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Hello everyone.   I recently used Citizenpath to complete my I-130.  After completion they gave me a set of instructions and in those instructions, they told me to send my I-130 to Phoenix, AZ.  I have lived in Japan for seven years and am still currently living in Japan.  On the USCIS webpage, they say to send the I-130 to Chicago if living outside of the USA.  I sent an email to Citizenpath and asked them why they told me to mail it to Phoenix.  They told me that because I listed a mailing address in Colorado (my sisters house), that it is appropriate to mail my form to Phoenix and not Chicago.  Just to clarify, I put my Japanese address as my physical address on the I-130 but also listed my American mailing address.  It is my intention to move to colorado with my wife after she gets her American visa.

 

I want to ask this community if what Citizenpath says is true.  Its not that I dont trust them, but what they say seems to conflict with the USCIS website.  Can anyone here confirm that it is ok for me to send my I-130 to Phoenix and not to Chicago?

 

I truly appreciate your time and your help.

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8 minutes ago, Japadam said:

Hello everyone.   I recently used Citizenpath to complete my I-130.  After completion they gave me a set of instructions and in those instructions, they told me to send my I-130 to Phoenix, AZ.  I have lived in Japan for seven years and am still currently living in Japan.  On the USCIS webpage, they say to send the I-130 to Chicago if living outside of the USA.  I sent an email to Citizenpath and asked them why they told me to mail it to Phoenix.  They told me that because I listed a mailing address in Colorado (my sisters house), that it is appropriate to mail my form to Phoenix and not Chicago.  Just to clarify, I put my Japanese address as my physical address on the I-130 but also listed my American mailing address.  It is my intention to move to colorado with my wife after she gets her American visa.

 

I want to ask this community if what Citizenpath says is true.  Its not that I dont trust them, but what they say seems to conflict with the USCIS website.  Can anyone here confirm that it is ok for me to send my I-130 to Phoenix and not to Chicago?

 

I truly appreciate your time and your help.

Why are you not doing DCF since you already live in Japan with your wife/husband? 

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6 minutes ago, Cyberfx1024 said:

Why are you not doing DCF since you already live in Japan with your wife/husband? 

Japan doesnt offer DCF

https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-immigration-offices


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I do not know what Citizenpath is but somehow I doubt they know what USCIS wants better than USCIS. These are the instruction you will follow regardless of what any third party says:

 

File at the Chicago or Phoenix Lockbox, depending on where you live and whether your relative is also concurrently filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. For a complete list of addresses, visit our Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-130 webpage.

If you reside outside of the United States where USCIS has an international office, you may file at the USCIS Chicago Lockbox facility. If you are a U.S. citizen age 21 years or older and are filing for a spouse or unmarried child under the age of 21 or a parent, you may also file at the USCIS international office in the country in which you reside. 

If you are a U.S. citizen and you reside outside of the United States where USCIS does not have an international office, you may file for an immediate relative at the U.S. Embassy or consulate having jurisdiction over the area where you live only if:

  • Exceptional circumstances (PDF, 61 KB) exist, and
  • The USCIS field office director with jurisdiction over that location determines that the embassy or consulate may accept and adjudicate the case. 

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
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February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
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September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
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October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

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Chicago is correct but there's really not a problem sending it to Phoenix either.


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