Support Steps to Spouse Visa

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Working with VisaCoach to get your Spouse Visa in only 12 easy Steps.

Spouse Visa Support: This is what I offer, that No one else does. Personal attention to work together to make your dreams of a life together in the USA come true


Make sure to check out VisaCoach’s important lessons on the Spouse Visa Timeline, Sample Interview Spouse Visa Questions, and Spouse Visa 101.



Full Personal CR1 Support

What is Spouse Visa Petition Support

My Spouse Visa petitions generally get approved faster than average. This is due to the professional way I help you develop a winning strategy combined with creative and  extensive efforts, to demonstrate the “bona fides” of your relationship.  I provide you with an attractive, compelling petition package, bound, and indexed the way USCIS and DOS likes it.

Preparing a successful visa petition is both ‘Art’ and ‘Science’. The science is filling in the blanks correctly, and attaching all the official documents as needed. The ‘Art’ comes in presenting the ‘right’ evidence that will convince a probably unfriendly stranger you are a bona fide couple. Continue reading “Full Personal CR1 Support”

VisaCoach’s Full Support for CR-1 Spouse Visa

Step By Step: CR1 or IR1 Spouse Visa

Below is how we work together::

1. I know all the questions USCIS have and all the questions the Department of State AND the Consulate have. I combined them into two proprietary questionnaires, one for you and one for your Spouse. I send these to you, to provide me with all the needed details about your backgrounds. I ask the questions early, so that we know EXACTLY where you stand, and that you are eligible for the whole Spouse Visa Process.

2. You and your Spouse complete the background questionnaires and return them to me

3. I closely audit your answers, looking for inconsistencies, gaps, mistakes, illogic, anything that “doesn’t look right”. Immigration doesn’t need much to become suspicious, so it is critically important that the information provided does not accidentally trigger alarm bells.

4. I work together with you and your Spouse until the questions asked by immigration have been answered fully, logically, and are consistent.

5. I use your information to prepare all the immigration forms that are needed.

6. I create for you a personal, Online Portal at This is where you can view the Drafts of documents that I have prepared which are ready for your signatures, as well as personalized checklists, and instructions all personalized to your case.

Click here to view a Sample VisaCoach Online Portal

7. At your HomePage, based upon my detailed review of your background details, I post for you a custom personalized check list of things to do, photos, civil documents, and various ways (that I have encountered over 40 years) to demonstrate the bona fides of your relationship. The check list is extensive. Not all items can be obtained by all couples. I categorize the list into three color coded priority levels. REQUIRED, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, and RECOMMENDED.

8. Going through the personalized checklist I prepared for you, you should collect a stack of evidences, photos, correspondences, signed documents, civil documents needed for your petition. I call this your SHOEBOX. As soon as the shoebox is full, mail or courier it to me to work on.

9. Once I get your shoebox I block off most of a day from my calendar, so I can quietly spread out, and examine each piece. I confirm all required civil documents and signed forms are present and legible, then check the items that demonstrate the “bona fides” of your relationship.

My plan is to “tell your story”, that of a genuine, bona fide couple, who deserves to be speedily brought to the USA. I pick and choose those evidences that are the most persuasive and positive, and put aside those that do not help. I devote much time with your photos. A picture IS worth a thousand words. The minimum use of your photos is to prove a face to face meeting occurred. But the photos CAN do so much more. A few well chosen photos can create a solid impression of a bona fide, genuine relationship. My objective is to choose the RIGHT ones to help your case.

10. At the start I also sent a third questionnaire prompting with questions that ask you to describe the “history of your courtship and marriage”. I use the answers to compose a compelling personal letter, addressed to immigration, to add a “human face” on to your petition. This should convince the most skeptical Consular Officer yours is a genuine relationship and merits prompt approval, and his “help” to swiftly approve and allow you to continue your lives together in the USA.

Should there be any “out of the norm issues” or so called “red flags” with your history that might if misunderstood hurt your chances, we would explain the situation in the letter, in order to “neutralize” their negative affect

11. I assemble all of your documents and evidences into an attractive, bound, tabbed, complete and compelling petition. Just like USCIS likes it. To see what one of my 100 to 150 page, Front Loaded applications look like

Click here to view a sample VisaCoach Presentation

Then, I RUSH the petition to you via USPS priority mail. I also provide a complete digital copy for your records.

