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Is previously having possessed a CR1 green card likely to impact a new application?


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Japan

Presenting in timeline format rather than essay for simplicity.


Wife - Japanese citizen

Me - US citizen


2017 - Married

January 2018 - Started I-130 process

November 2018 - Approved for CR1

February 2019 - Moved to US

September 2019 - Stuff happened with wife's family back in Japan, so she flew back. Found out it will be for indefinite period of time.

February 2020 - I moved to Japan since we have no idea how long this will be

February 2021 - CR1 visa expired, but she had already left the US and had not returned, so she has never overstayed.

Late 2022 (I think?) - We filed I-407 to officially abandon LPR status. Family stuff is resolved, but we're settled back in Japan.

Now - Company is planning to relocate me to Hawaii in March 2024


So the short relocation timeline possibly qualifies us for DCF, but of course that's not a guarantee; we'll have to see how that plays out. My main concern is whether or not my wife previously having LPR but then only being in the country for 8 months and then surrendering LPR a couple of years later is likely to affect her new application. We have clear documentation in her passport of leaving the US and not returning, and translated record of her re-registering as a resident of Japan, both occurring before her CR1 expired.


Anyone have experience with this? With trying to get the exact same status again, just a few years later?


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Taiwan
18 minutes ago, Sile2001 said:

My main concern is whether or not my wife previously having LPR but then only being in the country for 8 months and then surrendering LPR a couple of years later is likely to affect her new application.

Not an issue.  Good luck on the DCF.

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August 7, 2022: Wife filed N-400 Online under 5 year rule.

November 10, 2022: Received "Interview is scheduled" letter.

December 12, 2022:  Received email from Dallas office informing me (spouse) to be there for combo interview.

December 14, 2022: Combo Interview for I-751 and N-400 Conducted.

January 26, 2023: Wife's Oath Ceremony completed at the Plano Event Center, Plano, Texas!!!😁

February 6, 2023: Wife's Passport Application submitted in Dallas, Texas.

March 21, 2023:   Wife's Passport Delivered!!!!

May 15, 2023 (about):  Naturalization Certificate returned from Passport agency!!


In summary, it took 13 months for approval of the CR-1.  It took 44 months for approval of the I-751.  It took 4 months for approval of the N-400.   It took 172 days from N-400 application to Oath Ceremony.   It took 6 weeks for Passport, then 7 additional weeks for return of wife's Naturalization Certificate.. 

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