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I'm a US citizen just about to file I-130 for my Colombian husband. I live in Colombia and we plan to move back to the US together. My husband just started a new job, which is based in Lima, Peru, however his contract is in Colombia. He is living full-time in Lima and I will be joining him there in a few months. When that happens, should I just change my address with USCIS? Would we then interview at the Lima consulate? Or perhaps I should just use my parents's address in the US, as I use that as my US mailing address?

I'm not too worried about having to fly back to Bogota from Lima for the medical / interview if that is necessary, but I am wondering if there are other implications changing countries mid-process would have. Or if I should not mention it and just proceed as if my husband were on an extended business trip in Lima (especially as he is employed by a Colombian company).

I've also seen the thread about the "auto-expedite" that some filers from abroad seem to receive. I'd rather not receive this auto-expedite because we are planning on moving to the US late Fall 2016, and cannot move earlier due to my husband's work contract, if it takes longer that's ok.

I don't think DCF in Lima would be an option for us, as I believe they require longer residency in Peru or maybe it's only for Peruvians.

Has anyone changed country of residence mid-process?

Thanks in advance for any advice!!

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Lots of people change addresses. I have not. But, I recall seeing a link several times where I could enter a change of address. I would just use my parents address as there are only a couple of things sent by mail, and would be more likely to get to your parents' house then yours.

You can request to have your interview in any country. Several people change countries during the process.

There are plenty of places to slow down the process at the NVC. Then the visa is good for six months.

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If you are not interested in the auto-expedite queue, use your parent's address in the US when you complete the forms.

If he will be living in Peru when the time comes to fill out the DS-260, just call the NVC and tell them that's where he is living and to have the file rerouted from Colombia to Peru (it may take multiple attempts before it is in fact changed).

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