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  1. Hi all, I just wanted to start a new thread to ask if anyone has any experience or stories with regards to DCF at the embassy in Dublin. A search of the forum yields a few results, some recent ones saying this embassy does not provide DCF, some older ones saying it does, but not a huge amount of information, and nothing from the past three years or so. Some USCs in Ireland seem to have tried the London embassy instead, with mixed results. Has anyone heard anything more recently? Best Lenny
  2. Hi all, I'm currently in the process of DCF i-130 with exceptional circumstances in Taiwan. Thanks for all those who are generous about sharing the experiences so that I can feel more comfortable in the process and know what's gonna happen next. I've never seen anyone sharing DCF experience in Taiwan so I think I'll contribute here and help those who also qualify for DCF. Exceptional circumstance: Short notice of position relocation My husband (then boyfriend) got a job offer in early July, and the position will start from Jan. 1, 2023. Prior to this, he's been in Taiwan for work for almost 5 years. We want to shorten the time of being apart as much as possible so we first consulted a lawyer about what options we have. After realizing we are highly possible to qualify for one of the exceptional circumstances, we decided to try DCF by ourselves since our situation is quite straightforward. Here is the timeline so far: Aug. 26, 2022 Lawyer consultation. Aug. 29, 2022 Emailed AIT(American Institute in Taiwan) if they accept DCF. Aug. 29, 2022 AIT replied an hour later to ask for the explanation of the exceptional circumstance in detail and submit it along with copies of our passports, his Taiwan ARC, I-130, I-130A, proof of his exceptional circumstance, divorce decree (if any), and marriage certificate. Sep. 14, 2022 Got married. Sep. 22, 2022 Emailed AIT the proof of exceptional circumstances and the documents. Sep. 22, 2022 AIT emailed back an hour later and scheduled an interview for filing I-130 at the embassy a week later. Oct. 03, 2022 Interview at AIT and submit the documents. The interviewer said that our documents look good and we shall receive the notice for the next step a week later. Oct. 11, 2022 AIT emailed us to provide the case no. and the next step. AIT told us to email them as soon as DS-260 filled online and the required documents (I-864, birth certificate and police record) are ready to schedule an interview. Oct. 12, 2022 Emailed AIT to notify them the completion of DS-260 and the required documents are ready. Oct. 13, 2022 AIT emailed back and scheduled the next interview on Nov. 8. This is the timeline so far. I'll update it as the progress moves forward. So far everything is going fast and smoothly. AIT is very responsive and on time. The best thing about submitting documents in person is that they check if you miss anything required. The interviewer is nice and friendly. He asked me if I'll stay in Taiwan for the next 6 to 10 weeks. Then when we ask how long the whole process is going to take, he said around 4 to 6 weeks. I'm excited to know if this process is really going to go through before 10 weeks mark. But of course we need to have everything ready for the next interview to avoid getting RFE. Feel free to ask me any questions. Hopefully this post can be helpful.
  3. We are currently waiting to hear back from our I-30 petition, and want to be ready to submit our DS-260 & I-864. My questions are regarding the I-864 Affidavit of Support. Situation: The sponsor has moved to the U.S. after filing the I-130 petition. Their current income in the U.S. is over 125% of the 2022 federal poverty guidelines. Sponsor was working in the UK from January 2022 - May 2022 Sponsor is currently working in the US from May 2022 - Current Sponsor's tax returns in 2019,2020,2021 do not show an income, as they were unemployed Questions: 1. How to calculate current income? (given that they have both worked in UK & US during this year) From my research, current income means how much the sponsor has earned from January 1st - December 31st, and not just their annual salary, which is why I am somewhat confused. So to calculate my sponsor’s current salary, we use the amount of income they have earned to date in 2022, and then extrapolate until the end of the calendar year. However, given that my sponsor has worked in the UK for the first half of the year, does this previous foreign income count towards this calculation? For example, if their foreign income is not included in the total annual income, and they have only started worked in the U.S. in May 2022 earning $30,000 annually; that means their earnings from May 2022 - December 2022 would only be $17,500 for the entire year, which is below the Federal Poverty Guideline. Does this mean we have to use this figure as my sponsor's "current individual annual income" instead of what's stated on their work contract? If so, it would mean we would need an additional sponsor. 2. What supporting documents do we need to provide? (Both Domicile & Financial) Since my sponsor doesn't have a regular income shown on their tax returns for the previous years; and that the 2022 tax returns are not due yet; should we still include my sponsor's tax returns? And what else do we need to include given our situation? Our current evidence list: Copy of U.S. Citizenship Document Copy of foreign paychecks from January 2022 - May (UK) Copy of U.S. Paychecks from May - Current Copy of U.S. Bank statements Employment Verification Letter from the sponsor's current job in the U.S. Anything else? 3. Given all the information above, should we get an additional sponsor? We are in a position where we can get an additional sponsor if it is beneficial to our application. But considering the above, are we ok or should we get an additional sponsor to be on the safe side? 4. Since we are going through the DCF route, do I print the I-864 and take it with me to my interview at the U.S. Embassy in London? Thank you for any help.
