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My wife has her interview scheduled at the US embassy in Sydney in less than a month, but the problem is due to her employment contract there she is obligated to work at her current firm til the April of next year. Back in March when I filed for her CR-1, I was under the impression that it'd take us at least a year to get through this whole visa process and she'd have 6 months to get into the States. But now it's looking like it'll take us ~8 months to completely go through this process (keeping fingers crossed for her visa approval).

While it's a good thing (I'm very grateful to the amazing VJ members for all the information shared and provided here), my question is if my wife enters the US in November/ October, will it be ok for her to stay here for a week/two, go back to Aus to complete her contract, and then come back at the end of April/beginning of May? I've heard if you enter the States on IR/CR-1 you have to stay in the country for at least 3 months before you can leave. If you leave without staying for at least 3-months your permanent residency gets revoked; even the stay doesn't exceed the 6 months rule. How true is this?

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That is totally not true. She can do as you suggest. She could leave the same day.

Or, and this is better, reschedule the interview.

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After talking to few of my friends and looking through the posts here it sounds like rescheduling can take anywhere from a month to 2 yrs. That's why I'm trying to avoid that option.

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

Rescheduling might be longer in the busy embassies and the fraud embassies but it is not gonna take a year in a VWP country. I know lots of people who reschedule and at most, they got a new appointment within two months, most got within a few weeks.

Your wife can always email the US embassy in Sydney and double check the timeframe before you do anything

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Yeah we tried emailing the embassy, however were told that they can't give us a timeframe. Only NVC is allowed to do that and they'll let us know once the interview is rescheduled. That's another reason we want to avoid that route.

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