The LONGEST wait during the CR1 USA visa process is the gap between sending off the i130 evidence pack and then waiting to receive the NVC case number. My wait time was just over 5 months. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to know what’s coming up next so you can be prepared and send the next load of evidence off ASAP! Here’s a rough guide on what you will need to make up the i864EZ AOS pack.
As part of an international couple (Brit/American), we had 2 choices in visas for us to be able to live together in America. We were already engaged so we could have opted for the K1 Fiancé Visa OR if we got married outside of America, we had the CR1 option. We chose the CR1 visa for several reasons.
As soon as I opened my mail box I knew what the envelope inside held. It wasn’t even a government envelope or anything special, it just had the words PRIORITY MAIL printed in big red letters on the outside. I gave it a little bend and it confirmed my guess, that yes, there was a card inside. It arrived almost 1 year to the day since I first applied for my USA permanent resident visa. Hello Green Card!
I’m going to share a secret with you. I purchased a book that became my LIFESAVER when filling out my USA Marriage visa. It was literally my guide, I referred to it each time I had a form to fill out and it obviously worked as all of my forms were accepted first time and I never had any ‘corrections’ to fill in and return.
So I’ve arrived in the USA! The whole entry process was pretty painless considering all the paperwork and waiting there had been! My ‘Point of Entry’ was Chicago Ohare Airport. I double checked with a worker to ensure I was joining the correct line. ‘Visas and First Time ESTAS’. I was travelling with my family, they went down the returning ESTA channel and I ended up being put behind them in the line anyway! This was helpful as it solved any ‘strange’ security questions, I was told I could just go up to the desk with them.
There are a few nasty surprises when it comes to the CR1 visa process. You see the cost of the first I-130 form and think, brilliant that’s not too bad…but it’s certainly not the end. Today I share just how much the total CR1 USA visa process costs: the form fees, evidence fees and all the hidden extras that soon mount up!
Yesterday was a big day for me, after 9 long months of paperwork and waiting, I had my interview at the American Embassy in London and walked away with my Permanent Resident Visa granted! I struggled to find answers to some of my questions online, everything seemed to be a little out of date and the official website didn’t really help either. So in this post I will cover: What can I take into the US Embassy? What facilities are in the Embassy? What is the interview process like? How long does the visa interview last? Please remember that every interview is different, this is based on my experience of my interview in 2016.
The immigrant medical for the USA visa had been something I’d been dreading for a while. I’m not a fan of doctors/dentists/injections at the best of times and after seeing things on various forums, I’d since been referring to my appointment as ‘Violation Day’…you’ll see why further down!