12. The petition you receive has about half a dozen (yellow flags), clearly showing where you should sign and date. I also fill in a facsimile of what the check made out should look like, and clearly show you the address where you mail your petition and check.

13. I update your VisaCoach Online Portal with the NEXT STEPS, on what you and your Spouse should do while waiting on the USCIS’s review. I provide detailed instructions on obtaining Police reports, and vaccinations as well as a comprehensive list of  practice interview questions.

14. Once USCIS has completed their review, your case is forwarded (by USCIS) to the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC) in New Hampshire. NVC now has implemented a cumbersome and complicated system for paying fees, submitting forms, and civil documents. It is at this stage that your financial evidences are submitted. I provide clear instructions and support through this process.

15. Once NVC is satisfied that all of your required documents are acceptable, they contact the overseas consulate responsible for the interview, and schedule an interview time and date.  I update your VisaCoach Online Portal, with detailed checklists of what must be brought to the consulate on the day of the interview, and instructions on obtaining chest x-ray, blood tests and physicals at the embassy designated Panel Physician,  and final tips on preparing for the interview

16. Once Interview has been held and the visa has been approved. I update you on procedures to enter the USA, pay immigrant fees, and obtain the Green Card as proof of lawful permanent residency for your spouse.

By Fred Wahl
the Visa Coach

VisaCoach’s Full Support for Previously Denied CR-1 Spouse Visa

Step By Step: Denied CR1 or IR1 Spouse Visa

Below is how we work together:

1. I know all the questions USCIS have and all the questions the Department of State AND the Consulate have. I combined them into two proprietary questionnaires, one for you and one for your Spouse. I send these to you, to provide me with all the needed details about your backgrounds. I ask the questions early, so that we know EXACTLY where you stand, and that you are eligible for the whole Spouse Visa Process.

2. It is essential to glean as much information from the failed interview(s) as possible, so that we can estimate if Your Difficult Case is Winnable. I provide a third questionnaire, in order to help jog your fiance/spouse’s memory to develop a useful and complete transcript of the interview. Continue reading “VisaCoach’s Full Support for Previously Denied CR-1 Spouse Visa”

I130 Spouse Petition

I-130 Spousal Visa preparation

Visa Coach will provide the following assistance as follows:: Spousal Visa Service
·    Checklist of documents that you need for your CR-1, IR-1 or K-3 Spousal visa
·    Accurate preparation of your visa application
·    Expert advice on how to handle yourself at your Consular or INS interview,
and what to expect
·    Unlimited personal communication with your own immigration expert. Fast, easy and secure processing of your visa.

What is a I-130 Petition to obtain a Spouse Visa ?

If your spouse is not a citizen of the United States and you plan to bring her to live in the United States, then you must file a petition with INS on behalf of your spouse. After the petition is approved, your spouse must obtain a visa issued at a U.S. Embassy or consulate abroad. This visa is called a spouse visa. The normal visa process to petition for an Alien relative, parent, sibling, spouse takes considerable time.

The time needed to obtain a Spousal visa is longer than that of a Fiancee Visa sometimes 3 to 12 months. So whenever possible we recommend our clients plan to marry in the USA and use the faster Fiancee Visa process.

Full Support to prepare Spousal Visa.

By Fred Wahl

Front Loaded Spouse Visa Presentation

Front Loaded Spouse Visa Petition

Most of MY clients pass their interview and are approved for their visa’s in under 5 cordial minutes.

This is because we provide the information we want the consular officer to see, ‘up front’ as part of the petition submitted originally to USCIS. The consular officer will typically review the package prior to the interview. When he reads the extensive and persuasive evidence that we have logically laid out for him, he should be convinced of the ‘bona fides’ of the relationship before the interview even starts.

This makes asking any remaining questions more a formality than a fact finding, truth finding mission, and leaves very little for the consular officer to say besides ‘Welcome to America’.


