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When can I move back to the US?

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My husband and I live in Spain, and I will be filing from there.

However, I will need to move back, mostly likely before him, because

- we will be having a celebration this summer some time (based on what happens with our CR1 application process timeline...),

- I will need to come back for job interviews, and lastly,

- I will start teaching by late August.

So, basically, my question is, at what point in the CR1 visa application process can I leave Spain? (and my husband... :'( )

All of this scenario is, of course, based on the assumption that alllllll will go fiiiiiiine!!! and I will not get a job in the US and later find out that our visa was rejected!!!


October 2011: Met in Spain

2012-2014: Video chat + visas + visits and vacations = we made it through!

June 2014: Moved to Spain, got engaged 

December 31, 2015: got married

April 20, 2016: sent I130 package

May 2, 2016: package received in Chicago Lockbox - - - 12 days for delivery!! Don't use TNT couriers!! 

May 2nd or 5th, 2016: email NOA1... accepted and sent to.... NEBRASKA 

And now.... breeeeeeathe..... be like water my friend....

October 26th, 2016: NOA2 [We had waited almost 6 months. Received notification from the phone app, never got an email.]

November 9th 2016: USCIS sent the petition to NVC (app notification) [waited 2 weeks after approval for this]

November 25th 2016: NVC received and created account for our petition [waited 16 days after USCIS sent it, for NVC to acknowledge receipt]

Dec 1st 2016: Chose agent online DS261 [a few days later than it could've been since the above NVC email went to SPAM!]

Dec 6th 2016: Case available for paying fees. That was fast, I think! 5 days!

Took a long time to get package out because... life... and husband's family in Morocco had to travel to get police document.

Feb 20th 2017: Scan date at NVC, received weird email.

April 28th 2017: CHECKLIST. Moroccans are required to send a Court Report regardless of Police Record status. My husband had to go back to Morocco to get it in person. Also, NVC wants a 2016 tax return now that is 2017. My bad.

September 15th 2017: 2nd Scan Date at NVC. Sent for document review October 20th.

Nov 10th 2017: Email requesting document be brought to interview. Will schedule interview.

Case complete date??: TBD :clock:.... November 8th!!

Interview date : January 18, 2018!!           Result: Administrative Processing      :mellow:

Embassy called for new medical last week of August. New Medical Sept 10.

Visa ISSUED September 14, 2018. :blink:

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As soonas you want to, today.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Ah, I see what you mean, that I am applying for a CR1, and so it doesn't matter where I live.

However, for the (most of?) the rest of the application process, I will be living in Spain with my husband.

So, what about mailing addresses? And the expedited process because we live abroad?

From what I have seen regarding couples who have applied from Spain (residing in Spain) the timelines have been much shorter than those of petitioners who live in the US.

Am I wrong about that?


October 2011: Met in Spain

2012-2014: Video chat + visas + visits and vacations = we made it through!

June 2014: Moved to Spain, got engaged 

December 31, 2015: got married

April 20, 2016: sent I130 package

May 2, 2016: package received in Chicago Lockbox - - - 12 days for delivery!! Don't use TNT couriers!! 

May 2nd or 5th, 2016: email NOA1... accepted and sent to.... NEBRASKA 

And now.... breeeeeeathe..... be like water my friend....

October 26th, 2016: NOA2 [We had waited almost 6 months. Received notification from the phone app, never got an email.]

November 9th 2016: USCIS sent the petition to NVC (app notification) [waited 2 weeks after approval for this]

November 25th 2016: NVC received and created account for our petition [waited 16 days after USCIS sent it, for NVC to acknowledge receipt]

Dec 1st 2016: Chose agent online DS261 [a few days later than it could've been since the above NVC email went to SPAM!]

Dec 6th 2016: Case available for paying fees. That was fast, I think! 5 days!

Took a long time to get package out because... life... and husband's family in Morocco had to travel to get police document.

Feb 20th 2017: Scan date at NVC, received weird email.

April 28th 2017: CHECKLIST. Moroccans are required to send a Court Report regardless of Police Record status. My husband had to go back to Morocco to get it in person. Also, NVC wants a 2016 tax return now that is 2017. My bad.

September 15th 2017: 2nd Scan Date at NVC. Sent for document review October 20th.

Nov 10th 2017: Email requesting document be brought to interview. Will schedule interview.

Case complete date??: TBD :clock:.... November 8th!!

Interview date : January 18, 2018!!           Result: Administrative Processing      :mellow:

Embassy called for new medical last week of August. New Medical Sept 10.

Visa ISSUED September 14, 2018. :blink:

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Ah, I see what you mean, that I am applying for a CR1, and so it doesn't matter where I live.

However, for the (most of?) the rest of the application process, I will be living in Spain with my husband.

So, what about mailing addresses? And the expedited process because we live abroad?

From what I have seen regarding couples who have applied from Spain (residing in Spain) the timelines have been much shorter than those of petitioners who live in the US.

Am I wrong about that?

