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Me (US citizen) and my wife got married a bit over a week ago. We are getting ready to start our CR-1 visa process but I'd like your advice on the following:


We are relocating to Florida from Finland as I am starting my studies in FL. We intend to leave in a couple of weeks from now. She will continue to work here in Finland but she has been able to get some periods off so that she can visit me. My question is, when should we file? Is it ok for me to send the CR-1 package while she is in the US visiting as a tourist or should I wait until she returns back to Finland? She plans to be in the US for around 3 weeks.


Thanks for your help!

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My suggestion would be to apply while she is in the US, or later. Either is fine. Technically, you could probably file before she arrives in the US, but that might suggest immigrant intent to the CBP officer and she could get turned away at POE. Others have done that fine here, but to be safe, I'd personally say wait until she's in the US.

Edited by geowrian



AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

?/?/?: Green card received





12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received



4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017



5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE



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You could send it now if you have everything.  Or you can wait until you're in the USA or after she leaves.  It really doesn't matter. 

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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Thank you for your answers!


So if we send out the package once we arrive in the US I shall answer on question 14. of the I-130 form that my wife is currently in the US as a visitor. Where can we get the Arrival/Departure record(I-94) as she is travelling with ESTA?

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