CR1 Visa Timeline

The entire CR1 visa timeline can vary greatly from person to person. Some attorneys who do a few of these a year might estimate the average at about a year. As of 2017, if you do everything correctly, avoid getting a request for evidence, and aren’t from a high-fraud area, the process is taking on average from 6 to 7 months, from start to finish.

1. NOA1: 1 to 2 Weeks

After you file the I-130, you will get notification that the USCIS has received it (NOA1/Notice of Action 1).

2. NOA2: 3-5 Months

Quite likely the most frustrating wait. This is the time between USCIS receipt and approval. You’ll be notified via NOA2.

3. NVC Notice: 3-6 Weeks

When your case moves to the National Visa Center.

4. Embassy Phase: 1-2 Months

When your case moves to the local U.S. embassy.

5. Visa Granted: 2-5 Days

The time after approval until you get the visa in-hand.

6. Green Card: 2-4 Weeks

The time it takes for your green card to arrive, after you’ve entered the U.S.

For a more detailed description of the process, go here.

Factors That Can Affect Your Timeline

Originating Country

Some countries have longer processes that can be brought on by the local embassy workload, conflicts in the area, or other unexpected delays.

Requests for Evidence (RFE)

The most common delays are brought on by RFEs. The vast majority of these can be avoided if your petition is assembled professionally.

USCIS Workload

In the past, influxes of USCIS workload have affected overall timelines. This could be brought on by changes in immigration processes or policies.

Quality of Your Petition

Petitions that are easy to move through and approve tend to get approved faster.

Natural Disasters, War, Terrorism

Events such as these are out of your control can cause unexpected delays.

CR1 Visa Timeline Infographic

CR-1 Visa Timeline