U.S. Spouse Visa Cost
Introduction to U.S. Spouse Visa Cost
The U.S. spouse visa cost specifically contains three different categories:
- U.S. Government Fees
- Application Preparation
- Other Expenses
The U.S. spouse visa cost information that we provide herein is current as of the post date. We will try to keep this information current.
U.S. Spouse Visa Cost- Government Fees
The following are the government fees, as of December 2016, to obtain a IR-1 or CR-1 Spouse Visa:
Filing Fee $535
Immigrant Fee $220
Immigrant Visa (IV) Fee $325
Affidavit of Support (AOS) Fee $120
Total Government Fees $1,200
Understanding the Spouse Visa Government Fees
Each of the fees also apply for IR-2 or CR-2 children of the IR-1 or CR-1 beneficiary except the AOS Fee of $120. On the condition that the IR-2 or CR-2 application is done concurrently with the spouse beneficiary, the AOS fee is typically not a requirement for the children.
Firstly, the USCIS filing fee of $535 is sent along with the I-13O, Petition for Alien Spouse. That being the case, the USCIS filing fee is paid by either U.S. bank check or money order.
Secondly, pay both the immigration visa (IV) fee of $325 and the affidavit of support fee of $120 during the National Visa Center (NVC) phase. However, filers not going through NVC do not pay the affidavit of support fee. For example, direct consular filers (DCF) for those U.S. Citizens living and filing at an overseas consulate do not pay the affidavit of support fee.
Pay the NVC processing fees online through the Immigrant Visa Invoice Payment Center. For this purpose, you need your NVC Case Number and Invoice ID Number located on the NVC Welcome Letter. In addition, in order to pay these fees on-line, you need your bank routing number and checking or savings account number from a U.S. bank. Once you obtain this information, log into the Immigrant Visa Invoice Payment Center. After logging in, pay the fees. You cannot pay these two fees at the same time. In fact, the on-line system will make you to pay them one at a time. As a results, this takes a few days to do as the system will not let you pay the AOS fee until your check for the IV fee has cleared.
After submitting your NVC payments online, wait up to 1 week. The wait is for NVC to process your fee payments before continuing to the next step, Application for Immigrant Visa. In fact, you are not able to go onto the next step and access your Immigrant Visa Application Form (Form DS-260) until NVC has processed your payments.
Lastly, the immigrant fee of $220 is paid to USCIS after you pass the embassy interview. USCIS will not print and deliver your green card to your U.S. address until you pay the immigrant fee. For this reason, it is a recommendation to pay the immigrant fee after the embassy interview, but before you depart to the U.S.
Pay the immigrant fee by on-line by going to the USCIS website here. You need to have your A-Number and DOS Case ID, which is found on your immigrant data summary, USCIS Immigrant Fee handout, or immigrant visa stamp.
If you cannot pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee, a family member, friend, employer, attorney or accredited representative can pay for you. If someone pays the fee for you, they will need your Alien Number (A-Number) and Department of State (DOS) Case ID.
Removal Of Conditions Government Fees
For CR-1 visa holders, there are additional government fees after entering the United States for the Removal of Conditions after two years. The IR spouse visa holders do not do the Removal of Conditions or pay the fee as they receive a 10 year green card. However, the CR spouse visa holder are “conditional residents”. Hence, the CR visa holders apply for Removal of Conditions before their three year green card expires. In fact, apply during the 90 days before your second anniversary as a conditional resident. The expiration date on your green card is also the date of your second anniversary as a conditional resident.
The fees specifically for the Removal of Conditions are summarized below:
USCIS Filing Fee $595
Biometrics Fee $80
Total Fees $675
Total Government Fees
Based on the fees above, the total government fees as part of an IR-1 spouse visa is $1,200. However the total government fees for a CR-1 spouse visa is $1,875 after the initial visa fees and removal of condition.
U.S. Spouse Visa Cost- Application Preparation
The following typical U.S. spouse visa cost information for application preparation is dependent upon on the application preparation that you choose.:
- Self Preparation $0
- Visa Consultant $450 – $1,500
- Immigration Attorney $1,500 – $3,000
Obviously, self preparation is the least expensive application preparation cost at $0 as you do it on your own. Therefore, if you can do it, save on application fees by doing the visa application yourself. Our site provides guides and recommendations for self preparation including our IR-1 CR-1 Spouse Visa USCIS Phase, NVC Phase, Embassy Phase, and Port of Entry Phase web pages. We also have a web page for Now that you are in the U.S. If you are a well-organized person, can research and learn the visa application process, are good at filling out forms both paper and on-line, then you may be able to self prepare the visa application for your beneficiaries. However, if not, you should consider using a visa consultant or immigration attorney.
