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Hi , i am from pakistan, Living and working in Durban. I am married to an american lady.

We both are living here in Durban.

What visa we can apply from Durban?

what documents will be needed?

All kind of guidance is welcome .

 

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6 minutes ago, ahmad80 said:

Hi , i am from pakistan, Living and working in Durban. I am married to an american lady.

We both are living here in Durban.

What visa we can apply from Durban?

what documents will be needed?

All kind of guidance is welcome .

 

For the spousal visa process, please check the ‘Guides’ tab at the top of the page.

Good luck on your immigration journey! 👍🏻


 

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To my knowledge Direct Consular Filing is not available in Pakistan, but I may be wrong.  As mentioned, this all has to start with your wife and an I130 petition, but at some point she may need to head back to the US and establish domicile.

 

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42 minutes ago, ahmad80 said:

Thanks for your words guys. Still want to ask can we do all filing here at Durban US embassy ?

Or we must have to go to Pakistan .

Filing starts stateside 


YMMV

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5 minutes ago, payxibka said:

Filing starts stateside 

Your interview can take place in any country in which you , the beneficiary, has residency for over 6 months or your country of citizenship ie Pakistan 

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3 hours ago, ahmad80 said:

Thanks for your words guys. Still want to ask can we do all filing here at Durban US embassy ?

Or we must have to go to Pakistan .

Assuming you are legally resident there, you will have to interview in Johannesburg, it is the only consulate that does immigrant visa interviews in SA. But as above, your wife must first file an i130. It will take months before you get an interview. 

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Both you, and especially your USC spouse, have a lot of reading and understanding to do about the process.  And I suggest that your spouse start her own account here on Visa Journey and get started on the first step, filing the I-130 petition.  If she files the petition in the next few weeks, you're looking at about a year before a visa interview will be scheduled in your country of residency.  Also, expect additional scrutiny because of your Pakistani citizenship, a high fraud country.  Good luck!

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13 hours ago, Lil bear said:

the beneficiary, has residency for over 6 months

No minimum for beneficiary: https://za.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/ "Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Lesotho and Swaziland at the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg."

For DCF, petitioner's requirements are strict: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-offices/south-africa-uscis-johannesburg-field-office

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The USC needs to have filed tax returns for the years outside the US if she was working /income exclusion is well over $100,000 when the 2555 form is included with tax returns/she can also claim you for the years you are married by filing out the W7 for ITIN 

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/nonresident-alien-spouse

 

you and her need to be aware of the needed income she has to have to support the petition 125% of poverty level for spouse visa 

 

you will need criminal reports (at interview stage) from birth country plus any other you have lived in over 6 months

 

these are some of the important things people are not well prepared for when it comes time for the interview

 

otherwise all the steps are in the above guides as said above or on USCIS website

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
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3 hours ago, HRQX said:

No minimum for beneficiary: https://za.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/ "Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Lesotho and Swaziland at the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg."

For DCF, petitioner's requirements are strict: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-offices/south-africa-uscis-johannesburg-field-office

Off topic but I didn’t realize JNB processed for Mauritius as well. That’s a 4.5 hour flight. What a schlep!

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1 hour ago, SusieQQQ said:

Off topic but I didn’t realize JNB processed for Mauritius as well. That’s a 4.5 hour flight. What a schlep!

Add the Seychelles to the list: https://mu.usembassy.gov/visas/

 

Maybe since South Africa is visa-free and Madagascar is visa on arrival ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ https://www.passportindex.org/comparebyPassport.php?p1=mu&p2=sc&fl=&s=yes

Edited by HRQX

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