Can you explain how the marriage visa works?

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Can you explain how the marriage visa works?

I’m from the US and my fiance is from the Netherlands. We have been together for 5 years and have visit each other frequently. We plan to get married this summer in June. We are ready to start our lives together in the US and take the next step. I heard that the marriage visa would be the best option for our circumstance and I would love to know if it is. I heard we need to file a CR-1 document for the marriage visa, but I’m not sure what else we need. I would also appreciate if you could tell me what documents were required and how long it would take. I heard to file the documents, you must be working for a year and I was wondering if that was true. My fiance will be staying here for a few months to visit me and is then going back.

Asked on May 19, 2013 under Immigration Law, California

Answers:

Harun Kazmi / Kazmi and Sakata Attorneys at Law

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You can file the process in the US. It will then be forwarded to the Embassy after about 8 months. She will then have her interview to enter the US with the visa. However, if you are marrying in the US, then you can file while she is in the US and get the green card after 4 months (generally, but depends on your city). Feel free to provide more details to: Harun@ksvisalaw.com


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