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I am a Russian citizen, LPR in the US. I am getting married to a Russian citizen this summer. I will be eligible to aplly for citizenship in September. After I get my citizenship, I will apply for my husband's green card. I live and work in the US, I own a house, a car, I have bank accounts, savings, etc. I intended to file for IR1\CR1 visa, but just now I read more about DCF. Maybe I qualify?..

I am legally registered in Russia, as far as Russian government is concerned, I reside in Russia. I don't have any property, but I do have a valid driver's license, a place to live and I can get a freelance job anytime. I am also included into my parents car insurance as additional dirver, and I probably still do have a couple bank accounts and can be added to my husband's account. I will fly there anytime if I must appear for an interview.

It's tricky and a thin line here... DCF requires a registration in Russia for me to be eligibe to file I-130, and I have that. But in the mean time I don't really reside these, I simply fly there often. Can I still file?


My immigration journey

July 2009 - F1 student PhD program

June 2010 - married USC

August 2010 - sent I-130 and I-485

December 2010 - CGC received.
December 2010 - ex-husband got crazy
May 2011 - separated
November 2012 - divorced!!

I-751 waiver

October 13 - filed I-751 waiver by myself
November 28 - BIO & InfoPass to submit a divorce decree

December 2012 - CGC expires

May 3 2013 - RFE received, asked for a divorce decree (haha) and address clarification + more evidence

July 6 2013 - RFE mailed and received

September 2013 - InfoPass, passport stamped to extend my status

November 2013 - Finally an interview is scheduled
December 12 2013 - Interview. Approved without any questions, passport stamped. Same officer who did my initial interview (I was told "I saw it coming, don't give up on love" :) )

December 27 2013 - Card received, too bad I was overseas

January 2014 US entry, special screening, but admitted instantly once I got to speak to the officer. It's a standard procedure if no valid GC on hand.

July 2015 - MARRIED in Russia


October 2015 - N-400 sent

February 2016 - interview and test

March 2015: USC!

DCF for my husband

April 2016: InfoPass to file I-130 in Moscow, approved on the same day.

May 2016: DS-260 interview - AP for "dangerous" work field

July 2016: visa issued! 59 days in AP.

May 2018: filed I-751 

June 2018: 18 months extension received

I traveled all over the world in the meantime, no problems with visas and entries, occasionally some explaining and more documents to haul around.

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