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Does anyone have experience with a successful CR-1 expedite? How long did your process take from the time of expedite request to when your spouse could enter the USA?

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Hi everyone, I have a definite grounds and all proper documentation to get an expedite, I was just wondering if anyone has experience with this and how much faster the expedite made the whole process? From what I understand the CR-1 is taking about 10-12+ months right now. Will an expedite make it much quicker than this?

 

My spouse is from Canada, not sure if that changes processing times or not, I know how busy they are or how many expedite requests are in front of us can change things. Thanks for feedback! 

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21 minutes ago, Robynski said:

From what I understand the CR-1 is taking about 10-12+ months right now.

Do you have any stats to back this up?  I think that is conservative.


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According to other VJ members, the average time from NAO1 to Interview is about 15 months:

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Retired IT Professional, Software Developer, Database Manager

 

Immigration Journey:

  • Texas Service Center after transfer from Nebraska
  • Consulate :Taipei, Taiwan
  • Marriage: 7/30/2015
  • I-130 NOA1 : 4/27/2016
  • I-130 Approved :9/8/2016
  • Case received at NVC: 10/11/2016                               
  • Case # and IIN#: 10/24/2016
  • AOS Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • AOS Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • DS-260 Completed: 10/28/16
  • Scan Date:11/9/2016
  • Supervisor review: 12/21/16 
  • Checklist: 1/13/17 
  • Case Complete: 4/10/17
  • Interview Date: 5/8/17 
  • Visa  "ISSUED": 5/10/17
  • Visa and Passport in hand/Flight to USA Booked!!!: 5/12/17  
  • POE Dallas DFW on June 22, 2017
  • SS Card received : 7/3/2017
  • 2-year Green Card received in mail: 7/15/17
  • I751 mailed to Dallas PO Box: 3/28/2019
  • I-797 extension letter  for ROC dated 4/2/2019  MSCxxxxxxxxxx received: 4/6/2019
  • Biometrics apt received for 4/25/2019: on 4/12/2019
 

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Agree it is a long time since we have seen processing that quick.


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Where are you in the process?

An approved expedite at the I-130 stage will generally result in an RFE, approval, or denial within a few days after the expedite is approved.

Then expect a week to couple weeks to get to NVC.

Then you submit your documents. (http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_Process)

Then you have to expedite again at the NVC/embassy stage.

If approved, then the limiting factor is when Montreal has an interview slot and NVC gets the case to Montreal.

There's no expedite after the interview. There's no way to bypass the medical, in case something comes up.

Overall, expect at least a month, if not 2 or 3, depending on how things go.


Timelines:

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AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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Posted (edited)

your last post asks if K1 or CR1 is faster as you will deploy (posted 13 hours ago)

have you married and even started the CR1?

you would need to start with a marriage 

Edited by kris&me

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I sent an email for an NVC expedite yesterday.  It doesn't hurt to try and school for the kids is listed as a potential reason.  Our NOA2 came in just 4 months but that is as far as we have gotten so far.  It does seem quicker than the K-1 where it was 10 months to NOA2.  Right now we are still in a waiting pattern.


June 6,  2017 - Filed the K-1

April 20, 2018 - K-1 refused

June 11, 2018 - Got married in Pateros, Metro Manila

September 10, 2018 - Filed the CR-1

September 11, 2018 - Priority Date

September 14, 2018 -  NOA-1

January 22, 2019 -  NOA-2 

February 7, 2019 -  NVC Received

March 14, 2019 -  NVC Case Number Assigned

March 15, 2019 -  Paid AOS 

March 15, 2019 -  Paid IV Fee 

March 16, 2019 -  Expedite Request Accepted

March 28, 2019 -  IV Paperwork Submitted

 

PHILIPPINES ONLY!!!  CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) INFO - Can't leave home without it!

 

PDOS (Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminar) is for ages 20-59.  Peer Counseling is for 13-19 years of age.

It is required to have the visa in their passport for PDOS and Peer Counseling.

 

GCP (Guidance and Counseling Program) is for K-1 Fiancee and IR/CR-1 spouse ONLY.   These are the only ones that can attend the seminar without their visa.

 

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1 hour ago, kris&me said:

your last post asks if K1 or CR1 is faster as you will deploy (posted 13 hours ago)

have you married and even started the CR1?

you would need to start with a marriage 

Lol we realize that, and I am fully aware of when I made my last post, thank you. This is a simple request for more information on experiences witch the cr-1 expedite process, hence the new post in a different thread. 

