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Seeking advice on spouse obtaining a green card in Taiwan

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Seeking advice on spouse obtaining a green card in Taiwan

Postby gopherwolf » 17 Nov 2013, 03:14

Hello all,

I am an American who has recently gotten married to a Taiwanese woman here in Taiwan. We have been living together here for the past few years. Now we have plans to move back to the US as soon as possible but are a bit confused about the new green card process. I've searched the forums and haven't found any current information about this.

I understand that we first need to file for the immediate relative immigrant visa petition (Form I-130) at the USCIS Chicago Lockbox facility. After approval of this, the process becomes confusing. On the USCIS website it states we can then go through consular processing (an interview) and after approval of this she will get a visa packet which will ensure her a green card upon arrival in the US. Is it still possible to do consular processing at AIT even though there is no USCIS office there? Or must we go to a country that has a USCIS office? Or is it best to just take care of all of this in the US? In the past it seems you could file this directly at AIT and after processing could set up an interview there and after approval you would get a green card upon arriving in the US.

Any help is much appreciated.
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Re: Seeking advice on spouse obtaining a green card in Taiwan

Postby scomargo » 18 Nov 2013, 09:10

Yeah, it seems that you used to be able to do everything at AIT before things changed. I don't know the exact procedures, but it might be worth taking a trip to AIT to ask them these questions. I know that's what I would do for such an important process, but then again I live within 30 minutes of AIT. I wish you the best. At some point I will have to go through this myself, so I hope everything goes smoothly for you.
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Re: Seeking advice on spouse obtaining a green card in Taiwan

Postby dylanh724 » 20 Oct 2014, 23:07

anyone else have word on this? I'm in same situation
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Re: Seeking advice on spouse obtaining a green card in Taiwan

Postby tommy525 » 21 Oct 2014, 12:06

I recently went through the i-129F petition for fiancee to get my now wife (then fiancee) her Green Card. The steps for the i-130 are much the same. Except in the case of the i-130 the couple is already married. While the i-129F route means they intend to get married in the United States.

My ex GF recently got her i-129F from the AIT in Taipei. For this purpose the AIT functions exactly the same as an Embassy would in places where the USA has an Embassy.

First you must submit an application for the i-130 ... visas.html

Once approved I believe you both should appear at the AIT for an interview. There are other steps outlined. Just follow them to the letter.
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Re: Seeking advice on spouse obtaining a green card in Taiwan

Postby taywith11 » 10 Dec 2014, 09:18

Hi guys,

So I'm not married yet...we are trying to figure everything else first. I want to know what the best option is. We want to get married then live in the US. It seems like we should get married in Taiwan (we are both there now), then use the CR1 visa or Direct Consular Filing? ( ) Is that what you guys ended up doing? Can we do direct consular filing at AIT? When does the 6 months start, after I arrived in Taiwan or after I got my ARC? Also, how long did the process take? We are planning on calling to find out more info, but I want to have a few ideas first.

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