  4. Hello all, I was wondering if anyone could help us understand what the next steps are after filing the petition through the consular? The I-130 was approved on the spot after the interview and I was told to wait 12 weeks. We just don’t know what to do next. What paper work should we be getting together? Is my husband able to do the medical exam now or do we have to wait until we are contacted? Also, can he start getting his police report now as well?
  5. Hello! I am a USC, my wife and I came to Dubai back in February to search for employment. We were living off of savings for about 1.5-2 months until I got my current job in April and I applied for my wife to get a spouse visa so that we could stay together whilst she continues job hunting. We have been here for about 3 months now and I just recently got a great job offer back in the states with a nice salary that would start in August. The only problem is that if I take this job my wife would lose her visa here and would have to go back to her home country so after doing a bit of research I found out about direct consular filing under exceptional circumstances as a way to bring her back to the states with me since I have a job offer with a short notice. However, I learned that at least 6 months of residency is a requirement for the consulate to accept an application for DCF. Is 3 months considered “short notice”? Also, since my wife and I were in Dubai for a few months prior to us getting residency and my job doesn’t start for another 3 months I would technically have over 6 months of residency before having to leave the country would that be acceptable? Do we qualify for DCF? thanks!
  6. Hi everyone. I’m filling out the affidavit of support and I have 3 questions regarding Part 6. 1. I was just currently employed, but I have not been paid yet as my start date is in a couple of weeks. Where it ask about my income and position do I input what is on my offer letter and contract even though I haven’t received any money yet? 2. it says “income you are using from any other person who was counted in your household size” would I add my partners income when he is the beneficiary? Technically he is a part of my household, but I’m not sure if I leave his income out or not. 3. Will they be going based off of what I'm earning in the future? Or what I have earned in the past? I didn't work for a couple of years due to having a baby so I didn't have to file taxes, I'm not sure if this will mess things up or not? I'm using a joint sponsor, but I just wanted to ask for caution. TIA!
  7. Hello, I am new here. I'm thankful I've found this site as the amount of information here is very helpful. I am a domiciled American citizen living here in the Philippines with my Filipina wife. I am employed by an American company and have been assigned here for work for several years. Due to a staffing shortage, my employer is now urgently requesting for me to return to the United States. After research it seems we may qualify as an exceptional circumstance to directly file here in Manila. Has anyone had any recent experience with filing directly with the US Embassy in Manila, mainly after field offices were closed I believe in 2019? Other notable information to our case is that I hold dual citizenship (reason I am able to stay here) and we are recently married.
  8. Hi everyone, I am a Dutch national and spouse of a US citizen and we both live in the Netherlands since July 2021. My partner is actively applying to jobs in the US. We would like to move to the US and apply for a CR1 visa for me, we want to submit our I-130 and get the process started. However, we don't know whether it is best to file the I-130 directly with USCIS and wait about 1,5 years or wait until my partner actually has a job offer and then file as DCF. If we do it the regular way and file through USCIS it is not much use for my partner to continue applying for US-based jobs since we would have to be apart for too long; we are also trying to start a family in this time-frame. In that case it would just be best to wait for 1,5 years until my CR1 visa is approved. My wife has a good career and I think her chances are pretty high to land a job in the short term, it would also be best for her career if she got a job in the US. However, the US consulate in Amsterdam doesn't seem to process DCF requests: they are unresponsive by email due to severe understaffing, they have no phone number, on their website they only mention sending the I-130 to the US lockbox for US nationals resident in the Netherlands, and on the internet I could find no one who has done DCF through the consulate in Amsterdam. However, the US consulate in Frankfurt seems to be handling many DCF requests, and I also read the following on their website: "Individuals who were previously assisted by the USCIS Frankfurt Field Office (which includes individuals residing in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein) must follow these filing instructions." I was wondering if there are people here who are not resident in Germany but were assisted by the Frankfurt consulate with their DCF request? We really are in a dilemma right now whether to do regular USCIS filing and just wait; or take a chance, my wife applying for US jobs, and then see whether we can file for DCF in Frankfurt instead.
