Why Do Spousal Visas Take Longer for Permanent Residents Than Citizens?

31 Jan 2020

“Why does the CR1 take longer for a green card sponsor?”

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets the number of immigrant visas that may be issued to aliens seeking to become lawful permanent residents (get a Green Card) each year.

Immigrant visas for the family-sponsored immigrant preference categories are numerically limited, so they are not always immediately available. 

Your family member’s preference category will determine how long he or she will have to wait for an immigrant visa number. 

Second Preference (2A): Spouses of Green Card holders, unmarried children (under 21) of permanent residents 

If you are a prospective immigrant, you can find your priority date on Form I-797, Notice of Action, for the petition filed on your behalf. The waiting time before receiving an immigrant visa or adjusting status depends on:

  • The demand for and supply of immigrant visas.
  • The per-country visa limitations.
  • The number of visas allocated for your preference category.
Disclaimer: The contents of this post were accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Immigration is constantly changing, and old information often becomes outdated, including procedures, timelines, prices, and more. Take note of the publish date. For archival purposes, these posts will remain published, even if new information renders them obsolete. Do not make important life decisions based on this content. No part of this post should be considered legal advice, as RapidVisa is not a law firm. This content is provided free of charge for informational purposes only. If anything herein conflicts with an official government website, the official government website shall prevail.

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