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My wife took a temporary job overseas for 6months. We have filed I-130 and I-129F. She is Canadian and working in the Middle East right now.


Do I have to update USCIS of her change of address? At this rate, she will be back home before the visa is processed. She can come back to Canada for the interview and would prefer to do it there.

 

It's not clear if you have to change address just for sponsor or sponsee. Also does anyone know best way to update?  Thanks for your help!

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Missing is whether she applied for a travel document?

When I took a job overseas and my wife accompanied me we addressed her (and me) at my brother’s address where we addressed our vehicles, bank accounts, drivers licenses, and other business while we were out of the country.

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2 minutes ago, Nitas_man said:

Missing is whether she applied for a travel document?

When I took a job overseas and my wife accompanied me we addressed her (and me) at my brother’s address where we addressed our vehicles, bank accounts, drivers licenses, and other business while we were out of the country.

OP's wife does not need a traveling document.  She is outside the US and is going through consular processing for a CR-1/IR-1 visa.

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9 minutes ago, austinvisajourney said:

Hi --

 

My wife took a temporary job overseas for 6months. We have filed I-130 and I-129F. She is Canadian and working in the Middle East right now.


Do I have to update USCIS of her change of address? At this rate, she will be back home before the visa is processed. She can come back to Canada for the interview and would prefer to do it there.

 

It's not clear if you have to change address just for sponsor or sponsee. Also does anyone know best way to update?  Thanks for your help!

She can interview in Canada for her immigration visa.

 

No need to change her address if she is maintaining her residence in Canada.

 

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Just now, aaron2020 said:

She can interview in Canada for her immigration visa.

 

No need to change her address if she is maintaining her residence in Canada.

 

Thanks Aaron. Do you think 6months outside the country qualifies as maintaining Canadian residence? That's the part I'm a bit unsure about.

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Just now, austinvisajourney said:

Thanks Aaron. Do you think 6months outside the country qualifies as maintaining Canadian residence? That's the part I'm a bit unsure about.

If her intent is to return to the same house, then she is only temporarily outside Canada and maintaining her Canadian residency.  

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Clarifies things.  My bad.  It is generally advised to change address online to one’s physical location (in this case the middle east) during processing and the NVC sorts out where to assign the interview at that stage - depending on where the immigrant is living and working.
Getting a police certificate in the middle east is a real treat, involves multiple trips to different places.

 

 

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15 minutes ago, aaron2020 said:

If her intent is to return to the same house, then she is only temporarily outside Canada and maintaining her Canadian residency.  

I wouldn’t advise an immigrant with a pending petition not to keep their address current.  Employment and living in another country is not the same as taking a vacation there.  Working there requires legal residency and will likely require action from the embassy in that country to obtain a police certificate.  An individual cannot just request one, the request has to originate from the consulate or embassy.  Then get stamped by foreign affairs ministry.  Then get carried to the police station.  Then get picked up when it’s ready.  If she lives there during interview stage she has to interview there for that reason.

What would be advised for a current US resident holding a travel document is not the same for what would be advised for a beneficiary applicant.

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1 minute ago, Nitas_man said:

I wouldn’t advise an immigrant with a pending petition not to keep their address current.  Employment and living in another country is not the same as taking a vacation there.  Working there requires legal residency.

You may want to look up the legal definition of "legal residency."

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6 minutes ago, aaron2020 said:

You may want to look up the legal definition of "legal residency."

We lived in and returned from the middle east twice.  I am well versed in exactly what is involved in that situation and how the embassy treats it.

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Just now, Nitas_man said:

We lived in and returned from the middle east twice.  

did you change your address each time?

 

When I go online to change the address the system seems to be setup for the person living in the states (petitioner) not (beneficiary). 

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7 minutes ago, austinvisajourney said:

did you change your address each time?

 

When I go online to change the address the system seems to be setup for the person living in the states (petitioner) not (beneficiary). 

As a green card holder with a travel document our US residence was held and it may very well be that your wife’s in Canada would be the same.  I misread your original post so I am applying the process we faced to your situation.

 

You may have a bit of a processing mess if NVC stage comes up and she is still working there because of how they process the police certificate.  Processing the visa has to be done there.

 

SO:  if you are 100% positive she will be back before NVC stage and she still has ties and an address in Canada leave it alone, no change.  If it is possible at all that she will still be in the middle east at approval / NVC stage then fill out the change of address form and send it in.  Best I can tell ya - really trying to avoid what I see may become a future snag in the case.

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