I am visiting my husband abroad. I currently live in California and would like to file the application before I leave. Since I won't be in California to correspond, I would like to set the mailing address to Virginia in care of my relative. As California and Virginia have different lockbox facilities you are supposed to mail the application to, which lockbox do I send the application to? Thank you.
This depends on where you live, not where your mailing address is. You should mail it to the California corresponding lockbox.
The requirement is to file the I-130 Form at the address related to where you live.
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If you live in California, it should be Phoenix Lockbox. See: https://www.uscis.gov/i-130-addresses. I guess the question is whether you are going to maintain residence in California while you spend time with your husband abroad. Are you planning to totally get rid of your home in California? If you are going to be abroad for an extended period (without home to come back to), you may also have a domicile issue (for I-864 purposes) down the road.
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