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I have to file for divorce during roc. Advice please.

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Hi everyone, 

 

Well it's a sad day but life has been fairly miserable here for some time.  I bought the house we live in and helped him get a loan against it to put up a shop.  He is constantly criticizing,  calling names, and frankly doesn't pay for a thing.  Three months ago he pitched a fit a melted down in a way I haven't seen since a 3 year d didn't get his way at Walmart.  I was afraid of him with that kind of explosive temper and luckily he went away for 2 weeks in which I went to see a lawyer.  

 

I left a very good paying job to try and work this through and am now only working part time as a care giver for the va.  I do have back up savings so I am ok but need to sell this house to start out again especially with a low wage. 

 

He wants me to wait until I get my 10 year gc as we filed the 751 in Aug 2018 and also give him 2 years to buy me out.  I can't do another 2 years, its already been 2.5.  I would have no where to go except back home.  I like it here and gave made friends.  

 

Have been to the lawyer and since I bought the house with money earned before marriage I am fine.   

 

Why do I feel so guilty about getting on with this divorce.  We've been friends for 25 years and now we barely speak.  

 

Anyhow. Thanks for hearing me out.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 


K1 filed September 4, 2015

K1 Issued Feb 25, 2016

Entered the US June 3, 2016

Married June 13, 2016

AOS filed June 28, 2016

Paperwork received June 29, 2016

NOA dated July 11, 2016 for 485, 131, 765

RFIE mailed August 13, 2016

RFIE sent express August 22, 2016 ***Make sure you all use the latest forms from USCIS or RFIE***

RFIE accepted August 24, 2016

EAD Card is being produced September 13, 2016

Green Card is being produced November 17, 2016

AOS Approved November 18, 2016

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11 hours ago, chrisete said:

Why do I feel so guilty about getting on with this divorce.  We've been friends for 25 years and now we barely speak.  

Because you have a shared history and he's been with you through major events in your life, happy times, sad times, etc. either as a friend or as a spouse.

He was a major part of your life for so long.

 

Because you invested a lot of time and energy into this relationship already and it can be hard to let go of that---you gave up your lifestyle in Canada, your friends and family in Canada, your job in Canada and your home in Canada.  It can be difficult to now face the realization that it wasn't all for the best.  And it can be very difficult (and scary) to start all over again "on your own".

 

11 hours ago, chrisete said:

He wants me to wait until I get my 10 year gc as we filed the 751 in Aug 2018 and also give him 2 years to buy me out.  I can't do another 2 years, its already been 2.5.  I would have no where to go except back home.  I like it here and gave made friends.  

In a way, this is a good thing since it seems he wants to encourage you to at least secure your legal status in America until you decide what you want to do.

On the flip-side, his thought might be just being able to get the house and thinking you have to remain in the US to do so.  if you wanted to move back to Canada you don't need to wait until then if you chose to file for divorce (you don't have to remain in the US until the divorce is finalized).

 

You also have the option of continuing the ROC on your own with a divorce waiver, which would remove his involvement in your immigration should you wish to stay in the US.


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3 minutes ago, Going through said:

Because you have a shared history and he's been with you through major events in your life, happy times, sad times, etc. either as a friend or as a spouse.

He was a major part of your life for so long.

 

Because you invested a lot of time and energy into this relationship already and it can be hard to let go of that---you gave up your lifestyle in Canada, your friends and family in Canada, your job in Canada and your home in Canada.  It can be difficult to now face the realization that it wasn't all for the best.  And it can be very difficult (and scary) to start all over again "on your own".

 

In a way, this is a good thing since it seems he wants to encourage you to at least secure your legal status in America until you decide what you want to do.

On the flip-side, his thought might be just being able to get the house and thinking you have to remain in the US to do so.  if you wanted to move back to Canada you don't need to wait until then if you chose to file for divorce (you don't have to remain in the US until the divorce is finalized).

 

You also have the option of continuing the ROC on your own with a divorce waiver, which would remove his involvement in your immigration should you wish to stay in the US.

Thanks #going through.  I've never been with so little money and feeling alone.  I don't want to hurt his feelings but he seems to care so little for mine.  

