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So I will have my IR1 interview upcoming next month. And I just realised that a previous travel to iran is a huge thing for I will likely get under AP. I feel shaking at this moment. I haven't met my husband for a year now and it's just too much for another delayed. So I was visiting iran in 2016 for travel then met a family there that offers me accommodation and experiencing iranian family lifestyle. We went on lots of travels it was a very nice family, they bought me souvenirs and pocket money. And in return they need me to speak English with the family especially the kids. I did some travels myself as well during my visit in iran so I didn't list it as my previous address on ds260 as I went there for traveling, i really enjoyed the country and the people so I had stayed there likely for 10 months. And I read from the travel state website that immigrant visa doesn't require iran police certificate as they cannot verify it. Does anyone have experience travel to iran and got visa approved without AP? Please help

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Unusual to come across people who vacation in Iran especially for that length of time. Extended AP would seem likely.


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55 minutes ago, Furpaws10 said:

So I will have my IR1 interview upcoming next month. And I just realised that a previous travel to iran is a huge thing for I will likely get under AP. I feel shaking at this moment. I haven't met my husband for a year now and it's just too much for another delayed. So I was visiting iran in 2016 for travel then met a family there that offers me accommodation and experiencing iranian family lifestyle. We went on lots of travels it was a very nice family, they bought me souvenirs and pocket money. And in return they need me to speak English with the family especially the kids. I did some travels myself as well during my visit in iran so I didn't list it as my previous address on ds260 as I went there for traveling, i really enjoyed the country and the people so I had stayed there likely for 10 months. And I read from the travel state website that immigrant visa doesn't require iran police certificate as they cannot verify it. Does anyone have experience travel to iran and got visa approved without AP? Please help

Not listing it on the DS-260 might raise some eyebrows, and could cause a delay due to administrative processing.   Please keep us informed as your experience will be valuable for others.


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5 minutes ago, Furpaws10 said:

Because I went there with tourist visa and didn't constantly live in one place. Is it possible to email embassy to re open the ds260 so I can add an address if I can remember the address?

I would just wait and explain (if asked) at the interview.  


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No I am beneficiary from malaysia married US citizen. I was traveling to iran with tourist visa for 10 months. I also did some part time work as caregiver with iranian family. I didn't list my address during my stay in iran on the ds260 as I was there traveling. However I can handout additional address during the interview 

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9 minutes ago, Furpaws10 said:

No I am beneficiary from malaysia married US citizen. I was traveling to iran with tourist visa for 10 months. I also did some part time work as caregiver with iranian family. I didn't list my address during my stay in iran on the ds260 as I was there traveling. However I can handout additional address during the interview 

How can you be there traveling but also working as a caregiver. That makes no sense. Did you list them in the employment section of the DS-260?

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8 hours ago, designguy said:

How can you be there traveling but also working as a caregiver. That makes no sense. Did you list them in the employment section of the DS-260?

She already explained how, it doesn't sound that unusual to me. She was kind of an exchange student, it looks like the experience was similar. Iran is a country with a rich culture and it's definitely worth visiting. 

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Not many tourists stay for 10 months. Well, they may have started as a tourist, but 10 months would generally be considered more of a resident than a visitor.

 

36 minutes ago, Orangesapples said:

She was kind of an exchange student, it looks like the experience was similar.

Right - and exchange students would generally have to list their residence while abroad.

 

I don't think not listing it on the DS-260 will be an issue. You can ask the CO to update it at the interview.

Impossible to know if it will delay your case or not, or by how much. I think it's reasonable to expect it to take longer given the circumstances.


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22 hours ago, Furpaws10 said:

so I had stayed there likely for 10 months

police certificates are not needed from a country you visited for less than a year

 

since you were only visiting Iran for ten months and the I-130, I-130A, and DS-260 do not ask for the beneficiary's travel history, I wouldn't worry about this

 

good luck with your interview!

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5 hours ago, carmel34 said:

DS-260 do not ask for the beneficiary's travel history

Maybe not for everyone, but for us it did ask which countries my husband had traveled to in the last 5 years, possible it could have asked on theirs as well


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