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My case is complicated, but I just wanted to get some insight into one aspect of it.

Me (PR) and my wife (USC) went to Manila pretty soon after my conditional green card was issued. I got a job with a US based non-profit, and they set us up there. We changed our addresses to her dad's place in Colorado, and changed all our credit cards and bank accounts to that address as well. My work brought me back to the US every 5 months or so for a month each.

Now, while filing for ROC, I am in the US, filing jointly, with all the evidence (tax transcripts, credit cards, joint account with very minimal activity but whatever), is addressed in Colorado. I dont want to give USCIS the impression that I am claiming that I lived in that address the whole time, but also do not want to complicate matters if I dont need to at this stage.

What should I do? Should I explain in a cover letter that I was actually in Asia for most of the last 2 years? Also, for co-habitation proof, I have a lease from Manila with both our names on it, but I dont want to send that in because then I might get an overseas hold. But then I dont have a lease from the US to prove cohabitation.

Any advice would be appreciated! Also please refrain from catastrophic answers. I did not abandon status because I work for a US non profit, maintained US bank accounts, credit cards, paid US Taxes, maintained a US postal address in my name and was never out of the US for more than 180 days. Thank you for your insights!

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Wow, yeah, I see how that's complicated. I'm not sure what to advise here... Someone else might have better info. I'd be tempted to tell the truth... to a point. Submit what you have (from the us) and mention in the cover letter that your work involves a great deal of travel (and you go together with your wife) so you don't have an address other than the permanent mailing address at your wife's parents' place.

It is possible that they may extend the period before you get a 10 yr card. Theoretically they only count the time you are in the US. But I don't know.

Anyone else have more pertinent info?


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Thanks nightingalejules. That indeed seems to be the way to go.

Anyone else have any ideas? I am going to file in a week and am wondering about the cover letter and what to mention or not! Thank you so much.

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