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How long is a CR-2/IR-2 valid for?

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Good morning everyone. My wife came to the US in a K1 visa. We’ve been married almost 2 years. An I-130 was done for her daughter at that time but she didn’t come with my wife. She has been living with her grandparents. Our daughter (my step daughter) is now interested in coming. 

My question is once the IR-2 is approved/granted how much time does she have to travel before it expires? . She wants to come after she wraps up a specific grade in school. Knowing the process can take a long while I want to start it now and then when she is ready she can come, but I don’t want it to time out. Sorry for the long post. 

V/R

Kev 

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After the visa is approved/issued it expires usually in 6 months or less depending on the medical.

 

If you are talking about time frame after i130 is approved, you can delay the process as you like by submitting all or partial documents to NVC 3 or 10 or any <12 months after they ask for it.


Spouse:

2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

2015-10-05: NVC assigned Case number, Invoice ID & Beneficiary ID

2016-06-30: DS-261 completed, AOS Fee Paid, WL received

2016-07-05: Received IV invoice, IV Fee Paid

2016-07-06: DS-260 Submitted

2016-07-07: AOS and IV Package mailed

2016-07-08: NVC Scan

2016-08-08: Case Complete

2017-06-30: Interview, approved

2017-07-04: Visa in hand

2017-08-01: Entry to US

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Myself:

2016-05-10: N-400 Sent

2016-05-16: N-400 NOA1

2016-05-26: Biometrics

2017-01-30: Interview

2017-03-02: Oath Ceremony

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3 hours ago, arken said:

After the visa is approved/issued it expires usually in 6 months or less depending on the medical.

 

If you are talking about time frame after i130 is approved, you can delay the process as you like by submitting all or partial documents to NVC 3 or 10 or any <12 months after they ask for it.

Ok thanks. I kinda figured 6 months. Just wanted some confirmation 

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Has the I130 been approved? Has it been forwarded to the NVC? If yes , then you need to keep it  active by contacting the NVC every 12 months .. otherwise it is sent to storage and either has to be retrieved 😤 or you start another one. 😤😤 

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51 minutes ago, Lil bear said:

Has the I130 been approved? Has it been forwarded to the NVC? If yes , then you need to keep it  active by contacting the NVC every 12 months .. otherwise it is sent to storage and either has to be retrieved 😤 or you start another one. 😤😤 

Haven’t even submitted it yet. We are just trying to game plan the approx approval time with when we would submit our packet. Looking at the time line it appears it takes 12 months. Gosh that’s a long time. Guess we got spoiled with the quick turn around for the K1 and 5 months for her green card to be in hand. 

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38 minutes ago, Kevin&Kanyanat said:

Haven’t even submitted it yet. We are just trying to game plan the approx approval time with when we would submit our packet. Looking at the time line it appears it takes 12 months. Gosh that’s a long time. Guess we got spoiled with the quick turn around for the K1 and 5 months for her green card to be in hand. 

Yes 12 months if you go straight through. You can slow down as needed by taking your time submitting the NVC documents ... longest time is the I130 petition ., so allow 6 to 9 months  for that ..2 to 3 months at the end for the interview to happen , 6 months after that for visa validity ., then massage the middle NVC section to get where you need to be ..

 

if if you were doing K 1 and then AOS now it would be 10+ months and 15 - 18 months for GC 

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18 minutes ago, Lil bear said:

Yes 12 months if you go straight through. You can slow down as needed by taking your time submitting the NVC documents ... longest time is the I130 petition ., so allow 6 to 9 months  for that ..2 to 3 months at the end for the interview to happen , 6 months after that for visa validity ., then massage the middle NVC section to get where you need to be ..

 

if if you were doing K 1 and then AOS now it would be 10+ months and 15 - 18 months for GC 

Wow that’s crazy long. I was super happy to have this site to commiserate with all the other petitioners. I truly appreciate everyone’s replies and not flaming me. I’m sure this has been asked about a million times. 

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