  9. Hello all, I am confused on getting the DCF started. I have been living in Colombia for three years and have been married to a Colombian for two years. According to the DCF article on Visa Journeys, I need to file the DCF here in Colombia at the US Embassy. However the Colombian US Embassy site has no information on filing a DCF or form I-130. Most of the links on the site about immigration send you back to USCIS. Any advice would be very much appreciated.
  10. Hello everyone, I am planning to submit a DCF application to sponsor my spouse. I am a US citizen living in London and have UK permanent residence. My current job has offered to relocate me to the US, and I will have a new employment contract stating my new location. Does job relocation count as 'exceptional circumstances'? As I am not starting an entirely new job, I won't have a job offer letter, but a new employment contract. Does anyone know if the employment contract would suffice as demonstrating the need for relocation? If necessary I could ask HR at my company to provide a formal job offer letter. Thank you!
  11. This forum has been a great help to me so I'm starting this post to document my visa journey so that it may help others in similar situations. I'd like to give special thanks to @TYOGaijin. Your posts have been very helpful and I only wish I discovered it earlier. ============== Context: I'm the beneficiary who's a Canadian citizen and my husband is the petitioner who's a US citizen and we're both based in Japan. He received a short notice of job relocation and we are filing our I-130 through Direct Consular Filing. During the time of this posting, we have our embassy appointment set and I plan to post updates along the way. Process so far (some already mentioned in@TYOGaijin posts) 1) Trying to find out if you qualify for DCF by contacting the embassy yielded no results for us so best that you don't waste your time (and I spent quite a bit of time here) doing that. If you qualify for any of the exceptional circumstances (can't paste the link for some reason but it's on the USCIS website), go straight to the next point. 2) We received the following information from the U.S. Visa Service Desk after a few back and forths asking for advice whether we qualified but long story short, they won't say anything until you do the following ------ extract begin ----- In order for us to consider your case for direct filing, please provide the following information to TOKYOIV@state.gov. (Please kindly type them in the same order as below.) • Name of Petitioner (you), Date and Place of Birth • Name of Beneficiary (your relative), Date and Place of Birth • Name of Child, Date and Place of Birth (if NOT US citizen): • Date you became aware of a transfer or other emergency situations • Has a petition previously been filed on behalf of the beneficiary? • Please describe the emergency situations • Petitioner’s expected departure date • Proof of petitioner’s physical presence in consular district – Please provide a scanned pdf copy of your resident permit, employment or school ID. • Job relocation order or job offer letter- Please provide a scanned pdf copy • Proof of petitioner's US citizenship- Please provide a scanned pdf copy • Copy of adoption decree or family register with its English translation -Please provide a scanned pdf copy ------ extract end ----- For info, my husband's relocation date is May 1 and we sent an email with the above info on Feb 2. 3) We received a reply within 24 hours with a petition appointment at the embassy with details on what to bring and are now a few days away from that appointment Top tips so far: A) Get civil documents translated as soon as possible as some companies take awhile and it may take some time getting a few quotes to compare prices. (The company I used was much quicker and cheaper than others. Not sure if I should be promoting any specific company so please PM me if you'd like to know.) B) Fill in I-130 and all other application forms like I-130A, I-864 and get the accompanying IRS tax transcript as soon as possible. Some of those forms take quite a long time to fill in so don't wait until step 2 or even step 1 to do it *FYI but for step 2, I'm fluent in Japanese and English so I was able to translate the marriage certificate on my own and apparently that sufficed so if you're able to do the translation, at least for step 2, it might be worth proceeding ahead with your own translation if you don't have time to wait around for the professionally translated copy That's all for now! Will share more after the I-130 petition appointment at the embassy (which by the way is just for the petitioner and not the beneficiary). Cheers!
  12. Read a post recently about the importance of detail when filling out the DCF London contact form and am now worried about my submission. (I haven't received a reply yet but it was submitted very recently.) A couple questions... 1. My main worry is that I asked about filing CR1 for my UK spouse through DCF in the contact form and now I worry I should have asked for I-130. The reason I did not say I-130 in the form is because I know this is the first step to filing CR1 anyway. Other than that I was as detailed as possible. Should I be worried about this / could this be a potential slip up that affects me? And if so... 2. If needed, can further detail to your enquiry be added later? There was no email confirmation of submitted enquiry that followed up my enquiry, so I don't know if this is an option. I may just be letting worry get to me too quickly, but if this is something I have slipped up on I'd rather know now!
