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Hiya everyone,

I'm an American female married to a British man and preparing his petition. I have indefinite residency in the UK, but we missed the window to file through DCF. I've returned to the US to get a job and get a home set up. We'll be married for 2 years in October so I'm waiting until after to send the petition. 

Does going through the IR-1 route take less time than the CR-1? Or is it running about the same? 

 

Thank you for any information or advice 🙂

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Same form. One is not faster than the other. Besides, the length of green card 2 or 10 years is determined at POE - married less than 2 yrs (2 yr GC and get to remove conditions) - over 2 yrs - 10 yr GC. 


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The category is defined by the length of your marriage at the very moment the GC is "activated".

So you can actually file right now and you'll get a 10year GC. No need to wait until October.

Edited by Allaboutwaiting

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1 minute ago, Allaboutwaiting said:

The category is defined by the length of your marriage by the time of approval.

So you can actually file right now and you'll get a 10year GC. No need to wait until October.

Thank you for the clarification ☺️

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Edited by Crazy Cat

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53 minutes ago, Rowan said:

I know the form is the same, but I'd read the IR1 was faster. Thank you for the information  😊

Yea that's nonsense. File away 😊

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Thailand
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13 hours ago, Rowan said:

I know the form is the same, but I'd read the IR1 was faster. Thank you for the information  😊

As mentioned before, the IR1 and CR1 are the same form and are processed the exact same way.

 

However, technically the IR1 allows for a faster overall process, because he will get a 10 year green card when he arrives instead of a 2 year. This allows him to skip the removal of conditions that a CR1 would need. This might be where you are getting confused.

 

However, this is a mute point, as you will be married for over 2 years long before his arrival, so he will qualify for an IR1 no matter what.

 

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You could argue that IR--1 is SLOWER, since the beneficiary must wait until 2 years of marriage is up before entering the US, whereas a CR-1 is entering the US sooner than two years.😁  Sooner entry = faster 😉😁


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Bottom line:  The process from filing to LPR status is exactly the same in every respect .😃


"The immigration process demands a great deal of knowledge, planning, time, patience, and money.  A deficit in any of these areas can spell heartbreak."

   -GB, "old man of much life experience"

 

Retired 20 year United States Air Force Missileer (Retired E-8)

Retired Registered Nurse with practice in Labor/Delivery, Home Health, Adolescent Psych, Adult Psych

Retired IT Professional, Software Developer, Database Manager

 

 

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15 hours ago, Rowan said:

Hiya everyone,

I'm an American female married to a British man and preparing his petition. I have indefinite residency in the UK, but we missed the window to file through DCF. I've returned to the US to get a job and get a home set up. We'll be married for 2 years in October so I'm waiting until after to send the petition. 

Does going through the IR-1 route take less time than the CR-1? Or is it running about the same? 

 

Thank you for any information or advice 🙂

There is no difference in processing time for IR1 or CR1. Which visa you receive will be determined based on the date it gets approved. If you get approved after you have been married 2 years, you would get an IR1 even though you were married less than 2 years on the day that you sent the petition.

 

In your case, considering you are celebrating your 2nd anniversary next month there is really no way you would get a CR1 even if you applied today. It will take several months for your visa to be issued so you will get an IR1.

Edited by From_CAN_2_US

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