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Hey guys!

 

I was reading news yesterday and saw that USCIS office in Moscow closes next month. I also read that they stop accepting documents after 28th or February, and by 29th of March everything will be closed completely.

 

They said that they're moving all immigration paperwork to Athens, Greece. 

 

Does it mean that I and all other K1 applicants will have to go to Athens? (K1 is listed as an immigrant visa on the embassy's website). I am currently waiting for NVC to receive our case. I clearly won't make it till 28th of February. 

 

Right now we have interviews and medical check-ups in Moscow, and no documents in Russian have to be translated. Do I understand correctly that it won't be the case anymore and I'll have to translate everything, too? 

 

I was really upset when I read this, but I don't quite understand how exactly it's going to affect our case 😐.

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Don't worry, this doesn't affect K-1's. I posted about it in the DCF forum:

 

K-1's will go via the Embassy like always and will be unaffected by this closure, the Embassy is still there so no worries. What is closing is the USCIS field office, which was handling I-30 petitions, refugee petitions and other such special cases. Basically, DCF spousal visa petitions won't be an option in Russia anymore for USC's living abroad in Russia.

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 🇷🇺  ♥  CR-1 via DCF in Moscow (2016-2017) 🇺🇸  Read about my DCF experience here and here.

Spoiler

26-Jul-2016: Married abroad
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Embassy
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview - approved!

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

28-Jun-2017: Port of Entry @ PDX

21-Jul-2017: No SSN after 3 weeks; applied at local SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – name is cut off

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; kept GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for supporting docs!!

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sept-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!!

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions (2019-???) 📝

Spoiler

28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC...

??-???-2019: TBA...

 

 

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59 minutes ago, millefleur said:

Don't worry, this doesn't affect K-1's. I posted about it in the DCF forum:

 

K-1's will go via the Embassy like always and will be unaffected by this closure, the Embassy is still there so no worries. What is closing is the USCIS field office, which was handling I-30 petitions, refugee petitions and other such special cases. Basically, DCF spousal visa petitions won't be an option in Russia anymore for USC's living abroad in Russia.

Thank you so much for sharing this discussion! I feel very much relieved now :) It would really suck if K1's were moved in there as well. 

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