Filipino US Spouse Visa
Are you married and want to join your husband or wife in the United States?
We make that dream a reality with our incredibly fast US Spouse Visa processing service.
The K-3 and CR-1 Spouse Visa is where American citizens bring their Filipino wife or husband to the US to be settled and become a permanent US Resident.
We help get your visa fast and will make all the necessary arrangements to help get you to the US in the quickest time possible.
We won’t leave you in the dark during the process. We will work with you from start to finish to make sure all the details are covered.
Getting your US Spouse Visa is the easy for US. And we go way beyond with so much personal attention.
At Visa Po!, our personal attention and fast, affordable US Spouse Visa processing makes it a no-brainer to use US to get you to the the United States quickly.
Join your loved one in the US with our fast, reliable service. We at Visa Po! are ready to serve you with over 20 years of experience!
About the US CR-1 Spouse Visa (Form I-130F)
The US Spouse Visa is for American Citizens who want to bring their spouse to the United States. We are experts in getting your visa approved the first time.
A Spouse is a legally wedded husband or wife.
A spouse is not considered a spouse if you’ve only been living together although common-law spouses may qualify as spouses for immigration purposes depending on the laws of the country where the common-law marriage occurs. In cases of polygamy, only the first spouse may qualify as a spouse for US Immigration.
There are two types of Spouse Visas that we’d like to talk about:
The K-3 Non-Immigrant Spouse Visa, is now being replaced by the CR-1 Immigrant Spouse Visa. 85% of K-3 visa petitions are being converted to CR-1 petitions by the US National Visa Center. And since the K-3 Visa is not processed any faster by the US Immigration Office compared to the CR-1 Visa, the CR-1 Visa is the viable option.
The K-3 Visa was designed so American Citizens could marry their Filipino Fiancee in the Philippines and bring her (or him) to the US right after their wedding. With this type of US Spouse Visa, you would then enter the United States as a Non-Immigrant, meaning that once you arrive in the US, you will have to apply for an ‘Adjustment of Status’ to get your Green Card. Plus, you will have to apply to get your ‘Employment Authorization’ and Social Security Number (SSN) to be able to start work.
On the other hand, the CR-1 Immigrant Spouse Visa, that is replacing the K-3 Non-Immigrant Spouse Visa, is for American Citizens who desire to marry their Filipino Fiancee in the Philippines and bring her (or him) to the US sometime after the wedding. With this visa, as a Filipino Spouse, you would enter the United States as a legal immigrant and would be able to get your Green Card immediately and start working right away. There would be no need to apply for the ‘Adjustment of Status‘.
Note about the future of the K-3 Spouse Visa: The K-3 Spouse Visa was developed at a time when the CR-1 Spouse Visa was taking a much longer time to process than it does today. US Immigration Officials have streamlined the CR-1 Spouse Visa process to a point where the K-3 Spouse Visa is becoming irrelevant and obsolete.
At Visa Po!, we feel the CR-1 Immigrant Spouse Visa is your best option as it allows you to enter the United States as a Permanent Legal Resident. The benefit to that is you will get your US Green Card (first step toward permanent residency), Social Security Number (SSN), and be able to start working right away.
By taking advantage of the CR-1 Spouse visa, the visa and Green Card processing fees are actually less in cost if your applied under the old K-3 Spousal Visa.
Difference Between US CR-1 and IR-1 Spouse Visa
- The US CR-1 Spouse Visa is for a spouse of a US citizen, whose marriage is less than 2 years. The IR-1 Spouse Visa is for a spouse of a US citizen, whose marriage is 2 or more years in duration.
- IR-1 (IR stands for “Immediate Relative”) Visas entitle their holder to receive Permanent Residency within the United States for a period of 10 years (They receive a 10 year green card and may be renewed).
- CR-1 (CR stands for “Conditional Residency”) Visas entitle their holder to receive “Conditional” Permanent Residency within the United States for a period of 2 years (They receive a 2 year green card) and after 2 years they can get a 10-year Green Card.
The US CR-1 Spouse Visa Requirements
There are certain requirements the US Citizen must meet when applying for the US CR-1 Spouse Visa. Here is a brief overview:
• The Petitioner MUST be a US Citizen and the one that initiates the Visa Application.
• You are legally married with supportive marriage certificate.
• There is no set amount that you must have in your checking or savings account, but suggest the sponsor to have a minimum of $1,000 just to cover expenses.
• US Sponsor must have a Minimum Yearly Gross Income of (lower 48 states):
– Household Size of 2 is $14,710 For Active US Armed Forces Sponsors and $18,387 for all other sponsors.
– Household Size of 3 is $18,530 For Active US Armed Forces Sponsors and $23,162 for all other sponsors.
– Household Size of 4 is $22,350 For Active US Armed Forces Sponsors and $27,937 for all other sponsors.
