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  1. Hi all! About 4 weeks ago I entered the USA after a very long DCF process to obtain my CR-1 visa. I’ve now received a I-797C form saying I need to pay an additional $220 to receive my green card. Therefore, I have a few questions which I’m hoping the experts on here can answer please. 1) Is this something I need to pay? I was under the impression that following the successful approval and entry into the USA on a CR1 visa that the green card is automatically sent out. 2) If I need to pay. It’s asking for the following things. Could someone tell me the easiest way to locate the two references; i] “A-Number” ii] DOS case ID I must admit, I can’t even remember seeing these references and I’m wondering it’s because my application was processed by the UK consulate rather than the NVC. Thanks in advance, B
  2. Hello! This is my first post after lurking for a couple months! Hope I'm putting this in the right place/doing this right. I'm in the process of petitioning for my British husband to move with me to America on an IR1 visa. I currently live in London and have applied via DCF at the London office. I just got an RFE for our i-130 because I (stupidly) didn't think to have my friends properly sign their affidavits for bona fide support our marriage. Am I able to use the same 3 friends again and just have them fix the date and sign their letters? And are they able to e-sign the documents? Some of them don't have printers, so that is their only option. We need to scan the new ones to USCIS by Monday if we want them to process it in the London office before it closes on July 31st, so I don't have much time! Thanks in advance for the help!
  3. My husband went for his medical exam for the CR-1 immigrant visa on November 27th, 2019. About a week and a half before, we called Clinica Anglo Americana to schedule his appointment. Dra. Lozada and Dr. Corigliano are the two doctors approved by the embassy that do the medical exams at this clinic. I had to call a couple of times, but eventually was able to reach Dra. Claudia Lozada's assistant and book an appointment. The first thing they ask you is your interview date at the embassy, so book that first! . They will also tell you what you need to bring to the medical exam: -Peruvian passport of applicant -Addresses in Peru and USA -Email address -Peru Cell number -Interview letter with case number and interview date They told us to be at the clinic at 7am for the exam. When you arrive first go to the 1 story gray/white building on the left (not the tower) and get your orden de atención. Even though they say your appt is at 7am it really is first come first serve. You just need to tell them which doctor you're seeing and they'll ask if it's for visa, etc. They give you a boleta and then you go over to the tower to the 5th floor. They'll ask for the passport, printed interview letter, and orden de atencion. Then they give you a form to fill out. You give it back to them and wait for them to call your name. Then the Dr./Dra. checks out the applicant. Asks basic questions like if you've had serious illness, who is petitioning for you in the US, listened to chest, checked throat etc. Then you go to two other assistants who fill out the form (that they turn in to the embassy we think?) they take a picture. Then they give you a paper explaining which floors to get which exams done. I will paste the photo here: Then we went to the 6th floor for the vaccines. They were not very nice and they don't have an "order of attention" so it's first come first serve. The wait is long but it's better to stand by the desk so no one cuts in front of you. My husband had to have all 4 vaccines MMR, TDAP, influenza and varicela because his vaccine card from the regional hospital in Pucallpa was not valid (not very official). All 4 vaccines cost 670 which can be paid by card (but at the end of all of the exams). Then we went to the basement for the urine sample, they ask you to sign something and they give you the cup and show you the bathroom to fill it. Then you go up to the 2nd floor and wait in line (with numbers for order) and get your blood drawn and turn in your urine sample. Then you go through the hallway back to the first building (the 1-story building on the left) and follow the signs to the x-ray area. Then you wait in a line and they write your name down and you wait to be called to be x-rayed. Then you go back to the 6th floor to pay for the vaccines, they give you a boleta and papers on what vaccines you were given. Then finally you get to go back to the beginning on the 5th floor and turn everything in to the lady at the desk. In the end you just keep your passport, the boleta of the examen medico (S/1350 in cash for adults), the boleta for the vaccines (S/670 for 4 vaccines—can be paid by card) and the paper that says what day to come back to pick up your results. We went on Nov 27th and were told to come back on Dec 6th. All in all—we arrived at 6:55am (got a little lost at first) and left at 12:40pm!! It took a really long time and there were 10-12 other visa applicants also doing their medical exam that day. Tips! Make sure you take a copy of your interview letter with the case number and interview date, make sure you take cash for the exam fee and for the vaccines (or use card). Take snacks and water because you'll be there a while! But they also have vending machines with snacks, drinks, and coffee. Make sure you get there early so you can get the first orden de atencion and get to the desk first on the 5th floor and 6th floor because it's first come first serve. If you're accompanying your spouse or fiance, take something to do because the wait is long! There are magazines on several of the floors (all in Spanish of course). Be patient :D. I know the USCIS is closing Jan 2020, but hope this can help someone!
