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anyone applied for a spouse visa to the US recently??

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anyone applied for a spouse visa to the US recently??

Postby lunchboxthermos » 09 Mar 2016, 16:48

American here; married to taiwanese. AIT has been absolutely a nightmare to find out any information from, so i thought I'd ask around here to actually get some answers.

my husband (taiwanese) and I would like to apply for the US spousal visa. we'll be going back to the US for a year, and then returning to Taiwan (we both work here, but I'm taking a sabbatical for a year).

has anyone recently gone through the spouse visa process? would appreciate any insight into your experience. also need your help in consolidating a list of the forms needed - I've dug around the AIT and US websites and came up with this:

American: fill out for i-130 (and necessary marriage documents, ID, etc.), g-325A biographical form, i-864...anything else?
spouse: g-325A bio form, i-693 medical form...anything else??
*when is the i-485 supposed to be filled out?

would really appreciate any help you could give. I'm going crazy trying to get answers from AIT.
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Re: anyone applied for a spouse visa to the US recently??

Postby scomargo » 09 Mar 2016, 16:54

That seems like a lot of paperwork for a year-long visit. Have you considered a visitor's visa instead? It wouldn't include work rights, though.

Here is a nice summary of what you need, and this website has loads of other info if you're interested in it:
http://www.visajourney.com/content/i130guide1
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Re: anyone applied for a spouse visa to the US recently??

Postby lunchboxthermos » 09 Mar 2016, 17:08

hi scomargo,

thank you so much for that link! already more helpful than AIT!!

well, we're not sure if it will really be a year, or slightly more than a year (if i fall pregnant). plus he would like to work while he's there, even if it's just for a year or so. the other thing is that my job requires us to take a sabbatical every few years (lucky us!), so just thought it'd be easier to not have to apply for a visa every few years for the husband.

do you happen to have another route/suggestion that might fit our situation?
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Re: anyone applied for a spouse visa to the US recently??

Postby scomargo » 09 Mar 2016, 17:14

I think the main thing is if he wants work rights, he'll need a green card or citizenship. I'm no immigration attorney, though. Good luck.
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Re: anyone applied for a spouse visa to the US recently??

Postby tommy525 » 10 Mar 2016, 14:36

https://www.uscis.gov/

https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green- ... en#outside

Read it from the Govt's own website. It is pretty straightforward but the whole process is a nail biting one. Takes frickin forever and you won't want to ever do it again !

Think YEARS, not months.
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Re: anyone applied for a spouse visa to the US recently??

Postby lunchboxthermos » 11 Mar 2016, 02:19

thanks for the help.

wondering, too, if AIT still does Direct Consular Filing? can't find any info about it on the AIT website. anyone have any experience with that?
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Re: anyone applied for a spouse visa to the US recently??

Postby scomargo » 11 Mar 2016, 08:18

I think AIT only does the interviews now. You have to mail your paperwork to the US. See this AIT website
I recommend doing extensive research on this. This is too important of a process to trust some people on a web forum.
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Re: anyone applied for a spouse visa to the US recently??

Postby nonredneck » 23 May 2016, 14:07

lunchboxthermos wrote:thanks for the help.

wondering, too, if AIT still does Direct Consular Filing? can't find any info about it on the AIT website. anyone have any experience with that?



I have read that DCF is only available in countries where USCIS has a field office. I don't think that USCIS has one in Taiwan.
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