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Live in Philippines, No U.S. Residence: I-129F Procedure? [split topic]

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I am a US citizen and currently live with my gf in the Philippines. I practically don't have a residence in the US. All I have are my banks and an online company that provided and address I am using for any US correspondence. It's called a virtual address where one would control it through the web.

In the PI, I just renew my tourist visa and stay here so I am considered a tourist here.

I did my 2014 US taxes (online) where I stated my overseas status and all was OK.

My question is...

Can I start my K1 visa from the PI OR should I go back and establish some physical residence in the US, before doing so?

How does the USCIS wants though?

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The above has been split from a now-closed old thread in this forum.

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06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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uscis won't care, so go ahead and submit the I-129-F.

Manila IV, on visa interview day, wants to see (pick 1):

1. proof of USA domicile or

2. proof of actions done to re-establish USA domicile.

So, for filing the I-129-F, I not see any problem.

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Thanks Wuhan! You do rock :)

OK ... so this means since I don't have #1 I have to do #2 before the interview. Meaning, I have to go back to the US at least when the US EM notifies us of the medical and interview and establish some residency. Correct?

Would I need any change of address? Or just leave it?

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Just do a DCF in Philippines, it only take a few weeks for the whole process, it very fast. You just need to get married first. You stay in Philippines and I believe you do a walk in for the interview.

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Thanks International Playboy for the reply!

Actually, the DCF is the second option if the K1 fails.

However, that implies that we would be married hence either we live in the Philippines (which I dread) or it will take a much longer time for my wife to immigrate to the US.

The real reason behind this is, I can't stay in the Philippines for many reasons and she wants to stay away from it (I don't blame her) and I can afford it. So, why not?

I see doing it from here will buy me few months (before her interview) but I am double checking it...

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