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15 minutes ago, Robynski said:

Lol we realize that, and I am fully aware of when I made my last post, thank you. This is a simple request for more information on experiences witch the cr-1 expedite process, hence the new post in a different thread. 

You might want to try the search function of this web site using "CR-1" and "expedite".


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Immigration Journey:

  • Texas Service Center after transfer from Nebraska
  • Consulate :Taipei, Taiwan
  • Marriage: 7/30/2015
  • I-130 NOA1 : 4/27/2016
  • I-130 Approved :9/8/2016
  • Case received at NVC: 10/11/2016                               
  • Case # and IIN#: 10/24/2016
  • AOS Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • AOS Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • DS-260 Completed: 10/28/16
  • Scan Date:11/9/2016
  • Supervisor review: 12/21/16 
  • Checklist: 1/13/17 
  • Case Complete: 4/10/17
  • Interview Date: 5/8/17 
  • Visa  "ISSUED": 5/10/17
  • Visa and Passport in hand/Flight to USA Booked!!!: 5/12/17  
  • POE Dallas DFW on June 22, 2017
  • SS Card received : 7/3/2017
  • 2-year Green Card received in mail: 7/15/17
  • I751 mailed to Dallas PO Box: 3/28/2019
  • I-797 extension letter  for ROC dated 4/2/2019  MSCxxxxxxxxxx received: 4/6/2019
  • Biometrics apt received for 4/25/2019: on 4/12/2019
 

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1 hour ago, geowrian said:

Where are you in the process?

An approved expedite at the I-130 stage will generally result in an RFE, approval, or denial within a few days after the expedite is approved.

Then expect a week to couple weeks to get to NVC.

Then you submit your documents. (http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_Process)

Then you have to expedite again at the NVC/embassy stage.

If approved, then the limiting factor is when Montreal has an interview slot and NVC gets the case to Montreal.

There's no expedite after the interview. There's no way to bypass the medical, in case something comes up.

Overall, expect at least a month, if not 2 or 3, depending on how things go.

Hi, thank you so much for the relevant information. We are just beginning the process, we have been trying to decide between the k1 and cr-1 and just recently decided on the cr-1. Planning on having a quick ceremony this week so we can get the ball rolling! 

 

We have all of our documents in order and just need a marriage certificate now to complete the cr-1 application. We appreciate you response, we weren’t sure if or how the process for expedite differed for the I-130 vs I-129f, so the informarjon you provided is certainly very helpful :) thanks again! 

 

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1 hour ago, John & Rose said:

I sent an email for an NVC expedite yesterday.  It doesn't hurt to try and school for the kids is listed as a potential reason.  Our NOA2 came in just 4 months but that is as far as we have gotten so far.  It does seem quicker than the K-1 where it was 10 months to NOA2.  Right now we are still in a waiting pattern.

 

Thanks so much for sharing. Good luck you two! I hope your expedite gets approved :) 

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Expedites at NVC for CR-1 are generally easier to get than expedites at USCIS for K-1.  The K-1 is quicker and more expensive to POE.  The CR-1 is quicker to green cards and legal employment.


June 6,  2017 - Filed the K-1

April 20, 2018 - K-1 refused

June 11, 2018 - Got married in Pateros, Metro Manila

September 10, 2018 - Filed the CR-1

September 11, 2018 - Priority Date

September 14, 2018 -  NOA-1

January 22, 2019 -  NOA-2 

February 7, 2019 -  NVC Received

March 14, 2019 -  NVC Case Number Assigned

March 15, 2019 -  Paid AOS 

March 15, 2019 -  Paid IV Fee 

March 16, 2019 -  Expedite Request Accepted

March 28, 2019 -  IV Paperwork Submitted

 

PHILIPPINES ONLY!!!  CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) INFO - Can't leave home without it!

 

PDOS (Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminar) is for ages 20-59.  Peer Counseling is for 13-19 years of age.

It is required to have the visa in their passport for PDOS and Peer Counseling.

 

GCP (Guidance and Counseling Program) is for K-1 Fiancee and IR/CR-1 spouse ONLY.   These are the only ones that can attend the seminar without their visa.

 

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3 minutes ago, John & Rose said:

Expedites at NVC for CR-1 are generally easier to get than expedites at USCIS for K-1.  The K-1 is quicker and more expensive to POE.  The CR-1 is quicker to green cards and legal employment.

