IR-1: Spouse of a U.S. Citizen

The IR1 visa is an immigrant spouse visa that can be issued to the spouse of a US citizen if their marriage exists more than two years. The CR1 visa is an analogue of the IR1 visa, which can be issued to the spouse of a US citizen if their marriage exists less than two years.

The applicant shall meet the following requirements:

1.Must be U.S citizen

2.If a U.S. citizen previously obtained green card status through marriage immigration, one of the following three conditions must be met:

1). Obtain a green card (conditional green card or 10-year green card) for 5 years before applying for IR1 for the new spouse;

2). Provide sufficient proof to prove that the previous marriage is true and conforms to the immigration law;

3). Provide the death certificate and divorce certificate of the former spouse, that is, the previous marriage ended due to the death of the spouse or divorce

3.U.S. citizens are willing to provide economic guarantee to the U.S. government to ensure the life of the beneficiary in the United States, and the applicant will not become a burden to the U.S. public.

Application process


Preliminary assessment

Potential clients will receive the result in one business day.


Sign the agreement and prepare the materials.

Time for preparation: 15 days to 1 months.


Submit all the materials to USCIS.


Receive the receipt notice.


Situation 1: I-130 is approved by USCIS.

Situation 2: I-130 is denied by USCIS.

Situation 3: Request for Evidence. The response must be received by USCIS within 89 days.


Situation 1: In the United States, the clients can submit I-485 application.If the beneficiary stays in the United States, she/he should have legal status, such as H-1B, F-1 visa.

Situation 2: Outside the United States, the clients pay NVC filing fee, submit DS-260, notarization and other materials to the National Visa Center

Step 7:

Wait for an interview notice from USCIS(I-485) or the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou (CP). If visa is not available, the client needs to wait. Note: Please provide DS-230 and I-864.

Step 8:

Check-up, interview and obtain an immigration visa.

Step 9:

If there is an administrative process, please ask an attorney to submit an inquiry.

  • Document list

I-130 Document list

1.I-130 Form

2.Petitioner, U.S. citizen

1)Proof of US citizenship with copy of birth certificate

2)copy of US passport

3)copy of citizenship naturalization certificate

4)Marriage and relationship documents or A copy of any divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees if either you or your fiancé(e) have been previously married

5)Passport photos, 2″x2″ full face color

6)information changed by Petitioner, such as copies of certificates of former names

3.Proof of family relationship

1)Marriage documents

2)Documents of beneficiary,such as birth certificate,passport, photo,etc.

3)Other proof of marriage

I-485 document list

1.certificate of non-criminal record (fill in truthfully if there is a criminal record)

2.copy of birth certificate

3.recent color photos

4.copy of passport


6.other valid documents of child(such as legal status in the United States)

7.I-693 physical examination report of child,spouse

I-864 financial support document list certificate or income certificate of U.S. citizen

2.payroll of US citizens for the past three months

3.U.S. citizens’ tax returns for the past three years (W-2)

4.copy of SSN

5.copy of driver’s license