  4. Interview Experience at Mumbai Embassy Check our journey till the interview here. We originally had our interview date for 8th April. But after checking on the ustraveldocs religiously, we were able to get an interview date for 25th March at Consulate General Mumbai. We completed our medical at Max Delhi on 9th March and biometrics at OFC center of VFS Global at Shivaji Stadium Metro Station in Delhi. Before leaving for Mumbai we got the DD made for the visa fees which was $325 converted into INR 24050 (according to ustraveldocs valid exchange rate) payable at Mumbai and drawn in favor of "US Consulate General, Mumbai". This is applicable if you are filing DCF and have skipped the NVC stage and have not paid the fee online. We arrived in Mumbai on the 24th. There are a couple of good hotel options for people coming from other cities that are very nearby to the consulate. We chose the Trident Hotel, as it is the closest one and you can walk 2 minutes and reach the consulate. The consulate does not allow any kind of phones or electronics inside. Even a smart or digital watch. So leave everything at your hotel room or with someone. They don't even allow the Xray CD you will get after your medical, so no need to bring that. Our appointment was at 7:15 AM. We reached outside the consulate at 6:45 am and there were already a lot of people there on the opposite side of the road from the consulate. Once the clock hit 7, the guards from the other side of the road ushered people to form a line along the consulate wall on the sidewalk according to the interview time slot (I believe 7:15 was the first slot). There were around 50-75 people in that slot and we all slowly walked in the consulate after showing our appointment letter, DS260 confirmation page and the passport. My wife, who is a US citizen and petitioner, was also allowed inside with me. She showed her US passport for verification. Once inside, we went through a security check like you do at an airport. Then we were told to go inside the actual consulate building where the counters are and where all the interviews take place. There were around 20 counters and sufficient seating for people to wait. We were given a token (no. 24) and told to wait until our token number flashes up on the screen and tells us which counter to go to. The people working inside were very helpful and helped in arranging the documents one needs to submit. They told us to put our initial documents in order (Passport, Visa fee DD, DS 260 confirmation, Birth Certificate original & copy, Marriage certificate original & copy, PCC original, Medical report & all of the i-864 forms and transcripts). Our number was called at window 4 and an Indian officer greeted us (my wife and I both went to the window) and asked for our documents. He asked me if my wife is the petitioner and I said yes. He then got our file from the inside (which had our whole I-130 bundle that we submitted at USCIS Delhi) and added the documents we gave him to that file. He only asked us how long has my wife been living in India and nothing else. He then directed me to counter number 21 with my DD and told me to go pay the fees and bring the receipt back to him. Once that was done, he handed me the domestic violence pamphlet and directed us to sit down and wait until the CO calls us for an interview. After waiting for around 15-20 minutes, our token number flashed again on the screen and we went to the counter. An American CO greeted us and told us that he is our officer today and will be conducting the visa interview. He then asked my wife if she is the petitioner. She said yes, and he directed her to go sit down and wait and said that he would call for her if needed. Then he asked me to raise my right hand and take the oath that everything I say today is true and all the information I have presented is the truth. Then my interview begun and these were the questions: 1 ) Who is calling you? 2 ) What is her name? 3 ) What does she do? 4 ) What are her future plans in the US? 5 ) How did you two meet? 6 ) When did you start dating? 7 ) Who proposed and when was that? 8 ) When was your wedding? 9 ) Did her parents attend the wedding? 10 ) Did your parents attend the wedding? 11 ) Who are your joint sponsors? 12 ) Where do they live in the US? 13 ) What do they do? 14 ) Do you intend to live at their address once you get to the US? 15 ) Have you been to the US before and for how long? 16 ) Have you ever stayed in the US for more than 6 months? 17 ) What was your purpose of visiting the US when you went there previously? 