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Has anyone done the "emergency" IR-1 DCF via Frankfurt for job relocation? I'm actively applying to jobs in the US now, and have just learned that I'll need to get my wife an immigration visa. How strict are they with DCF for job relocation as well as domicile requirements?

 

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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-Sep-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!! 😂

 

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12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

19-Apr-2019: Biometrics letter arrives via mail

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Are you in Germany?   If so you can do an infopass appointment for the USCIS in Frankfurt. 

 

If not them email the immigrant visa section of the embassy in the country you are in once you have the job offer.  They will then seek the approval based upon the circumstances.

 

You can still file, and pay the fee, at the US lockbox now since you don't have a job offer.   Once you have the job offer  and if you are approved for DCF, you can file , and pay the fee, another I-130 petition.  Once you are approved you write and cancel the other petition.


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7 minutes ago, Paul & Mary said:

Are you in Germany?   If so you can do an infopass appointment for the USCIS in Frankfurt. 

 

If not them email the immigrant visa section of the embassy in the country you are in once you have the job offer.  They will then seek the approval based upon the circumstances.

 

You can still file, and pay the fee, at the US lockbox now since you don't have a job offer.   Once you have the job offer  and if you are approved for DCF, you can file , and pay the fee, another I-130 petition.  Once you are approved you write and cancel the other petition.

I'm in another European country, so while Frankfurt is my regional office, I can't DCF there by default.

 

To clarify, I'm a US/EU dual citizen, while my spouse is not a US citizen.

 

I didn't realize I could double-file. It'll cost twice as much, but I guess it's better to be secure than to bet that I'll get approved for DCF. Good idea, thanks!

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3 minutes ago, US/EU_in_Czech said:

I'm in another European country, so while Frankfurt is my regional office, I can't DCF there by default.

 

To clarify, I'm a US/EU dual citizen, while my spouse is not a US citizen.

 

I didn't realize I could double-file. It'll cost twice as much, but I guess it's better to be secure than to bet that I'll get approved for DCF. Good idea, thanks!

If you are seeking DCF due to "exceptional circumstances" such as a job offer, I believe you will do that via the US Embassy in Czech Republic since that's where you are now. You can contact them directly about it as @Paul & Mary mentioned. The Frankfurt office is for folks who live in Germany mostly, when it comes to filing the I-130.


03639.png                  

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

Spoiler

26-Jul-2016: Married abroad (USC + Russian husband) 👩‍❤️‍👨
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Moscow USCIS field office*
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 🎊 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview at Embassy - 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 three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

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

 

*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED.

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – error in middle name 😕

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

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; told to keep GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for original card!! 🤬

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-Sep-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!! 😂

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions - NBC (Apr-2019-???) 📝 MSC I-751 filers: Track your case here!

Spoiler

28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC

01-Apr-2019: ROC in the mail to Phoenix AZ lockbox! 📫

03-Apr-2019: ROC packet delivered to lockbox

09-Apr-2019: USCIS cashed check

09-Apr-2019: Case number received via text - MSC 📲

12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

19-Apr-2019: Biometrics letter arrives via mail

30-Apr-2019: Biometrics appointment at local office  

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

30-Mar-2020: N-400 early filing window opens! 🇺🇸

 

 

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8 minutes ago, millefleur said:

If you are seeking DCF due to "exceptional circumstances" such as a job offer, I believe you will do that via the US Embassy in Czech Republic since that's where you are now. You can contact them directly about it as @Paul & Mary mentioned. The Frankfurt office is for folks who live in Germany mostly, when it comes to filing the I-130.

OK, thanks. I was under the impression that I would be asking the Prague embassy, who would in turn petition the Frankfurt USCIS on my behalf to adjudicate my case. That's incorrect?

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9 minutes ago, US/EU_in_Czech said:

OK, thanks. I was under the impression that I would be asking the Prague embassy, who would in turn petition the Frankfurt USCIS on my behalf to adjudicate my case. That's incorrect?

That's a great question...I am only familiar with the USCIS version of DCF. I don't know any VJ users off the top of my head who have done the "exceptional circumstances" DCF. I hope someone who knows will chime in soon. Otherwise, hopefully the Embassy in Prague can help answer your questions, be sure to let us know what they say.

Edited by millefleur

03639.png                  

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

Spoiler

26-Jul-2016: Married abroad (USC + Russian husband) 👩‍❤️‍👨
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Moscow USCIS field office*
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 🎊 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview at Embassy - 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 three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

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

 

*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED.

