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Moving abroad while I-130 is in process

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My wife and I very recently started the CR1 process to bring her to the US, with me (USA citizen) as her sponsor.  I am considering taking a job overseas in her country while we wait for the CR1 process to be completed, since it will likely be a year or so.  I've been employed 23 years at various universities, own a rental property and have a several retirement accounts and bank accounts (not big balances however!).

 

How problematic will this be for us when it comes time for the I-864 to be filled out if I am employed by a non-USA employer and not living in the US at that time? Would it be safer/smarter to just stay here in the US, employed by a US employer, until the entire visa process is completed or even until the I-864 part of the process is completed? Or will my work history, rental property and retirement/bank  accounts be enough to prove my "domicile" is in the US,? And to satisfy the income requirement?

 

It seems it is simply safer to not play with fire and continue to be employed by a US employer (either in the US or working remotely but overseas) but thought I'd get some opinions. Thanks!

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For I-864 purposes, the income must continue from the same source upon return to the US to be included. This usually (but not always) excludes foreign employment being considered.

The I-864 decision is by the CO, although you submit the I-864 at the NVC stage for an initial review. Th CO could always ask for a new one.

Work history or earning potential won't qualify for the minimum requirements for the I-864. Rental income and/or assets can be included.

If working remotely, ensure that is permitted with whatever status you would have in that country...int he US it's a gray area but it can go either way with other countries.


Timelines:

Spoiler

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

10/24/18: Green card produced

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

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

 

NVC

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

 

K-1

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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