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Hi,

I've been reading forums and sites to prepare myself for this tedious and seemingly stressful CR1 visa application/petition..

To give a short background, I came to the US for the second time to attend my sister's wedding. I met my husband on a dating site (OkCupid) and he was the first person I ever actually decided to meet.. I was the type to just talk to people online and not push through with anything since I'm actually a bit worried about those date rape stories I see on tv.. (yup tv fanatic here espcially crime shows).. But something about him felt right... and good thing I followed my instincts :D Anyway, to make the long story short, we dated once and we just continued seeing each other and exclusively dating, and after a few months, we became an official couple.. I was only meant to stay for 4 months but decided to extend since I wanted to see where it goes. Half of this time I actually do sleepovers so it was a bit like living with him but we weren't really splitting stuff with utilities or whatever expenses there is. This was year 2013.

We skyped, chatted on facebook, use Google voice, whatever we can use to keep the communication constant for 6 months while I was back in the Philippines.. I then year 2014, went back to the US to visit my loved ones.. this time, we decided to start living together, splitting costs, etc... we are on the 4th month of living together when we decided that we fit and that we decided to be together forever, he proposed and 2 days ago, we got married in a courthouse.. I was never a fan of big weddings so that's why we decided to just do that. And maybe a few years in, we'd celebrate just to have a mini reception wherein we can celebrate it with the relatives and maybe bring over my parents to witness it.

I was recalling everything we did and I remembered, when we got a marriage license, the address I gave to the clerk was my sister's address, I'm used to always having using her address as that was where the first time and second time I technically stayed whenever I visit the US.

Will that be a problem when the times comes I get interviewed by the CO? I believe that the marriage record/certificate will be reviewed and I heard that the address will be indicated there.. I feel stupid now for giving my sister's address because ever since I came back this year I started staying at my husband's place.

Is there anything I can do to correct this?

Also, do you think we have a red flag?

1. I am 29 he is 33

2. We have been together (including dating days) 1 year and 5 months and then got married

3. He didn't visit me yet as he couldn't get out of work as he and his dad owns a business. But now, during the process of the application and since it'll be so long before I can be with him, he will be visiting me in my country.

I have never had any applications before and and have no previous marriages.

I know this is a silly question, but I would like to avoid any AP just because of this.

Thank you


CR1

  • Consulate : Manila, Philippines
  • Marriage: 2014-10-01
  • I-130 Sent : 2014-10-16
  • I-130 NOA1 (Email) : 2014-10-22
  • I-130 NOA1 (Hardcopy) : 2014-10-26
  • I-130 NOA2 (Email) : 2014-11-26
  • I-130 NOA2 (Hardcopy) : 2014-12-03
  • NVC Case Received : 2014-12-10
  • Case Number Received : 2015-01-15
  • Submitted DS-261 : 2015-01-20
  • NVC Received AOS and IV Packages : 2015-02-25
  • Case Completed at NVC: 2015-03-30
  • Interview Scheduled: 2015-04-18
  • Interview Date: 2015-05-27
  • Interview Result: Approved
  • Visa Received: 2015-06-05
  • POE: 2015-07-03 (JFK)
  • Received Greencard: 2015-08-15
  • Returned Greencard: 2015-08-23
  • Recieved Corrected Greencard: 2015-11-16 (JFK)

 

ROC

  • Sent I-751 Packet: 2017-05-19
  • VSC Received: 2017-05-22
  • Check Cashed: 2017-05-26
  • NOA1 Received2017-05-30
  • Biometrics Letter Received2017-06-16
  • Biometrics Appointment2017-06-27
  • Interview: 2018-11-20
  • Approval Letter: 2018-11-26
  • Received Greencard2018-11-27

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I think you'll be just fine, it's not like you used some random address, you used one you had legitimate ties to - I'd be shocked if that even raises an eyebrow.

He's only slightly (4 years) older, almost a year and a half together, and he's getting ready to take off work to come visit you on the other side of the world. I can't imagine any red flags there.

It's so nice, after reading an awful troll thread just a few minutes ago, to see a post of an obviously genuine couple. Best of luck to you, and I hope the CR1 process goes quickly.

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Will that be a problem when the times comes I get interviewed by the CO? I believe that the marriage record/certificate will be reviewed and I heard that the address will be indicated there.. I feel stupid now for giving my sister's address because ever since I came back this year I started staying at my husband's place.

Is there anything I can do to correct this?

Also, do you think we have a red flag?

1. I am 29 he is 33

2. We have been together (including dating days) 1 year and 5 months and then got married

3. He didn't visit me yet as he couldn't get out of work as he and his dad owns a business. But now, during the process of the application and since it'll be so long before I can be with him, he will be visiting me in my country.

