CR2/IR2 VISA FOR CHILDREN UNDER AGE 21
The CR2/IR2 visa is for Unmarried Children under 21 Years of Age of a U.S. Citizen who wish to enter and remain in the U.S. permanently with their U.S. citizen parent. This visa is valid for qualifying biological children, step-children, and adopted children. The CR-2 category applies specifically to someone whose parents have recently married, and allows the foreign child to obtain a Conditional Resident card. The IR-2 category applies after the parents’ two years of marriage when the foreign child will then be considered an immediate relative and will be granted a Permanent Resident Card.
At Tsang & Associates, we have a long history of helping thousands of clients successfully file for CR2/IR2 based visas and will help our clients with the entirety of the process from beginning to end.
Our fee structure is unique to us as we strive to tailor our services for each client individually. We adapt price standards that are capable of fluctuating for each client depending on their unique needs. Clients may retain us for one or all of the above steps/services.
Our typical fee for a standard IR-2/CR-2 case is $3,500, not including government fees and third-party expenses. We are happy to customize a proposal for your case during the consultation. Please see below for more information.
CASE PROCESSING OVERVIEW
Step 1: Strategy Session for the CR2/IR2 Visa
This is the most crucial step for your entire CR2/IR2 Visa. We will review all of the supporting documents to create a strategy, a customized checklist, and a timeline to serve as the guiding foundation for the entire case preparation. The steps may vary depending on your situation:
A.) We will submit the petition and then continue with the Consular Processing; or
B.) We will submit the petition and apply for Adjustment of Status with USCIS.
Step 2: Prepare and Submit the I-130 Application to USCIS
Our team will complete all forms, package supporting documents, and assemble all documents and information into the proper application format to enhance your chances of getting approved.
Step 3: Biometrics Appointment *This step only applies to Adjustment of Status Cases
You will need to attend a biometrics appointment most commonly known as the fingerprinting appointment. USCIS will conduct a mandatory criminal background check and verify your identity. The process itself does not take long and our office will assist you during this process.
Step 4A: Await Approval and Submit Required Documentation to the National Visa Center (NVC)
Once the I-130 Petition is approved by USCIS, the case will subsequently be transferred to the National Visa Center (NVC) for further processing. Our team will guide you throughout this process and ensure that the NVC has all the documentation needed to continue to process your case in a timely manner.
Step 4B: Await Approval by USCIS *This step only applies to Adjustment of Status Cases
Once USCIS has cleared your background check, you will receive an approval for your Employment Authorization Card (I-765) and your Social Security Card will follow. If eligible, you will also receive the approval for your Travel Document (I-131) which allows to travel while your Adjustment of Status Application is in process.
Step 5: Prepare the client for Interview with the US Embassy/Consulate or with USCIS
We will help guide the client in his/her preparation for the interview with the US Embassy/ Consulate or with USCIS by simulating the interview and ensuring the client is well-versed in the application material. Our services include a comprehensive strategy for answering inquiries posed, practice questions, thorough feedback, and other tools to help clients succeed during the interview. If your interview is at the US Embassy, you will attend it by yourself per Embassy rules. If your interview is with USCIS you can attend the interview by yourself or inquire about our attorney appearance service at an additional cost.
Step 6: Respond to additional Consulate or USCIS Requests/ Administrative Processing /Status Checks/ Fraud Alerts
After the interview, we will review with you the possible responses from the US Embassy or USCIS. From additional document requests to continuance notices and fraud alerts.
Step 7: Approval is Only The Beginning
A.) Once you obtain an CR2/IR2 Visa, you will be allowed to travel to the U.S. and after paying the USCIS Immigrant Fee, you will receive your Permanent Resident Card.
B.) After USCIS approves your Adjustment of Status you will become a Permanent Resident and will be issued a Green Card.
Our Team will help prepare a plan for future goals, such as petitioning family members or becoming a U.S. Citizen.
Checklist of Required Evidence
In general, the following documents are required:
- Your valid passport for more than 6 months after your planned entry into the U.S
- A signed Form I-864, Affidavit of Support from the U.S petitioner (applicant’s parent)
- Form DS-260 confirmation page
- Medical examination and vaccination documents
- Two photographs per individual according to the US Visa Photo Requirements
- Court and criminal records and/or police certificate
- If you served in the military, you must bring your military records
The updated filing fee for Form I-130 IR2 visa can be found using here. The filing fee for this petition cannot be waived.
NOTE: The filing fee is not refundable, regardless of any action USCIS takes on this petition. DO NOT MAIL CASH. You must submit all fees in the exact amounts.
Who can apply for the CR2/IR2 Visa?
The criteria for the CR2/IR2 visa is not as extensive as some other types of visa. The child of the U.S citizen must be:
- Under 21 years old.
- Living in a foreign country.
- Has been living with adoptive U.S citizen parents for at least 2 years.
Besides the criteria for the child who will be applying for the CR2/IR2 visa, the U.S citizen must fulfill these criteria:
- Consent to adopting an unmarried child under 21 years old from a foreign country.
- Be a U.S citizen.
- Have adopted the child from a foreign country and lived with them for 2 years.
SAMPLE & TEMPLATES
Attorney Brief: [coming soon] We will provide an attorney brief sample for the I-130 petition.
Cover Letter: [coming soon] We will also provide a cover letter sample for the I-130 petition.
Sample Request for Evidence: [coming soon] Requests for evidence can be used to strengthen the case.
Sample Checklist: [coming soon] We look at the client’s unique situation and create customized checklists to strengthen their cases.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Long is the CR2/IR2 Visa Processing Time?
The processing time for the CR2/IR2 immigrant Visa can last from 3-12 months, but it all depends on the individual circumstances. Since this visa has no annual cap, the processing time is less than the family preference visas.
Do I become a U.S. Citizen when I get the CR2/IR2 VISA?
What is File Form DS-260?
What is considered a complete medical examination and vaccination?
What happens after receiving the NVC packet?
SCHEDULE A SESSION
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