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I'm a naturalized US citizen as of October 2016, living in Florida. I arrived to the US in March 2010 on a K1 visa, and was married to my ex husband for 5 years, but never filed for citizenship until after the divorce. After the separation and divorce, I've reconnected with an old college flame. We're both originally Egyptian and we attended college together in Egypt 11 years ago. We've been communicating for some time, and recently met again and have a desire to be together very soon. He finished a master's degree in France and now he moved to Belgium for work. We've been looking into the different options to be together in the US and Belgium; ultimately we'd like to move to the US, but we don't mind living in Europe for some time. We'd appreciate any input on which visa route we should take.


If we live in Belgium, we'll consider DCF, and I was wondering if we need an address in the US in order to go back. Are there any requirements, financial or otherwise, that we should be aware of or prepared for? Any advice on moving to either Belgium or the US (from Belgium), to be together, would be greatly appreciated.

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You could do K-1 for him through the Belgium embassy is he is a legal resident or has legal status in that country.


If going to live there and marry and try for DCF (if they have it there), then yes you need to continue filing taxes from abroad as a US citizen. You also must show domicile in the US also as to having an actual place to stay. Also need to make sure between you primarily as the petitioner you would meet the financial requirements to support your SO.

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Belgium does not have DCF, so you would file via the Chicago lockbox s normal.  

You don't need a permanent address in the USA when you file from abroad, but they will want an initial address for paperwork (a friend or family member will do) and they will want you to show you are moving back at the same time or before your beneficiary husband.


You need to file US taxes as a US citizen even when abroad; unless you have significant assets, you will need a co-sponsor ( a US based citizen or greencard holder to stand financial guarantoor for your husband).

Bye: Penguin

Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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