Domicile is the country where a person has his or her principal residence and intend to maintain the residence in the future. To be a immigrant visa petitioner, the petitioner must domicile in the U.S.. A sponsor living abroad can still meet the domicile requirement if he's in one of the following situations and are able to provide evidence:
- The residence in the foreign country is just temporary, the sponsor has maintained his or her domicile in the U.S. (proof of residence as evidence)
- The sponsor has plan to establish his or her domicile in the U.S. no later than the date of the intending immigrant's admission to the U.S.
- The sponsor is temporarily employed by certain organizations, including
- U.S. government
- U.S. institution of research recognized by the attorney general
- U.S. firm or corporation or its subsidiary engaged in whole or in part in the development of foreign trade and commerce with U.S.
- Public international organization in which the U.S. participates by treaty or statute
- religious group having a genuine organization with the U.S.
Evidence as intention to maintain domicile
- Documents showing he or she has a physical residence in the U.S.. For example, utility bills or rent contract.
- Records of paying state of local taxes
- A voting record in the U.S.
- Bank statement accounts in the U.S.