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I am getting ready to start the process of applying for a spousal visa for my wife. We currently live in Lima, Peru, and unfortunately the USCIS recently stopped allowing applications to be done through the US embassy here. So I am currently trying to figure out how to do the process from abroad without having to make a trip back to the US, and I have a couple questions.

 

My permanent US domicile in a house that I own in Knoxville, TN. However the house is currently rented to a tenant, and I can't receive mail there. So I would like to use my father's address in New York for all of the correspondence related to the application. So my first question is whether there will be any problems resulting from the fact that the application will be filed using an address that is different from my US domicile. Secondly, my father's address is a P.O. Box. Will that cause any problems? 

 

Thanks in advance for any feedback or advice!

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You can file from anywhere.  Just read the instruction for filing an I-130 from outside the US.  Be aware that you will have to prove domicile (or intent to establish domicile) in the US, proof of past tax filings, and supporting US based income (or assets) during the process.   


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4 hours ago, sidmando said:

I am getting ready to start the process of applying for a spousal visa for my wife. We currently live in Lima, Peru, and unfortunately the USCIS recently stopped allowing applications to be done through the US embassy here. So I am currently trying to figure out how to do the process from abroad without having to make a trip back to the US, and I have a couple questions.

 

My permanent US domicile in a house that I own in Knoxville, TN. However the house is currently rented to a tenant, and I can't receive mail there. So I would like to use my father's address in New York for all of the correspondence related to the application. So my first question is whether there will be any problems resulting from the fact that the application will be filed using an address that is different from my US domicile. Secondly, my father's address is a P.O. Box. Will that cause any problems? 

 

Thanks in advance for any feedback or advice!

Using a father's PO Box as your mailing address is not a problem.  Use your physical address in Peru.  Just file using the courier delivery address in Chicago.  Domicile is not really an issue unless coming from Canada.  That you are seeking an immigrant visa for your spouse who cannot immigrate BEFORE you return to the US (You can come in together.) is sufficient evidence of intent to re-establish domicile unless coming from Canada.  Maybe a couple other exceptions but Peru is not one.  Just tell the truth, but it IS good to use a US mailing address so you actually GET the mail.


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