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Bridge the Distance: Your Guide to the CR1 Marriage Visa

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CR1 Marriage Visas – An Introduction

Why Choose Us?

Choosing the right lawyer is crucial for a successful CR1 Marriage Visa application. At the Immigration Legal Center, our CR1 Marriage Visa lawyers offer:

    • Expertise: Our lawyers specialize in CR1 Marriage Visas, ensuring that you receive knowledgeable and up-to-date advice.
    • Personalized Service: We understand that every case is unique. Our personalized approach ensures that your specific needs and concerns are addressed.
    • Proven Track Record: We have a high success rate in CR1 Marriage Visa approvals, thanks to our attention to detail and thorough preparation.

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Eligibility Requirements for CR1 Visas

Understanding the eligibility requirements for the CR1 Visa is important for a successful application. The CR1 Visa allows the foreign spouse of a U.S. citizen to enter the United States as a conditional resident. Below are the key eligibility requirements that must be met to qualify for a CR1 Visa:

  1. Valid Marriage
    • The marriage between the U.S. citizen petitioner and the foreign spouse must be legally valid and recognized in the country where it took place.
    • Proof of marriage, such as a marriage certificate, is needed
  2. U.S. Citizenship of Petitioner
    • The petitioner must be a U.S. citizen. Permanent residents (green card holders) are not eligible to sponsor a CR1 Visa.
  3. Intent to Live Together
    • The couple must demonstrate a bona fide marriage with the intent to live together in the United States.
    • Evidence such as joint bank accounts, lease agreements, photos, and affidavits from friends and family can support this requirement.
  4. Sufficient Income
    • The U.S. citizen petitioner must meet specific income requirements to sponsor the foreign spouse.
    • The petitioner’s income must be at least 125% of the federal poverty level for their household size. If the petitioner’s income is insufficient, a co-sponsor can be used.
  5. Admissibility of the Foreign Spouse
    • The foreign spouse must be admissible to the United States. Certain medical conditions, criminal records, or prior immigration violations could render the spouse inadmissible.
    • A thorough background check and medical examination are part of the process.
  6. Proof of Relationship
    • Along with proof of marriage, the couple must provide evidence of their relationship, such as communication records, travel itineraries, and other documents showing the relationship’s duration and authenticity.
  7. Filing of Form I-130
    • The U.S. citizen petitioner must file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
    • This form establishes the relationship between the petitioner and the foreign spouse.
  8. Approval of Form I-130
    • Once Form I-130 is approved, the case is transferred to the National Visa Center (NVC) for further processing and eventual interview scheduling at the U.S. embassy or consulate in the foreign spouse’s country.
  9. Interview and Consular Processing
    • The foreign spouse must attend an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The interview will assess the legitimacy of the marriage and verify the information provided in the application.
    • Successful completion of the interview and approval of the visa allows the foreign spouse to enter the U.S. as a conditional resident.

Meeting these eligibility requirements is essential for a successful CR1 Visa application. For personalized assistance and to ensure all requirements are met, consulting with an experienced CR1 Marriage Visa lawyer at the Immigration Legal Center is highly recommended.

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The Application Process for CR1 Marriage Visas

Applying for a CR1 Visa involves several steps and require careful attention to detail to ensure a smooth and successful outcome. Here is an overview of the CR1 Visa application process:


Step 1: Filing Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative)

The U.S. citizen petitioner starts the process by filing Form I-130 with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This form establishes the marital relationship between the petitioner and the foreign spouse. Required documents include the marriage certificate, proof of U.S. citizenship, and evidence of a bona fide marriage.

Step 2: USCIS Processing

USCIS reviews the I-130 petition and the supporting documents. If additional information or documents are needed, USCIS will issue a Request for Evidence (RFE). Once the petition is approved, USCIS forwards it to the National Visa Center (NVC) for further processing.

Step 3: National Visa Center (NVC) Processing

The NVC assigns a case number and sends instructions for the next steps. The petitioner and the foreign spouse must submit additional forms, such as the DS-260 (Online Immigrant Visa Application), and pay the required fees. Supporting documents, including police certificates, birth certificates, and financial affidavits, must be submitted.

Step 4: Financial Support and Affidavit of Support

The U.S. citizen petitioner must complete Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, demonstrating they can financially support the foreign spouse. Proof of income, tax returns, and employment letters are typically required.

Step 5: Medical Examination

The foreign spouse must undergo a medical examination by an approved physician. The results of the medical examination are sent directly to the U.S. embassy or consulate.

Step 6: Interview Preparation

The NVC schedules an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in the foreign spouse’s country. The foreign spouse must gather all required documents, including the appointment letter, passport, visa application confirmation page, and evidence of the relationship.

Step 7: Consular Interview

The foreign spouse attends the interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate. A consular officer will review the application, ask questions about the marriage, and assess the relationship’s legitimacy. If the officer is satisfied, the visa will be approved.

Step 8: Visa Issuance

After the interview, if approved, the CR1 Visa is issued, usually within a few weeks. The foreign spouse’s passport is returned with the visa stamp, allowing them to travel to the United States.

Step 9: Entry to the United States

Upon arrival in the United States, the foreign spouse presents the visa package to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the port of entry. The officer admits the foreign spouse as a conditional permanent resident.

Step 10: Receiving the Green Card

The foreign spouse receives a conditional green card valid for two years. To remove the conditions, the couple must file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, within the 90-day period before the green card expires.

Why Choose the Immigration Legal Center (ILC) to be your CR1 marriage visa lawyer?

When it comes to securing a CR1 Marriage Visa, selecting the right legal assistance can make all the difference. Here are four compelling reasons to choose the Immigration Legal Center for your CR1 Marriage Visa needs:


Expertise in CR1 Marriage Visas

At the Immigration Legal Center, our team specializes in CR1 Marriage Visas. Our lawyers possess in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in handling CR1 Visa cases, ensuring that you receive the most accurate and effective advice. We stay updated on the latest immigration laws and policies, allowing us to provide the best possible service tailored to your unique situation.

Personalized and Compassionate Service

We understand that the CR1 Visa process can be overwhelming and emotionally taxing. Our dedicated CR1 Marriage Visa lawyers offer personalized attention and compassionate support throughout your immigration journey. We take the time to understand your specific needs and circumstances, providing customized solutions and clear communication at every step.

High Success Rate

The Immigration Legal Center boasts a proven track record of successful CR1 Visa applications. Our meticulous attention to detail and thorough preparation ensure that your application is complete and accurate, reducing the risk of delays or denials. Our expertise and commitment to excellence have helped countless couples reunite in the United States.

Comprehensive Support

Our services cover every aspect of the CR1 Marriage Visa process. From initial consultation and eligibility assessment to document preparation, application submission, and interview preparation, we are with you every step of the way. We also offer legal representation in communication with U.S. immigration authorities, providing peace of mind and confidence that your case is in capable hands.


Ready to take the first step towards obtaining your CR1 Marriage Visa? Contact the Immigration Legal Center today to schedule a consultation with our experienced CR1 Marriage Visa lawyer. Let us guide you through the process and help you achieve your dream of reuniting with your spouse and building your life together in the United States.

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