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So much time has passed! (waiting almost 2 years)

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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We got married September 7th 2007 and sent out our application in October, 2007. Were were stuck with USCIS for 1 and a half years until finallyl getting transferred to NVC in April, 2009. Well we are still waiting for an interview date and looks like it will be, at the earliest, in September. This is an application for a CR-1 yet we will have been married for over 2 years by the time the visa gets issued....if ever.

Does anyone know of a way to ask for a permanent residence instead of a conditional residence at this stage? NVC, USCIS or border patrol will not give a clear answer. After waiting all this time, we really would like to avoid having to run around and paying more exhorbitant fees after 2 years conditional residence to adjust status to permanent.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Julie and Mike


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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To the best of my knowledge it depends on how long you have been married at the time the visa is issued. Less than 2 years the immigrant receives a conditional card, over 2 years the immigrant receives a 10 year card. Also the IO has some discretion as to which GC to authorize. That's probably why no one can give you a definite answer.

The fee for removing conditions isn't so bad, $545. Much cheaper than the adjustment of status. :)

Hope it's all smooth sailing for you from here on.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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We got married September 7th 2007 and sent out our application in October, 2007. Were were stuck with USCIS for 1 and a half years until finallyl getting transferred to NVC in April, 2009. Well we are still waiting for an interview date and looks like it will be, at the earliest, in September. This is an application for a CR-1 yet we will have been married for over 2 years by the time the visa gets issued....if ever.

Does anyone know of a way to ask for a permanent residence instead of a conditional residence at this stage? NVC, USCIS or border patrol will not give a clear answer. After waiting all this time, we really would like to avoid having to run around and paying more exhorbitant fees after 2 years conditional residence to adjust status to permanent.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Julie and Mike

Just take it easy, USCIS will issue you whatever their book says, there is nothing more important than family together. For what I learned, the two year mark will be decided at port of entry. :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:


I-130

04/07/2009 - I-130 Mailed to Chicago lockbox

08/11/2009 - I-130 NOA2 - APPROVED

NVC

08/19/2009 - NVC Received/Case number assigned

09/22/2009 - Case Completed at NVC

09/24/2009 - Interview Scheduled

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Also the IO has some discretion as to which GC to authorize. That's probably why no one can give you a definite answer.

The fee for removing conditions isn't so bad, $545. Much cheaper than the adjustment of status. :)

What is IO and GC, pardon my acronym ignorance.

I didn't know there was a difference between removing conditions and adjusting status....from what we understood it was going to cost us another 1000$ mininum in 2 years after entering the country. I'm glad to learn differently.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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If you have been married 2 years at the time of your POE, you will enter on a IR1 visa and receive a 10 year green card. You do not have to "Ask" for it. In addition when you are interviewing in Montreal you will most likely be asked when you were married (not that they don't have that information) but at that time they will note that you are eligible for a 10 year green card. So you will not have to remove conditions after 2 years and will not have to pay anymore $. You are definitely overdue for your visa, what a long wait you have had. Good luck. :thumbs:

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USCIS

NOA1 08/19/08

NOA2 01/20/09

NVC

Received 01/26/09

Completed 02/13/09 (19 Days)

Interview Assigned 03/27/09 (6 weeks after NVC completion)

Medical

04/14/09 (Toronto)

Interview

Montreal 05/12/09 (88 days after NVC completion) **APPROVED**

POE

06/16/09 Buffalo

07/02/09 Welcome Letter Received

07/07/09 Applied for SSN

07/10/09 "Card production ordered" email received

07/13/09 SSN received

07/14/09 "Approval notice sent" email received

07/17/09 GREEN CARD received

Removal of Conditions

03/21/11 I-751 mailed to VSC

03/23/11 I-751 received at VSC

03/29/11 Cheque Cashed

03/30/11 NOA1 received (3/24/11)

04/11/11 Biometrics appointment notice received

05/05/11 Biometric appointment

12/13/11 **Approval date** (5 days short of 9 months!)

12/19/11 Approval letter and green card received

Naturalization

05/16/2019 Filed online (estimated completion February 2020)

05/18/2019 Biometrics scheduled

05/21/2019 Receipt notice and biometrics notices posted to online account.05/23/2019 Hard copy of NOA1 received

05/24/2019 Hard copy of biometrics appointment received

06/07/2019 Biometrics appointment (estimated completion January 2020)

12/31/2019 Email received "Interview scheduled"

01/01/2020 Interview date notice posted to online account (02/19/2020)

01/05/2019 Hard copy of interview appointment received

02/19/2020 Interview (**Approved**) and same day Oath Ceremony. 

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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If you have been married 2 years at the time of your POE, you will enter on a IR1 visa and receive a 10 year green card. You do not have to "Ask" for it. In addition when you are interviewing in Montreal you will most likely be asked when you were married (not that they don't have that information) but at that time they will note that you are eligible for a 10 year green card. So you will not have to remove conditions after 2 years and will not have to pay anymore $. You are definitely overdue for your visa, what a long wait you have had. Good luck. :thumbs:

Thanks OBX, it is encouraging to read your answer. I was hoping, after having to wait so long, that we would have somekind of benefit out of it.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Jordan
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They should automatically change it for you. I had been married longer than two years when the NVC received my paperwork, so all the paperwork they sent me had the IR-1 written on it. If you have reached the 2 year point when they issue your interview date, the interview letter should have preference category: IR1 Spouse of U.S. Citizen.

Good Luck!!!!!!!!


Waiting.....Waiting....waiting....waiting....and more waiting..........

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