Integrity Legal

4th January 2010

For a more detailed look at the CR1 visa please see our main CR1 visa page at: CR1 visa Thailand. For information about US Immigration generally please see: US Visa Thailand.

The CR-1 Visa in 2010

As the new year begins this author would like to take this opportunity to look at the current method of processing a United States CR1 visa and also look at the future of the visa process in order to provide some insight to those thinking about submitting a visa application or petition in the future.

Currently, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) estimates that it takes approximately 5 months months to come to a final decision regarding the disposition of an Immigrant CR-1 visa petition. This estimate measures the amount of time it generally takes from application submission until final decision. In the case of an approval, this estimate measures the amount of time it usually takes from the receipt date noted on Notice of Action 1 until the approval noted on Notice of Action 2. The prospective immigrant or the US petitioner should figure in more time for documentation compilation and delays due to the time the application will spend in transit.

Assuming petition approval, after the petition is adjudicated by USCIS it is sent to the National Visa Center (NVC). Unlike the K1 and K3 visa applications, the CR1 visa application will stay at the National Visa Center for an extended period of time due to the fact that NVC compiles a great deal of pertinent documentation which it then forwards on to the US Embassy. Many couples find this to be the most exasperating part of the US visa process because the National Visa Center can be a place where the application gets delayed.

After the National Visa Center forwards the case file to the United States Embassy, they will inform the applicant that it is time to prepare for the visa interview. The visa interview can inspire feelings of anxiety in the mind of the visa applicant as many are afraid that this phase of the process will be difficult. Many are under the mistaken impression that Consular Officers and Consulate Staff will try to undermine an applicant. In reality, the staff of the US Consulate is simply making an effort to conduct due diligence in an effort to ascertain whether or not the applicant has a genuine and bona fide intention to marry their American counterpart. Usually, the visa interview is a routine inquiry regarding the couple’s history.

Should the Consular Officer wish to review more documentation, they may issue a 221g refusal. This is simply a refusal to issue the visa without further documentation.

Should the visa application be approved, the applicant will be issued their visa shortly after the interview. The visa holder will then need to enter the Unted States within 6 months. Upon entry, the visa holder will be stamped into the US as a Lawful Permanent Resident. For those holding a CR-1 visa, their status will be Conditional Lawful Permanent resident util such time as an application for a lift of conditions is submitted and approved. After a lift of conditions is approved, the alien will be an unconditional lawful permanent resident in the USA.


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