If I just petitioned my wife to the US from Philippines but nhe planning to move to Malaysia for work, will this affect her petition to the US?

UPDATED: Dec 5, 2011

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If I just petitioned my wife to the US from Philippines but nhe planning to move to Malaysia for work, will this affect her petition to the US?

We got married last year and started the petition process to the US last month. I live in the US while my wife is in the Philippines. She just got offered some work in Malaysia and is planning on moving there for the job. Will this affect our petition for her to come to the US? Will we be able to continue the process for her petition or will we have to re-apply once she moves to Malaysia?

Asked on December 5, 2011 under Immigration Law, California


SB, Member, California / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

YOu can still continue the process of petitioning for her.  Once the approval comes through from USCIS, it will be forwarded to the National Visa Center for the consular processing stage.  Since the consular interview will probably be done in Manila, as her place of residence, she would simply need to travel there for the interview once that is scheduled.  Once her visa is approved, she can then travel to the US.  In some instances, you may be able to change the consular interview to Kuala Lumpur, but if it is not a big deal for her to travel to Manila, that might be easier.

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