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I am a US citizen living abroad in Israel, my fiance's home country. It was the only way for us to be together while dating because Israel grants work visas to boyfriends/girlfriends of Israeli citizens as long as we live together (domestic partners). Now we have decided to get married and want to move to the US. We actually can't get married in Israel even if we wanted to because Israel does not have civil marriage, only religious. He is Jewish and I am not, so we can only get married in the US.

Here are my questions:

Will the fact that I don't live in the US be a problem when I petition for his K1 visa? In Israel, I am not considered a resident, only a tourist permitted to work.

When sending in the petition, can I put my address of residency as my parent's address (my last place of residence in the US)? Israeli postal service is scarily unreliable, and I don't want to risk any important paperwork getting lost in their system.

How can I prove that we will both live in the US together after getting married?

When getting my fiance's documents apostilled, do only the originals have to be apostilled or also the translations? Do the translations need to be notarized by an Israeli lawyer or an American notary?

Thank you!

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I am a US citizen living abroad in Israel, my fiance's home country. It was the only way for us to be together while dating because Israel grants work visas to boyfriends/girlfriends of Israeli citizens as long as we live together (domestic partners). Now we have decided to get married and want to move to the US. We actually can't get married in Israel even if we wanted to because Israel does not have civil marriage, only religious. He is Jewish and I am not, so we can only get married in the US.

Here are my questions:

Will the fact that I don't live in the US be a problem when I petition for his K1 visa? In Israel, I am not considered a resident, only a tourist permitted to work.

When sending in the petition, can I put my address of residency as my parent's address (my last place of residence in the US)? Israeli postal service is scarily unreliable, and I don't want to risk any important paperwork getting lost in their system.

How can I prove that we will both live in the US together after getting married?

When getting my fiance's documents apostilled, do only the originals have to be apostilled or also the translations? Do the translations need to be notarized by an Israeli lawyer or an American notary?

Thank you!

The big question which is unclear to me about your situation: are you actually planning to move to/stay in the US after the marriage (assuming the K-1 is granted)? Or do you just want to go to the US, get married and return to living in Israel?

I've heard that Apostilles are not necessary, at least not in my country. Might be different for Israel. Hopefully someone with experience from that country will chime in.

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I am a US citizen living abroad in Israel, my fiance's home country. It was the only way for us to be together while dating because Israel grants work visas to boyfriends/girlfriends of Israeli citizens as long as we live together (domestic partners). Now we have decided to get married and want to move to the US. We actually can't get married in Israel even if we wanted to because Israel does not have civil marriage, only religious. He is Jewish and I am not, so we can only get married in the US.

Here are my questions:

Will the fact that I don't live in the US be a problem when I petition for his K1 visa? In Israel, I am not considered a resident, only a tourist permitted to work.

When sending in the petition, can I put my address of residency as my parent's address (my last place of residence in the US)? Israeli postal service is scarily unreliable, and I don't want to risk any important paperwork getting lost in their system.

How can I prove that we will both live in the US together after getting married?

When getting my fiance's documents apostilled, do only the originals have to be apostilled or also the translations? Do the translations need to be notarized by an Israeli lawyer or an American notary?

Thank you!

Will the fact that I don't live in the US be a problem when I petition for his K1 visa? In Israel, I am not considered a resident, only a tourist permitted to work.

*** I am living in Morocco with my fiance (I am also just on a tourist visa from the US). I actually think it helps your case- as it shows you have a legitimate relationship. It's not a problem.

When sending in the petition, can I put my address of residency as my parent's address (my last place of residence in the US)? Israeli postal service is scarily unreliable, and I don't want to risk any important paperwork getting lost in their system.

***you should put your parent's address, as you are just on a tourist visa and that doesn't count as your permanent address.

How can I prove that we will both live in the US together after getting married?

***there is no way to prove this, but at the interview, maybe they're going to ask your fiance about why he wants to live in the US and what his plans are for the US and this is a great time for him to speak about his intentions of living in the US and working and the future...

When getting my fiance's documents apostilled, do only the originals have to be apostilled or also the translations? Do the translations need to be notarized by an Israeli lawyer or an American notary?

***first double-check that this is necessary. Some countries require this and others do not. This is supposed to be done before you get the documents translated. At least this is my understanding. The Apostille would be an Israeli official not American.

Hope this helps and gooooood luck!!! Mazel tov :) :)

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Yes, use your parents address as mailing address and have them pay close attention to their mail (for K1, the USCIS will not send any case documents outaide the US anyway). Use your current address in Israel as physical address (as anything else would be a lie if you consider yourself living there).

Keep in mind that at the interview stage you need to show financial assets/income in the US to support your fiancé. If you don't have that, you need a US based co-sponsor.


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9/30/15: NOA1

11/2/15: NOA2

Delayed processing due to work

3/15/16: Medical

4/28/16: Interview (approved)

Delayed entry due to work

8/12/16: POE Detroit

 

9/4/16: Wedding!

 

AOS process:

9/9/16: I485/I131/I765 sent

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9/14-18/16: Received 3xpaper NOAs 

9/23/16: Received biometrics appointment letter (day 11)

10/3/16: Biometrics appointment (day 19)

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11/16/16: EAD status changed to card shipped (day 65)

11/17/16: EAD/AP combo card received (day 66)

12/30/16: Notice of interview scheduled (day 109)

2/1/17: AOS interview (day 142) - APPROVED

2/8/17: GC received (day 150)

 

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11/3/2018: ROC window opens

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