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Timeline after submitting DS-260
8:34 am


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My wife and I have just submitted the application, DS-260, for her immigration visa. We are currently overseas and won't be moving to the states until July 2019, six months from now. I've been trying to put together the financial and supporting documents to submit to the NVC but noticed that I won't really have anything about our house, children's school, or any real job prospects for a few more months.

Should I submit what I have now, or wait until I can provide those additional documents?

I'd like to also know the timeline for this process. How long after submitting these documents will we hear about the interview? After the interview, how much longer does it take to actually get the visa? If we're planning to move in July, do I need to get everything in immediately, or would it be better to wait?


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Proving domicile after 16 years overseas
5:10 pm


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I'm the spouse and petitioner for my wife's IR-1 visa. We submitted the DS-260 last month, but we've been holding off on submitting the i-864 affidavit until all the supported documents are in order. I'm mostly concerned with proving domicile since I've been abroad for 16 years. I have several supporting documents to show that I have maintained US domicile, such as bank accounts and a driver's license, but I believe I will need to show the steps I have taken to return to the US to take up residence.

The timeline is the problem. We will need to move to the U.S. in July because that is when my kids get out of school and when my current overseas employer's housing contract expires. I won't likely be hired for a new job in the states until May or June. Therefore, we won't have any documents from my new US employer, my children's new school, or shipping company until around that time.

What supporting documents for domicile could I possibly submit this early, it being still eight months until we move? Should I submit what I can this early, or would it be better to wait?

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Latest Appointment Date in US Embassy Abu Dhabi
11:56 pm


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Anyone here who just receive the packet 3? When is the latest appointment date available for interview?

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CR-1/IR-1 Visa timeline & re establishing domicile
3:31 pm


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Details: Myself, American born and raised.

Moved to UAE in 2012 to get married, stayed here for 6 years without going back home (husband denied B2 visa for no ties to UAE).

No work history here, no tax records, virtually no maintenance of traditional U.S domicile but I didn't have UAE domicile either, temporary residence visa.

1 child born in 2015 in Dubai and given American citizenship at birth and received American Passport.

Husband, Palestinian Refugee born and raised in Syria Damascus.

Living and working in UAE for 10 years, has not visited Syria since 2011 (before the war).

Palestinian Passport

Issues: Lack of Domicile

Travel Ban

Resolves: I ended up gathering a decent amount of domicile worthy evidence but they didn't look at most of our paperwork for the interview.

Travel Ban didn't apply to Palestinians born and raised in Syria after all.

Questions asked at interview: Who is petitioning you? : My Wife

Does your wife work? : No

What do you do for work? What is that? : Group Management (goes into detail... * they're impressed)

When was the last time you went to Syria? : 2011

How long were you in the Army and what did you do there? : 1 year 8 months, I was an accountant

How many years have you been here? : 10 years

Have you lived in another country? : Syria

Have you gone to Israel? : No

Has your wife gone home? : No

Where did your wife live before she moved to UAE? : Los Angeles

What do you have for domicile? : Child's School enrollment

Rent contract

and Plane Tickets for wife, child ,and myself hopefully

CO then proceeds to ask for my husband's passport and tells him he will receive it in 2-3 days and my husband had to ask 3 times to make sure of what she said, he was handed a white slip and left. CEAC website changed from Processing to ISSUED today.

* I think a huge factor in our case was that both of us lived away from our friends and families and didn't establish domicile in each other's county. Our main concern was my lack of domicile and they ended up not looking at 1 form or my declaration of intent to re establish domicile.

Documents they looked at: Army Certificate

Police Certificate

Birth Certificate

Marriage Certificate

Duration of arrivial to departure: 2 hours 30 minutes

November 29, 2017 - Hired a lawyer and started Petition.

January 24, 2018 - Petition mailed to USCIS.

January 26, 2018 - I-130 Received by USCIS.

February 15, 2018 - Homeland Security check cashed.

May 22, 2018 - Petition Approved by USCIS.

June 26, 2018 - NVC - Request for documentation (needed different form of id) and payment.

July 18, 2018 - NVC - Payment made.

August 2, 2018 - NVC - Submit Documentation (website down 2 weeks).

August 27, 2018 - NVC - Accepts all fees & forms, interview date pending.

September 14, 2018 - NVC - Interview scheduled for October 28, 2018

October 28, 2018 - Abu Dhabi Embassy Immigration interview, CR-1 VISA APPROVED!

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Department of state number
12:12 pm


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today my husband went to the embassy n the officer told him that the case is in America they dont have they case. He is in Administrative processing. I want to call the department of state to know whats going on with my case. Can someone please give me their number and the extensions to call cuz im calling from overseas so i dont have to wait too much or get connected to the wrong department. Thank you

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