At the very end of the CR1 Spouse visa process. Your spouse is required to visit the nearest US Embassy or Consulate where he or she will be subjected to an interview conducted by an American Consular Officer. The officer’s role is not to be Santa Claus handing out tickets to the USA but his job is to enforce immigration rules to weed out those who might be fraudulently applying for immigration benefits to the USA.

Under current President Trump the Consular Officer has been given orders to reduce legal immigration and prevent any illegal immigration. He has pressure on him from above, President on down as well as his immediate supervisor, not to make any mistakes, while making his decisions as quickly as possible so that he can interview as many as 60 to 90 applicants in a day.

Most applicants, both genuine and fake tell the same story and his job is to weed out the honest from the bad. Sometimes in his rush to make a decision he makes mistakes and denies couples that are bona fide. And given the choice to make a mistake approving a bad case, or making a mistake to deny a legitimate case. He is better off turning down the honest case.

Our objective, when you and I work together as a team is to make the Consular Officer’s job easier by placing at his fingertips all of the evidences and information he needs so that he can quickly understand your situation, and realize that you and your spouse are “good guys”. We want to help him to understand that you are a bona fide couple and that he should feel confident he is making a good decision by approving your visa application.

On the day of the interview your spouse is tempted to bring what she or he feels are evidences of your relationship to the interview. Often this is some kind of pretty notebook or album filled with pictures and stickers such as hearts and Cupid’s and flowers accompanying your photos. While assembling this art project has kept your spouse happy and occupied it really has little use at the interview itself.

The Consular Officer has been instructed by the Department of State, that he is not allowed to look at new evidences that are brought to the Consulate on the day of the interview. He is only allowed to look at evidences that have passed through the hands of USCIS that have been vetted by USCIS.

On the day of the interview your spouse may bring her or his art project which the Consular Officer will politely, decline to see. He’ll just say “Well, just close that and put it away. Let’s have a friendly conversation”.

Of course this is not really a friendly conversation because the Consular Officer has an agenda. His agenda is to trip your spouse up to unearth fraud. It is like having a friendly chat with a detective from one of the crime shows. A detective who is expert in breaking down suspects until they confess their guilt.

He can ignore the new evidence brought by your spouse because before the interview has begun he reviews the original application that had been submitted many months earlier. In the Consular Officer’s day he meets one applicant after another and since he is booked with so many interviews for the day, he does not have very much time for any individual case. So he will say goodbye to his last applicant kind of clear his mind and then pick up a new case File. He reviews it quickly. Usually only giving it a few minutes. While he reviews he takes note of those issues that he considers suspicious or odd. He may look at previous Visa denials, age differences, how long a couple has known each other, the circumstances of the marriage proposal, language and communication difficulties, previous marriages and so on. When his list of red flags is complete, he leans over and buzzes your spouse in for the interview. Depending on what he has on his list it is possible the interview can go sour very quickly ending in tears.

My signature philosophy, is that the brief review that the Consular Officer conducts going through the original case file is actually a golden opportunity for me and you, to speak (virtually) directly to the Consular Officer. We speak his American English in order to convince him why he should trust you and why he should approve your application.

This process starts months before the application is even submitted. I work with each couple to get to know their history and their situation. Based on what I learn from you and your spouse, I estimate what suspicions the Consular Officer will probably have, and what questions he might ask.

The purpose of the Front Loaded Petition is to answer and address those questions, even before the Consular Officer thinks to ask them, before the interview starts. We start with the basic application with all required forms properly filled in, with all necessary civil documents attached, then we add to the application solid and logical proofs and evidences to demonstrate your bone fides.

I help you assess what the weaknesses of your case is then I make suggestions as to what actions you can take and can document with solid evidences that will help to defuse potential problems.

Each case is unique. After I get to know your situation, I counsel you on what needs to be done to improve the likelihood of success, by addressing your potential problems with actions, and how to document these actions. It’s not good enough to do the right thing. We must also document the right thing and include those evidences as part of the “front loaded” application.

The Consular Officer reviews your application before the interview starts. The application that he sees was submitted to Homeland Security many many months earlier. A couple could take action to remedy their problems while the case is pending. But unfortunately to do so means that these remedies are not included in the application that the consular officer sees. Instead the new info is included in the materials the spouse brings to the interview. This can be a recipe for disaster. Cause remember the consular officer is not required to look at any new documents brought on the day, and often he will ignore anything brought to him on the day.