That is great to hear! We were very close to going with the K-1 route, so thank you for the information on the CR-1 as we are not as familiar with it yet.  I am deploying later this year so time is not on our side unfortunately, but from the sounds of it CR-1 is the way to go for us. Thanks again :)

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7 minutes ago, Robynski said:

That is great to hear! We were very close to going with the K-1 route, so thank you for the information on the CR-1 as we are not as familiar with it yet.  I am deploying later this year so time is not on our side unfortunately, but from the sounds of it CR-1 is the way to go for us. Thanks again :)

Active deployment is one of the acceptable USCIS expedite reasons, just to make this more complicated.  LOL

 

K-1 vs CR-1 Full Analysis

 

K-1

More expensive than CR-1    

Requires Adjustment of Status after marriage (expensive and requires a lot of paperwork)    

Spouse can not leave the US until she/he receives approved Advance Parole (about 5-6 months)    

Spouse can not work until she/he receives EAD (about 5-6 months)    

Some people have had problems with driver licenses, Social Security cards, leases, bank account during this period    

Spouse will not receive Green Card for 10 to 12 months after Adjustment of Status is filed.

Estimated timeline is approximately 8 to 10 months (NOA1 to Interview)  This is officially quoted as 6 to 12 months.

 

K-1 Fees

$535 - USCIS Filing Fee

$265 per person - DS-160 (Visa Application)

$200 to $400 - Medical Fee

$1,225 per person - AOS Fee (Includes EAD/AP if filed together)

$750 per child under 14

$680 per person - ROC Fee

$640 per person Naturalization Fee

$85 per person Biometric Fee for Naturalization

 

 

$3,430 plus medical (K-1)

$2,895 plus medical (K-2 over 14 years old)

$2,420 plus medical (K-2 14 years old and younger)

 

 

CR-1    

Less expensive than K-1    

No Adjustment of Status  (I-485, I-131, I-765) required.    

Spouse can immediately travel outside the US    

Spouse is authorized to work immediately upon arrival.    

Spouse receives Social Security Card and Green Card within 2 or 3 weeks after entering the US    

Opening a bank account, getting a driver's license, etc. are very easily accomplished with GC, SS card, and passport.

Spouse has Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status IMMEDIATELY upon entry to the United States

Estimated timeline is 10 to 12 months (NOA1 to Interview) This is officially quoted at 12 to 14 months.

 

CR-1 Fees

$535 - USCIS Filing Fee

$120 - Affidavit of Support Fee

$325 - DS-260 (Visa Application)

$200 to $400 - Medical Fee

$220 - USCIS Immigrant Fee

$680 - ROC (if married less than 2 years at POE)

$640 per person Naturalization Fee

$85 per person Biometric Fee for Naturalization

 

$2,605 plus medical (per person if married less than 2 years at POE)

$1,925 plus medical (per person if married more than 2 years when filing)

 

 

A K-1 is more likely to be ultimately denied than a CR-1.

A refused K-1 with the petition being sent back will sit and die.

A refused CR-1/IR-1 with the petition being sent back can be reaffirmed and not refused again for the same reason if based upon the same evidence.

If concerned about the CO's evaluation of the relationship, then a spousal visa would be an optimal path.

 

Also, certain crimes can be an issue with an I-129F, but only very few crimes are an issue for an I-130 (e.g. AWA).


June 6,  2017 - Filed the K-1

April 20, 2018 - K-1 refused

June 11, 2018 - Got married in Pateros, Metro Manila

September 10, 2018 - Filed the CR-1

September 11, 2018 - Priority Date

September 14, 2018 -  NOA-1

January 22, 2019 -  NOA-2 

February 7, 2019 -  NVC Received

March 14, 2019 -  NVC Case Number Assigned

March 15, 2019 -  Paid AOS 

March 15, 2019 -  Paid IV Fee 

March 16, 2019 -  Expedite Request Accepted

March 28, 2019 -  IV Paperwork Submitted

 

PHILIPPINES ONLY!!!  CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) INFO - Can't leave home without it!

 

PDOS (Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminar) is for ages 20-59.  Peer Counseling is for 13-19 years of age.

It is required to have the visa in their passport for PDOS and Peer Counseling.

 

GCP (Guidance and Counseling Program) is for K-1 Fiancee and IR/CR-1 spouse ONLY.   These are the only ones that can attend the seminar without their visa.

 

IMG_6043.jpeg.f00e0714733e6533148a7bb56d286460.jpeg

 

 

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