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Proving domicile at NVC stage

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I am seeing a lot of cases where Canadian citizens/PRs get 221g at the interview for lack of domicile when their U.S.C. spouses haven't moved to the U.S. ahead of them. I am really curious how do such folks prove their domicile at the NVC stage when sending the i-864? Is it easier to satisfy NVC of the "intent to domicile" than the C.O.? If so, what documents work for NVC?

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Due to the lack of a recent thread dedicated to this issue, I am starting one. Here are my questions:


1. Does one need to have proof of domicile when filing the I864/AOS package to the NVC? Or can you file the I864 (and of course the accompanying DS230 package for beneficiary(ies) ) to the NVC, get an interview date AND THEN before the actual interview have a job/apartment/proof lined up? In other words, will the NVC approve and forward along to the embassy and will the embassy set an interview date without proof of domicile?


2. I see a lot of Canadian folks whose U.S. spouse stay with them when they go through the NVC stage and are given 221g at the interview for the domicile. I am curious how do such folks manage to convince NVC about the domicile when filing the AOS when the same (or more) proof by the time of interview falls short to convince the C.O.? Is NVC most likely to be OK even with weaker proof of domicile? If so, what "weak proof" is mostly sufficient for NVC (excluding moving to U.S. and starting a job & a lease agreement in U.S. as they would be "strong proof")?

Specifically, I think I will have the following proof for the NVC AOS and want to know you guy's opinion if it would be enough to satisfy NVC:

- U.S. drivers license
- U.S. bank account that has been active for past several years, with my U.S.C. spouse's U.S.C. mother as a joint-account-holder
- U.S. credit card that has been active for past several years
- Rental agreement with in-laws saying they have an arrangement with us to stay in a room in their house as long as we require

- A letter explaining intent to move back to U.S. with the beneficiary once the visa is approved

Any suggestions to what else can be added to this list are welcome.



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Montreal is very strict about domicile, you should post this in the Canada forum as it is consulate specific.


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