The cost of the CR1 spousal visa process is significant. Costs include things like travel, several government fees, medical exams and any assistance you hire for help.
Fortunately, the various steps tend to break out the times that certain monies are due. Every case is unique and only you can truly calculate the cost of your overall tab, but the typical case can range from about $1,200 to $5,000 including government fees, medical exam, assistance and miscellaneous.
Basic CR1/IR1 Visa Cost Overview
|Government Fees||Variable Costs|
|Everyone pays these.||Varies based on your situation.|
|USCIS Filing Fee: $535||Travel Costs|
|NVC Fee: $445||Medical Exam (Varies by country.)|
|USCIS Immigrant Fee: $220||Assistance (ie. RapidVisa or an attorney)|
|Total Government fees: $1,200|
CR1/IR1 Visa Costs & Fees Breakdown
USCIS Filing Fee – $535
This is the fee required to get the ball rolling with your petition. It goes along with the Form I-130 in the initial filing of the CR1/IR1 visa petition.
NVC Fee – $445
This consists of a combination of 2 fees – The affidavit of support fee of $120, and the DS-260 visa application fee of $325.
Immigrant Fee – $220
The immigrant fee is paid via the USCIS Electronic Immigration System and is required for the green card.
Medical Exam – $60-$300
This cost varies based on the country for your interview. It is paid directly to a medical facility determined by the U.S. Consulate.
Travel Expenses – (Varies)
The cost for the alien spouse to travel to the USA after the visa, along with any travel the petitioner does can vary from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars. Also consider if the alien is not from the city where the consulate interview will take place, there is more travel.
Assistance – (Varies)
Lawyers can average from around $1,800 to about $3,000 for a straightforward case. RapidVisa’s assistance starts at $450 and has payment plans starting at $217per month. Other agencies charge around $800-1,400.
Other costs you should consider are:
Postage – Getting files back and forth between you, your spouse, your agency/attorney, and the government at various steps. If your attorney or agency uses secure document transfer, it can save time and money.
Cost of Acquiring Certain Evidence – Hunting down bank statements, or birth certificates can add to the tally.
Passport – If the alien spouse doesn’t already have a passport, he or she will need to acquire one.
Passport Photos – Passport photos are required for the visa. Make sure the alien beneficiary gets them in the right size and standards.
Children – Consider extra USCIS & NVC fees, as well as immigrant fee and medical exams if the child CR2/IR2 applicant accompanies the CR1/IR1 applicant.
Translation Service – If you need certain documents translated, and don’t have a friend to do it for you, this could add to your cost.