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Hi,

 

I am a British Citizen, married to a US citizen, both living in the UK (my husband is here on a spouse visa and is able to legally work)

We are planning on moving to US within a year (I am 5 months pregnant) and I am looking to work eventually too (we both have secure job offers over in America with a sister company of our current employer)

 

Am I correct in saying due to us being in the UK we need to complete the I-130 form with our US consulate based in London (listed on the US website as able to process petition)

What steps do I take after this? Do I need to go to the embassy for an interview?

 

Will anything prevent me from getting residency?

 

Thank you in advance!

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5 minutes ago, kayley said:

Hi,

 

I am a British Citizen, married to a US citizen, both living in the UK (my husband is here on a spouse visa and is able to legally work)

We are planning on moving to US within a year (I am 5 months pregnant) and I am looking to work eventually too (we both have secure job offers over in America with a sister company of our current employer)

 

Am I correct in saying due to us being in the UK we need to complete the I-130 form with our US consulate based in London (listed on the US website as able to process petition)

What steps do I take after this? Do I need to go to the embassy for an interview?

 

Will anything prevent me from getting residency?

 

Thank you in advance!

USC can file the petition with the USCIS  field office in London.   Upon approval,  then a Visa application process,  and yes, you will have an interview at the embassy 

 

You will not get residency if your Visa is denied 

Edited by payxibka

YMMV

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The petition is submitted to the embassy or in your case the field office.

Most of the burden is on the USC - proof of intent to return, established ties to the US, and most DCF cases have an affidavit of support issue. 

For us:  the consulate took our petition and processed it, then we got a list of things to prepare with an email telling us to send it all in and let them know we were ready for interview.  My wife had to take a medical, we had to get police certificates, and I had to prepare a support affidavit before we told them we were ready.

They scheduled the interview and that was that.  They already had all of the scanned documents but they go over originals at the intetview.  They talked to me (USC) more than her (see first paragraph) but it was overall pretty painless.

Support affidavit:  foreign income that will not continue after US return is counted as zero so either a joint sponsor or a lot of highly liquid assets are required to meet the support guidelines.  The assets should be parked in the US.  Intent to return (what are your plans, where you will live) is a short discussion - the affidavit is the one the go through the longest and talk about the most (our case only)

We were in a different embassy and you case might not be exactly the same but that is a general overview of what to expect.

Edited by Nitas_man

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Yes, look into DCF as that will be the fastest process by far. Expect months versus a year or longer.

 

There may be an issue with financial sponsorship. A "sister company" is not exactly "from the same source", therefore the income wouldn't be eligible for sponsorship. Edit: Also, this would be a offer of employment, which is not actual employment or income.

Note that you can use sufficient assets or a joint sponsor.

US domicile is required. I don't recall London being too strict on this, but it would be wise to research what is needed to show intent to establish domicile and having those evidences ready.

Edited by geowrian

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

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: 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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