18 ) What is your date of birth? Then he said that everything looks good but he still wanted to know more about what my wife's plans are once we move to the US. I asked him if he wanted to see the proof of her domicile, but he said no I just want to know the plans. As she was working for 4 years in India and had quit her job to move back to the states, I believe he was trying to see if she has applied for jobs there or had plans to work once back in the US. So I asked the CO if he wanted me to call her and he said yes. So I called my wife to the window and she explained what our future plans were. Once he was satisfied with the answers, he told us that he is approving our visa and gave us the documents explaining how long it will take to get our passport back with the visa, what a conditional resident status means and how to pay the immigrant/green card fee before entering the US. We thanked him and asked him if it was possible for us to get our passport with the visa the same day, but he said that it would not be possible. We thanked him again and wished him a good day and we walked out of the consulate. Overall it was a pleasant experience and if you have all your documents in order and your relationship is genuine, you don't have to worry about anything In total, it took us 74 DAYS from filing our I-130 to getting our visa. A big thanks to visajourney and all the good people here who replied to our questions and helped us along the way. We intend to continue being active here and help others as much as we can with our experience!
  5. Hi all, So I'm getting pretty close to the end of my visa application journey. I had my medical on the 14th Feb, and then my final interview is booked for 25th Feb. I'm currently being processed via DCF and therefore, interacting directly with the US Embassy in London, bypassing the NVC. My questions are for anyone who has done this process before, and more specifically the below: One of the supporting documents to provide at the interview is the I-864 (affidavit of support). However, when we submitted our application via our lawyers, this was completed and sent with the original I-130 application. Therefore, my question is, will the embassy have access to this document? Or should I try and get a copy to be safe? Also, does anyone know how long the interview usually lasts? I'm trying to book my travel accordingly. Thanks in advance, B.
  6. Hi everyone, new on here and have some questions... I recently submitted my I130 for my wife (I'm a US Citizen and resident of mexico, she's Mexican) and we were approved in Mexico City on June 29, including a request for expedition due to job transfer. We received the I130 submission notice through email but have yet to receive it via snail mail... after reading all these forums, it seems like the best thing to do is call the Visa processing center in Ciudad Juarez until we receive a case number. HOWEVER, no one picks up any phones! I must have tried ten different numbers, trying all the dial pad options, but it's always automated or an operator transfers me to a dead line. Anyone in the same position?? This process is so stressful...
  7. Both my spouse and I live in China and we did the DCF in guangzhou. We had a hard time to find out how to fill out the "telephone". Since my spouse uses Chinese phone number(11 numbers:185-XXXX-XXXX). The DS260 just wouldn't let us fill Chinese number here. Should we just fill my spouse's family member's number? We called the consulate for many times and mailed to ask questions but never get any useful replies. Thank you everyone!
  8. I'm an Italian citizen and my wife is an American citizen. I'm in the process of applying for the CR1 visa through the consulate in Naples, Italy. Our I-130 was approved earlier this month and now I'm in the process of filling out the DS-260 and obtaining the required documents. I have a question regarding the birth certificate requirements. On the "Instructions for Immigrant Visa Applicants" it says that I need to obtain the birth certificate of "each person named in the application." Does anyone happen to know if this includes the birth certificates of my parents (since I am asked to provide their information in the "family" section of the DS-260)? Thank you!
  9. Since people here have been so helpful, I'm posting this in case others find it helpful: My husband is applying for an IR-1 via DCF in Mumbai. We did not expect Rele Clinic in Mumbai to refer him for further TB testing after identifying what they said was a dark spot on his lung X-ray, but after eight weeks, which ended Feb. 16, the TB sputum test was negative, as we had expected. Rele said it sent the medical report to the consulate on Monday, which happened to be a U.S. government holiday. I inquired on Tuesday if the consulate had received it, but it had not, and whoever responded to my email said the consulate would automatically get in touch after it received the medical report. We weren't sure how to proceed with the rescheduling of the interview, and the appointment calendar online showed nothing open in the next three months. But early this morning the consulate emailed my husband to see if he could come in for an interview TOMORROW at 7:30 a.m. -- probably a last-minute cancellation. Someone later called to confirm whether my husband could make that appointment, saying that Monday was also a possibility but that he had to confirm a cancellation first. We went ahead and went with the Friday appointment. Fingers crossed!
