I recently attended a local ‘Immigration Simulation’ event where everyone was given a ‘character’ with a back story as to why they are trying to get into America. They then had to live out the frustrations of the USA immigration process, and believe me it was just as frustrating as my experience. We were told that the process can take 16 YEARS to go through the whole process and become a citizen.
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.
I wasn’t too concerned about the differences of travelling on a green card, all I knew was that I HAD to make sure that little bit of plastic came with me, along with my passport, otherwise getting back into America would have been a right pain! This is my first experience travelling with one, please be aware that countries/airlines/airports may be slightly different!
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!
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 (Green Card) 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 I struggled to find answers to some of my questions online, everything seemed to be a little out of date and the official website didn’t really help either.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? How long does the visa interview last? What are some Spouse Visa USA interview questions at the London embassy? What to wear at the US embassy interview? 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!
In this post, I will go through exactly what we included in the I-130 USA Visa Package (aka CR1 Spousal Visa Process). This is the very first pack in the whole process. Please note I am not an immigration lawyer, I have been through the process and this is what was accepted for our application when we applied in 2015, make sure you check official government websites at the time of applying.
The DS-260 is the main ‘Alien Registration’ form that requires lots of details and information about the intending immigrant. It’s long BUT it can be saved as you go along. It took me 2 hours 30 to complete it…and I had most of the information on hand ready! Unlike all the other forms in the process, it’s submitted online, so it’s difficult to find copies of the form online to prepare yourself (the others are mainly downloadable PDF files that can be filed in the computer and printed or filled in with pen). Here’s a guide to what the DS-260 form includes.