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Can we travel while visa application is in process?

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Hi! 

 

I am new here. I am a US Citizen living with my Danish spouse in Denmark. We are trying to figure out when the best time to apply for the US green card. 

 

We are traveling to Mexico for a wedding and then to Australia for 3 months from February to May. We are afraid if we apply now this would put us in a challenging position since the interview might be scheduled when we are gone-- I have read it could take around 7-9 months for the interview to be scheduled. It is not a problem flying to Sweden if it happens while we are gone, but it seems that they send information by mail opposed to email?  Maybe I am incorrect on this. Would we be able to do the medical portion in Australia, or does it need to be in Denmark? Or could we finish out the process in Australia?

 

Would any of this be possible, or is it a pretty big risk to take? Maybe it is better to apply for the greencard after the trip?

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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It is going to take at least a year to get the interview for a spousal visa.  File the petition and if you need to delay the interview you can do that later.


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

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9 minutes ago, Alexandria M said:

Hi! 

 

I am new here. I am a US Citizen living with my Danish spouse in Denmark. We are trying to figure out when the best time to apply for the US green card. 

 

We are traveling to Mexico for a wedding and then to Australia for 3 months from February to May. We are afraid if we apply now this would put us in a challenging position since the interview might be scheduled when we are gone-- I have read it could take around 7-9 months for the interview to be scheduled. It is not a problem flying to Sweden if it happens while we are gone, but it seems that they send information by mail opposed to email?  Maybe I am incorrect on this. Would we be able to do the medical portion in Australia, or does it need to be in Denmark? Or could we finish out the process in Australia?

 

Would any of this be possible, or is it a pretty big risk to take? Maybe it is better to apply for the greencard after the trip?

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Unless you are traveling for a year as the process takes time. 

Medical is done only at the approved panel physicians of the consulate of interview.   You cannot change consulates unless you have qualifying residency or nationality in that locale

Edited by payxibka

YMMV

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Don’t worry, just file the petition and let it roll. You/your spouse have to go through several steps during NVC stage before they schedule the interview. You can control the pace of those steps thereby controlling the interview timeline. Apart from USCIS refarding recipt, RFE and approval notices, most communication from NVC will be via email.

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Spouse:

2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

2015-10-05: NVC assigned Case number, Invoice ID & Beneficiary ID

2016-06-30: DS-261 completed, AOS Fee Paid, WL received

2016-07-05: Received IV invoice, IV Fee Paid

2016-07-06: DS-260 Submitted

2016-07-07: AOS and IV Package mailed

2016-07-08: NVC Scan

2016-08-08: Case Complete

2017-06-30: Interview, approved

2017-07-04: Visa in hand

2017-08-01: Entry to US

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Myself:

2016-05-10: N-400 Sent

2016-05-16: N-400 NOA1

2016-05-26: Biometrics

2017-01-30: Interview

2017-03-02: Oath Ceremony

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1 minute ago, arken said:

Don’t worry, just file the petition and let the petition roll. You/your spouse have to go through several steps during NVC stage before they schedule the interview. You can control the pace of those steps thereby controlling the interview timeline. 

Exactly,  and it takes a year of no contact with NVC before the petition goes dormant 


YMMV

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