Yay! You got your USA Green Card, finally you can sit back and relax…WRONG. If you’ve been married for less than 2 years at the time you first applied for a Green Card, you actually are only granted a conditional residency. This lasts 2 years from the day you first enter the USA. 90 days before the card expires, you have to start the 1-751 process. A process that currently has a wait time of 18 MONTHS.
I recently attended a local ‘Immigration Simulation’ event where everyone was given a ‘character’ with a back story as to why they are trying to get into America. They then had to live out the frustrations of the USA immigration process, and believe me it was just as frustrating as my experience. We were told that the process can take 16 YEARS to go through the whole process and become a citizen.
How do you file a US tax return when your spouse lives overseas? I was asked this question by a reader the other day and I thought I would try my best to answer it in its own post! If you’re going through the USA spouse visa process, the chances are because of how long it takes, there’ll be a time when you need to file taxes when your husband or wife still isn’t living in the country. My reader was concerned about how the NVC (National Visa Centre) would view their marriage by the way they filed and if they’d need to apply for an ITIN number. This is how we filed ours in 2016 for the 2015 tax year and how we managed to satisfy both of these queries.
The LONGEST wait during the CR1 USA visa process is the gap between sending off the i130 evidence pack and then waiting to receive the NVC case number. My wait time was just over 5 months. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to know what’s coming up next so you can be prepared and send the next load of evidence off ASAP! Here’s a rough guide on what you will need to make up the i864EZ AOS pack.
As part of an international couple (Brit/American), we had 2 choices in visas for us to be able to live together in America. We were already engaged so we could have opted for the K1 Fiancé Visa OR if we got married outside of America, we had the CR1 option. We chose the CR1 visa for several reasons.
As soon as I opened my mail box I knew what the envelope inside held. It wasn’t even a government envelope or anything special, it just had the words PRIORITY MAIL printed in big red letters on the outside. I gave it a little bend and it confirmed my guess, that yes, there was a card inside. It arrived almost 1 year to the day since I first applied for my USA permanent resident visa. Hello Green Card!
I’m going to share a secret with you. I purchased a book that became my LIFESAVER when filling out my USA Marriage visa. It was literally my guide, I referred to it each time I had a form to fill out and it obviously worked as all of my forms were accepted first time and I never had any ‘corrections’ to fill in and return.
So I’ve arrived in the USA! The whole entry process was pretty painless considering all the paperwork and waiting there had been! My ‘Point of Entry’ was Chicago Ohare Airport. I double checked with a worker to ensure I was joining the correct line. ‘Visas and First Time ESTAS’. I was travelling with my family, they went down the returning ESTA channel and I ended up being put behind them in the line anyway! This was helpful as it solved any ‘strange’ security questions, I was told I could just go up to the desk with them.