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USC moving back to the US after submitting the I-130 abroad

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Finland


Me and my USC spouse are currently both living in Finland and about to start the CR-1 process while my spouse is still here. Our plan is that she (my spouse) moves back to the US before me and while the visa process is still on going. Is there going to be any problems if we send the I-130 to the Chicago lockbox although we are going to be living in Texas? I wanted to ask this from you guys if someone has experience of doing the process this way and make sure that we don't do things wrong and delay the process.

I also have a question for Finnish people. When ordering my birth certificate (virkatodistus) from Maistraatti what should I include on that? And this is the right form, right? http://www.suomi.fi/suomifi/suomi/asioi_verkossa/lomakkeet/maist_maist24/

Thank you in advance! :)

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Met for the first time (in New York) 13/02/2015 :luv:(L)

(L) Married 07/02/2015 (L)



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That's absolutely fine. You send the petition to the Chicago lock box because that is the correct place for your current circumstances. When your wife moves back, she will need to update her address with USCIS so that any mail they send goes to the right place.




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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Ireland

Hi. I am Irish and my wife (USC) is also from Texas. We sent out petition from Ireland to Chicago. When my wife goes home to Texas soon, she will then update her address. Bets of luck.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada

Good that you're starting early. I'm in the situation where I"m going to move back before my spouse has his green card. You can always delay things a bit once it reaches the NVC stage, but the initial I-130 can take 5 or 6 months. Previously there was evidence that they expedited applications when the USC lived abroad, but there's no sign of them doing it now.


May 14, 2016: Sent I-130 Package to Chicago Lockbox

Oct 21, 2016: NOA2 Notice by App (LIN)



Nov 8, 2016: NVC Received

Nov 16, 2016: Case Number Assigned

Nov 18, 2016: DS-261 submitted and AOS fee paid

Dec 5, 2016: NVC Scan Date

Dec 6, 2016: NVC 3 N/A and Case Complete on Phone [1 day later!]

Dec 13, 2016: NVC CC e-mail

Jan 23, 2017: Interview...Approved!


Removing Conditions

Nov 2, 2018: Sent I-751 to Arizona Lockbox 

March 3, 2020: Approved by CSC



Feb 2, 2020: File N-400 online

Feb 25, 2020: Biometrics



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