and we live together in Croatia for 5 years already..married last year and have 1 child. Now we want to move to the USA. I have a lot of questions but I'll start with my first. Do we have to be separated throughtout the process? I wanted to go to the US in a few months with my child and then my husband to come soon. I do not know if this is possible.. I see that it is very unlikely that he can come on a tourist vist if they see that he is in the process of getting a green card? we are just worried about the separation especially because of our baby. If anyone has had a similar situation please any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!

My advice would be to file as soon as possible using your Croatian address to try to get faster processing (either at a USCIS office in Croatia if there is one or via the Chicago mailbox). There is some evidence that American citizens filing abroad are getting priority processing. You do not need to be separated during the process, but your husband will probably not be allowed to enter the US until after his IR-1 is approved. You'll also have to prove US "domicile" later, which might be difficult if you don't have a home or job in the US. If you move to the US and establish these before reaching the NVC stage, then you'll be fine.

Let's see what others say.


Sept 9, 2011: NOA1

March 16, 2012: NOA2

April 10, 2012: NVC Case Number Assigned, AOS Invoice Received

April 11, 2012: OPTIN for EP with DS-3032 sent, AOS bill paid

April 12, 2012: AOS Package Sent

April 17, 2012: IV Bill invoiced, paid

April 19, 2012: IV package sent

April 20, 2012: Checklist for AOS asking for letter of employment, response sent

April 23, 2012: Letter approving DS-230, False checklist for AOS checklist

May 1, 2012: Appointment Letter Received (for May 23rd)

May 22, 2012: Interview canceled pending further medical tests

July 15, 2012: New Appointment letter Received

August 1, 2012: Interview, Approved

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India
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Hello everyone! I have read this forum for the past few days and have learned a lot. I still have not started the process for my husband but we will in the next few months. . So I am the USC. I am also a citizen of Croatia(was born here) and we live together in Croatia for 5 years already..married last year and have 1 child. Now we want to move to the USA. I have a lot of questions but I'll start with my first. Do we have to be separated throughtout the process? I wanted to go to the US in a few months with my child and then my husband to come soon. I do not know if this is possible.. I see that it is very unlikely that he can come on a tourist vist if they see that he is in the process of getting a green card? we are just worried about the separation especially because of our baby. If anyone has had a similar situation please any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!

You do not necessarily have to be separated throughout the process. First of all, find out if Croatia has DCF (direct consular filing). If yes, then go ahead and file there. if not, send your petition to the Chicago lockbox with your Croatian address, and perhaps that would gain you an expedite. And like the person above mentioned, you'd eventually have to prove domicile in the US.


07/14/2011 Wedding

USCIS (187 days)

08/16/2011 I-130 filed

08/19/2011 NOA1
02/22/2012 NOA2

NVC (14 days)
03/08/2012 NVC case #, IIN, emailed DS-3032
03/13/2012 AOS invoiced & paid
03/14/2012 AOS package mailed
03/16/2012 DS-3032 acceptance
03/19/2012 IV bill invoiced and paid
03/20/2012 DS-230 package sent
03/22/2012 Case Complete
04/10/2012 Interview date assigned; packet IV received
MEDICALS/US CONSULATE/POE
05/02/2012 Medicals
05/09/2012 Interview APPROVED
05/11/2012 Visa in hand
05/24/2012 POE TORONTO
06/28/2012 Got SSN and Green Card

ROC

02/27/2014 Package sent

02/28/2014 NOA1

03/28/2014 Biometrics

06/20/2014 Approved

06/22/2014 Got the 10-yr GC
N-400

03/03/2015 Package sent

03/10/2015 Check encashed

03/13/2015 NOA

03/26/2015 Fingerprints

04/27/2015 In line

06/19/2015 Interview letter

07/23/2015 Interview

08/19/2015 Oath ceremony

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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I'll start with my first. Do we have to be separated throughtout the process?

The short answer is no. However, you will have to show that you have maintained or are in the process of re-establishing a US domicile.

I wanted to go to the US in a few months with my child and then my husband to come soon. I do not know if this is possible..

This is probably not possible. Furthermore, you may not able to do a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) for the child since you have been living in Croatia for the last five years. If you are unable to do a CRBA for the child, you will have to file a separate petition for it as well as you husband.

There is no USCIS field office in Croatia so any reference to Direct Consular Filing (DCF) does not apply to you.


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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: Timeline

Thank you for those quick responses, great help! Yes we have already done the consular of birth report and my child has US citizenship through me. My parents live in the USA and I lived there for 10 years. We would be living with them and they will be cosponsor as I just have a part-time job now..will be looking for permanent job when I enter the US. About this proving domicile..what is required to do that? proof of working there?

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