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My husband and I got married about a month ago. I’m currently in his home country (Ethiopia) and plan to stay until January. I’m planning to put the address of the apartment we share on the g-325a despite the fact that he will have to leave to work in another city next month and despite the fact that by the time his interview takes place I will most likely be back in the US. I was going to put my US residence address on the i-30 because that’s where I want them to send us any RFE and NOA. I have someone there who can retrieve the mail and get the info to me asap. I am making a brief return trip to the US very soon in September and plan to mail the application then because mailing things from Ethiopia is both unreliable and expensive. I wanted to put our current address (the apartment we share) on the g-325as to show that we are living together (even if it’s a short time). However, will it create confusion if I don’t list my “current address” as my US residence address (which I am maintaining while I’m here)?


IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Service Center : Texas Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Ethiopia
Marriage (if applicable): 2016-07-21
I-130 Sent : 2018-01-29
I-130 NOA1 : 2018-02-26

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Use the address you are residing at on the date you sign the forms.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Use the address you are residing at on the date you sign the forms.

This was my thinking...but if I want NOA and RFE to go to my US address because the mail system in Ethiopia is unreliable, shouldn't I put the US address on the I-30? I am concerned that if we get a RFE it will not arrive in time for us to respond...or at all. Ethiopia's mail system is terrible.


IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Service Center : Texas Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Ethiopia
Marriage (if applicable): 2016-07-21
I-130 Sent : 2018-01-29
I-130 NOA1 : 2018-02-26

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This was my thinking...but if I want NOA and RFE to go to my US address because the mail system in Ethiopia is unreliable, shouldn't I put the US address on the I-30? I am concerned that if we get a RFE it will not arrive in time for us to respond...or at all. Ethiopia's mail system is terrible.

NOA's are nothing more than receipt forms (i.e. they are not anything you will need at any point in the future). Include a G-1114A so you will be electronically notified of receipt and you will be able to use that receipt number to utilize the USCIS website to receive electronic notifications on your case. If your concerned about receiving RFE's, then change your address with USCIS after they have received your file and it is officially in the system.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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NOA's are nothing more than receipt forms (i.e. they are not anything you will need at any point in the future). Include a G-1114A so you will be electronically notified of receipt and you will be able to use that receipt number to utilize the USCIS website to receive electronic notifications on your case. If your concerned about receiving RFE's, then change your address with USCIS after they have received your file and it is officially in the system.

Hi, Thanks for your earlier response. I went ahead with this advice and filed and received notification of acceptance via email. However, I'm not clear on how to change my address with the USCIS after they've received the file and it is officially in the system. I only received NOA yesterday so I imagine I should wait a little 7-10 days which is the standard time that you would normally receive the official Receipt Notice (Form I-797)?


IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Service Center : Texas Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Ethiopia
Marriage (if applicable): 2016-07-21
I-130 Sent : 2018-01-29
I-130 NOA1 : 2018-02-26

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