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Entered on K-1, Now I Think I Want a Divorce

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So I moved to the US in March on a K-1 visa and we got married a couple days later. I do have my green card now.

He is an alcoholic and addicted to painkillers. My life is miserable. I have not 100% committed to leaving him, yet...

But my question is, am I able to file for divorce from my home country? I would go back to Canada, and not stay here. I am wondering if it is possible to divorce from Canada, because I do not want to stay here if we split, and it would mean us having to live in separate residences in Arkansas for at least a month before I could file for divorce. I can't really afford to move out/live alone here, nor do I have a car, so I am currently walking to work and the only other place in walking distance is considered shady: lots of police, there's been rapes, drug deals, regular tire slashing, gas siphoning, etc, so I obviously do not want to live there for a month and then during divorce proceedings, especially since I have to walk while it is dark out.

Thank you for your help.


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I-129F sent: 10/23/2014

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NOA-1: 10/30/2014

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Sorry for your situation.

Yes, you can divorce from Canada.


K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                         AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/09/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

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That's just awful, gosh. My sympathies. I personally would go on and go on back to Canada and file. The year will go by and it'll be over eventually, but you won't have to be near him and you can go be with people that care for you. Good luck.


"Wherever you go, you take yourself with you." --Neil Gaiman

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Yes!! Go back to canada and be safe!! This man sounds like a liability and you don't need that negative energy in your life. There's no shame in divorce. Always do what makes you happy you only get one life!!!

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I've been in a similar situation (disturbed marriage in a foreign country), if it's that bad you just need to distance yourself immediately and get back to near people who love and care about you. If that means going back to Canada, then it'll be the better choice. The people on this forum can help you with any questions regarding the visa/paperwork side. Don't be afraid to ask, there are a lot of helpful people here...especially if you feel alone and like you have no where to turn.

I know it can feel like starting over from zero and you can feel bad about making the wrong decision, but moving on is the only thing, be safe, be near people who care. That's the important thing. (F)


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It's much cheaper and faster to divorce in the USA than it is in Canada. This does depend on state, but for instance when I have driven around Oklahoma city, I see signs everywhere for $250 divorces. That wouldn't even cover the cost of a signed piece of paper in Canada.

But it's better for you to be safe than to be there, so go to Canada!

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You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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It's much cheaper and faster to divorce in the USA than it is in Canada. This does depend on state, but for instance when I have driven around Oklahoma city, I see signs everywhere for $250 divorces. That wouldn't even cover the cost of a signed piece of paper in Canada.

But it's better for you to be safe than to be there, so go to Canada!

I wouldn't be against divorcing here, but my state requires us to live separately for at least 30 days first, and that just isn't doable :(


(L) K1 Visa Journey (L)

I-129F sent: 10/23/2014

I-129F received by USCIS: 10/27/2014

NOA-1: 10/30/2014

NOA-2: 10/29/2015

Interview: 02/03/2016 **APPROVED**

Entered US: 03/04/2016

Married: 03/09/2016

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Have you done AOS yet and are free to travel? Members, is it possible that could she file here in the US, and then spend the 30 days living with relatives or something in Canada, and come back for the divorce to be finalized?


"Wherever you go, you take yourself with you." --Neil Gaiman

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Have you done AOS yet and are free to travel? Members, is it possible that could she file here in the US, and then spend the 30 days living with relatives or something in Canada, and come back for the divorce to be finalized?

She does have her GC ...


K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                         AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/09/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

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If you only need a month in the states, try looking up a room on airbnb. Hopefully you can afford something on there near your job. Good Luck


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I wouldn't be against divorcing here, but my state requires us to live separately for at least 30 days first, and that just isn't doable :(

That sucks.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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