Does Not Living With My Spouse Hurt My Chances for a CR1 Spousal Visa?

08 Mar 2018

Mary Jean asks, “My fiance lives in Egypt. If we get married in Egypt and then immediately return home, will that reduce the chances for a CR1 Visa approval? I heard that if we don’t live together as a couple before I apply, that will damage our chances.”

To answer this, you don’t really have to live together. In the interview, they’re going to ask personal questions. They’re going to find out if you know each other. They’re going to find out if this is a bona fide, legitimate relationship. That is when you’ve entered into the relationship in good faith and that you intend to live together in the United States and that you’re not just doing this for an immigration benefit that includes getting a green card. They just want to see that you have a real relationship. In some cases, it really doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been over there or visited. It doesn’t matter if you live together or not. They just want to see if you know each other. When I (Rick) went to the interview with my wife, they basically asked my wife where I was from, where I lived, what I did for a living. Just basic questions that you should be able to answer.

A lot of times I noticed that when they were going through all the questions, they were flipping through the petition and asking the questions directly out of the petition. It’s recommend that both of you sit down with your petition. Open it up and just flip through it page by page. Just go over all of the details that are in that petition because, everything about you that the consular officer would have access to or want to ask is in that case or that file.

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