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Petitioner moving to US to prove domicile at a temporary address. Potential issues with interview?

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Hello!

Let me explain our situation a bit so we're on the same page. My wife (the petitioner) and I live on the west coat in Canada and we hate it here. We want to move back east to be close to family and friends. We plan on going through the cr-1 route while on the west coast because I have a good job here and we're situated close to the border. My wife is going to move to the US to establish domicile before our case goes to NVC so we can include that information on the AOS. She will get a job and a lease on an apartment for the duration of the visa process. However once I get the green card, we intend on moving back to the east coast (in the US). Will there be any issues with presenting this approach to the interviewer?

The possible problem I see is that the area to which she will be moving will not be a permanent location. It is temporary. However we very much intend on staying in the US, just not on the west coast. I can see this coming up because I assume "why do you want to live in America?" will come up.

Any thoughts?

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2015.07.20: Sent I-130 package

2015.07.26: NOA1 (routed to CSC)

2015.08.19 NOA2 (25 days approval INSANITY)

2015.09.07 NVC receives case (19 days)

2015.09.18 NVC assigns case #

2015.09.21 DS-261 submitted

2015.09.21 AOS bill paid

2015.10.27 AOS/IV package arrives at NVC

2015.10.28 DS-261 reviewed (didn't call)

2015.10.28 scan date for AOS/IV (30 day review)

2015.10.29 IV bill paid

2015.11.03 DS-260 submitted

2015.12.09 Case complete at NVC

2015.12.15 Receive interview date

2015.12.22 Medical exam

2016.01.28 Interview - approved!

2016.01.29 Visa is issued

2016.02.01 Receive waybill number

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Non-issue at the interview, you don't need to bring it up unless you are specifically asked about it.

When you move, you will file an AR-11 and your wife will file an I-865.


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Yup, going to Montreal we know.

I just wanted to be certain that I could be comfortable in explaining our full plans during the interview. We want to be close to family (who live in Montreal), and want to own a farm in Vermont (close to Montreal), without having to actually live in Montreal (we don't speak French and hate the politics there). We can move to Ontario, yes, but it's more expensive there, not as beautiful, and you don't get as much land for your money. As for staying on the west coast instead of moving back, it's simply convenient to do it here (close to border) and allows me to continue to gain experience and make some money at my current job. This is all okay, right?


2015.07.20: Sent I-130 package

2015.07.26: NOA1 (routed to CSC)

2015.08.19 NOA2 (25 days approval INSANITY)

2015.09.07 NVC receives case (19 days)

2015.09.18 NVC assigns case #

2015.09.21 DS-261 submitted

2015.09.21 AOS bill paid

2015.10.27 AOS/IV package arrives at NVC

2015.10.28 DS-261 reviewed (didn't call)

2015.10.28 scan date for AOS/IV (30 day review)

2015.10.29 IV bill paid

2015.11.03 DS-260 submitted

2015.12.09 Case complete at NVC

2015.12.15 Receive interview date

2015.12.22 Medical exam

2016.01.28 Interview - approved!

2016.01.29 Visa is issued

2016.02.01 Receive waybill number

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