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Is an CR-1 visa immediately switched to an IR-1 if the interview takes place after we’ve been married for two years?

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Hi all! Hope everyone is safe and healthy. My husband and I were recently DQ’d last month, but with the embassy closures our interview was never scheduled. When they are able to go back to work (whether that be May 7th or they have to extend it), we will have to wait for all the people who had their interviews cancelled to get rescheduled so I’m thinking our interview might not be until July or even later. Our 2 year wedding anniversary is the second week of July, so I was wondering if my husband has his interview and the visa is issued after our wedding anniversary, does the CR-1 automatically switch to an IR-1 without us having to do any additional work? Sorry if this question gets asked a lot; when I googled it, I got some conflicting information that just didn’t seem trustworthy. 
 

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Yes, it will be automatically switched to IR-1 if you have been married for 2 years + at the time of his interview. Basically, the visa issued with be an IR-1 and the GC he will get will be a 10 year, not the conditional 2 year.


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11 minutes ago, millefleur said:

Yes, it will be automatically switched to IR-1 if you have been married for 2 years + at the time of his interview. Basically, the visa issued with be an IR-1 and the GC he will get will be a 10 year, not the conditional 2 year.

Thank you so much for your  answer! 

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3 hours ago, literallyrachel said:

Hi all! Hope everyone is safe and healthy. My husband and I were recently DQ’d last month, but with the embassy closures our interview was never scheduled. When they are able to go back to work (whether that be May 7th or they have to extend it), we will have to wait for all the people who had their interviews cancelled to get rescheduled so I’m thinking our interview might not be until July or even later. Our 2 year wedding anniversary is the second week of July, so I was wondering if my husband has his interview and the visa is issued after our wedding anniversary, does the CR-1 automatically switch to an IR-1 without us having to do any additional work? Sorry if this question gets asked a lot; when I googled it, I got some conflicting information that just didn’t seem trustworthy. 
 

Thanks!

Before the interview, there is no visa, so no visa to switch.  Until there IS  a visa, a CR1 visa exists only in your mind.  They will issue the applicable visa when they issue it.  IR1 and CR1 are visa categories, AND status.  What gets you IR1 "status" is to enter the US after two years of marriage, even if the visa says CR1.  What gets you an IR1 "visa" is for the visa to be issued after two years of marriage.


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