DCF London Ending

Old Feb 7th 2020, 10:46 am
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Some advice please, my US citizen wife currently lives here in the UK on a spousal visa with me until i complete my military service early 2022. The plan was to file DCF to move back to her home state before her visa expires, now that DCF has been removed (or will be after April) we will need to file back in the US as i understand it. Not an issue and we are luckier than most in that we will still be together during the process, but my question is this. Given you do not know which service centre will process the application and their timelines vary wildly (a year + in some cases) what happens if on successful completion of the process and i need to enter within 6 months of the date of the medical, but yet my/our affairs are not settled here in the UK, is it possible to enter the US to ‘activate’ the visa so to speak and then return to the UK a few days later to completely settle affairs?

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Hi
Some advice please, my US citizen wife currently lives here in the UK on a spousal visa with me until i complete my military service early 2022. The plan was to file DCF to move back to her home state before her visa expires, now that DCF has been removed (or will be after April) we will need to file back in the US as i understand it. Not an issue and we are luckier than most in that we will still be together during the process, but my question is this. Given you do not know which service centre will process the application and their timelines vary wildly (a year + in some cases) what happens if on successful completion of the process and i need to enter within 6 months of the date of the medical, but yet my/our affairs are not settled here in the UK, is it possible to enter the US to ‘activate’ the visa so to speak and then return to the UK a few days later to completely settle affairs?

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Yes that can be done. Your wife will need to be in the USA either ahead of you or go with you. You will also need a US address for your green card.
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In regard to my first post another question i have is this, as said at the start with different service centres processing times varying wildly it is our intent to submit the i-130 online around January 2021 with an intended immigration date (if successful) of May 2022 which is when i discharge from the military. If the process happens to move quickly and we are at the stage of scheduling medical appointments and embassy interview dates by say august or something are we able to ‘space out’ these appointments without affecting the i-130 approval seeing as we wont be in a position to move until the May.

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Once the I-130 is approved the case is passed to the NVC and remains open for 1 year. As long as you have some contact with the NVC it is a rolling year, although to be honest I wouldn't push it. The I-130 remains valid, but if you go over the year with no contact with the NVC there are I think extra fees to pay to "open" your file again. Remember the visa you will finally be issued is valid for 6 months from the date of your medical.

If you have the visa you can travel to the US to use it, and then return to the UK to wind up your affairs there. If you do that your wife would either have to already be in the US or traveling with you.

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