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I have a couple questions regarding the I-130 and G-325a forms. On form I-130, question 18 asks "Address in the United States where your relative intends to live." That would be a simple question for most but my situation is a little different. I went to Russia for two months to plan our wedding and get married :) While I was gone my family sold the house I was living in (it was my recently passed grandparent's home that I was living in, I took care of them when they were alive and I continued to live there after). It was my family's house and it was their choice what to do with the house. Anyways, when I came back to America I needed to look for a new place to live. I have found a nice apartment but I'm unable to move in until November 1st and I'm currently staying at my Aunt's house. I put my aunt's address under petitioner (#2) since that is my current address. My question is do I put the new apartment's address as the place my wife intends to live even though I'm not there? I would assume so because it says "intends".

For G-325a, under current husband or wife, I need to put her place of birth but the name is too big and the form won't allow me to type it all. Is it okay if I fill out that part out by hand even though I filled out the rest by the computer? (silly question I'm sure but I'm trying to cover all my bases, I'd hate to be rejected on something silly like that).

Also, do I need my a copy of my wife's entire passport? I see in the guides on this site that a copy of the birth certificate and passport aren't even needed anymore, is that true? I may have more questions along the way but I do appreciate all the help that anyone is able to give me!

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In my case, filing from abroad, I knew we would move to Seattle but we didn't have a place in view yet, so on street address I just wrote "to be determined..." I remember this being suggested to me at the time by another VJer and my case was approved as well.


Feb 16th 2016 - Mailed Out I-130 (filed from abroad) :rolleyes:

Feb 22th 2016 - NOA1 (Potomac)


Jul 25th 2016 - NOA2- 154 days :dancing:


Aug 22nd 2016 - Case number assigned

Aug 23rd 2016 - received case number

Aug 24th 2016 - submitted DS-261

Aug 24th 2016 - Paid AOS fee

Sep 8th 2016 - Paid IV fee

Oct 3rd 2016 - submitted DS-260

Oct 31st 2016 - Sent NVC packages (e-mail processing)

Nov 3rd 2016 - received checklist

Nov 21st 2016 - Sent document on checklist
Dec 15th 2016 - CC
Jan 13th 2017 - Interview (approved)
Jan 24th 2017 - Visa received

Entry in US - Feb 28th

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You don't need copies of the beneficiary's passport or birth certificate at this stage.

For the intended address you can put "to be determined". They are not going to deny the petition if you don't know where you will live. We don't have a place yet. My husband is currently sharing with a roommate but we will be getting a place for the two of us when my visa is approved and we have a better idea of time scale.






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We put the address my husband was living at when we submitted the application even though we knew we were going to move. We had no issues. They assume you will be living together so it makes sense to put the address you put for the petitioner.

Cateogory: CR1

  • NOA1/Notice of receipt: Sept. 15, 2015
  • NOA2/I130 Approved: February 8, 2016 (NO RFE) :)
  • Process slowed down by us
  • Sent documents to NVC: April 11, 2016
  • Scan date: April 14/ May 7th (NVC said both I dont know why)
  • Case Complete: May 31, 2016 (No checklist) :dancing:
August 17, 2016: Visa Approved!!!! :dancing:

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