What is a CR-1 visa?

What is a CR-1 visa

The CR1 visa is the type of US visa issued in favor of spouses of US citizens and lawful permanent residents who are living outside the United States if they have been married for less than two years.

How to get CR1 Visa in Thailand?

The application process for CR1 visa starts by the US citizen spouse filing an I-130 Petition for Alien Relative in the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Once the I-130 is approved, the petition is forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC).

The NVC collects and processes immigrant visa applications for the Department of State. After the processing fee has been paid to the NVC, the petitioner will receive a request for further documentation. After collecting all of the required documents, the documents will be forwarded to the US Embassy in Thailand.

The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok will schedule a date for the consular interview. Based on the submitted documents and interview, the consular officer will make a decision on the approval of the CR1. If approved, the passport containing the visa can be picked up in a couple of days.

Upon entry into the United States, the alien will receive a two year Conditional Resident Status. Within ninety (90) days from the second anniversary of the entry of the spouse in the United States, the couple needs to apply together to remove the conditional status. Failure to remove the condition before the expiration of the visa will subject the holder to removal from the United States.

If you need further information on CR-1 Visas, please contact one of our U.S. immigration specialists or visit one of our offices in Bangkok, Chiangmai, Phuket, or Pattaya.


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