I see no issues with any of the above.


Our journey:

Spoiler

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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I think you'll be just fine, it's not like you used some random address, you used one you had legitimate ties to - I'd be shocked if that even raises an eyebrow.

He's only slightly (4 years) older, almost a year and a half together, and he's getting ready to take off work to come visit you on the other side of the world. I can't imagine any red flags there.

It's so nice, after reading an awful troll thread just a few minutes ago, to see a post of an obviously genuine couple. Best of luck to you, and I hope the CR1 process goes quickly.

Ithank you very much. :) Yeah reading all the threads makes me worried with some details that might lead to some bigger mistake as this filing seems to be very tricky. but thank you :)

I didnt understand one thing. Are you living in US or in Philippines currently

I am currently in the US right now on a tourist visa visiting my loved ones.. i'll be home on the 23rd. I just got married this year but instead of just getting married and adjusting my status I'd rather go home, I want to have my affairs in order and spend time with my family and other sister back home before actually getting to live here. I was just worried that maybe indicating on the marriage license that the address I stay at is (my sister's address, which in my head is an automatic answer of mine if they ask where I'm staying in the US.. but now since the circumstances have now change I need to erase that address in my head and use now my husband's :D ) when I have been living with my husband when I came here this year. I was watching videos and reading forums of how CO's try to figure out if the relationship is bona fide, and one of those is that the span of time the couple knows each other and time spent actually together.

I have been interviewed by CO's when I was getting tourist visas and I remember how cold and sarcastic they can be even if you meant well, and would like to avoid that and be prepared for any possible scenario.

Don't see any red flags here, I'm sure you'll make it.

Try to prepare yourselves for the long wait... :clock:

oh the long wait.. :( yes fingers crossed there will be no RFE's or AP's of any sort. Being away from each other is hard.

I see no issues with any of the above.

thank you for the reply :) I appreciate this. :)

Sounds like you'll be fine :) Good luck!

oh thank you! I really do hope so! I tend to overthink about things and the only way to appease this weird overthinking of mine is to have at least a little bit of assurance that I'm not doing any error on my end. Thank you :)

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CR1

  • Consulate : Manila, Philippines
  • Marriage: 2014-10-01
  • I-130 Sent : 2014-10-16
  • I-130 NOA1 (Email) : 2014-10-22
  • I-130 NOA1 (Hardcopy) : 2014-10-26
  • I-130 NOA2 (Email) : 2014-11-26
  • I-130 NOA2 (Hardcopy) : 2014-12-03
  • NVC Case Received : 2014-12-10
  • Case Number Received : 2015-01-15
  • Submitted DS-261 : 2015-01-20
  • NVC Received AOS and IV Packages : 2015-02-25
  • Case Completed at NVC: 2015-03-30
  • Interview Scheduled: 2015-04-18
  • Interview Date: 2015-05-27
  • Interview Result: Approved
  • Visa Received: 2015-06-05
  • POE: 2015-07-03 (JFK)
  • Received Greencard: 2015-08-15
  • Returned Greencard: 2015-08-23
  • Recieved Corrected Greencard: 2015-11-16 (JFK)

 

ROC

  • Sent I-751 Packet: 2017-05-19
  • VSC Received: 2017-05-22
  • Check Cashed: 2017-05-26
  • NOA1 Received2017-05-30
  • Biometrics Letter Received2017-06-16
  • Biometrics Appointment2017-06-27
  • Interview: 2018-11-20
  • Approval Letter: 2018-11-26
  • Received Greencard2018-11-27

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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: India
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Seems like you know a good deal about the immigration process before actually going into it, so saves you from some stupid mistakes many people make because they have no clue what they are doing (I am talking about my own mistakes here of which there are many :-)

Since you are ware of the evidence necessary to prove a genuine marriage, you are better suited to collect as much evidence you can while you are still with your hubby, COs like to look at pretty pictures, that's what I gathered from my own experience. The waiting can be frustrating, particularly if there are any stupid mistakes in paper work involved. So be thorough with that. And good luck, the wait will seem brutal and during the middle of it you might start regretting many things, but during this wait time a couple's devotion to each other also really shows the true nature of the person you have chosen as your life partner.

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I would send hubby, go to court house and have the marriage license up-dated with a new address, and get a certified copy..,.,..as me and my wife did, as we moved. It just might keep a question from coming up.,.,.but I think you will be fine.,.,.and my compiments for being so forth coming, and honest. My wife is from Cebu, and most filipino women are the best wives in the world.,..,.,just my opinion.

