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My wife(Italian) and I(American citizen) got married 5 years ago in Texas. We have lived abroad, London and Italy, since then. We have never lived in the states and have only visited once or twice a year to see my family.

We plan to move to the states most likely in about 4 years. Should I apply for her residence status now or wait till we are closer to moving back to the US? Is the I-130 the form I would fill out if I decide to apply for her residence? Any suggestions for this situation would be greatly appreciated.

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Someone should be along soon who knows far more of the details than I do, but general wisdom is that you shouldn't start the paperwork until you have a better idea of when you plan on making the Big Move. The American member of the couple (i.e. the sponsor) has to have a job or other means of financially supporting their spouse - or have a co-sponsor lined up to take financial responsibility. And, you need to have a place to live in the US.

The whole process can take a year or so to for the paperwork to be issued, and once it is, you have a limited period of time to arrive in the US to take up residence. But check the US Consulate information on immigrant visas (very often linking you to the State Department site) for further details on timing, requirement and cost.

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This is great info, thanks! So can we move to the US while the paperwork is being processed?

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This is great info, thanks! So can we move to the US while the paperwork is being processed?
Actually, as I understand it, no you can't.

If you are living in the UK, you can apply through the US Consulate in London. Starting point is here: https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/famil...a-u-s-citizen/

From the UK can you apply through the consulate. But if you're in Italy, you have to go through the National Visa Center in the US. Start here if you're applying from Italy: https://it.usembassy.gov/visas/iv/fa...d-immigration/

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My wife(Italian) and I(American citizen) got married 5 years ago in Texas. We have lived abroad, London and Italy, since then. We have never lived in the states and have only visited once or twice a year to see my family.

We plan to move to the states most likely in about 4 years. Should I apply for her residence status now or wait till we are closer to moving back to the US? Is the I-130 the form I would fill out if I decide to apply for her residence? Any suggestions for this situation would be greatly appreciated.

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You apply when you have decided to move. The whole process for immigration is taking around 12 months these days, so pointless starting now.

Yes it is the I-130 you start the petition with.

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We live in Italy right now actually.

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You apply when you have decided to move. The whole process for immigration is taking around 12 months these days, so pointless starting now.

Yes it is the I-130 you start the petition with.
Ok, thanks Crawford. Would I use the same form for our kids as well if we have any at the time?

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The US sponsor can.... the applicant can't

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Ok, thanks Crawford. Would I use the same form for our kids as well if we have any at the time?
If you can pass on your citizenship to your children you won't have to sponsor them to enter the US, they will already be US citizens.

If not able, then yes, you use the I-130

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