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – error in middle name 😕

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

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; told to keep GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for original card!! 🤬

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-Sep-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!! 😂

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions - NBC (Apr-2019-???) 📝 MSC I-751 filers: Track your case here!

Spoiler

28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC

01-Apr-2019: ROC in the mail to Phoenix AZ lockbox! 📫

03-Apr-2019: ROC packet delivered to lockbox

09-Apr-2019: USCIS cashed check

09-Apr-2019: Case number received via text - MSC 📲

12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

19-Apr-2019: Biometrics letter arrives via mail

30-Apr-2019: Biometrics appointment at local office  

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

30-Mar-2020: N-400 early filing window opens! 🇺🇸

 

 

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3 minutes ago, millefleur said:

That's a great question...I am only familiar with the USCIS version of DCF. I don't know any VJ users off the top of my head who have done the "exceptional circumstances" DCF. I hope someone who knows will chime in soon. Otherwise, hopefully the Embassy in Prague can help answer your questions, be sure to let us know what the say.

OK, thanks. I'll reach out to them next week and report back here.

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9 minutes ago, US/EU_in_Czech said:

I was under the impression that I would be asking the Prague embassy,

Correct, you email the immigrant visa section explaining the situation.   They will then contact Frankfurt for permission.  You are then processed in Prague.

 

Someplace on here is a link to the DOS policy manual on this. Too hard to search off of my cellphone. I'll grab it later if no one else chimes in.


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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1 minute ago, Paul & Mary said:

Correct, you email the immigrant visa section explaining the situation.   They will then contact Frankfurt for permission.  You are then processed in Prague.

 

Someplace on here is a link to the DOS policy manual on this. Too hard to search off of my cellphone. I'll grab it later if no one else chimes in.

Aahaaaa Ok, got it. So the consulate checks in with the local USCIS to make sure it's all gravy, but does the actual processing in-house.

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22 hours ago, Paul & Mary said:

Are you in Germany?   If so you can do an infopass appointment for the USCIS in Frankfurt. 

 

If not them email the immigrant visa section of the embassy in the country you are in once you have the job offer.  They will then seek the approval based upon the circumstances.

 

You can still file, and pay the fee, at the US lockbox now since you don't have a job offer.   Once you have the job offer  and if you are approved for DCF, you can file , and pay the fee, another I-130 petition.  Once you are approved you write and cancel the other petition.

Just wondering -- if I do this, and if it goes according to plan, with a job offer and then approved to file in Prague, how exactly do I write to the Chicago office to cancel my original application? Are you sure this is permitted?

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7 minutes ago, US/EU_in_Czech said:

how exactly do I write to the Chicago office to cancel my original application?

If it is at the USCIS stage you simply write them with the receipt number (from the NOA1) and tell them you wish to cancel that petition.  If for some reason the petition gets to the NVC you can write them or you should get "denied" at that level because you "obtained  the (immigrations) benefit by other means".

 

It is ok to have two or more petitions filed at one time.  This is typically done in Family Petitions when a naturalized sibling and naturalized parent each file for another sibling under family preference.  Filing as a parent is faster but if the parent were to die, so would the petition. It is used like insurance and in countries that have longer waiting times like the Philippines and Mexico.

 

I would go ahead and file at the lockbox now and WHEN you get that job offer you can decide to apply via Prague.   For us we got out DCF done in 103 days, but in Mexico where DCF is offered at the consulate.

 

You won't be out the whole filing fee for the second petition as you would not have to pay to file the Affidavit of Support at the NVC. You will provide the I-864(s) at the interview.


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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3 minutes ago, Paul & Mary said:

You won't be out the whole filing fee for the second petition as you would not have to pay to file the Affidavit of Support at the NVC. You will provide the I-864(s) at the interview.

Thanks, this clarifies things a lot. Just to make sure, we're talking about the $535 fee to file the I-130, right?

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12 minutes ago, US/EU_in_Czech said:

 

Thanks, this clarifies things a lot. Just to make sure, we're talking about the $535 fee to file the I-130, right?

Yes, you will have to pay $535 twice.   But you don't have to pay the Affidavit of Support filing fee at the NVC of $120 if your DCF is approved.  Plus you can get in line now by filing in Chicago and if you don't get that job offer you haven't lost anything.


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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Just now, Paul & Mary said:

Yes, you will have to pay $535 twice.   But you don't have to pay the Affidavit of Support filing fee at the NVC of $120 if your DCF is approved.  Plus you can get in line now by filing in Chicago and if you don't get that job offer you haven't lost anything.

OK, understood. It's steep, but it covers my ### in case I get denied the emergency filing with a job offer, should I receive one.

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