  13. Hi all, I am a U.S. citizen living in London with my husband who is British. We were looking into moving to America as we have no family, and I miss my family. Is it possible to use dcf job related exceptional circumstances instead of the standard 2-year process? I have a family member who owns their own business and is willing to hire me and give me a letter of employment to start work in March 2023. Would the embassy accept my circumstances and letter of employment for dcf if they know it's family hiring me?
  14. Hello, Looking over the I-130 and hoped someone could clarify what they experienced using DCF with Exceptional Circumstances; specifically for the sections Mailing Address, Physical Address, Intended Address. Do you just use the current foreign address the petitioner and beneficiary both live? Or do you need to have a place already in the US? Any help is appreciated on how to approach the I-130 in general. A bit confusing considering the DCF-EC is for a new US job offer on short notice yet that seems to conflict with the overall US domicile requirement? As for the I-864, also curious how the tax/income affect the overall visa approval at the interview. If the USC petitioner has no income for previous tax year, and currently not employed until returning to US, would that matter at all if the petitioner is also submitting a second I-864 from a Joint Sponsor? Any other insight to the forms etc is greatly appreciated. Thank You
  15. I have received a date for the first step interview at DCF in London! Right now I'm preparing everything asked for on the I-130 checklist and getting as prepared as I can for my spouse's interview in the future (should all go well!) Question: On the I-130 checklist it says: ❑ Passports: Current and previous passports for U.S. citizen petitioner and beneficiary Does this mean we need to submit all of our expired passports as well as our current? Like all the way from childhood? May be interpreting this wrong but wanted to ask in case. Question 2: Is it the printable I-130 and I-130A document from the USCIS website that I need to bring? Is there another source for I-130? Or do I need to complete it digitally and then print it. Question 3: It is not included on the checklist, but we will be using a second sponsor due to my US income not reaching the £60k min. Do we submit this at this stage or the next stage when my spouse is interviewed? Thank you!
  16. Hi, My husband and I live in Singapore. I recently lost my high paying job and my husband's company is likely relocating him to the US in Jan/Feb 2023. I need to go back to the US to get employment. With these two circumstances, and the fact we have lived overseas in Singapore for approx 5+ years, I would like apply via DCF. Does this sound right to meet the criteria? Has anyone else done this in Singapore and how long does it take, roughly? It would be great to see timelines as we pull all of our docs together. TIA!
  17. Just finished DCF in Italy. The info on this form of DCF in Italy is very little, so I decide to share my experience for people looking for the same process outside of the popular countries (Germany and UK) on this forum. - My situation: My husband is USC, and I am a Chinese Citizen, both have been living and working in Italy for 6 years. We were married in the US before moving to Italy. I was studying then working in the US at that time. - Qualification for DCF: my husband has a job offer from US requiring us moving back. - Timeline (2022): - May 30th: emailed US Consulate in Naples, asking for DCF due to USC job offer in USA expring on Dec 31st. - June 1st: Consulate replied, approving DCF and offered an appointment for my husband to submit I-130 on July 8th. In their email they attached a list of docs my husband needed to bring (I-130 + bona fide marriage proof, and passport photos etc.). - July 8th: My husband went to the appointment in Naples, submitted the docs. - July 22nd: Consulate emailed to inform the I-130 is approved, and gave us the case number for filling DS-260 form and schedule the interview, with a list of docs to bring. - Oct 17th: Medical exam in the appointed clinic in Naples. It is automatically booked with the visa interview. - Oct 18th: My interview in US Consulate Naples. They only took the I-864 form, my husband's last 3 IRS transcript, my police certificates and birth certificate. The officer asked 2 questions ("When did you get married?" and "How did you meet?"), then said "Ok, you visa is approved." - Oct 25th: received my passpor with IR1 visa and the seled immigration envolope to hand in at the border. A few thoughts on the process: - US Consulate Naples is actually very responsive. We did not have much hope going into this as there is so little info online and the only thing I saw was that they do not reply to emails. My personal experience is very pleasant with them. - The whole process from the initial enquiry email to having my visa in hand took less than 5 months. The longest was for me to shcedule my interview, which is my delay because I had a baby at the end of July, so waited for Oct to attend the interview. I believe the whole process could be completed well within 3 months if needed. - We prepared extensive materials for the final interview, including a lot of bona fide marriage docs, and financial proof. In the end they did not look at or even ask for anything. No request for my husband's financial proof that his salary is going to continue in the US (we prepared a letter from his employer stating that but they did not ask to look at it at all). We also prepared the proof of our assets, but also they did not ask or look at it. Only thing they took was the IRS transcript showing our last 3 years' tax (income from Italy). - The interview took only 2 min. It makes me feel they have already made the decision (to give me the visa) before seeing me. Now we're just waiting to go home before Christmas. Tickets bookd! I'm happy to answer any questions if needed. Wish everyone good luck!