  10. I-130 DCF CR-1 Visa Experience I am grateful to have the support of VisaJourney and all the members who contribute here. To give my support back to this community I have created a master document that includes my experience and learnings during this process. I have collated a lot of information from various forums so there will be text that is posted by other members in it. This is a document with all information at one place that help you to stay inline. I hope this will be helpful to you. Good Luck xxx I-130 DCF CR-1 Visa Blog.doc
  11. I filed our I-130 packet today in Mexico City and it was a breeze. We showed up early, found the right line and obtained those important little 'tickets' to enter the building. We were the first in the USCIS office there and the person who received us was very nice and polite. The first thing he said when he saw my permanent residents card was, how else can you prove you've been living in Mexico more than three months. I had a brand new passport with one entry stamp in it which caused him to say "it looks like you've been here about a week". Thankfully having lease details solved that. A word of advice to anyone else going in to DCF, have more than your Temp or Perm residents card handy to prove you've been living in the country. He reviewed the full packet of affidavits, leasing details, 3 years of joint travel documents, a similar amount of photos and the reviewed our original certificates, etc. He asked for a copy of my beneficiaries visa (b1/b2 border crossing card) --which we had not expected and did not copy but we did have the card. He made a quick copy for us, wrapping up the doc review. At the end, he read out what their process was (noa1, noa2 then Juarez) and that it takes 'about 8-9 months' for the entire process but their part should be fast. I'm thinking the DCF approach will not take that long, but it was nice of him to just explain everything as clearly as possible so we understood it. We followed the Mexico City DCF guide shared here by another user and it was very helpful. Now we're just looking for our NOA1 and NOA2 to come hopefully quickly so we can start preparing for Juarez. Some notes about the Embassy: 1) they will store your bag and electronics for you so don't resort to using anyone in the street for that. 2) have your appointment letter. 3) When 'getting in line' find and clear yourself with the 'embassy worker' who is there so you get those necessary tickets (ours were purple squares) to enter the building.
  12. Good morning, I am in the middle of waiting for my NO2 following successful submission of the I-130 via DCF to the London Filing office (I'm UKC and my wife is USC/UKC. Currently the USCIS London website is saying as of 10th January they are processing applications received 4th November. We submitted the I-130 application on the 20th November so therefore we are getting pretty close! My question is, I have been advised by other VJ members to get together a police report (currently requested from ACRO), and a medical report from my GP. My problem is that my GP doesn't seem to know what they need to provide. Therefore, am I asking them for my entire medical history? Or a time period of say 2 years? 5 years? Longer? If anybody could shed any light on this I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!
