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I am a U.S. citizen in Hong Kong married to a Filipino citizen. I plan on moving back to America as soon as my wife's visa is ready.

However, I am overwhelmed by my options.

What is my fastest, simplest option to get my wife back to America? I plan on staying in Hong Kong during the process.

I have not changed my permanent U.S. address.

We got married on April 20. Is it possible to get all the paperwork done and get home to America by Christmas or am I being too optimistic?

Thank you.

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Read the guides and get to work. Collect the documents you need and get started. I don't know if there is DCF there or not but I would suggest going to the forums that are region-specific so you can ask others who are in Hong Kong how they have faired.


USCIS - 40 DAYS
2012-10-30: FedEx delivered I-130 to Chicago Lockbox Mail Room
2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC
2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30
2012-12-11: NOA2


NVC - 26 DAYS
2013-01-02: Rec'd case#, IIN, BIN & OPTIN emails for EP sent
2013-01-03: Submitted DS-261 (x3)
2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us
2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email
2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email
2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email
2013-01-18: Son#1 CASE COMPLETE - Son#2 checklist - saying $ on I-864 don't match tax return (but they do)-resubmitted
2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE
2013-01-28: ALL 3 OF OUR CASES ARE NOW COMPLETE
2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email

MEDICAL ~ CONSULATE ~ POE REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS - 160 DAYS NATURALIZATION
2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox
2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12-22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA
2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-24: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics
2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter
2013-03-25: SSNs arrived 2015-05-27: Approved 2016-03-22: Interview
2013-04-01: Green Cards arrived 2015-06-03: New Green Cards arrived 2016-04-15: Oath Ceremony

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I am in the same boat as you OP. My wife is a Filipino citizen and I am a Filipino-American. We are about to submit our paperwork through our attorney and are hoping that everything gets approved in time for Christmas. My attorney says that the earliest possible time frame would be 4-5 months. However, most petitions take 6-8 months assuming everything is in order and the workload of your service center is not backed up. Keep us updated - I wish you and your wife the best of luck!

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Our 1-130, CR-1 Visa Journey

03/24/2013: Got Married

USCIS STAGE

05/11/2013: Sent I-130 to the Phoenix Lockbox

05/15/2013: Notice of Action 1 (Case transferred to NBC)

05/20/2013: Check Cashed

11/15/2013: Submitted Expedite Request to USCIS

12/12/2013: Notice of Action 2 (Case transferred to NVC)

12/16/2013: Received hard copy of Notice of Action 2

NVC STAGE

01/10/2014: Received Manila Case Number

01/10/2014: Paid AOS and IV Fees

01/16/2014: Expedite Request Approved by NVC (Submitted by Senator)

01/25/2014: Sent AOS and IV Documents to NVC

01/30/2014: AOS and IV Documents Delivered to NVC

02/20/2014: Case Status changed to "Case Complete"

02/26/2014: Case Status changed to "In Transit"

02/28/2014: Case Status changed to "Ready"

MEDICAL/INTERVIEW/POE STAGE

02/18/2014: Medical Examination at St. Lukes Extension (PASSED! One day process!)

03/03/2014: Received interview appointment instructions from U.S. Embassy

03/13/2014: Interview at U.S. Embassy Manila (PASSED!)

03/13/2014: Case Status changed to "Issued"

03/17/2014: Visa In Transit

03/19/2014: Visa Delivered

03/25/2014: Point of Entry - Los Angeles International Airport

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Thanks emac. I wish you good luck too. I have to ask: why did you decide to go with an attorney and not file yourself?

No problem! Thank you as well!

Well, I reviewed the forms and read the guides on this website. Self-filing seems easy, however, the repercussions of making an error can delay the petition. My wife and I can't afford a delay as our goal is to get her here by Christmas.

So basically, I hired an attorney (one that has experience filing CR-1 visa for his wife) to make sure that every form is completed correctly and in an organized manner. Our attorney is also available for any questions or concerns. What's great about our attorney is that he answers his own phone and is available 24/7. This helps alleviate a lot of the stress and anxiety my wife and I have with the whole petition process.


Our 1-130, CR-1 Visa Journey

03/24/2013: Got Married

USCIS STAGE

05/11/2013: Sent I-130 to the Phoenix Lockbox

05/15/2013: Notice of Action 1 (Case transferred to NBC)

05/20/2013: Check Cashed

11/15/2013: Submitted Expedite Request to USCIS

12/12/2013: Notice of Action 2 (Case transferred to NVC)

12/16/2013: Received hard copy of Notice of Action 2

NVC STAGE

01/10/2014: Received Manila Case Number

01/10/2014: Paid AOS and IV Fees

01/16/2014: Expedite Request Approved by NVC (Submitted by Senator)

01/25/2014: Sent AOS and IV Documents to NVC

01/30/2014: AOS and IV Documents Delivered to NVC

02/20/2014: Case Status changed to "Case Complete"

02/26/2014: Case Status changed to "In Transit"

02/28/2014: Case Status changed to "Ready"

MEDICAL/INTERVIEW/POE STAGE

02/18/2014: Medical Examination at St. Lukes Extension (PASSED! One day process!)

