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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Hello Everyone,

I have a few questions maybe you all can help me! I am from Canada and my Husband lives in Arizona,US. After we got married in dec 2011 we decided to hire a lawyer, which is going well... its going lol. Ive emailed my lawyer asking questions but there not very specific as to what the order is for a CR-1 spouse visa is. Can you please help? Also does it really take 180 days for our file to be approved?

Thank you so much !!

B

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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immigration forms are really very simple and many of the example form and guide are also available here.

I would suggest you to fill those form by yourself. blush.gif


USCIS:

11/19/2011: I-130 Sent

11/25/2011: NOA1 email notification received.

11/28/2011: Petition touched

04/27/2012: NOA2 email notification received.

NVC:

05/07/2012: NVC received

05/30/2012: Called NVC to receive Case # & IIN

XX/XX/2012: AOS bill invoiced and paid

XX/XX/2012: AOS package mailed

XX/XX/2012: AOS Receipt Paid

XX/XX/2012: DS-3032 acceptance e-mail received

XX/XX/2012: IV bill invoiced; IV bill

XX/XX/2012: IV fee

XX/XX/2012: IV fee bill appears PAID

XX/XX/2012: DS-230 delivered to NVC

XX/XX/2012: CASE COMPLETE

Embassy:

XX/XX/2012: Embassy received

XX/XX/2012: Interview scheduled

XX/XX/2012: Medical

XX/XX/2012: Interview

XX/XX/2012: Visa received

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Kenya
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There's a TON of advice here on Visa Journey and most of us filed by ourselves. Lawyers do nothing to speed up the process, and several people who have used them get RFE's (Request for Further Evidence). There are step by step guides here on VJ. If your case is simple and has no red flags, kick the lawyer to the curb and do it yourself! :star: Oh, and approvals can take anywhere from 5 months on.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Bahamas
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Hello Everyone,

I have a few questions maybe you all can help me! I am from Canada and my Husband lives in Arizona,US. After we got married in dec 2011 we decided to hire a lawyer, which is going well... its going lol. Ive emailed my lawyer asking questions but there not very specific as to what the order is for a CR-1 spouse visa is. Can you please help? Also does it really take 180 days for our file to be approved?

Thank you so much !!

B

Hello......welcome to VJ. This site will be your best resouce throughout this process....with or without a lwayer.

The I-130 Application preocess it self can take up to 7 months with the visa/interview being another 1-4 months. So in its entirety the process is between 8-12 mts.

From reading different stories on the site it seems that many lawyers are not as informed. Since you already hired the lawyer I would still be as informed as possible to make sure you know what should be happening with your case. Here are some links you can look at:

Start: I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

Download Form I-130 (201KB PDF)

Download Instructions for Form I-130 (83KB PDF)

Download Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance (1KB PDF)

Read this: Step-by-Step Guide on How to File for a IR-1 / CR-1 Visa for a Foreign Spouse


Married July 16th

NOA1- August 19th

Touch - August 24th

NOA2 - Feb 27th - Praise the Lord!!!!!!!

3/05/12 --- NVC Received CaseFile

3/20/12 --- NVC Casefile Number and IIN Issued

3/20/12 --- Emailed DS-3032 to NVC

3/22/12 --- AOS FEE BILL PAID ONLINE &

3/26/12 --- AOS Fee Bill Marked Paid []

3/22/12 --- AOS CoverSheets Generated &

3/26/12 --- AOS packet sent

3/27/12 --- DS-3032 Accepted

3/28/12 --- AOS Packet Delivered @ NVC 10:30AM

3/28/12 --- IV Fee Bill Showing as 'Payable' []

3/28/12 --- IV FEE BILL PAID ONLINE &

3/29/12 --- IV Fee Bill marked as PAID []