  13. I've looked through the cases and I see that as late as 2009 people could still do DCF in Japan for the I-130. Does anyone know when DCF was closed for Japan? Thank you
  14. Hey guys, I (American) am looking for some advice for my partner (Australian) and I to figure out our next steps and what our best option(s) might be for our situation. We are currently lving in New Zealand on working holiday visas and plan to head to the States after our time here is up at the end of the year. We are planning to get married anyways but are unsure whether we should go the route of the K1 visa or get married before heading back to the States and go for the CR-1. We have done alot of reading and are getting mixed results. Ideally we dont want to be apart for months. Is filing from abroad for both visas possible? And what is the current wait times for the CR1 also with the DCF what do we need to qualify? any help or advice would be much appreciated. Thanks in Advance
  15. My husband's interview was set for Dec 12th at 7:30am. We arrived at about 6:50am. The company that watches your bag/phones sets up shop at 7:00am to the left outside of the embassy. Get in line for that first and leave everything you won't need inside. They charge 10 soles per backpack/purse and I believe 5 soles per phone. You take your wallets inside. You aren't allowed to take plastic folders inside so make sure your documents are in paper or manila folders/organizers. The line for IMMIGRANT VISA is to the very left. Don't be alarmed by the large tourist visa line, ask for the immigrant visa line. The US citizen (spouse/petitioner) can go in with their spouse. You just need to show your passports, the visa photos, and your interview confirmation page. Once you get inside you go straight to the visa section. Follow the lines for the immigrant visa. They will tell you where to go. Once you get called to go inside the building (only took 2 minutes), go all the way to the back of the room. They will call the applicant's name and you go to the window and they give you a document that lists how to organize your papers and tell you to sit back down. I took a lot of supporting evidence which they did not need (or ask for) but it's better to be safe than sorry! So you sit down, organize your papers how they ask, then eventually (about 5-7minutes later) they call you up to the same window. The lady (I believe a Peruvian lady—spoke only Spanish to us) checks all of your documents and returns all the supporting evidence they don't need (like photo evidence, joint bank account statements, my proof of maintaining US domicile). Then we had to wait for the actual interview with the officer. This was a 30ish minute wait because there was only one officer interviewing the immigrant visa applicants. He did a couple of interviews (they are like bank teller windows so everyone can hear the questions and answers) then he went somewhere for like 15ish minutes then came back and did 1-2 more interviews. Then he finally called my husband's name! We went up to the window together. The officer spoke Spanish with a heavy American accent and was very friendly! My husband swore to tell the truth, then the officer asked him these questions: When did you meet? When did you start dating? When did you get married? Then he asked me if I was living in Peru. I said yes and explained my parents are missionaries here. The officer said, I bet you wanted to be here too till this was all over. And I said yes. He asked what relation the Co-sponsor (I-864 AOS) was to me. I answered that he was my uncle. Then he asked my husband if he spoke English. He said yes. Then the nice officer said with a smile: Tu visa esta aprobada! Your visa is approved! He gave us a little slip with information on how to check the passport (with visa) DHL tracking status and said it would be ready in 3-6 business days! We said thank you and walked out with huge smiles! Praise the Lord all of our investment wasn't in vain. This is the list of documents we took (but half of them they returned to us—copies and supporting evidence): • Two (2) color passport style photos • Visa interview date confirmation page • DS-260 Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Confirmation Page • Visa interview appointment letter from US Consulate • Copy of un-expired Peruvian Passport • Copy of Peruvian national identity card • Original Peruvian Birth Certificate certified by RENIEC • Police certificates: • Judicial criminal records • Penal criminal records • Police criminal records • Evidence of Bonafide Marriage • Copy of Marriage Act (certificate) from Peru • Copy of Certified Record of Marriage Registration RENIEC • Spousal Affidavit • Copy of Joint Lease Agreement • Joint Bank Account Statement • Photo Pages as evidence to our bonafide relationship • Form I-864 Affidavit of Support by US petitioner • Copy of US passport photo page • Proof of Maintaining US domicile and Intent to Return • Copies of IRS tax returns for 2018, 2017, and 2016 • Bank statements for valid US bank accounts/cards • Supplementary Form I-864 Affidavit of Support by uncle in US • Copy of US Birth Certificate • Copy of 2018 IRS tax return • Medical exam results in sealed envelope
  16. My (Peruvian) husband and I went to Lima and successfully filed our I-130 Petition for Alien Relative on June 27, 2019 . When we consulted at the embassy earlier in the week they gave us this list of requirements to file for the I-130 specifically at the Lima embassy. I am attaching an image of it below. On August 2nd, 2019 I received an email from UCSIS saying: "We are pleased to inform you that the USCIS Lima Field Office approved the I-130 Petition that you filed on June 27, 2019. Attached you will find the Notice of Approval. The U.S. Consulate General in Lima, Peru has been notified of this decision and they will be sending further instructions to your home address." On September 4th, 2019 we received a mailed letter from the embassy to our address in Pucallpa (the one you put as your current address on the I-130 form) with the physical letter form of the email from UCSIS and the letter from the consulate saying we have our code to make our visa appointment! That's the second photo I attached below. Feel free to ask me any questions. We currently live in Pucallpa, Peru—so I can provide information on getting certain documents in Pucallpa ;). Hope this helps someone!
