Immigration law can certainly be complex especially when it comes to understanding the legality of family immigration. For many, the only option for a successful immigration process is one in which their family can be included. In an effort to keep the family unit together, it’s important to understand exactly what is permitted.
While there are several ways that family immigration can occur, one of the most commonly sought after is the IR1 visa. Essentially, it allows a US resident to have their spouse legally immigrate to the US.`
Understanding the IR1 Visa Process
Immigrant Visa for a Spouse of a US citizen (IR1 or CR1) is one of the most popular family visas available. Essentially, this is the visa that the petitioner must file the Petition for Alien Relative which kick starts the process. Keep in mind; there are a few criteria that must be met:
- The sponsor must be a US resident
- The applicant must be at least 18 to sign the Affidavit of Support
- There must be a legal marriage. Common law marriages may be recognized depending on the country where the marriage occurred
- Same-sex couples now qualify for this visa
- Certain vaccinations are required
- Supporting documentation and an interview must be completed
Historically, the IR1 Visa is among the most scrutinized visas simply because of the instances of fraud. Keep in mind, intentionally misrepresenting the information surrounding your application could lead to a ban from future entry in the US.
It’s important to submit all necessary information, meet appropriate deadlines, and complete the interview process in order to obtain the visa. The length of time for the process varies based on each case as well as the backlog of the administrative process. To enhance your chances of a timely process, it’s best to reach out to a seasoned immigration attorney that can ensure that you complete each step appropriately.
Family Immigration Assistance
LawTrades is experienced with helping individuals through the immigration process. If you and your family are interested in learning more about your options, please reach out to us for more information. Because immigration may lead to future legal assistance, you may also be interested in one of our legal plans. This option comes with a variety of perks including $0 service fees and unlimited legal consultations. Contact us today to set up a consultation and get your process started right away.