I do have one question.,.,.,.,.,,,"HOW in the world did you get a tourist visa to the USA, as only 1 in 1000 are approved?" From the Philippines.

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Hope it goes well for you. Thank you for not misusing the tourist visa. Many ppl get denied because they are soooo strict in preventing the aos to happen when ppl can gi through shortcuts. Good girl! (I did the same.. would never try and bypass just because I can).

Best of luck,

UnaMexicana


:yes:Intelligence trumps muscle... Imagination trumps both! :yes:

IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Cd. Juarez, Mexico
Met: January, 2006 :D
Marriage (if applicable): 2012-10-26 (L)
I-130 Sent : 2014-08-01
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-08-04

I-130 NOA2 : 2015-05-14

Shipped to DoS: 2015-05-22

Received at NVC: 2015-06-01

Case Created at NVC: 2015-06-10 (from Julian Date calculation)

AOS and IV Fee Invoiced: 2015-06-11
AOS and IV Fee Paid: Website down as of 06-15... Just waiting...
AOS and IV Fee Paid: 2015-07-05 CEAC site finally UP! :dancing:

AOS and Civil Docs received at NVC: 2015-10-13

NVC checklist for obsolete i864: 2015-11-25

Submit updated i864: ?????? when my lawyer desires... :clock:
Submit updated i864: Did NOT wait for lawywer. Did it myself 2015-12-10
NVC received reply to checklist i864: 2015-12-10 (yes.. same day O.O)

NVC case completed: 2016-01-07
NVC assigned interview date: 2016-01-23
Interview at CJS consulate: 2016-03-30

Visa "Issued": 2016-04-05
Entered the US: 2016-04-27

SSN Arrived: 2016-05-07 ... wow TEN days!

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N-400

Filed Online: 2020-06-30

NOA: 2020-07-01

Biometrics Letter: Waiting...:dancing:
Interview Date: ????

Oath:

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You will be fine, just be patient...

thank you :) How long did you wait to be with your spouse?

Seems like you know a good deal about the immigration process before actually going into it, so saves you from some stupid mistakes many people make because they have no clue what they are doing (I am talking about my own mistakes here of which there are many :-)

Since you are ware of the evidence necessary to prove a genuine marriage, you are better suited to collect as much evidence you can while you are still with your hubby, COs like to look at pretty pictures, that's what I gathered from my own experience. The waiting can be frustrating, particularly if there are any stupid mistakes in paper work involved. So be thorough with that. And good luck, the wait will seem brutal and during the middle of it you might start regretting many things, but during this wait time a couple's devotion to each other also really shows the true nature of the person you have chosen as your life partner.

I'm trying to collect pictures but since my husband is the type who doesn't like to take pictures (me too, but now we are "trying" to take more pictures but it just feels awkward since we're never fans of picture taking) I'm trying to get as much photos as I can, though I hope it won't be a problem since the screenshots mostly I have is on my facebook page.. and not on his. If I try to get some from his, it's mostly him taking a picture of me and not liking to be in it. I just really hope that won't be a problem too. but hey, thank you for the reply I really appreciate this. :) I am humbled by everyone who's willing to help even though my question might sound silly or something.

Congrats!

Thank you!!! :)

You'll be just fine sweetie. Congrats ad best of luck!!

Thank you, fingers crossed things will go smooth. It's never easy when we're apart, it just feels like something's missing.

I would send hubby, go to court house and have the marriage license up-dated with a new address, and get a certified copy..,.,..as me and my wife did, as we moved. It just might keep a question from coming up.,.,.but I think you will be fine.,.,.and my compiments for being so forth coming, and honest. My wife is from Cebu, and most filipino women are the best wives in the world.,..,.,just my opinion.

I do have one question.,.,.,.,.,,,"HOW in the world did you get a tourist visa to the USA, as only 1 in 1000 are approved?" From the Philippines.

I might inquire regarding that.. but I really hope it won't be a big of a problem! of all the things and small details we need to consider, this would kind of drive me crazy. D:

yes, to be honest, I was shocked when I got approved I was like, hey, let me try this since my sister is going to get married and finally see my sister in law... and if I don't get approved at least I tried. It is weird, because I was a freelancer, and I didn't have any properties, and I was single at that time.. I did remember the CO asking me if I was single and if I wanted to find a husband as soon as I get there, I just said no and I got it. :D Though I did have a travel record to Holland and had a 3 year visa for schengen and before that 2 yearly ones.. I think that helped a lot because I was able to prove I will go back to my home country when the time is up.

Hope it goes well for you. Thank you for not misusing the tourist visa. Many ppl get denied because they are soooo strict in preventing the aos to happen when ppl can gi through shortcuts. Good girl! (I did the same.. would never try and bypass just because I can).

