What to Include in the i864EZ Affidavit of Support (AOS) Package

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.

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Travelling on a USA Green Card

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!

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Total Cost of the CR1 USA Visa Process

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!

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What Happens in the Visa Interview at the American Embassy, London

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  I struggled to find answers to some of my questions online, everything seemed to be a little out of date and the official website didn’t really help either.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.

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USA Immigrant Visa Medical – London

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!

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What to Include in the I-130 USA Visa Package

CR1 Spouse Visa Process TipsIn this post, I will go through exactly what we included in the I-130 USA Visa Package.  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.

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What is included in the DS-260 USA Visa Form?

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.

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Our CR1 Visa Timeline

I understand that circumstances can differ depending on lots of different factors.  This is our experience of the I-130 Visa process, which we started in September 2015.

The applicant (my husband) is: living in the USA, and is a USA citizen by birth.

I am obviously his Spouse (which ‘fast tracks’ me), born and currently living in the UK.

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