  17. My USC fiancé will be seconded to London for his job for 6 months. We will not be able to legally marry until early January. Now I'm worried about the office closing before we can submit our application. I think we should be okay but just in case, I'm wondering if exceptional circumstances will apply to us. First of all, I believe he will be able to establish residency by having a residency permit with his Tier 2 visa, UK bank statements, work contract, and we can get a lease in his name if needs be. As to our exceptional circumstances: he will be seconded back to London at the end of the 6 months. Will this constitute a job offer? Also on medical grounds, I have a progressive illness that requires me to undergo IVF for embryo banking since it would be extremely dangerous for me to fall pregnant without undergoing a few surgeries and procedures first. IVF has been failing for us and my illness is deteriorating. My PCP in the US wants to perform surgery on me ASAP to reduce my pain. He is willing to write a letter to the effect. I trust him because he is also our fertility doctor and literally the best doctor I've encountered through this hell. Plus he could do it sooner. The private clinics in London said they will just refer me to the NHS, where there will be a long waiting list. We have hired a lawyer but I just need some real life experience too. Thank you!
  18. My husband and I began the entire process in February 7, 2017 and by the end of March 2017 we were approved for the CR 1 Visa. I wanted to share the process with the hope that I can be of use and help to those filing in Italy! We began by putting together our I-130. We included everything in our checklist. I called the U.S. Embassy in Milan about 5 times just to ask questions and to clarify anything I was not sure about on the checklist. In example, I had read that you needed to be a resident of Italy for at least 6 months before being apply to apply, but when I called, they told me that it didn't matter, just as long as I had my "permesso di soggiorno." Though, I did have a temporary permesso by June 2016 and received my permanent one until January 2017. I included copies of both in my packet. Things I included to prove bonafide marriage: 1. Italian healthcare booklet copies that showed my husband and I shared the same family doctor and address. 2. Copy of a notarized affidavit written by my mother stating her knowledge of the relationship between my husband and I 3. Copy of our joint bank account cards 4. Letter written by myself explaining our relationship and our story 5. Copies of the stamped pages of my passport to show when I came to visit husband, vacations, and roadtrip through East Europe we took to visit his birth place 6. Copies of first part of our instagram pages where you can see posts of us together 7. In timeline order: Printed pages of few texts before and after marriage Mail sent by family and friends to our address in Italy for me which also usually included a note for husband photos of us before and after marriage of us when were dating, vacationing, with family and friends, honeymoon, and the wedding. Wedding receipts Copies of gift receipts Copies of hotel receipts Our I-130 packet was approved in about 1.5 weeks after it was sent. We did not find out until 3 weeks later though because I called to ask the embassy since I had not heard anything. Our letter of approval arrived a few days later even though I had filled out the form for electronic notification. Our case was received on March 15, 2017 which was when we received our case number and information packet on everything we needed to have and do for the interview. It was received through email. We redid our evidence of bonafide marriage, gathered his police certificates (2), birth certificate (just for the beneficiary, not petitioner), I-864 packet for me and my joint sponsor since I had not worked in over a year, copy of his passport, marriage certificate, 6 passport style photos and the rest which I can't remember at the moment. When we had gathered everything we made an appointment online for the next week in Naples. We booked our room at Palazzo Mirelli which was a great place to stay. Our window faced the U.S. Embassy. We had the medical the day before our appointment. We arrived at about 7:40 or so. You get a ticket from the electronic machine in the front and sit and wait for your turn. They first did Chest X Rays,then they took some blood, then a talk with the doctor about where we would stay and what vaccinations husband had had so they took a look at his medical record/Vaccine history, then we found out he needed two vaccines so we went to do that and done. IMPORTANT: you should bring cash. we only had our debit card and had to pay up front, but there was no one there anymore (that dealt w/ the visa people) so we had to wait about 30 minutes so someone could come and let us pay and it was a hassle. The whole process took a little less than two hours. The day of our appointment we got in line at about 7:35ish and we were the second ones in line. We were let in and waited in the waiting room for a few minutes. We then got called in to a more private window and a very nice Italian officer took our documents. You should have copies of your birth certificate, marriage certificate, and possibly police certificates (?) because they will ask for the copies of those. The only documents he didnt ask for were the