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.
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 I struggled to find answers to some of my questions online, everything seemed to be a little out of date and the official website didn’t really help either.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!
When visiting Dubrovnik in the south of Croatia, it’s pretty hard to not see the big ole green island in the sea, laying just a short distance away from the Old Town. This is Lokrum Island, a protected nature reserve reached by a ferry that leaves the Old Town harbour several times a day. There are no vehicles on the island and there’s absolutely no staying on the island overnight. It was also used as a set location for the Game of Thrones (the throne can be seen in the visitor centre). I didn’t really know what to expect before I visited, so here are my tips for making the most on your day trip to Lokrum Island including things to do on the island and where and how to catch the ferry to Lokrum!
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.