Archive for the ‘CR1 Spousal Visa’ Category

Here you will find frequently updated information about getting your CR1 Visa, and immigrating to the United States to join your husband or wife. Don’t forget to visit our Spousal Visa Overview page if you haven’t already.

31Jan2020

Why Do Spousal Visas Take Longer for Permanent Residents Than Citizens?

"Why does the CR1 take longer for a green card sponsor?" The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets the number of immigrant visas that may be issued to aliens seeking to become lawful permanent residents (get a Green Card) each year. Immigrant visas for the family-sponsored immigrant preference categories are numerically limited, so they are […]

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27Nov2019

Expediting a Spousal Visa (Form I-130) While in the Military

We’re just about to send our 130 Petition. My husband is in active duty military. We want to expedite the process as he will be leaving for his next duty station in the U.S. on December. Do we need to put the expedite letter in the petition package when we send it, or wait for […]

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01Nov2019

Trump’s New Spousal Visa Health Insurance Requirement Starts November 3

President Trump issued a proclamation, requiring all immigrant visa applicants to show proof that they will be covered by health insurance. This situation is subject to change quickly, but at the time of this recording, this is the best information we have.

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23Aug2019

When Will a CR1 Visa Recipient Receive Their Green Card?

Normally, the USCIS will send the green card within two to four weeks. So, she should be able to get her green card within that time frame, unless you move to another address. Usually, it will be returned back to the USCIS and you have 60 days to contact them, otherwise, they will destroy her green card and you have to apply for a replacement, which is several hundred dollars.

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05Aug2019

What Happens After My I-130 is Approved?

Once your I-130 is approved for a spousal visa, the USCIS is going to send it on to the National Visa Center. Once they receive it, they will send you an email that contains an invoice for the two NVC fees. The first is the affidavit of support fee, then the visa application fee. At the time of this writing, these fees together are $445.

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14Jun2019

Self-Employed Income & Sponsoring an Alien

As a self-employed individual or person who owns a business, it’s natural to take advantage of all the tax deductions you can to reduce your taxable income. You have every right to do it. Unfortunately, for USCIS and tax purposes, your income is basically what you pay taxes on.

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23May2019

I Was Recently Hired. Do I Still Need Tax Returns? (Immigration)

"I just started working... I can't provide my last year's taxes, only an employment letter and an estimated annual salary. Is it enough for my affidavit of support?" You are required to provide your most recent tax returns (ideally transcripts). If you didn't file taxes, you'll need to provide at least evidence that you are […]

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17May2019

The NVC is Taking Forever! What Can I Do?

From our experience, once you get the approval you should be getting the instructions after you receive the NOA2, which is a Notice of Action indicating approval of your application. But if you have not heard anything, we highly recommend you call the National Visa Center or check your status online.

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15May2019

Tax Returns vs. Tax Transcripts – Which is Better Income Proof?

"Are tax transcripts showing income better than tax returns to submit proof of income?" IRS tax transcripts are better proof of income because providing you tax return alone does not actually prove that they've been filed with the IRS or that you paid any taxes. Anyone can fill out a 1040 in 5 minutes online. So […]

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12Apr2019

Can an Intending Immigrant Sponsor Himself/Herself?

For a family-based immigrant visa, you cannot sponsor yourself. The petitioner must file Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, on your behalf. In certain situations you may be able to include your income and/or assets with the petitioner's household income/assets. The income must continue from the same source after obtaining lawful permanent resident status in the […]

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