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considering DCF instead of K1 (Mexico)

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I'm a US citizen, my boyfriend is a Mexican citizen, and we've been together for 6 years. As we start to look at our options for marriage based visas (his application for a tourist visa was denied 2 years ago), the timeline for a visa through DCF is appealing. I understand that legal residency of the country from which you are applying is required, and see 6 months as a guideline. While I live in the US and plan to be here most of the next 4 years while my son goes through high school, I could see taking a 6 month leave of absence if the following is possible:

1) Marry in Mexico

2) Apply for Temporary Residency (which can be done in-country if the foreign applicant is spouse of a Mexican National)

3) Once 6 months have passed and during which time Temporary Residency is received, apply for US spouse visa through DCF

 

Is this even possible? It seems so much better than waiting even for a K1 visa that I wonder if I'm missing something.

 

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2 minutes ago, mixtedee said:

I'm a US citizen, my boyfriend is a Mexican citizen, and we've been together for 6 years. As we start to look at our options for marriage based visas (his application for a tourist visa was denied 2 years ago), the timeline for a visa through DCF is appealing. I understand that legal residency of the country from which you are applying is required, and see 6 months as a guideline. While I live in the US and plan to be here most of the next 4 years while my son goes through high school, I could see taking a 6 month leave of absence if the following is possible:

1) Marry in Mexico

2) Apply for Temporary Residency (which can be done in-country if the foreign applicant is spouse of a Mexican National)

3) Once 6 months have passed and during which time Temporary Residency is received, apply for US spouse visa through DCF

 

Is this even possible? It seems so much better than waiting even for a K1 visa that I wonder if I'm missing something.

 

If you don't already have an RT or RP Visa and a Mexican green card you probably won't be able to file DCF before the office is closed.  If you are under the jurisdiction of Mexico City you can still try tho as the final dates haven't been announced.  You need additional proof like leases and utilities.  It is too late for Juarez and Monterey.

 

K1 is quicker than a stateside spousal filing.  That is a whole different discussion.


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

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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12 minutes ago, mixtedee said:

3) Once 6 months have passed and during which time Temporary Residency is received, apply for US spouse visa through DCF

DCF is being phased out (except in "exceptional circumstances") due to the USCIS field offices abroad being closed. The date for Mexico City has not been formally announced, but the reported plans are to have them all closed in early 2020. They also stop accepting new applications about 60 days prior to closing. That means Mexico City's office (plus you have to live in their jurisdiction) would need to remain open until at least May 2020 or so for this to be possible if you rushed to marry and could live in Mexico like tomorrow. That just seems highly unlikely.

https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-immigration-offices

 


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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UGH. We would fall under Mexico City jurisdiction, but can't start this at least until October and that would be pushing it. Gosh darn it all. Sounds like it could have worked otherwise. Looks like K1 is next best option.

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9 minutes ago, mixtedee said:

UGH. We would fall under Mexico City jurisdiction, but can't start this at least until October and that would be pushing it. Gosh darn it all. Sounds like it could have worked otherwise. Looks like K1 is next best option.

A year ago would have been great timing. . .

 


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

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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