Cherry Blossoms has designed our visa support services to help take all the wonder and all the worry out of the Spousal Visa experience. We appreciate that some members want to try to do this themselves, but it just keeps getting more and more difficult to do, and if your #1 goal is to get your Spouse here as soon as possible, we hope that you allow us to help you.
Here are the basic events for your upcoming petition:
- USCIS Filing – Spousal Package will be Fed Ex'd or Express Mailed to the USCIS.
- Notice of Action 1 (NOA1) – Petition is received by USCIS and you get a notice of receipt.
- Notice of Action 2 (NOA2) – Petition is approved by USCIS and you get a notice of approval.
- NVC – USCIS send your case to NVC.
- Embassy 1 – NVC sends your case to the U.S. Embassy where she is living.
- Embassy 2 – Embassy sends you additional instructions.
- Embassy 3 – Complete all instructions given to you by the Embassy.
- Medical Exam - Follow instructions for the Medical Exam.
- Embassy 4 - Interview, your Spouse is interviewed by Consular Officer at Embassy.
- Visa Issued – The Visa is stamped into their Passport and the Passport is returned to your Spouse within 10 working days.
- Immigrant Fee – Immigrant fee is paid online or at a designated Bank as instructed by the US Embassy.
- Travel to your Home – You Spouse has 6 months to enter the U.S. or sooner depending on Visa expiration.
- Green Card Issued – Your Spouses Green Card is mailed to your home address within 4 to 8 weeks after the arrival date in the U.S.
Cherry Blossoms has been helping men and women come to the USA since 1980. Over the years the time from start to finish has changed, but in most cases we are seeing the approval rates between 8 and 10 months from the time you apply. There are some things which can affect the start to finish:
- What Country she lives in; the Philippines is about the fastests we have seen.
- How many applications are at the USCIS.
- The #1 is an applications without any errors. (We do it right the first time!)
- Most member's who do their own petition make simple little mistakes and usually several of them, and each mistake will add on about 1 month to the process. The average petitioner will make about 5 or 6 small errors, and that's adding on about 6 to 9 months.
To file for a Spousal Visa:
- You are a U.S. Citizen and over 18 years old.
- You are legally married to your foreign Spouse.
- You equal or exceed the Fiancee Visa income requirements.
Below are the basic costs for the Fiancee Visa. Some can be a litte or more or less depending on the country and where they have to travel from and to. The good news is that the Adjust of Status is not required with a Spousal Visa, since the Green Card of part of it petition.
|USCIS Filing Fee: $535
||Medical Exam (Ranges between $200 & $300)
|NVC Fee: $445
||Travel Costs, check online.
|USCIS Immigrant Fee: $220
|Total Government: $1,200
When all for the paperwork has been reviewed by the Embassy, your Spouse will be required to have an Embassy interview with a Consular Officer. This will be at either a U.S. Embassy where she lives, or at a Consulate which processes Immigrant Visas.
Your Spouse will be asked a series of questions to make a determination of approval or denial. The main goal of the interviewer is to determine if your relationship is legitimate, and to make sure there is no fraud going on. After the interview, the consular officer will approve or reject your visa. If approved, the passport (along with the issued visa) will be returned to the beneficiary within ten days or so.
The CR1 Spousal Visa is generally valid for 6 months after it’s granted. The good news is the CR1 visa comes with a Green Card, so there is no need for the Adjustment of Status. If your Spouse intends to get right to work in the U.S. this can be of value. Most still use the Fiancee Visa, but each case is unique.
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