3/29/12 --- IV CoverSheets Generated &

3/30/12 --- AOS Packet Accepted

4/02/12 --- IV packet sent +

4/03/12 --- IV packet recevied

4/06/12 --- NVC reports 'Case Completed' *

4/10/12 --- Interview Date Set *

4/10/12 --- Appointment Letter Received via Email

Interview Date - MAY 3RD

Medical Scheduled - April 25th

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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My Husband and i were so over whelmed when we seen how much paperwork there was, we did not want to risk filling anything out wrong:( I found this site after the fact, I just wish they would answer my questions, i mena thats what i paid them to do. I cant believe it takes 5 mnths or more to get approved, Im going too AZ next weekend so hopefully ill be able to cross the border.. Has anyone had any problems? Any advice???

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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My Husband and i were so over whelmed when we seen how much paperwork there was, we did not want to risk filling anything out wrong:( I found this site after the fact, I just wish they would answer my questions, i mena thats what i paid them to do. I cant believe it takes 5 mnths or more to get approved, Im going too AZ next weekend so hopefully ill be able to cross the border.. Has anyone had any problems? Any advice???

You will be able to visit while your I-130 is in process. It's ultimately up to the CBP officer's discretion if you will be allowed to visit the US.

To make customs easier:

- Take proof of ties to Canada with you: rental agreements, letter from employer, bank account statements.

- After you get your NOA1 (Notice of Action) take that with you too, to show you are doing things the legal and correct way.

- Be honest, answer the CBP officer's questions directly. They don't need your entire life story.

- Give yourself a good pep talk before you get to the counter. CBP officers can smell nervousness a mile away! You WILL be nervous, but again, be honest.

- If you find yourself in the dreaded secondary inspection. Again, be honest, answer their questions, and show your proof of ties to home. (I've been there twice)

People can, and do get denied entry. This will in no way effect your CR-1 petition for a visa, (unless you were smuggling something in) but you will have to tell them on the DS-260 when and why you were denied entry. Have a back up plan just in case. And whatever you do, don't go to another airport/border crossing and try to cross again immediately. That just puts a cloud of suspicion over you, and will make your life difficult.

Read up on the CR-1 guides and be familiar with them. Also read up on the NVC process. You will probably be better informed than your lawyer :)

As for how long it takes. It's a dice game. You never know.

We spent 8 1/2 months in USCIS alone. 19 days to get through NVC and have been waiting on an interview appointment for 10 days now. It could very well end up being over a year from the original filing date. It's a trial of patience.


USCIS- 260 Days

6/8/11~ Mailed I-130 Application, withdrew Canadian PR application
6/16/11~ NOA1 email and text message Case routed to CSC (Priority Date)
7/12/11~ The 'Money Order' Incident/Returned to Tennessee
8/03/11~ TOUCHED!
3/2/12~ APPROVED! NOA2!

NVC Electronic Processing- Montreal- 19 Days

3/21/12~ Received case number & IIN 20 Days after NOA2
3/21/12~ Sent in opt-in email
3/22/12~ Opt-in accepted
3/23/12~ DS-261 Submitted, never accepted
3/29/12~ AOS bill invoiced and paid
3/30/12~ AOS shows PAID- AOS Package emailed/received, DS-3032 emailed/accepted
4/2/12~ IV bill invoiced and paid
4/3/12~ AOS Checklist documents emailed(first time)
4/4/12~ IV shows PAID- DS-260 submitted/ IV Package emailed/received
4/4/12~ AOS Checklist documents sent again for CYA (second time)
4/5/12~ IV package accepted! No Checklists!
4/6/12~ AOS Checklist emailed(third time)
4/9/12~ AOS packet accepted (finally)
CASE COMPLETE!!

Interview 354 days from NOA1/ 362 days from initial filing date
5/29/12~ Medical@ Medisys, Montreal
6/4/12~ Interview APPROVED!!!
08/07/2012~ POE Emerson, MB/Pembina, ND by land
08/09/2012~ HOME!! 424 days from initial filing date!
08/14/2012~ SSN Received
09/10/2012~ Received Green Card

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