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Petitioner's "places of residence" if they've been traveling?

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I'm a little curious what the consensus is on the term "residence," since the I-129 asks for all US states and foreign countries in which "I've resided" since 18 years of age.

 

With my parents' house as my legal residence (and homebase), I've been traveling more or less that entire time since reaching 18, aside from two 9-month spells: studying in Europe and teaching English in Asia. So I'm definitely putting these two places because I actually had an apartment and bank account, etc; but what about the 1-3 month stints in other countries all around the world? Never found myself in a particular place longer than that (most the time just a few weeks), and certainly never had an apartment to myself, bills, et cetera.

 

I certainly don't consider any other places besides the first 2 an actual 'residence', but I am curious if they'll look into my passport history and get curious why I spent a few months in Nepal or India (for example) and didn't list it (because I lived out of hostels or farms, always switching around). 

 

What does everyone here think? Anyone with a similar story? Thank you!

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1 hour ago, goursh said:

I'm a little curious what the consensus is on the term "residence," since the I-129 asks for all US states and foreign countries in which "I've resided" since 18 years of age.

 

With my parents' house as my legal residence (and homebase), I've been traveling more or less that entire time since reaching 18, aside from two 9-month spells: studying in Europe and teaching English in Asia. So I'm definitely putting these two places because I actually had an apartment and bank account, etc; but what about the 1-3 month stints in other countries all around the world? Never found myself in a particular place longer than that (most the time just a few weeks), and certainly never had an apartment to myself, bills, et cetera.

 

I certainly don't consider any other places besides the first 2 an actual 'residence', but I am curious if they'll look into my passport history and get curious why I spent a few months in Nepal or India (for example) and didn't list it (because I lived out of hostels or farms, always switching around). 

 

What does everyone here think? Anyone with a similar story? Thank you!

Touristing is not residing


YMMV

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1 minute ago, payxibka said:

Touristing is not residing

That's how I've felt. Even long-term tourism, right?

36 minutes ago, UAreWhatuBecame said:

Please put anything which was 30 days or more.  Under 30 days i would not include as its too short to establish residency.

30 days or more in the same country or the same fixed domicile?

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Just now, goursh said:

That's how I've felt. Even long-term tourism, right?

I think you need to look at your "entry" status in each locale in conjunction with the amount time spent 


YMMV

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40 minutes ago, UAreWhatuBecame said:

Please put anything which was 30 days or more.  Under 30 days i would not include as its too short to establish residency.

If you entered Canada and were granted a  6 month tourist entry, would you write it down?


YMMV

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Depends if I rented an apartment to stay for a large chunk of that 6 months. As a self-employed/independent contractor of sorts, one could theoretically have "resided" there during that tourist entry, no? This is where I am stuck at--the legal definition of the term. I have nothing to hide but have no desire to make the story sound confusing.

4 minutes ago, UAreWhatuBecame said:

30 days in a fixed domicile.  Also include an attachment with explaining why you were homeless or a vagabond with some details of each location.

This is a good idea..

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1 hour ago, UAreWhatuBecame said:

30 days in a fixed domicile.  Also include an attachment with explaining why you were homeless or a vagabond with some details of each location.

What would you call this attachment? Would you format it in the same ways as the statement of intent, how we met, etc?

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