 

I'm looking for a good job now bit my head is so messed up from all of this.  It's hard to concentrate and I don't really want to go back to Canada right now since I'm sure I can find another good job even though it will take time.  

 

It's the timing of this now although I have read up on how to file a divorce waiver during roc.  It still frightens me though.  


K1 filed September 4, 2015

K1 Issued Feb 25, 2016

Entered the US June 3, 2016

Married June 13, 2016

AOS filed June 28, 2016

Paperwork received June 29, 2016

NOA dated July 11, 2016 for 485, 131, 765

RFIE mailed August 13, 2016

RFIE sent express August 22, 2016 ***Make sure you all use the latest forms from USCIS or RFIE***

RFIE accepted August 24, 2016

EAD Card is being produced September 13, 2016

Green Card is being produced November 17, 2016

AOS Approved November 18, 2016

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43 minutes ago, chrisete said:

It's the timing of this now although I have read up on how to file a divorce waiver during roc. 

You can switch your filing to a divorce waiver petition by sending a request in writing to the field office adjudicating your ROC (which removes the USC from the process) and letting them know that you two are separated/started divorce proceedings.  Include a copy of the NOA from your i-751 with your letter. 

I would suggest doing this now, so that by the time your interview rolled around you'd have the final divorce decree in hand to submit without further delaying your case.  

 

Alternately, if an interview is scheduled and you attend without your spouse, you can also verbally inform the IO that you want to switch to a divorce waiver there, instead of receiving an automatic denial.

 

With a divorce waiver request, the I-751 cannot be approved until you submit to USCIS the final divorce decree.  However, you do not need to be officially divorced before filing the waiver request.

 

I would strongly suggest choosing the divorce waiver path, instead of continuing the joint petition, and now informing USCIS in writing that you two are separating (whether formally or informally) and/or going through divorce proceedings so as not to have any cause for USCIS to say you misrepresented yourself later on.  It's happened where a VJ member's N400 was denied because the couple never informed the officer they were undergoing a divorce during their ROC process (the IO felt the 10-year green card was incorrectly approved).

 

 

Edited by Going through

Applied for Naturalization based on 5-year Residency - 96 Days To Complete Citizenship!

July 14, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed online

July 21, 2017 (Day 07) -  NOA Receipt received in the mail

July 22, 2017 (Day 08) - Biometrics appointment scheduled online, letter mailed out

July 25, 2017 (Day 11) - Biometrics PDF posted online

July 28, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics letter received in the mail, appointment for 08/08/17

Aug 08, 2017 (Day 24) - Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed

Aug 14, 2017 (Day 30) - Online EGOV status shows "Interview Scheduled, will mail appointment letter"

Aug 16, 2017 (Day 32) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Interview Scheduled, read the letter we mailed you..."

Aug 17, 2017 (Day 33) - Interview Appointment Letter PDF posted online---GOT AN INTERVIEW DATE!!!

Aug 21, 2017 (Day 37) - Interview Appointment Letter received in the mail, appointment for 09/27/17

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Naturalization Interview--- read my experience here

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Oath Ceremony Notice mailed"

Sep. 28, 2017 (Day 75) - Oath Ceremony Letter PDF posted online--Ceremony for 10/19/17

Oct. 02, 2017 (Day 79) -  Oath Ceremony Letter received in the mail

Oct. 19, 2017 (Day 96) -  Oath Ceremony-- read my experience here

 

 

 

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Thanks.  Thats the only thing that feels right for me to do.  I so appreciate your help and understanding.  


K1 filed September 4, 2015

K1 Issued Feb 25, 2016

Entered the US June 3, 2016

Married June 13, 2016

AOS filed June 28, 2016

Paperwork received June 29, 2016

NOA dated July 11, 2016 for 485, 131, 765

RFIE mailed August 13, 2016

RFIE sent express August 22, 2016 ***Make sure you all use the latest forms from USCIS or RFIE***

RFIE accepted August 24, 2016

EAD Card is being produced September 13, 2016

Green Card is being produced November 17, 2016

AOS Approved November 18, 2016

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