  18. Hello, is anyone currently going through the DCF process for an CR1/IR1 visa in the UK? We filed on Jan 25th, got approved on the spot, and still haven’t heard anything since.
  19. Hi everyone, I am new to this site and researching the possibility of filing DCF. I am a US citizen based in London and planning to move to the US with my spouse who is a UK citizen. Does anyone know if the embassy in London still accepts DCF? I am planning to submit DCF for a CR1 visa, on the basis of having a job offer in the US which requires me to relocate short notice. Thank you!
  20. Hello, I was wondering if Direct Consular Filing is available in Morocco? I am a US citizen, newly wedded with my Moroccan husband residing in Casablanca, currently undergoing the process of obtaining carte sejour. I intend to live in Morocco with my husband until a green card is issued. How do I go about the process for filing a DCF? How do I go about filing petitions outside of the US? Thank you for your time, Salima
  21. Hello all, My USC wife and I recently got approved for DCF and we have submitted the I-130 package to the embassy. My wife would like to go back to the US at this point in time and wait for me to come after I get approved for LPR. I am wondering if my wife needs to be here in my home country for any further step of the DCF process such as the interview etc? Thanks in advance!
  22. What Is DCF? Direct Consular Filing (DCF) is the unofficial term for filing an I-130 petition via a Consulate overseas, rather than through the US Service Center. While not everyone will qualify to do so, this process can expedite the speed in which a beneficiary can enter the United States and become a Green Card Holder (US Permanent Resident). Current DCF procedures state that if a US Citizen lives overseas they may file the I-130 for a foreign spouse, child or parent at the US Consulate / USCIS Field Office governing their place of residence. In most cases permanent residence abroad must be legally established for a period of six months prior to submitting an I-130 petition (reference). In addition, emergency cases, such as life and death of health and safety, and cases determined to be in the national interest can be processed without the residency requirement being met. Examples of family emergencies include minor children who would be unexpectedly left without a caretaker. Examples of national interest include facilitating the travel of United States military and other USG direct hire employees assigned overseas who are pending transfer on orders and need to petition for immigrant classification of their spouse and minor children at posts overseas. Note: There may be a few rare cases where a non-resident US Citizen overseas may be able use the DCF procedure. For more information please visit the DCF Forums Section. Finding Information on DCF at your Consulate Visit the US Department of State website to find your consulate. Once at their homepage you should visit the Immigrant Visa (IV) section to look for information on direct filing of an I-130 (DCF). Contact the Consulate via phone and confirm what you are wanting to do with them. Many consulates have different procedures for DCF so you will want to be sure that you confirm any details with them. Keep your questions very clear and fully describe your case. If you are engaged and not yet married contact the Consulate prior to getting married to see if they can send you instructions in the mail (or refer you to them on their website). Often you can begin to collect information or complete certain required actions (such as a medical) in advance of being married. Only the consulate can confirm this so make sure to ask if this is possible. Regardless of your case, if you qualify, ask the consulate what documents are required and can be collected in advance. This will save you a lot of time when you are ready to file. Examples of things you might collect in advance are: birth certificates, previous divorce documents, medical records, etc.. Important Note: A US Citizen living overseas that wishes to complete the I-864, Affidavit of Support, for their spouse (as part of the DCF process to get an Immigrant Visa) will be required to have U.S. domicile/intent to reestablish domicile to qualify as a Sponsor for the I-864. In addition to having a US domicile/reestablishing domicile the US Citizen must either have employment that will continue (from the same source) when they move/return to the US, or, per the instructions on the I-864, the US Citizen and their spouse may use assets to qualify if the income requirement is not met. In many cases however a couple may need to get a joint sponsor to successfully fulfill the requirements on the I-864. How long does the DCF Process Take Every consulate is different however in many cases the processing time frame can be measured in weeks. For consulates with a higher case load or instance of fraud the processing time could be months. Regardless, DCF will almost always be faster than filing with the USCIS in the US. Additionally when you enter the US your spouse will immediately become a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) and their Green Card will be mailed to them shortly after arriving. Finding other DCF VisaJourney Members Sometimes it is nice to find other couples going through the same Journey. You can find a list of other DCF VJ members here. You can also visit the Direct Consular Filing Forums to discuss DCF and other related topics. Typical DCF Procedure 1. You (and your spouse) will visit the US consulate to file your I-130 and required documents. Some consulates will accept the petition and supporting evidence via mail. Please confirm this via the consulate's website (or on the phone if possible). The following thread on the forums contains example cover letters for I-130 and visa applications: DCF Cover Letter Thread. 