Jump to content
allanr

CR-1 Visa, good 6 months from interview or medical exam date?

6 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Posted (edited)

I was originally under the assumption that a CR-1 Visa was good for 6 months from the Interview date, so I booked a medical exam date and scheduled the interview based on this.  I was then told by a knowledgeable poster here that it is 6 months from the medical exam date, which means that my visa would not still be valid for my early January move to the USA date.  I've searched and noticed a couple of other posters here have said the same thing.  I am about the throw away my wife's plane tickets for her medical exam, and buy new ones for a few weeks later based on this.  Just for fun however, I googled this, and read on 3 different websites that the 6 month visa window starts on the interview date.

 

I don't necessarily believe this, and I'm fairly certain the posters here are correct, but before I shell out another $100 for a ticket, if someone here can post with 100% certainty that the CR-1 window starts with the medical exam date, I'd appreciate it.

 

Thanks in advance.

Edited by allanr

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, givionte said:

Immigration Entry visa is valid for 6 months after the medical exam date.

Thank you Givionte...That is what SLC had told me earlier.

it's amazing the amount of disinformation on other Visa websites...I'll push out the medical exam.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's valid for up to 6 months from the date of issue, but constrained by the medical examination.

There are limited circumstances where the medical exam can even be valid for less than 6 months.

 

Golden rule is do not purchase any tickets or make plans you are not willing to change until the visa is in hand. Anything can happen.


Timelines:

Spoiler

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

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No problem, I'm in a similar situation in that I wanted to get my petition directly filed before the office closed, but also we weren't planning to move until after Chinese New Years, so we're kicking the med exam and interview down the road a bit to time it just right.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, givionte said:

No problem, I'm in a similar situation in that I wanted to get my petition directly filed before the office closed, but also we weren't planning to move until after Chinese New Years, so we're kicking the med exam and interview down the road a bit to time it just right.

I bought another set of tickets for a couple of weeks later.  I've now booked two extra flights to manila than i would have needed to if i'd done everything perfectly, but I now have a schedule I can work with.

  

The problem is one I never anticipated.  the USCIS and the Visa service were too efficient.  I actually could have went from the I-130 form submittal date to my interview date in less than 3 months. I never expected that based on everything I'd read.  As it is, it will be done in under 4 months.   I suspect timeframes will change now that the Manila USCIS office will be closing..effective July 5th.  They are no longer taking Visa applications.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×
×
  • Create New...