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Hello all,

I have been reading through the different threads on this forum and found it very useful and insightful. I do however have some questions that maybe some of you can help me with.

I recently got married to my girlfriend of 6 years who is from the US. We met in Europe several years ago, dated for about a year, then lived together there for about 2 years Through the company I worked with I had an opportunity to come to the US. As she was still studying in university at the time I received the offer to come and work in the US, but with only 9 months to complete her studies, I decided to take the position knowing that she would be finished in 9 months and she would then move back to the US to be with me.

So I moved here in the fall of 2010 on company sponsored program and my girlfriend arrived in May of 2011. She moved in with me and we lived together for the next year and a half, she found work and everything was great. But she then lost her job and could not find work. She was unemployed for about 4months. She then had to move some 4 hours away to get a job. So we are currently living apart. We recently got married and would like to start the process of me getting a green card so that we can be together again and allow me to pursue employment opportunities in the city she is working in. Now we commute every weekend, either I drive to her, or she drives to me and call every day. Some other information we have are

  • pictures of us together in Europe with my family and friends
  • pictures of us together in US with my wife's family and friends
  • 100's of emails
  • Lease documents from both Europe and US
  • Shared Renters Insurance
  • Shared Cell Phone Bill
  • Shared Car Insurance
  • Joint Bank Accounts both in US and Europe

So the two points that are concerning us is that our wedding was extremely low key as we are planning a bigger event next year where my family will be attending, so pictures of that are just of the two of us. And the fact that we are now living apart due to the work issue.

Do you think this would be a major concern that we are living apart and that our wedding was low key? I appreciate you taking the time to read my situation and replying.

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I don't see an issue here.

It's legitimate why you live apart and you have lots of supporting evidence of prove you are a real couple

thanks for responding KDH. We certainly feel that we have enough supporting info and that it is a legitimate reason why we are living apart, but you hear of particulars in certain cases and I am just concerned that it will be a red flag.

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thanks for responding KDH. We certainly feel that we have enough supporting info and that it is a legitimate reason why we are living apart, but you hear of particulars in certain cases and I am just concerned that it will be a red flag.

I think it may come up in the interview, but I would hope you could present your case in a convincing manner.

It all seems pretty straight forward to me.

I don't know much about work visas but I think you HAVE to work at the company that you have a visa with, right?

So I get it that you can't move. Hopefully they would too.


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I think it may come up in the interview, but I would hope you could present your case in a convincing manner.

It all seems pretty straight forward to me.

I don't know much about work visas but I think you HAVE to work at the company that you have a visa with, right?

So I get it that you can't move. Hopefully they would too.

Yes, I have to work with that company and only that company.

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You mentioned you are commuting every weekend...as someone mentioned keep your toll receipts if it's an option. If you are using a train.. keep your tickets. Also, maybe print out credit card statements showing you used your card at her location (for say gas, dinnes, movies etc) and that she used hers where you are living. Also, bring phone records of you calling eachother every day!

I think you guys will be just fine! Good luck!

Also, my husband and I were married in a very small ceremony.... we are also planning a larger celebration for family and friends when we have the money to do so. It's not about the size of your wedding... it's that you are truly in a legitimate marriage together! :)


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You mentioned you are commuting every weekend...as someone mentioned keep your toll receipts if it's an option. If you are using a train.. keep your tickets. Also, maybe print out credit card statements showing you used your card at her location (for say gas, dinnes, movies etc) and that she used hers where you are living. Also, bring phone records of you calling eachother every day!

I think you guys will be just fine! Good luck!

Also, my husband and I were married in a very small ceremony.... we are also planning a larger celebration for family and friends when we have the money to do so. It's not about the size of your wedding... it's that you are truly in a legitimate marriage together! smile.png

Thanks woods, I have that information, toll receipts, credit card statements and phone records. I am hoping we will be fine. it seems that we just have to focus on all the other things and carefully explain why we are living apart right now.

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