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What Is A CR1 Spousal Visa?

A CR1spousal visa is an immigrant visa issued to a foreign national who wants to enter the U.S. to live and stay with their U.S. spouse who is a citizen or permanent resident (Green Card holder) spouse. Conditional residency is granted to couples who have been married for less than 2 years at the time their application is granted. A CR1 visa is also called IR1 spousal visa. 

Many people confuse a CR1 spousal visa with a K-1 visa. The difference between a K-1 and a CR1 spousal visa is that a K-1 visa is for a foreign fiance to come to the United States, while a spousal visa is for a married foreign spouse to come to the U.S. 

CR1 Conditional Resident Spousal Green Card

A CR1 conditional resident spousal Green Card is valid for only 2 years and is issued to a spouse who has been married for less than 2 years at the time their Green Card was first approved. . A conditional Green Card holder must file Form I-751 for a “removal of conditions” to remove the 2-year limitation conditions and receive a Green Card with no conditions. 

To have their visa conditions removed, the foreign spouse must prove that the marriage is legitimate. 

  • File the petition for removal of conditions during the 90 days before your Green Card expires.
  • File an I-751 is a joint petition by the applicant and your spouse together to remove the conditions of your residence.
  • You need to be able to prove to USCIS that your marriage is real. Proof includes documents, photos, children, testaments, joint bank accounts and other evidence that you live as a married couple.

Watch: Chicago Immigration Attorney Mario Godoy Explains How to Remove Conditions On Your CR1 Spousal Visa 

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If you are married to a U.S. citizen and received a marriage visa with CR1 conditional status, contact the experienced immigration attorneys at Godoy Law Office in Cook and DuPage Counties, Illinois, to advise you on your removal of conditions petition. Please contact our office or call us at 630-912-0322


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