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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: England
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Hello, I'm a British citizen living in Germany with my USC husband. We're going to be filing DCF Frankfurt and are just about ready to get the ball rolling.

We are not going to be leaving the US until either March 2007 or December 2007. If we go through the DCF route now, how long is the visa valid for once granted?


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Hello, I'm a British citizen living in Germany with my USC husband. We're going to be filing DCF Frankfurt and are just about ready to get the ball rolling.

We are not going to be leaving the US until either March 2007 or December 2007. If we go through the DCF route now, how long is the visa valid for once granted?

6 months... however, you could activate it at any time and then return to Germany. As long as it is not more than a year.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India
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Yeah, as Zyggy said. Visa's are valid for 6 months only...


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05/03/2005 NOA1 for I-130 CR1

10/28/2005 NOA2

NVC Timeline

11/15/2005 - NVC case number assigned

01/04/2006 - NVC completed the case... ( 50 days)

01/11/2006 Case sent to Embassy

01/16/2006 Case deliverd to Embassy as per DHL tracking

February 7th, 2006 Found out Interview date by Calling DOS (202-663-1225)

February 13, 2006 - Packet 4 received

March 21st, 2006 - Medical

March 23rd, 2006 - Interview --- VISA APPROVED

March 24th - Passport received. ( Applicant picked up passport from Courier/delivery service office)

April 7th - Hubby's POE at Chicago.

April 10th - Trip to SSA Local office to apply for Social Security Card.

April 27th - 1st Welcome letter

May 1st - 2nd Welcome letter

May5th - Received Social Security card in mail

May 11th - Received Green Card in mail

196 Days @ USCIS ( 178 for NOA2 + 18 case transfer at NVC)

50 Days @ NVC to complete the case

13 Days @ case transfer at embassy

65 Days @ Embassy

Total -324 days from NOA1 to Visa approval

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: England
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6 months... however, you could activate it at any time and then return to Germany. As long as it is not more than a year.

Thank you very much for your replies - is it possible then to enter the US and activate my visa, leave for Germany again (so long as it is not for 12 months or longer) and then re-enter with it when we permanently move to the US?


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N-400 application mailed 3/20/17

Credit card charged 3/25/17

NOA 3/31/17

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Filed: Country: United Kingdom
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6 months... however, you could activate it at any time and then return to Germany. As long as it is not more than a year.

Thank you very much for your replies - is it possible then to enter the US and activate my visa, leave for Germany again (so long as it is not for 12 months or longer) and then re-enter with it when we permanently move to the US?

Yes, many people have done what you describe. Make sure that you have a valid US mailing address--that is where your Green Card and Social Security card will be mailed to within about a month of your entry. You do not need the Gren Card to re-enter the US; your endorsed visa in the passport will be enough.

The advantage to doing this is that it starts your 'clock' for I-751 and Naturalization asap, and gets your GC and SS# into production. Those 2 documents will make the rest of getting settled in the US much easier (driving license etc).


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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: England
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Thanks Meauxna! Another different but slightly related question:

We were married in June 2005. I understand from the information I have that there is a difference in having conditions dependent upon the length of your marriage at the time of your entry to the US, and if it is longer than 2 years there are not conditions. In view of this, would it be better for me to wait until after June 2007 to activate my visa? (it looks more likely we will be here in Germany until December 2007, not March 2007.)

Edit: Re-reading that, I apologise for the mile-long sentences and hope it makes sense!

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Permanent Resident Since 01/03/2007

N-400 application mailed 3/20/17

Credit card charged 3/25/17

NOA 3/31/17

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Thanks Meauxna! Another different but slightly related question:

We were married in June 2005. I understand from the information I have that there is a difference in having conditions dependent upon the length of your marriage at the time of your entry to the US, and if it is longer than 2 years there are not conditions. In view of this, would it be better for me to wait until after June 2007 to activate my visa? (it looks more likely we will be here in Germany until December 2007, not March 2007.)

Edit: Re-reading that, I apologise for the mile-long sentences and hope it makes sense!

hi Candace,

That's a call for you to make---there can be downsides to waiting as well :)

Since you are a way off yet, I'd wait to make that decision; lots of things can happen and you'll be able to fine tune it when you get closer. The important thing is that you are aware of the 'conditional' part of the status.

Filing I-751 is not a big burden and costs about $205 right now.

You might want to go ahead and do your forms and make yourself a checklist while this is all fresh in your mind. You will be amazed at how quickly it all vanishes from your mind in a few months! You can update your forms when it is closer to time to file, but if you make a practice packet now, your filing might seem easier to you then!


Now That You Are A Permanent Resident

How Do I Remove The Conditions On Permanent Residence Based On Marriage?

Welcome to the United States: A Guide For New Immigrants

Yes, even this last one.. stuff in there that not even your USC knows.....

Here are more links that I love:

Arriving in America, The POE Drill

Dual Citizenship FAQ

Other Fora I Post To:

alt.visa.us.marriage-based http://britishexpats.com/ and www.***removed***.com

censored link = *family based immigration* website

Inertia. Is that the Greek god of 'can't be bothered'?

Met, married, immigrated, naturalized.

I-130 filed Aug02

USC Jul06

No Deje Piedras Sobre El Pavimento!

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