proof of marriage. we were then told to sit down and wait for the interview. We waited about 20-30 minutes. The interview was very short. The American officer asked my husband when and where we met and when did the relationship become serious. ANOTHER IMPORTANT NOTE: As the beneficiary I did not expect to be asked questions, but I was. I had included in my I-864 my intent to reestablish domicile in the U.S., but the officer still asked me what were my plans when I got back and how could I prove that I was not planning on live 6 months here and there, etc. and whether I had a plane ticket. I could only tell her I had not made such concrete moves yet bc I was waiting to see if my husband was approved for the visa. I also did not have a lease or a job or really anything in Italy so i had nothing to close or quit. She told me i could write a letter stating my intent and plans in America. I still had an open bank account, my american phone number, we were moving in with my mother temporarily so I also wrote that, and I still had my car in America. I was also looking for work. She accepted it all and said we had been approved. My husband received his visa in the mail about 3 days later Long post but if anyone has questions, please ask :]
  19. My wife and I are getting ready to send over all of our documents to the Frankfurt consulate, including the affidavit of support. While filling out her affidavit of support we got stuck at the "current country of domicile" question, since the instructions say that only people domiciled in the US can be sponsors. For that reason, we got her parents as joint sponsors, just in case, since they are domiciled in the US. However, we aren't 100% sure how to answer the domicile question for my wife. If put down that her domicile is in Germany is that fine as long as we prove she is intending to re-establish domicile in the US? She has been living in Europe for 2.5 years now, the last 1.5 years in Germany with her current company. Her company recently opened up an office in the US and they have agreed to transfer her to the US office once she moves there. Would a letter from her employer stating that be enough to prove that she is intending to re-establish domicile? Thanks a lot, really appreciate any input!
  20. Hello - Newbie to the site and just trying to get my head around all the forms and processes. I'm a US citizen married to a UK citizen. I have permanent residency through a company sponsored visa although we intend to move back to the US next year. I will head back for work prior to my wife's visa being approved so she will move as soon as that is fully completed. I do have a few questions and would appreciate any insight VJers can provide: If we were to apply via DCF in London, can we do the concurrent filing with the I-485 and I-864 being submitted with the I-130? I've seen conflicting information on this and so am a bit unclear if this is possible. If the above is a no and we were to still apply via DCF in London for the I-130, can I be back in the US for the remaining part of the process (i.e. the I-485?) I am looking to apply by end of this month prior to terminating my permanent residence status here in the UK. I've read it can be faster to apply via a DCF so would like to take advantage of that if possible. If that is not the case, then I presume I could do a concurrent filing upon returning to the US in January 2020? Many thanks for any and all responses!
  21. 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.
  22. Hi everyone, Just looking for some advice please. My wife and I have recently filed our I-130 application via the London Office who have also confirmed they have received and started to process 1 week ago. My question is, is there anything I could be doing in the interim? I.e. pulling additional documents together ahead of the next step (whatever that is!?). Thanks very much,
  23. Hi all! So sorry if I missed the answer to this elsewhere! I am the USC and have done a DCF/I-130/CR-1 visa application for my Peruvian husband. I've researched this website and found several helpful threads talking about how the USC petitioner is still required to fill out an I-864 AOS even if they are currently living overseas. But I haven't been able to find anywhere how you're supposed to fill out the I-864 fields if you're attaching a letter explaining how you maintained your US domicile or future plans of US domicile. Basically, what I want to know is—do I as the main sponsor filling out the I-864 need to put my current Peruvian addresses in the form fields—or do I put my future US domicile (if my husband's visa is approved)? I plan on attaching a cover letter with evidence of me maintaining my US domicile (like the one in this thread Hope this makes sense! Thanks in advance
  24. Is the online I-130 filing available for those of us going through DCF?
  25. Got our I-130 approved by USCIS New Delhi and received case number in an email from the US embassy in Mumbai on the 23rd of September 2019. Petitioner has gone back to the United States to get the necessary documents for affidavit of support and to establish proof of US Domicile. How long is our approved I-130 valid for? Filled out my DS-260 at https://ceac.state.gov/ceac I also created an account at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in but did not choose bio-metric/interview appointment dates.
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