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CR1 Interview Documents To Bring To The Consulate

If you’ve made it to the CR1 visa interview without going crazy, congratulations! You are almost at the finish line for the CR1 visa process. Now, its time to collect the CR1 interview documents that the consulate needs.

The visa interview can be a bit scary. It’s hard to know what to expect unless you know someone who has already been through it, right? In this post we’ll go over all the documents needed for the CR1 visa interview as well as some of the questions you’ll be asked.

Before we go into what documents you should bring to the interview, let’s find out who must attend one.

The short answer is EVERYONE.

Until the day of the interview, it’s likely that all of your communication with USCIS and Department of State have been through letters or phone calls.

Now, it’s time for them to see you face-to-face. They conduct these interviews to get a good idea of who you are and whether you are telling the truth.

Makes sense, right? It’s easier to weed out scammers by taking a look at their body language and mannerisms. But, being nervous is normal and they take that into account when assessing your answers to their questions.

Another reason for the interview is the requirement that you swear under oath in front of an immigration official. Most people will tell the truth after swearing the oath but for those that don’t, it can cause a visa denial and a permanent bar from entering the U.S.

Preparing For The CR1 Visa Interview

Getting ready for the interview will not only help you feel less anxious but you’ll be able to answer questions with ease. During my own visa interview, I searched online for possible questions.

What I found was that the questions were mostly related to the information on all the forms I submitted.

The consular officer also wants to see if your relationship is genuine. To do this, they’ll ask questions that most couples should know about each other.

Top 10 CR1 visa interview questions:

  • What is your spouse’s name?
  • Was your spouse married previously?
  • How long has your spouse lived at their current address?
  • Where and when was your spouse born?
  • Did your spouse go to college/Where?
  • What does your spouse do for a living?
  • What is your spouse’s salary?
  • Where do you plan to live in the United States?
  • Did you have an engagement party/Who was there?
  • How does your family feel about the marriage?

Review the list of all possible interview questions.

Case Example:

Karen has her interview scheduled at the Montreal consulate in Canada. She and her American husband have been dating for 2 years before they submitted the I-130 10 months ago. She prepared for the interview by practicing the interview questions with her husband on the phone.

When she went to the interview, the consular officer asked many of the questions listed above. She felt confident in answering every single one and was told she successfully was approved for the CR1 visa.

Practicing the CR1 visa questions with your spouse can really make you feel confident for the interview. Don’t assume you don’t need to practice or review the questions because your relationship is real.

The visa interview can make you so nervous you completely forget all about your spouse. That’s why I recommend that you get familiar with the interview process as well as the questions.

Documents Needed For The CR1 Visa Interview

Now that you’ve prepared for the CR1 visa interview, it’s time to gather all the CR1 interview documents needed.

The consulate or embassy will send you the interview appointment letter that contains a list of evidence and civil documents to bring with you. Make sure that the CR1 interview documents are all originals and not just the copies.

List of Documents Needed For CR1 Visa Interview:

  • Passport(s)  – must be valid for six months past the date you plan on traveling to the U.S.
  • Affidavit of Support – This is the form filled out by the U.S. petitioner/sponsor (I-864, I-864A, I-864 EZ, or I-864W)
  • Form DS-260 – This is the online Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application.you submitted on the CEAC website.
  • Two (2) 2×2 photographs – must be passport-style photos. Click here to see the requirements.
  • Civil Documents – all documents must be translated to English.
    • Copy of Birth certificate (petitioner)
    • Original Birth certificate (beneficiary)
    • Marriage certificate
    • Adoption records
    • Police clearance certificate
    • Court and prison records
    • Divorce decree or death certificate
    • Military records
    • Copy of biographic page of Passport
  • Completed Medical Exam – Bring the medical exam documents/seal envelope with you to the interview but do not open it.
  • Payment receipt or cash/money order in US funds – if you have already paid the IV fee and AOS fee, then print the receipt and bring it with you.

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Procedure For The CR1 Visa Interview

Now that you have all the CR1 interview documents, it’s time to learn what will happen at the interview.

Although each consulate has it’s on procedure on conducting the visa interview, there are a few things they have in common.

First, you’ll likely wait in line outside the consulate if you get there before they open. Some people choose to get there early instead of waiting for their interview time. Call the consulate a few days before and see if this is possible for you.

Next, you’ll be given a ticket number and asked to sit and wait for your number to be called.

Finally, you will be called to a window where a consular officer will take your passport and documents. They will quickly review everything and ask you to take an oath that you will tell the truth.

If you are approved on the spot, they will keep your passport and may give you a document explaining the next steps.

If you are not approved right away, you may or may not be given form 221(g) administrative processing.

Case Example:

Amir and his wife Tanya got married in India 7 months ago. During his CR1 visa interview, Amir was asked some tough questions about his marital relationship with his wife. He felt that he answered the questions well and was hopeful he would be approved quickly.

But, the consular officer didn’t approve him right away and gave him form 221(g) administrative processing. They didn’t say how long he would be in AP but they did keep his passport.

This is such a common outcome to visa interviews, it’s crazy. Almost everyone who is applying from the Middle East, India, and Africa are placed in administrative processing.

This can be due to additional background checks or just an extra step they force you to go through. Then, there’s form DS-5535 that Trump introduced May 2017 which collects your social media information for more background checks.

All of this ultimately means more delays after the interview is over.

Final Thoughts CR1 Interview Documents

If you’re feeling nervous or anxious about the CR1 visa interview, relax! Consular officers are actually really nice and are doing their job. Some of them even try to make it more comfortable for you by beginning with small talk.

If it makes you feel better, it’s very rare that a consular officer will deny your visa application on the spot. Normally, they will review everything that was submitted and sometimes have their supervisor look over your case too.

The CR1 interview documents needed are mainly the originals for the copies you’ve already sent or filled out. I’d recommend that you use the CR1 visa checklist that I created to stay organized during the process.

Even if you aren’t immediately approved and are placed in AP, it doesn’t mean you were denied. Many cases are placed in administrative processing for a few days to a few weeks while they review the case.

You can look forward to that amazing feeling when you are approved and have your visa stamp in your passport!

While you wait for the approval, why not start packing your belongings? This will keep your mind off of how long you will be waiting for the approval and looking forward to your future.

Did you gather all the CR1 interview documents? Did you find the checklist helpful to you? Let me know in the comments below.

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