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k3-cr1, 221G, New Delhi and husband finally in the US.

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Filed: Other Country: India
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I decided to wait and post my experience. I wanted to make sure that my husband actually entered the USA and I was not going to be residing in India (this is the chance you take when you marry someone that is not from your country).

Anyway, we had our interview on 1/17/06 in New Delhi India at window #15. We submitted our I-130 through DCF. I had moved from my position at my job to work as a consultant. We went for our interview and they separated me and my husband asked questions like, where did we meet, what chat room and when, where do I live, how many siblings do I have, where do i work, and requested to see our photo album.

They then called me to the window and asked me the same questions, but asked me to tell her our story. I guess what i told her she did not like as well as the time in which we got married. She thought it was too soon and noted that to me. I just looked at her like...hey you are not married to my husband I am. She then asked me what we ate the night before and what side of the bed I sleep on. Oh, she also asked how do we handle the religous issue my husband is a surdar-sikh and i am christian. I told her there was not an issue, I even had a Christmas party at my in-laws house.

We received the 221G: proof of payment of airline tickets, proof of domicile and proof of relationship. For proof of relationship we had tons of paperwork even emails that went back to when we first met in 2004. She said submit all the information at one time.

So we went back to the embassy 4 days later with the required information, they immediately had an issue with me still being in India-to prove that I was domicile I had to be in the states. Well then I just got mad, I pulled out their requirements for domicile and ticked- off each requirement and asked them to explain to me how i did not meet the qualifications.

The person with could not answer my questions and then went to get a manager or a person in a similar position, he tried to explain but was wrong. He then said " i can take it if you want me to." I thought about that and said no. I went back to the US the following week and we submitted the information about 1 1/2 month later to prove that I was domicile.

We submitted the information in March and the visa was issued in the same week. Shanty got it a week later. Port of entry was okay they asked him some questions. He is here now and our 1st child is due 9/2. (L)

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Alexis Congratulations on getting Shanty to the states. Manoj and I are just about to start this dreaded process and we hope it will be smooth sailing. Again Congratulations!

yah i think counsular interview is a nuts. they interviewesd me on the 20th march, consul said after 1 week ill get my visa then 2weeks passed still no news my husband called them. they asked me to come to the embassy for another interview, marriage fraud interview! i cant believe it but i did well and the consul said in just 3days ill get the visa. now a week passed still no news

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Sweden
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Congratulations.

I-130

2005-09-23 Sent I-130.

2005-10-05 I-130 NOA1

2006-02-19 *touched*

2006-02-21 RFE

2006-03-09 RFE received by CSC

2006-03-29 I-130 NOA2

2006-03-31 *touched*

2006-04-01 *touched*

2006-04-12 NVC assigned case number

I-129F

2005-11-18 I-129F Sent

2005-11-29 I-129F NOA1

2005-12-27 I-129F RFE :(

2006-01-13 I-129F RFE Reply sent.

2006-01-25 *touched*

2006-01-26 I-129F RFE received

2006-04-04 *touched*

2006-04-04 NOA2 **approved!!!**

2006-04-20 NVC assigned case number

2006-04-21 case forwarded to embassy

2006-04-26 packet 3 received

2006-05-02 packet 3 sent

2006-05-04 packet 4 received

2006-05-15 Interview in Stockholm **APPROVED**

2006-05-23 My sweetie is coming home!!

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Hi Alexis1,

Thanks for sharing your experience. Though it wasn't a pleasant one, in the end, wht matteres is that you and your husband are now in the US and are together!! That is what counts. I am really happy for both of you.

And CONGRATULATIONS on your first child - just less than 5 months to go!! Bless your family!

Regarding the domicile issue you faced at the Embassy during the interview, what is that they actually wanted? Did they have a problem that you were in India even after the wedding and after filing the I-130? Do they not want you to be in India but want you to be back in the US as soon as you file the I-130 petition? If this is the case, then I will be in trouble too - since it has been close to 3 months since I came to India and I am stll here in India now. Moreover, I am planning to be here in India until my wife's interview (so, add another 2 months maybe, a guess) - which makes it close to 5 months since my entry into India. Will the visa officer consider me as not having domicility in the US since I would have stayed in India for 5 mnths?

Sounds very strange that they have this beef against petitioner being away form the US for a long time (can't a US citizen be away in a foreign country with his wife until she gets her visa?)

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This "DOMICILE" issue really bothers me. I spent 6 months in India last year (when I came to India to meet my fiancee (now my wife) and get engaged).

I went back to the US and stayed there for 2 months and in the meantime we had fixed a date for our wedding.

I then came to India and we got married and finally filed I-130 on March 22 2006.

Now this year, I already spent 3 months in India again....so that is a total of almost 9 months in India in the past 12 months.

Will this be considered as a "not being a US domicile" issue by the visa officer? I am plannimg to stay in India till my wife's interview (that could be another 2 months from now).

So, make that a 10 month stay in India in the last 12 months.

Will I be considered as "abandoned" my US residence?

This is all confusing and scary.

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