Archive for the ‘ CR1 Spousal Visa’ Category

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 […]

27Aug2018
How Long Do I Have to Pay the NVC (After USCIS Approval)?

“How long after a petition gets approved do you have to pay the NVC?” Once a petition’s approved by the USCIS, you’ll get an invoice from the NVC by email. It’s going to take a few weeks, could take up to a month before you get it. But, once you get it, you actually have […]

31Jul2018
Will a Discrepancy On My Birth Certificate Be a Problem? (Fiance/Spousal Visa)

“Do you think it’s a problem when my birth certificate has a conflict? My mother’s maiden name in my birth certificate shows my dad’s surname, but my dad is not on my birth certificate?” On a fiance visa, your birth certificate is not required until the end of the process when you go to your medical […]

24Jul2018
Can I Postpone My Interview While I Gather Documents? (Fiance/Spousal Visa)

Sandy asks, “Does it matter if your case is at the NVC, ready for interview schedule, but you don’t want to set the interview date yet, because you’re still gathering documents?” Fiance Visa If you’re filing for a fiance visa, you actually control that timeline yourself with most embassies. What that means is, you physically […]

17Jul2018
Immigrant vs. Non-Immigrant “Intent” (U.S. Visas)

What’s the difference between immigrant and non-immigrant “intent”? The type of visa is determined by the purpose of the travel to the United States. Immigrant Visa An immigrant visa is for someone that intends to immigrate to the US or permanently live in the United States. Most immigrant visas have a path to citizenship after a number […]

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