Archive for the ‘ CR1 Spousal Visa’ Category

07Jan2019
Does a Child of a Green Card Holder Qualify For Derivative Beneficiary? (CR1/CR2 Visa)
Does a Child of a Green Card Holder Qualify For Derivative Beneficiary? (CR1/CR2 Visa)

I’ve filed for my husband (CR1 spousal visa), and I’m a green card holder. Will his five-year-old daughter qualify for derivative beneficiary? You will have to file another petition for the child. You will need to file a new I-130 and all the same documents that you filed for your husband, but you can petition […]

04Jan2019
CR1/IR1 Spousal Visa Medical Exam – What Should I Expect?

Ahmed asks, “What should I expect from the medical exam on a spousal visa?” All applicants preparing to enter the US on a CR1 spousal visa are required to complete a medical exam before the consular officer will approve it. This medical exam is at the end of the process. We recommend completing the medical […]

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

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

02Oct2018
Notarized 3rd Party Affidavit: Evidence of Bona Fide Marriage?
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 2021?

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 2021, 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 […]

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 […]

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