IR-1 (Spouse of a U.S. Citizen)

IR-1 (Spouse of a U.S. Citizen)
You may be eligible to apply for a green card if you are a spouse of a U.S. citizen.



• Proof of your spouse’s US citizenship
• Proof of your marriage 



Stage 1
: Collecting Evidence        
Stage 2: Submit Petition to USCIS        
Stage 3: Fingerprint        
Stage 4: Interview        
Stage 5: Approval


Stage 1 to Stage 2: about 3 weeks
Stage 2 to Stage 3: about 1-2 months
Stage 3 to Stage 4: about 2-3 months
Stage 4 to Stage 5: about 1-2 months or on the same day



A. Under this category, you have special immigration priority and do not have to wait in line for a visa number to become available for them to immigrate because there are an unlimited number of visas for this category.
B. If you are currently outside the United States and are an immediate relative of a US citizen, you can become a permanent resident through consular processing. You may then travel on the visa and will officially become a permanent resident when admitted at a US port of entry. The Department of State will notify you when you are eligible to apply for an immigrant visa. If you do not apply for an immigrant visa within one year following notification from the Department of State, your petition may be terminated.

Siyuan Chang