Visa/Immigration consultants are professionals experienced in preparing visa petition applications and other immigration services for a fee. The consultant fee is on top of the U.S. government fees listed above. Although, there are many individuals and companies world-wide that offer these services. We recommend using Rapid Visa.
About Rapid Visa
RapidVisa is one of the world’s top ranked Visa/Immigration Consulting companies. In fact, they can assist you in your IR-1/CR-1 Spousal Visa application for as low as $450. In addition, they have payment plans as low as $217/month. Moreover, RapidVisa is affordable considering that the government fees are around $1,200 per application.
They have over a 90% visa success rate. Furthermore, they have hundreds of testimonials. Even more, approvals are guaranteed or your money back.
RapidVisa can also prepare the following applications beside the IR-1/CR-1 Spousal Visa petition:
- K-1 Fiance Visa
- IR-5 Parent Visa
- Adjustment of Status
- Removal of Conditions
- U.S. Naturalization
Reasons for Choosing Rapid Visa
You may be thinking, “I can save $450 or more by self preparing.” There are so many reasons why you should not self prepare and choose RapidVisa. We believe that their low fee is a “Big Bang for the Buck” because:
- They do quality control checks on every application to make sure that the application is complete with over a 90% success rate.
- They have software that asks you easy questions instead of filling in forms. The software works almost like tax return software asking you simple questions and then the software fills in the government forms.
- The data entry is done on-line. As a result, the US citizen and the alien beneficiary can each login from their respective locations to fill out their sections.
- They have the fastest turn around. For example, after you enter information in the software, they can turn your application around in 4 hours or less.
- They have great customer service. When you call, no machine answers the phone. You talk to a real person that can assist you 7 days a week. They have an on-line chat feature on their website for customer service.
- They have offices in the U.S. and other countries. Their offices in other countries are strategically near the U.S. embassy for that country.
- Lowest Price: They claim that they are hundreds less than their competition and will beat any advertised price.
Our Experience with Rapid Visa
We used RapidVisa’s services for our CR-1 Spousal Visa application petition. In fact, our petition was approved with visa in hand in hand and we entered the U.S. within 7 months from the date of application submittal. In addition, we had no RFEs during any of the phases. If you do chose to create an account with RapidVisa, please use the links above.
We did not need a Visa/Immigration Attorney and did not use one because of the high costs. Therefore, we do not have any contacts for a Visa/Immigration Attorney. A Visa/Immigration Attorney may be recommended if you have previous legal issues or foresee legal issues in your petition. If you need an immigration attorney, we recommend that you use Legal Match to find an immigration attorney that is right for you. Click the link below to search Legal Match for a free search to find for an immigration attorney that suites you.
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U.S. Spouse Visa Cost- Other Expenses
Other items to consider in the U.S. spouse visa cost include the following:
- Medical Fee $60 – $300 (Depending on the country). For this purpose, check the foreign embassy website to see the medical facility for that country. Then, go to their website and look up the cost and other information. Also, see our blog post “What to Expect at your K-1 or IR-1/CR-1 Visa Medical Exam” for more information on your Spouse Visa medical exam.
- Costs for obtaining evidence (birth certificates, marriage license, ect…)
- Passport size photos (Petitioner, Spouse and Children)
- Travel costs. For example, are you going to go to your spouse’s interview? Therefore, you need airfare. Likewise, when you spouse come to the U.S., they will need a plane ticket.
- Specific requirements of the spouse’s foreign country.
- Passports (for both beneficiaries and Petitioner). Also, see our blog post “US Passport- First Time or Renew Existing Passport to See Loved One Overseas“for more information on getting your U.S. passport.
- Visa, if applicable, for U.S. Citizen to enter the spouse’s foreign country. In addition, see our blog post “Foreign Visa for US Citizens Visiting Loved One Overseas” for foreign visa requirements.
- Translation of documents into English, if necessary
- Lodging. Lodging is a must when your spouse lives too far away from the embassy or medical facility. Therefore, a hotel is needed for their appointments.