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Old 18th January 2020, 10:36 AM
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I married my wife who is a US citizen in 2013 and we have just completed her indefinite leave to remain in the UK. We will be applying for her UK citizenship this coming year but have decided that we would like to move to the US in a couple of years to be nearer to her family.

I have a good job from which I would most likely be able to obtain sponsorship to work in the US but I was wondering if it would be possible to arrange sponsorship through a US based family member instead?

My reasoning being I imagine it would be much easier to get a job out there if I already had all of this sorted. My Brother-in-Law is a Doctor living in Texas and he has said he would be happy to act as a sponsor if this is possible.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Old 18th January 2020, 05:59 PM
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Your US relatives cannot be your main sponsor. Your wife must be your main sponsor.

There are financial requirements and if your wife cannot meet these (this is usually the case where the s ponsor is NOT living in the US at time of petition) then she can have a joint sponsor; and that can be any US relative or friend.

Read the following website carefully (taken from the USCIS website) and come back with further questions.

https://my.uscis.gov/exploremyoption...ion_for_spouse

The whole process - from the initial petition to actually obtaining the visa - takes approx 12 months.

(The London Embassy currently carried out Direct Consular filing which reduces the process to about 6 months, but this service is discontinuing this year I understand)

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Crawford is right, if your wife is the petitioner on an I-130 (Petition for an Alien Relative), then she must be the sponsor. If she does not have US sourced income that meets the poverty line requirements (which is difficult from outside the US) then she will need to find additional sponsors.

Your brother-on-law, I am assuming your wife's brother could be one of those sponsors ; or indeed other family members if required to make up to the income thresholds required.

As an aside, if your wife is not up to date with her US tax obligations, then that is something she should get in order. I would recommend filing even if she was was not required to file because her income was below the filing threshold. As a personal anecdote from decades ago, I over-heard a stay at home mother's application rejected at the interview at my local consulate because she had not included tax returns as part of her pack of interview materials... the argument that her income was below the filing threshold was not treated sympathetically. A return with zero dollars on it while not required for tax purposes, is still technically a statement that this was your income was the way the argument went.

As implied by Crawford, I believe that all petitions are now handled out of the Chicago USCIS office ... there are no direct consular filing anywhere.

However ... USCIS may authorize the Department of State (ie. the local consule) to adjudicate their case in certain emergency situations.

One of those emergency grounds is...

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A U.S. citizen petitioner, living and working abroad, receives a job relocation within the same company or subsidiary to the United States, or an offer of a new job in the United States with very little notice.
This process still takes two to four months after the appointment date ; (although I expect the time-frame will vary considerably based on the consulate in question) ; so you would be still looking at a 6 month time-frame at a quess.

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