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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Germany
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Hey all,

What are the current time frames for the CR-1 visa as per users' experiences ? It seems they are faster in working at the visas at the moment but would love to have some more infos from ppl who filed lately.

We are planning on getting married in June in the Caribbean. Would there be any drawbacks compared to getting maried in the US in matters of the visa application ?

We thought about sending the papers from our honeymoon by Mid June , do you think at the curent time frames it would be reasonable to think it the process will be finished by January next year ?

From what I have read if I want to visit in December and if the visa process is not finished I will have to take enough proof of binding ties , but what kind of documents could that be ?

Can I stay the 3 Months and just fly back if I have the Interview in Germany ?

Thx a lot for all your help

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India
Timeline

From what I have heard - a CR-1 visa can take anywhere from 6 to 9 months. However this is what I have found for India, and though it may be close I am not sure if it is exactly the same for your particular consulate (Germany). This also assumes that there are no significant delays with regards to paperwork, RFEs, and so forth.

If you get married in the Caribbean, you will need to make sure you have a Marriage Certificate. You will have to get this from the Caribbean itself because I think that it is a government document issued by the city or locality in which you got married. You will have to check what kind of proof they require to issue you a marriage certificate (and how easy it is to get a new marriage certificate if you need a new one). [You actually have to submit the ORIGINAL marriage certificate as part of the CR-1 process down the road - but you are supposed to get it back at the interview]

If you visit in December and you think you need to show proof of ties, I think you have to bring some evidence that shows you have a reason to go back to Germany. This includes proof of significant family in Germany(children, parents, others), proof of current occupation (a letter from your employer, pay stubs and other related things), proof of land or home ownership in Germany. There may be others but that is just a basic list.

How many months you can stay in the USA really depends on your current visa. But there are certain things that you will need to get from Germany in anticipation of when your case is approved in the USA. For instance you will need to get Police Clearance from your local German police department, and you might need some sort of clearance stamped on your German passport. You will also have to go for a medical appointment before the interview.


CR-1 Visa Was Approved :-)

Entry Date to USA: 2/3/2011

12-10-2012 - Sent off I-751 packet visa USPS

I751 Was approved - 10 Year GC was granted

N-400 Progress

4/10/2014: Package Mailed
4/11/2014: Package Received
4/14/2014: Notice Date
x/x/2014: Biometrics appointment

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