Best of luck,

UnaMexicana

oh yes, I have nothing against people doing the AOS, I admire them for being ballsy! I just don't like it when some abuse it.. and us who are willing to abide by the process gets to be judged due to other peoples' action. I really find it unfair and sad at times.


CR1

  • Consulate : Manila, Philippines
  • Marriage: 2014-10-01
  • I-130 Sent : 2014-10-16
  • I-130 NOA1 (Email) : 2014-10-22
  • I-130 NOA1 (Hardcopy) : 2014-10-26
  • I-130 NOA2 (Email) : 2014-11-26
  • I-130 NOA2 (Hardcopy) : 2014-12-03
  • NVC Case Received : 2014-12-10
  • Case Number Received : 2015-01-15
  • Submitted DS-261 : 2015-01-20
  • NVC Received AOS and IV Packages : 2015-02-25
  • Case Completed at NVC: 2015-03-30
  • Interview Scheduled: 2015-04-18
  • Interview Date: 2015-05-27
  • Interview Result: Approved
  • Visa Received: 2015-06-05
  • POE: 2015-07-03 (JFK)
  • Received Greencard: 2015-08-15
  • Returned Greencard: 2015-08-23
  • Recieved Corrected Greencard: 2015-11-16 (JFK)

 

ROC

  • Sent I-751 Packet: 2017-05-19
  • VSC Received: 2017-05-22
  • Check Cashed: 2017-05-26
  • NOA1 Received2017-05-30
  • Biometrics Letter Received2017-06-16
  • Biometrics Appointment2017-06-27
  • Interview: 2018-11-20
  • Approval Letter: 2018-11-26
  • Received Greencard2018-11-27

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Good travel history goes a long way.

I know that for a fact because got approved on my renewal even with the i130 process going on. I was honest on the application and told them upfront that yes, my husband lived in the US and yes, we were undergoing an immigration process, but that after my tousim or business visits, i would return to my country to follow the process and that i would abide the law.

I dont think they take your word for much, but rather they look at past history, and because my visa was used mostly for short one week visits every year, always business, and never overstayed, i guess thats what count.

Nonetheless, I was shocked when I got the approval too.

I will visit my husband in Thanksgiving, God's willing everything will be okay and I will be able to spend some time with him and then return to my country and keep on working, studying, etc. until the immigrant visa is ready and approved.

Best,

UnaMexicana

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yes, to be honest, I was shocked when I got approved I was like, hey, let me try this since my sister is going to get married and finally see my sister in law... and if I don't get approved at least I tried. It is weird, because I was a freelancer, and I didn't have any properties, and I was single at that time.. I did remember the CO asking me if I was single and if I wanted to find a husband as soon as I get there, I just said no and I got it. :D Though I did have a travel record to Holland and had a 3 year visa for schengen and before that 2 yearly ones.. I think that helped a lot because I was able to prove I will go back to my home country when the time is up.

oh yes, I have nothing against people doing the AOS, I admire them for being ballsy! I just don't like it when some abuse it.. and us who are willing to abide by the process gets to be judged due to other peoples' action. I really find it unfair and sad at times.


:yes:Intelligence trumps muscle... Imagination trumps both! :yes:

IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Cd. Juarez, Mexico
Met: January, 2006 :D
Marriage (if applicable): 2012-10-26 (L)
I-130 Sent : 2014-08-01
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-08-04

I-130 NOA2 : 2015-05-14

Shipped to DoS: 2015-05-22

Received at NVC: 2015-06-01

Case Created at NVC: 2015-06-10 (from Julian Date calculation)

AOS and IV Fee Invoiced: 2015-06-11
AOS and IV Fee Paid: Website down as of 06-15... Just waiting...
AOS and IV Fee Paid: 2015-07-05 CEAC site finally UP! :dancing:

AOS and Civil Docs received at NVC: 2015-10-13

NVC checklist for obsolete i864: 2015-11-25

Submit updated i864: ?????? when my lawyer desires... :clock:
Submit updated i864: Did NOT wait for lawywer. Did it myself 2015-12-10
NVC received reply to checklist i864: 2015-12-10 (yes.. same day O.O)

NVC case completed: 2016-01-07
NVC assigned interview date: 2016-01-23
Interview at CJS consulate: 2016-03-30

Visa "Issued": 2016-04-05
Entered the US: 2016-04-27

SSN Arrived: 2016-05-07 ... wow TEN days!

=============

N-400

Filed Online: 2020-06-30

NOA: 2020-07-01

Biometrics Letter: Waiting...:dancing:
Interview Date: ????

Oath:

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