You could possibly get an auto-expedite at the USCIS stage since you are living abroad not guaranteed. At NVC its really processing that takes 2 to 4 months.

You will probably need to line up a joint sponsor so you should be thinking ahead for that.

Where to mail you send to the Chicago Lockbox address.


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You can move to the US whenever you'd like, up to the time when your spouse enters on his CR-1. Your husband can move when the visa is granted.

Here is a thread on the topic of whether the USC's filing from abroad affected the I-130 processing time: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/357465-usc-petitioner-living-abroad/

The auto-expedite is, as mentioned, not a guarantee. However, there is some discussion in the thread about what may or may not increase the odds.


2012: Married
2014 2016 2017: I-130 packet direct to Frankfurt

Frankfurt's "steps" to DCF:

Step 1: I-130 Petition Checklist (PDF, from their USCIS page)

Step 2: Immigrant/Fiance(e) & K-Visa Applicant Checklist (PDF, from their Appointment & Interview page)

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You can move to the US whenever you'd like, up to the time when your spouse enters on his CR-1. Your husband can move when the visa is granted.

Here is a thread on the topic of whether the USC's filing from abroad affected the I-130 processing time: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/357465-usc-petitioner-living-abroad/

The auto-expedite is, as mentioned, not a guarantee. However, there is some discussion in the thread about what may or may not increase the odds.

Thanks for that link!!! I have been looking for processing time info for people in our situation, (Not DCF but filing abroad for CR1)... there doesn't seem to be a separate category for it. You're either DCF or you're CR1/IR1 (unspecified residence) here on VJ, but that thread really addresses the distinction.

So, I guess I'm asking very specifically about when "my part" of the application process is finished... because I don't want to leave him there holding the bag, so to speak, as everything is in English and really the petitioner's responsibility.

Am I finished only when we get the interview date??


October 2011: Met in Spain

2012-2014: Video chat + visas + visits and vacations = we made it through!

June 2014: Moved to Spain, got engaged 

December 31, 2015: got married

April 20, 2016: sent I130 package

May 2, 2016: package received in Chicago Lockbox - - - 12 days for delivery!! Don't use TNT couriers!! 

May 2nd or 5th, 2016: email NOA1... accepted and sent to.... NEBRASKA 

And now.... breeeeeeathe..... be like water my friend....

October 26th, 2016: NOA2 [We had waited almost 6 months. Received notification from the phone app, never got an email.]

November 9th 2016: USCIS sent the petition to NVC (app notification) [waited 2 weeks after approval for this]

November 25th 2016: NVC received and created account for our petition [waited 16 days after USCIS sent it, for NVC to acknowledge receipt]

Dec 1st 2016: Chose agent online DS261 [a few days later than it could've been since the above NVC email went to SPAM!]

Dec 6th 2016: Case available for paying fees. That was fast, I think! 5 days!

Took a long time to get package out because... life... and husband's family in Morocco had to travel to get police document.

Feb 20th 2017: Scan date at NVC, received weird email.

April 28th 2017: CHECKLIST. Moroccans are required to send a Court Report regardless of Police Record status. My husband had to go back to Morocco to get it in person. Also, NVC wants a 2016 tax return now that is 2017. My bad.

September 15th 2017: 2nd Scan Date at NVC. Sent for document review October 20th.

Nov 10th 2017: Email requesting document be brought to interview. Will schedule interview.

Case complete date??: TBD :clock:.... November 8th!!

Interview date : January 18, 2018!!           Result: Administrative Processing      :mellow:

Embassy called for new medical last week of August. New Medical Sept 10.

Visa ISSUED September 14, 2018. :blink:

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Thanks for that link!!! I have been looking for processing time info for people in our situation, (Not DCF but filing abroad for CR1)... there doesn't seem to be a separate category for it. You're either DCF or you're CR1/IR1 (unspecified residence) here on VJ, but that thread really addresses the distinction.

So, I guess I'm asking very specifically about when "my part" of the application process is finished... because I don't want to leave him there holding the bag, so to speak, as everything is in English and really the petitioner's responsibility.

Am I finished only when we get the interview date??

Any or all of the petitioner's involvement in this process can occur when in the US. Many couples do the entire process while the petitioner is living in the States and the beneficiary is living abroad. You can review the guides (tab at the top of the page) for what paperwork, documents, etc. will be requested at each step.


2012: Married
2014 2016 2017: I-130 packet direct to Frankfurt

Frankfurt's "steps" to DCF:

Step 1: I-130 Petition Checklist (PDF, from their USCIS page)

Step 2: Immigrant/Fiance(e) & K-Visa Applicant Checklist (PDF, from their Appointment & Interview page)

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Technically you're not finished after the visa is granted either. Once the visa is activated and the beneficiary is in the USA, you're on the hook for the I-864 until such a time as one of the conditions is met that cancels it. ;)

Btw, i know it's semantics, but you are not applying for anything. You are petitioning for your spouse to be able to apply for a visa to immigrate to the USA. The I-130 is a petition.


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