The U.S. CR1 Visa Common Questions

U.S. CR1 Visa for Spouse

The CR1 visa (Conditional Resident visa) allows applicants to receive conditional permanent residence and are able to work immediately upon arrival in the US. Conditional Residents usually receive their green card via mail within two (2) to three (3) months after arrival. Permanent resident status is considered conditional, because the immigrant must prove that they did not get married merely to circumvent the immigration laws of the United States.

The conditional resident and the US citizen spouse must apply together to remove the conditional status of permanent residence. It is advisable to apply ninety (90) days before the end of the spouse’s second year as a conditional resident. If the application to remove conditional status is not filed in time, the immigrant spouse could lose her conditional resident status and be subject to removal from the country.

Who is eligible for a CR1 Visa?

The CR1 Visa is specifically intended for use by US citizens who are sponsoring their Thai spouse for immigration.

Can a CR1 Visa Spouse work?

Yes. The CR1 visa spouse will be able to work upon entry into the US. In fact, their stamped passport acts as a temporary “green card.” Until a permanent one is issued 2-3 months later.

Can a CR1 Visa Spouse travel outside the US?

Yes. The CR1 Visa spouse is free to travel outside US. CR1 visas are valid in perpetuity.

How can I apply for a CR1 visa for my spouse from Thailand?

You should have all the required documents needed before applying for a CR1 Visa. It is recommended that you consult expert professionals to make the process flow smoothly and worry free.


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