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Marriage Visa Basics: Understanding the K-3 ,CR-1 & IR-1 Visa

Marriage visas permit the spouses of U.S. citizens to lawfully enter and reside in the United States. Historically, many of these visas processed were K-3 visas that allowed the immigrant spouse to enter the United States in order to complete the immigration process.

Currently, K-3 visas are no longer processed for a variety of reasons. Instead, marriage visas are currently processed as either CR-1 (Conditional Resident) or IR-1 (Immediate Relative) visas. The sole difference between these visas is the length of time you have been married.

  • If you have been married for two years or longer at the time the visa is issued, you will receive an IR-1 visa.
  • If you have been married for less than two years at the time of issuance, you will receive a CR-1 visa will be provided.

CR-1 & IR-1 Visa Requirements

In order for the foreign spouse of a U.S. citizen to qualify for a CR-1 or IR-1, certain requirements must be met including the following:

  • The petitioning spouse must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • The U.S. Citizen must be legally married to their foreign husband or wife under the laws of the country where the marriage occurred.
  • The marital relationship must be bona fide.
  • The spouse must be otherwise admissible to the U.S.

Filing Process

The filing process includes the following steps:

  • File the appropriate forms to initiate your “Petition for Alien Spouse.” These forms are the first steps in petitioning the U.S. government to legally recognize your relationship with your spouse.
  • Submit supplementary evidence of your relationship (an immigration lawyer can advise you on what is appropriate).
  • Once your petition is approved, it will be sent to the DOS National Visa Center, and from there will be forwarded to the appropriate U.S. Embassy or consulate where your spouse currently resides. Your spouse will then need to apply for their nonimmigrant visa.
  • A visa interview will be scheduled. Your spouse will need to bring the proper documents to this meeting. It is advisable to seek legal counsel in preparing for this interview.
    A CBP officer at the port of entry still has the power to determine if your spouse will be admitted or not. It is wise to have legal counsel on tap to work through potential complications.

While you can find the details about the filing process on the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs website, it is recommended that you hire an experienced immigration attorney to help you with your petition. One mistake or omission on your petition can cause a delay or denial of your spouse’s visa. We know firsthand the mistakes you must avoid and how to follow due process to avoid complications.

Services You Will Receive

At Colombo & Hurd, PL, you will receive personal attention from an experienced immigration lawyer as we:

  • Guide you through the application process
  • Provide expert preparation of petition and Consular forms
  • Submit documents
  • Monitor progress and advocate on your behalf
  • Review your petition
  • Prepare you for the US Consulate interview
  • Provide digital access to all your immigration documents
  • Answer any questions or concerns you may have

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