Archive for the ‘ CR1 Spousal Visa’ Category

07Dec2018
What Are The Most Common Reasons For Denial? (Fiancé/Spouse Visas)

What are the most common reasons for denials? The number one reason we’re seeing right now is for finances. That’s the affidavit of support. We used to see quite a few RFEs, but now we’re actually seeing denials come in, because they do not meet the income requirements. For a fiance visa, you have to […]

29Nov2018
Sponsoring an Alien – Work History & Using Assets

I’m curious about being a sponsor. How long do I need to be at my job for proof of income, and how do I use my home to sponsor my spouse? If I want to bring a foreign individual to the USA, be that a spouse or a child or a parent, or a brother, […]

21Nov2018
After USCIS Approval, How Long Until NVC Phase?

After the USCIS approval, how long should I wait till we receive anything from the National Visa Center, and what’s next for me? Prior to 2018, it used to take about four to six weeks to get the invoice from the NVC. The invoice is going to be a request for payment for your affidavit […]

08Nov2018
Should I Send Originals or Copies of Supporting Evidence to USCIS?

Is a copy of a birth certificate and divorce papers acceptable to USCIS or do I need originals? You should never send original supporting evidence to the USCIS, unless they specifically ask for it. Always send a photocopy. The USCIS won’t return you your original supporting documents back either, so be prepared to never see […]

23Oct2018
2018 Update to Adjustment of Status Process (Medical Exam)

The USCIS announced last week that effective November 1st, 2018, they will require applicants to submit form I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record that is signed by a civil surgeon no more than 60 days before filing the underlying application for immigration benefit. This applies to the adjustment of status or application to register […]

02Oct2018
Notarized 3rd Party Affidavit: Evidence of Bona Fide Marriage?

Do letters from friends and family about our relationship need to be handwritten and notarized? In the spousal visa process, the USCIS is trying to determine that you have a bona fide marriage. And, if you have just recently married most people understandably don’t have many of the typical bona fides, such as a joint […]

27Sep2018
How Long is the CR1 Spousal Visa Taking in 2018?

Prior to our current era of “extreme vetting“, we were seeing times of six to seven months for a CR1 visa, from the time you mailed it so the USCIS until the time that you had the visa in hand. But now, in 2018, our average timelines have increased to an average of 7-10 months. […]

25Sep2018
How Soon Can I Reapply After Denial? (K1 Fiance/CR1 Spousal Visa)

If your case is denied, how long will you have to wait before you can re-file? In the case of a fiance or spousal visa, it usually can take two to three months for the embassy to send your case back to the National Visa Center (NVC) and then the National Visa Center sends your […]

11Sep2018
Can I Complain to USCIS or Appeal a Denial?

Is there a way to complain to the USCIS if they do deny? There is an official appeals process and you would normally use to file an appeal. Appeals don’t overturn a decision very frequently. The types of criteria that have a great chance of appeal are if something was objectively in error on the […]

04Sep2018
I Just Received My NVC Letter. How Long Until the Interview?

I am from Ghana, and I just received an email from the National Visa Center saying that I’m in queue for the interview. How long would it take from now to get the interview date? Back a year or two ago, this used to take four to six weeks. Unfortunately, they are scrutinizing petitions more […]

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