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Who does the Administrative Processing?
10:32 pm November 14, 2018


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Where does your case actually go when it s put into Administrative Processing? Who s desk is it on?



Department of Homeland Security?

Anybody actually know?

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No Sufficient US Domicile Proof
4:14 am November 2, 2018


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I am sponsoring my daughter who is 16 years old to join me *I'm permanent green card holder.

During her interview they asked her to provide your father domicile proof. given shes only 16, So I try to spend more time with her and I can not live permanently in the U.S. yet until she joins me. However to fulfill embassy requirements I submitted bank account statements, Credit card statements, My son added my name on his rental lease, phone bills but that does not seem to be sufficient according to the embassy. I don't understand what else i can do to fulfill their requirements. Would a letter describing my current circumstances be sufficient. I did not work in the U.S. as I spent most of my time with my daughter however I did filled taxes but showed no income. I have a joint sponsor.

Here's the embassy response:

The lease agreement does not indicate that he is permanently residing in the United States. Provide more evidence of petitioner s permanent residence in the United States. Please see the Domicile instruction sheet

What does domicile mean?

Generally, domicile means the place where you currently have a residence and intend to live for the foreseeable future. For a more comprehensive definition, please refer to the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1952 Section 101 (a)(33).

Can a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) petitioner who is not domiciled in the United States be a sponsor?

No. Under the law, sponsors must be domiciled in the United States.

If the petitioner does not have a domicile in the United States, can a joint sponsor file an I-864?

No. Under the law, a joint sponsor cannot be authorized when the petitioner does not have a domicile in the United States.

How is domicile determined?

Domicile is a complex issue and must be determined on a case by case basis.

Many U.S citizens and Legal Permanent Residents reside outside the United States on a temporary basis, usually for work or family reasons. Temporary is a relative term and may cover an extended period residing abroad. If the sponsor can establish to the interviewing consular officer s satisfaction that the sponsor left the U.S. for a limited time and continues to have ties to the U.S. then the sponsor can be considered to be domiciled in the U.S.

To qualify as a sponsor, a petitioner who is temporarily residing abroad must have a principal residence in the U.S. and intend to maintain that residence for the foreseeable future. Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) sponsors also must demonstrate that they have maintained their status.

In addition, there are other circumstances where a sponsor could retain his or her domicile while living abroad, such as being employed by the U.S. Government, a U.S. research institution, a U.S. corporation, a public international organization recognized by a U.S. Treaty or Statute, or a religious organization -- and stationed abroad as a result of that employment.

Also, persons who are abroad temporarily to study or teach may still be considered to be domiciled in the United States if they can satisfy the interviewing consular officer that they did not give up their domicile in the United States and establish a domicile abroad.

How can the petitioner establish a domicile?

If the sponsor has not maintained a domicile in the U.S., the sponsor must establish their domicile in the U.S. before their family member can be issued an Immigrant Visa.

To do this, the sponsor must prove that they have taken the necessary steps to make the U.S. his or her immediate and principal place of residence. Such steps might include finding U.S. employment, locating a place to live, registering children in U.S. schools, voting in U.S. elections, having U.S. bank accounts, or filing U.S. taxes.

It is not necessary for the sponsor to go to the U.S. before the sponsored family members to re-establish residence and domicile provided that the sponsor has taken the type of concrete steps outlined above.

more evidence of petitioner s permanent residence in the United States. Please see the Domicile instruction sheet


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Social security number
11:05 pm October 27, 2018


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After your visa is approved, can you get a social security card before you get your green card?

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FiancÚ visa from Afghanistan
9:20 pm October 11, 2018


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For those of you who got fianc visas from the US Embassy in Afghanistan in the last year or so, how long did your case stay in Administrative Processing?

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Bringing Parent over Absent Birth Certificate
8:00 pm October 9, 2018


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My husband will be applying to bring mom-in-law to the States sometime next year. He has a tazikra that lists his dad's name only, who is deceased, and it was issued when he was 13 or so. There is no marriage certificate between his mom and dad. What document would we submit to show mother-son relationship?

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