Page 2 of 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.

15Mar2019

Getting Married on a Tourist Visa Then Adjusting Status vs. Spouse Visa

Yes, you can get married in the US while on a tourist visa. It happens all the time, and doesn’t always have anything to do with immigration. For example, two Japanese tourists getting married in Hawaii.

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08Mar2019

Can I Sponsor My Alien Spouse If My Roommate is on Social Security?

Can I sponsor my husband if my housemate gets social security benefits at my address? Yes, certainly, if your housemate is not a dependent. It's not uncommon to have multiple households living in one house. The "household" refers to all people depending on the same financial means, usually indicated by if you file taxes together. […]

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12Feb2019

Does My Joint Sponsor Need To Live With Or Near Me?

No. A joint sponsor can be any US citizen or legal permanent resident who is at least 18 years old and meets the income requirements.

Please be advised that some embassies don’t allow the use of joint sponsors for fiance visas. Among these is the Philippines and Vietnam, among others.

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07Jan2019

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

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 for the child. Be forewarned that when a green card holder petitions for a spouse or a step-child, the spousal visa processing time takes substantially longer than if you were a US citizen petitioning for a spouse or step-child.

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04Jan2019

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

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 exam at least five to ten business days prior to the interview to ensure that the medical exam results are going to get over to the U.S.

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07Dec2018

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

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 meet 100% of the HHS Poverty Guideline, and for a spousal visa or adjustment of status, it’s 125%, and you can check Form I-684p here.

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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, […]

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21Nov2018

After USCIS Approval, How Long Until NVC Phase?

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 support and for your DS-260 visa application. When you receive that invoice, you’ll pay those fees online, and then along with that letter, you’ll also receive what’s called the NVC Checklist.

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08Nov2018

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

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 them again if you send those in.

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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 […]

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