2- The I-130 will be adjudicated and either approved or denied. If it is approved the foreign spouse may apply for an IR-1 or CR-1 Visa (Immigrant Visa). 3- The foreign spouse will be required to submit a DS-230 Part 1 (visa application) as well as several required items on a checklist that the consulate will provide. The checklist will include items such as a Police Certificate, Birth Certificate, Previous Divorce Records, an Affidavit of Support (Form I-864), and others. Note: As suggested above, if you had spoken with the consulate early on you may have already collected certain required documents. If you have them with you when filing for the Immigrant Visa you may be able to submit them with the visa application and thus expedite the processing of your case. As a general note, submit photocopies of all original documents unless otherwise directed by the Consular staff. Be sure to bring originals when visiting the consulate in case they need to see them. Remember that you must sign all documents in ink. Pay attention to certain documents that ask you NOT to sign until witnessed by a consulate officer! 4- The US Citizen's spouse will have their Immigrant Visa Interview. The US Citizen Spouse does NOT have to be present at the final interview. Once all paperwork and background checks are complete and assuming the interview goes well, the Immigrant Visa will be issued and attached inside the beneficiaries passport. The time delay from the interview to the visa being issued is typically a few days. Immigrant Visas are typically valid for six months and can in some cases be extended (you must request this in advance of the visa expiration and receive approval by the embassy -- do not assume this is possible unless confirmed by the consulate). The first entry into the US must be made before the expiration date on the Visa. This is very important. 5- The foreign spouse can now legally enter the US. At the Port of Entry they will have their Visa/Passport stamped indicating their legal status in the US. Their status is now that of a US Legal Permanent Resident. Within a few weeks an official Permanent Residence Card (Green Card) will arrive in the mail. Additionally, if on the visa application DS-230 II you applied for the Social Security number your Social Security Card will be mailed to you within a month of entering the US. If you did not apply for the SSN on your visa application you can visit your local Social Security Agency to apply for one. Make sure to being your passport/Visa and Green Card if you have received it. Note: Make sure to read the Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants document by the USCIS. This document explains your rights as a Legal Permanent Resident. It explains your right to work legally within the US as well as travel in and out of the country with your Green Card.
  23. The U.S. State Department has provided guidance to U.S. citizens who are eligible to locally file Form I-130 petitions for Afghan, Ethiopian and Ukrainian immediate relatives. Key Points: U.S. citizens who are physically present overseas with their Afghan, Ethiopian or Ukrainian immediate family members and have not filed an immigrant visa petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can request to file a Form I-130 petition locally at the closest U.S. embassy or consulate that is currently processing immigrant visas. Read more here: https://www.bal.com/bal-news/united-states-state-department-provides-guidance-to-u-s-citizens-locally-filing-form-i-130-petitions-for-certain-immediate-relatives/
  24. Hi Friends, I (USC) am sponsoring my Husband. However, I have lived in the UK for a few years and have not been employed (thus no tax returns 😦). We have no 'Joint Sponsor" state side. He does earn above the threshold in the UK, and his employer has agreed to let him move his Job to the US, meaning it'll be : Same Company (potentially) different Job title Salary will be >100k (family of 5) I've read contradictory information about weather this will suffice and I'm quite concerned now. I've heard that income needs to be state-side I've read that we need tax returns to qualify I've read that not filing tax, means I may not have "established domicile" Will this suffice? or do we need to hold out until we have a "Joint Sponsor"? Interview is supposed to be soon (days) so thoughts most welcome. Thanks! Wonder
  25. I have been working abroad for the past few years and I have never established domicile in the US besides visits and filing taxes. I got a job offer that required me to move to the US in early March and I have already moved early this month without my spouse. We did not know about Direct Consular Filing before moving. We were planning file directly to the USCIS after having all our documents ready. Is it still possible for me still to file DCF now as I have already had to relocate due to a this new job opportunity?
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