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Hey all visajourney people,

 

I am a conditional resident on my 2 year green card. My wife (the american person) and I will have to live apart for three years due to work. We are super happy together, we are gonna spend a life together and this job is going to keep us a bit far for a bit. Let me explain;

 

Like all doctors in the country I have to do a residency to be able to practice. I let my wife choose the places for my residency, and our top choice in the matching program was Davis in CA, where we live; but where you do your residency is like a magic lottery and you don't go where you choose, you gotta match there.

Sadly I matched at a clinic in Boston (FML, right?). It is a super prestigious clinic and the surgeons there are amazing. But not the place we wanted. My wife is an accountant and has a great job here in Sacramento and she cannot just quit and move to Boston. (The residency is a binding contract, so if I don't take it I will be banned from a residency program for the next 4 years, you match there, you go there :((((((((((( )

 

Anyways, she is super proud and happy for me, we are gonna visit each other as much as possible and it is only temporary.

I need to do file for ROC in like one year; my question is, is it going to get me in trouble that we live apart due to work??? As I said, nothing weird here, only my luck that matched me in stupid Boston.

 

Any advice you guys?

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Well, first of all congratulations on the residency. Luckily you're definitely not the first to encounter the living-apart-before-ROC-issue. Found multiple older threads on the same topic, see one of them just below. Explain the nature of the residency requirement to the USCIS - location is non-negotiable - and the reasons why she can't move with, and support that with evidence of maintaining for instance shared bank accounts and trips back and forth every now and then. You should be fine just make sure you collect a lot of evidence of continued marriage.

 

 


Swedish/American couple, met at university, eventually filed the I-129F petition in 2017.

K1 NOA1: 9/12/2017. NOA2: 3/10/2018. Case # Assigned: 3/28/2018. Embassy Received: 3/29/2018. Medical: 4/18/2018. Interview: 5/3/2018. VOH: 5/8/2018. US Entry (POE JFK): 5/24/2018.

 

AOS Package Sent: 6/4/2018. NOA1/Received Date: 6/5/2018. e-Notified: 6/11/2018. NOA1 Hardcopy: 6/14/2018. Biometrics Appt: 6/28/2018. I-485 Ready to be Scheduled for Interview: 7/25/2018. I-765 Card in Production: 9/19/2018. I-765 Card Mailed: 9/21/2018. I-765/I-131 Combo Card Received: 9/25/2018. I-765/I-131 Renewal Sent: 4/2/2019. NOA1/Received Date: 4/3/2019.

GC Interview Scheduled: X/XX/2019. GC Interview: X/XX/2019.

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12 minutes ago, LizM said:

Well, first of all congratulations on the residency. Luckily you're definitely not the first to encounter the living-apart-before-ROC-issue. Found multiple older threads on the same topic, see one of them just below. Explain the nature of the residency requirement to the USCIS - location is non-negotiable - and the reasons why she can't move with, and support that with evidence of maintaining for instance shared bank accounts and trips back and forth every now and then. You should be fine just make sure you collect a lot of evidence of continued marriage.

 

 

You are amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you !!! relieved to know it is possible!!! xxxxxx

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Posted (edited)

**Moved from Effects of Major Family Changes on Immigration Benefits to the ROC forum; topic is living apart while removing conditions**

Edited by millefleur

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Not a problem. Just keep records of visits, continued health/car/property/life insurance, bank accounts and similar. 


Removal of Conditions Journey

3/3/2009 - Removal of conditions - sent off packet to CSC

3/5/2009 - I-751 received in CSC

3/9/2009 - Check cashed

3/20/2009 - Biometrics notice received (no NOA1)

4/2/2009 - Biometrics

4/9/2009 - NOA1 date (first undelivered one is 3/5)

4/3/2009 - Touch?

5/6/2009 - ROC Approval - 65 days

6/22/2009 - CRIS Card production ordered email

7/7/2009 - GC arrived!

Naturalization Journey

3/03/2010 N400 sent to Arizona Lockbox

3/15/2010 Check cashed

3/17/2010 NOA1

3/18/2010 - Biometrics notice sent

3/26/2010 Early biometrics done at an ASC different from the one assigned to (Original BIO date was 4/15)

4/30/2010 Yellow letter received and info from USCIS mil line they are working on my interview letter (6/17 appt)

5/1/2010 Text and email interview letter sen

5/6/2010 Interview letter received - scheduled for 6/17/2010 at 10:05am

6/17/2010 Interview appointment - PASSED

6/29/2010 US Citizen

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