Approval of I-130 Petition filed Directly at USCIS London Field Office

U.S. Citizens residing overseas may file an I-130 Petition for an immediate relative directly with the appropriate USCIS overseas field office rather than filing the I-130 Petition with a USCIS Service Center in the United States. Our U.S. Citizen client has been living in London for the past 5 years for business and is preparing to return to the United States. We filed an I-130 Petition directly with the USCIS London Field Office four our client’s spouse which was approved in approximately 6 weeks. When a petition is approved that was filed overseas the immigrant visa processing occurs directly at the U.S. Embassy as opposed to through the National Visa Center. We are now in the process of conducting the immigrant visa process through the U.S. Embassy in London.

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