03/03/2014: Received interview appointment instructions from U.S. Embassy

03/13/2014: Interview at U.S. Embassy Manila (PASSED!)

03/13/2014: Case Status changed to "Issued"

03/17/2014: Visa In Transit

03/19/2014: Visa Delivered

03/25/2014: Point of Entry - Los Angeles International Airport

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So basically, I hired an attorney (one that has experience filing CR-1 visa for his wife) to make sure that every form is completed correctly and in an organized manner. Our attorney is also available for any questions or concerns. What's great about our attorney is that he answers his own phone and is available 24/7. This helps alleviate a lot of the stress and anxiety my wife and I have with the whole petition process.

Can you e-mail me the name and price of that attorney?

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Unless you have some issues or don't want to do the work, you likely can get through this without an attorney. However, if there are prior convictions, visa denials etc... You may want to look into one. Or if you just don't have the time or inclination to do it on your own or have trouble with forms.

Even if you choose an attorney, read the guides. They tell you everything you want to know. As long as you don't put your US address on anything with the I-130 petition package, you likely will get through the USCIS stage in 2-3 months TOPS. Most get through it in a month or two. The NVC stage is a bit longer, but you can stay on top of it with phone calls. The hard part there is shipping everything to the NVC in the USA. I'm not sure you qualify for EP through Hong Kong even though it's part of China. unsure.png


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As long as you don't put your US address on anything with the I-130 petition package, you likely will get through the USCIS stage in 2-3 months TOPS.

Thanks for the info.

Why do you say that? Technically, my permanent address is still in the United States. I never changed my permanent address and I'm just in Hong Kong on a work visa.

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My attorney says that the earliest possible time frame would be 4-5 months. However, most petitions take 6-8 months assuming everything is in order and the workload of your service center.

This is the first redflag about most immigration attorneys - embellishing timeline for the process and thereby giving unrealistic expectations.


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Thanks for the info.

Why do you say that? Technically, my permanent address is still in the United States. I never changed my permanent address and I'm just in Hong Kong on a work visa.

You live there right? Use that address. Otherwise your petition is sent to the local office of your US address vs being adjudicated at the NBC. Use the US information to show proof of reestablishing domicile once you get to the NVC stage.

At a local office a petition will generally take from 4 to 10 months (can be more) and that is before the NVC document intake. That is not a total time to interview, just the petition.

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You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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This is the first redflag about most immigration attorneys - embellishing timeline for the process and thereby giving unrealistic expectations.

He didn't guarantee her petition to be approved within a certain time frame. He gave time frames that you can actually find on the internet and even on this site. We didn't hire him for the time frames, we hired him to ensure our paperwork is done correctly and in an organized manner. We want to make sure there are no RFE's that could cause a delay.

Edited by eMac

Our 1-130, CR-1 Visa Journey

03/24/2013: Got Married

USCIS STAGE

05/11/2013: Sent I-130 to the Phoenix Lockbox

05/15/2013: Notice of Action 1 (Case transferred to NBC)

05/20/2013: Check Cashed

11/15/2013: Submitted Expedite Request to USCIS

12/12/2013: Notice of Action 2 (Case transferred to NVC)

12/16/2013: Received hard copy of Notice of Action 2

NVC STAGE

01/10/2014: Received Manila Case Number

01/10/2014: Paid AOS and IV Fees

01/16/2014: Expedite Request Approved by NVC (Submitted by Senator)

01/25/2014: Sent AOS and IV Documents to NVC

01/30/2014: AOS and IV Documents Delivered to NVC

02/20/2014: Case Status changed to "Case Complete"

02/26/2014: Case Status changed to "In Transit"

02/28/2014: Case Status changed to "Ready"

MEDICAL/INTERVIEW/POE STAGE

02/18/2014: Medical Examination at St. Lukes Extension (PASSED! One day process!)

03/03/2014: Received interview appointment instructions from U.S. Embassy

03/13/2014: Interview at U.S. Embassy Manila (PASSED!)

03/13/2014: Case Status changed to "Issued"

03/17/2014: Visa In Transit

03/19/2014: Visa Delivered

03/25/2014: Point of Entry - Los Angeles International Airport

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1509721_227784080750113_404993920_n.jpg

dSzW2vN.jpgZno0xop.jpgvy19FAf.jpgvy19p8.png

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