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Moving Malaysian wife to USA

Postby UMichGrad » Wed, 07 Sep 2016 12:13 pm

Hello All,

This question is premature but I'm sure people have looked into it or have done it and I would appreciate having some information available so that when I am ready to return to the USA, I know what steps I need to take and the timeline.

Background: I came to Singapore on an EP last year and have been working and enjoying my life here. I knew a girl before I came here and now we are married. She is a PR and has been in Singapore for 10 years but still holds a Malaysian passport. We are traveling to the USA next week so my family and friends can meet her and to have a wedding like celebration at a Church for my family since they were unable to attend in Singapore, and she can experience the USA herself. She has a valid multientry B1/B2 visa as she was planning to see me before I ended up getting my job last year.

We are talking about starting a family next year and maybe 3 to 4 years down the road returning to the USA as I think the cost of raising a family in the USA is much cheaper than here in Singapore. However, after doing some reading online, it doesn't look like the process of moving back and taking my wife with me is straight forward and also looks like it can have pitfalls.

I see there is some I-130/K3 method, a IR1/CR1 method, and K1 method. Obviously K1 does not apply to us as we are married.

My questions are:
-Which method is better/faster? If I were to lose my job somehow here, I don't want to be away from her and potentially my kid for 10 months as I am not PR here.

-What are some things I need to think about (anything to show proof of our marriage being legit? I read online that I need a US income for the US to believe I can support my wife, this is hard to do when my income is in Singapore, is there anything I can do to get around this?)

-Any other advice anyone has?

As I said, I know it is premature, but I am a worrier and I do like to be prepared. Thank you to anyone who has any information, greatly appreciate it!

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Re: Moving Malaysian wife to USA

Postby PNGMK » Wed, 07 Sep 2016 1:50 pm

Because she has a valid visa you could move to the USA and then do an adjustment of status from non immigrant to immigrant status with no preparation apart from document collection here and in Malaysia prior to departure. If you decided to do an application prior you file I-130 and then for visa, as you guess either K1 or CR1 or otjers. There are multiple options for the USA and a wealth of information online and via online immigration lawyers.
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Re: Moving Malaysian wife to USA

Postby PNGMK » Wed, 07 Sep 2016 1:53 pm

More. You can apply as a none resident provided you're domiciled I the USA. You can use your overseas income. If you lose your job prior to her succeeding in obtaining LPR then move back with her and do an AOS. However there is an element of fraud here if you move back with the intention of switching status in country. The best way is to begin applying now and IF you lose your job use that as a reason to request AOS.
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