NOTE: Social Security Income OR Social Security Disability Income does count towards meeting the above income requirements. Unemployment Compensation cannot be relied upon to meet income requirements, as it is time-limited and not evidence of employment and continued income. Also note, Immigration income requirements are subject to change without notice.
How the US CR-1 Spouse Visa Process Works:
1. The US Sponsor contacts US to initiate the Visa process.
2. We answer all your questions then collect our processing fee.
3. We then send you login details to our secure Visa Processing System.
4. You login and read through the entire visa package while we answer any questions.
5. You submit the required information and documents asked for in the package (with our guidance).
6. You give US a couple days to review everything for accuracy and completeness, then we complete and file a perfectly prepared US CR-1 Spouse Visa Petition.
7. After the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves the visa petition, USCIS notifies the US Embassy in Manila Philippines.
8. The US Embassy in Manila sends a letter inviting the Filipino Spouse to make an appointment for the Visa Interview.
9. A few days before the Visa Interview, you go to Manila to get your Medical Examination and Vaccinations done.
19. On the scheduled date, you go to the US Embassy in Manila for your Visa Interview.
11. You wait for approval. If approved, your Filipino Spouse Visa and it is issued and sent in a few days.
12. You get a ticket and fly to the US. We can help with airfare discounts, if needed.
13. You enter the United Status with a CR-1 Immigration Visa and can obtain your legal US permanent residency right away and have your Green Card so you can starting working if you want. If you would of applied for the K-3 Spouse Visa, you would have to still apply for an Adjustment of Status to get your Green Card so you could work.
Our Visa Processing Service is impeccable and we guarantee 100% satisfaction!
The US CR-1 Spouse Visa Processing Time
The US Embassy shows it can take anywhere from 6 to 9 months for the US Fiance Visa to be approved.
We average about 6 months because we are experienced, connected with the right agencies, and know how to make sure your visa application and all required documents are submitted correctly with zero (0) mistakes the first time.
The US CR-1 Spouse Visa Application Fees
There are US Government Visa Application Fees that are a part of the visa application process. These fees are not paid to US and are subject to change without notice by the concerned US Government agency.
• VISA FILING FEE – a $420 filing fee due at filing of the Visa Application payable to the ‘United States Department of Homeland Security’.
• NATIONAL VISA CENTER FEE – a $318 Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee after initial approval of your visa application by USCIS.
• MEDICAL EXAMINATION FEE – a $223 fee for adults and $186 fee for each child (15 years old and under). Exam to be performed right before the Embassy Visa Interview and payable to the Medical Clinic at time of the exam.
• EMBASSY VISA ISSUANCE FEE – a $165 fee for each Visa Applicant (meaning each adult and child) payable right before her Embassy Visa Interview. The fees must be paid in Philippine Pesos (PHP) at the prevailing exchange rate.
• COMMISSION FOR FILIPINOS OVERSEAS (CFO) SEMINAR – a PHP400 fee (about $10) for Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminars to prepare you for overseas living.
• Other Fees payable to agencies of US and Philippine Government to obtain required documents such as passports, police reports, birth certificates, etc.
• Miscellaneous costs that you may incur are fees for translation service, photocopying, courier service,etc. Plus, don’t forget the travel and hotel expenses to go to Manila for the Medical Exam and Visa Interview.
Note: We can help you with discounted airfare to Manila and the United States.
Philippine Law Regarding Marriage
There is a Philippine traditional law stating the minimum age requirements and formalities of the Filipino individual getting married.
Under Philippine law, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old.
- Parent’s Consent is required for ages 18-21 years old and must present written consent to the marriage from their father, mother, or legal guardian.
- Parent’s Advice is required for ages 22-25 years old and must present written parental advice (IE. a written indication that the parents are aware of the couple’s intent to marry).
Top Causes for US CR-1 Spouse Visa Disapproval
Our US CR-1 Spouse Visa Processing Fee
US CR-1 Filipino Spouse Visa – $650 plus $100 per child
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Total Cost for a Filipino US CR-1 Spouse Visa
- *$650 Visa Processing Fee (for US to get started now)
- *$420 Visa Filing Fee (paid to US Government when we file your visa petition)
- *$318 National Visa Center Fees (Visa Fee $230 + Adjustment of Status Fee $88) (paid to US Government much later)
- *$223 Adult Medical Exam Fee (paid to Medical Clinic months from now)
- *$165 Immigrant Fee to US Immigration Service for Green Card (paid to US Embassy after visa interview)
- *$1776 Total All Fees, but only costs you *$650 to get started today!
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Note: *We charge a processing fee of $100 extra per child and you will also pay an additional $1078 in Government fees for each child that is to be petitioned. These fees are not all paid at one time. It only takes our fee of $650 to get started (plus $100 for each child that is also applying with the parent). Then when your petition is ready to be filed, we will need the visa filing fee of $420. The rest of the fees will not be due until right before the US Embassy visa interview (which is months away) and are paid by your Fiancee in the Philippines.