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Hello, 

 

My husband and I are planning on moving to the U.S. I have American citizenship and my husband is Japanese. I talked with a friend of mine and he said that he applied for a green card for his wife and they seemed to have no trouble getting it. 

 

Any advice would be great! :) 

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Welcome!

 

You can file for your spouse to obtain a family based visa (CR1/IR1 see the link) which includes the foreign spouse getting a GC.  As to your friends story, every case is treated as its own.

 

https://www.visajourney.com/content/i130guide1

 

Good Luck!


Visa Received : 2014-04-04 (K1 - see timeline for details)

US Entry : 2014-09-12

POE: Detroit

Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

Oath Ceremony:  2018-06-11 - DONE!!!!!!!

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48 minutes ago, Jennifer Nihongi said:

Hello, 

 

My husband and I are planning on moving to the U.S. I have American citizenship and my husband is Japanese. I talked with a friend of mine and he said that he applied for a green card for his wife and they seemed to have no trouble getting it. 

 

Any advice would be great! :)

I wouldn't say that its "no trouble". 

 

The process is long and it requires a lot of research on your part. You need to show domicile in the US, your US tax returns and verbally follow the guide for i130 spouse visa. 

 

Or DCF. If Japan still accepts it. 


K1

29.11.2013 - NoA1

06.02.2014 - NoA2

01.04.2014 - Interview. 

AoS

03.2015 - AoS started.

09.2015 - Green Card received.  

RoC

24.07.2017 - NoA1.

01.08.2018 - RoC approved. 

 

 

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59 minutes ago, Jennifer Nihongi said:

My husband and I are planning on moving to the U.S. I have American citizenship and my husband is Japanese.

How long have you been out of the US? Can you prove domicile? Are you making enough to sponsor your spouse or have a potential joint sponsor in mind?


IR-1/CR-1
Spoiler

GOT MARRIED: 3-APR-2015 :wub:

HUSBAND FILED I-130: 29-MAY-2015

VISAS APPROVED: 15-JUN-2016

VISAS IN HAND; GREEN CARD FEES PAID: 21-JUN-2016

PORT OF ENTRY - FT. LAUDERDALE INTL AIRPORT: 06-AUG-2016
CONDITIONAL GREEN CARDS RECEIVED: 23-SEP-2016
 
I-751 FILER   
Spoiler
FILED REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS: 25-JUN-2018
FILE SENT TO NEBRASKA SERVICE CENTER 11-MAY-2019
10-YR GREEN CARDS APPROVED 17-JUN-2019 
10-YR GREEN CARDS RECEIVED 21-JUN-2019 :dance: 
 
N-400 FILER
FILED CITIZENSHIP ONLINE; RECEIVED NOA1: 8-DEC-2019
BIOMETRICS WALK-IN: 18-DEC-2019
 
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1 hour ago, Jennifer Nihongi said:

Hello, 

 

My husband and I are planning on moving to the U.S. I have American citizenship and my husband is Japanese. I talked with a friend of mine and he said that he applied for a green card for his wife and they seemed to have no trouble getting it. 

 

Any advice would be great! :)

Immigration is neither fast nor easy, but spouses of US Citizens usually undergo a relatively smoother process. 


I-751 journey

 

10/16/2017.......... ROC package mailed

10/18/2017.......... I-751 package received VSC

10/19/2017.......... I-797 NOA date

10/30/2017.......... Notice received in mail

10/30/2017.......... Check cashed

11/02/2017.......... Conditional GC expired

11/22/2017.......... Biometrics completed

  xx/xx/xxxx.......... waiting waiting waiting

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Moved from What Visa Do I Need - Family Based Immigration forum to IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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On 5/6/2019 at 10:35 AM, Roel said:

I wouldn't say that its "no trouble". 

 

The process is long and it requires a lot of research on your part. You need to show domicile in the US, your US tax returns and verbally follow the guide for i130 spouse visa. 

 

Or DCF. If Japan still accepts it. 

Never have and they are under Seoul's jurisdiction 

Edited by payxibka

YMMV

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Hello, 

I posted about spouse visas before and am grateful for the answers I received back. I will try to explain my situation: 

 

I have American citizenship, but have never lived in the U.S. I have relatives living and working in the U.S, but are not in the State my husband and we want to move to. I have filed all my tax returns to date. 

 

A friend of mine told me that I may have to move to the U.S. by myself and apply for my husbands spouse visa then. Is this true? 

 

Anyone who has gone through this, I would love to hear from you! 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Jennifer 

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~~~Post merged with existing thread~~~

 

2 minutes ago, Jennifer Nihongi said:

Hello, 

I posted about spouse visas before and am grateful for the answers I received back. I will try to explain my situation: 

 

I have American citizenship, but have never lived in the U.S. I have relatives living and working in the U.S, but are not in the State my husband and we want to move to. I have filed all my tax returns to date. 

 

A friend of mine told me that I may have to move to the U.S. by myself and apply for my husbands spouse visa then. Is this true? 

 

Anyone who has gone through this, I would love to hear from you! 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Jennifer 

 


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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5 minutes ago, Jennifer Nihongi said:

I have American citizenship, but have never lived in the U.S. I have relatives living and working in the U.S, but are not in the State my husband and we want to move to. I have filed all my tax returns to date. 

 

A friend of mine told me that I may have to move to the U.S. by myself and apply for my husbands spouse visa then. Is this true? 

You will need to either have US domicile or show sufficient intent to establish US domicile before they will issue the visa. This is a requirement of the I-864.

Domicile is more than just a place to live. Check ttu the NVC wiki for some examples: https://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_Process

 

Unless your income will continue from the same source upon coming to the US, or you have sufficient assets, you will need a joint sponsor as well.


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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/16: sent

12/14/16: 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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