How Do I Apply For A CR2/IR2 Dependent Visa For My Child And Include It With My I-130 Application?
In many cases, the children of a foreign spouse or fiance(e) can apply for a CR2/IR2 dependent visa. The process can vary somewhat depending on what category of visa the foreign applicant falls under.
“Child” for immigration purposes refers to someone unmarried and under 21 years of age at the time of entry to the United States, and should not be confused with a visa for a “son or daughter”.
How To Apply For A CR2/IR2, Child of CR1 or IR1 Recipient
Each child must have separate petitions filed, and separate affidavits of support.
Unlike the fiance(e) visa, each child under 21 will qualify for a visa, but must have separate petition filed for each child.
Processing time can take 3.5 to 12 months, depending on individual circumstances.
How To Apply For An IR2-Adopted Child
If the child is the adopted child of a US citizen petitioner, the child will gain US citizenship upon entry to the USA.
The process is similar to that of a standard IR2, but has some special paperwork and documentation involved.
Processing time is 3.5 to 12 months, depending on individual circumstances.
A son or daughter of a US citizen may qualify for a visa. The process is similar to that of a CR2, but takes 3-5 years.
An unmarried son or daughter under 21 years of age of a green card holder (Legal permanent resident) may qualify for various visas, depending on individual circumstances.
The Complete CR1/IR1 and CR2/IR2 Immigration Process
|1. Sending a petition I-130 + Fee + supporting documents to USCIS (separate forms and fees for each child)
I-130 application for children excludes:
|2. Receiving Notice of Receipt ( NOA1)|
|3. Case is approved, receiving Notice of Approval ( NOA2 )|
|4. Case will be transferred from USCIS to NVC|
|5. NVC assigns case Number|
|6. Receiving case number and invoice ID number by Email|
|7. Filling out DS-261 online form|
|8. Paying AOS fee $120 online ( Collecting AOS documents to submit to NVC : Financial documents )|
|9. Receiving IV fee bill invoice by Email|
|10. Paying IV fee $325 online ( Collecting IV documents to submit to NVC )|
|11. Submit AOS documents to NVC after getting document barcode sheet from $120 payment|
|12. Submit IV document to NVC after getting document barcode sheet from $325 payment|
|13. Filling out DS-260 online form|
|14. NVC officer checks all documents|
|15.Case completes at NVC|
|16. NVC schedules interview date and transfers case file to embassy / consulate|
|17. An interview appointment letter is sent by Email|
|18. Complete visa delivery address online form|
|19. Complete a medical examination before getting interview|
|20. Preparing all documents for the interview|
|21. Interview at embassy/consulate
|22. Receive visa packet|
|23. Paying IV fee $165 before traveling|
|U.S. Entry Process|
|24. Showing visa packet to an immigrant officer at a port of entry|
|25. Receiving green card and SSN card by mail within 1-2 months.|
Hi! I’m a foreign born Canadian that has immigrated to the United States to marry the love of my life. I successfully navigated the U.S. immigration system all the way to U.S. citizenship. Immigration is a privilege not a right!