What I recommend you to do is: do EVERYTHING that needs to be done, before I finalize the application. It should include proofs of all these actions. To accomplish this, I will give you a list of issues that we should work upon and encourage you to do what is needed solve these problems and document the solutions. The results are included as part of the application.

This is what I call “front loading” a petition. In crafting a Visacoach front-loaded petition I start with the basic forms information and civil documents that are required. These are sufficient to get your foot-in-the-door. These are sufficient to get your spouse to the desk of the consulate officer for the interview. But getting one’s foot in the door is not enough. We need to convince the Consular officer he is making a logical and safe decision to approve your case.

Including evidences of the quality of a couple’s relationship is not mentioned in the government instructions on “How to Apply for a Spouse visa?”. This lack may be what makes including these kinds of evidences so effective. Most applicants provide very limited information and the consular officer must dig in order to make his decision. We, by front loading our application make it easier for him to make his decision. Once the consular officer sees logical and good quality evidences that allow him to visualize you and your new spouse living as his neighbors in the USA we have helped make his job easier, and we have helped you get your approval. By the time the consular officer finishes his review and puts down the case file he should be mentally predisposed and ready to say yes. Then he buzzes your spouse into the interview. As he is already is comfortable with your story his remaining questions will generally be short and friendly leading to fairly prompt approval.

The VisaCoach “front loaded” application is truly a case of “Art” over “Science”. The consular officer is making a holistic decision, based on “gut feel” and “intuition”. Crafting these winning applications is where I spend most of my dedicated time working on your case. On the day your “shoe box” full of evidences arrives I carefully spread out, and touch, each and every photo, correspondence, affidavit and civil document, picking and choosing the very best to effectively tell your story. To be consistently successful, I consistently push you to do your best at this stage to give me what I want to place on the consular officer’s desk. When I have gone over your materials, IF I think you are light, I won’t hesitate to call you to ask for more. We have only one chance to make a good first impression, and this is all in the preparation of the application. We do not submit until we working as a team have done our utmost to tell your story.

The results ? While most interviews last 15 to 30 minutes, most of MY client’s interviews take only 3 tor 5 minutes only. If the consular officer has already found what he needs in order to say yes, he won’t use up too much more of his or your time, and will speedily get to “Welcome to America”

By Fred Wahl
the VisaCoach

12 Steps to Spouse Visa

VisaCoach’s 12 steps to CR-1 Spouse Visa Success

Getting your foreign born Spouse to the USA is quite complicated. We deal with two separate departments of the US government USCIS which is part of homeland security as well as the Department of State. They each have their own requirements forms and hurdles that must be overcome.

Since your future “happy ever after” is at stake it is important, no, it is essential, that each step the carefully accomplished. That is why here at VisaCoach we have set up clear and well thought out procedures that we follow for each and every case. This way we know that every T is crossed and every I is dotted to ensure a Spousal Visa Approval. This is a much too important life-changing process to leave anything to chance.


Step 1: Personal Consultation.

Unlike attorneys and cheap computerized/robot type document preparers, I offer a very personal service. I get to know my couples well, and we work together as a team to accomplish your goals. Continue reading “12 Steps to Spouse Visa”

Spouse + Fiancee Visa Service for Ex-pats

VisaCoach’s assistance for American Ex-pats to apply for Spouse or Fiancee visas while remaining outside the USA during the process

If you are currently outside the USA, living together with your foreign partner and now are ready to relocate back to the USA and bring your partner with you.

I have good news.

You do not need to leave him or her, return alone to the USA, then apply for them to eventually follow. Instead you can apply for the fiance or spouse visa from outside the USA.
You don’t have to separate. You can remain together for the entire process.

I was an ex-pat living in Asia myself for about 20 years. I did this for myself and my wife Joyce.

I can help you too.

Most couples we help are involved in long distance romances. They communicate via webcam and text,
and only get the once in a while, rare opportunity, to spend in-person time together after long trips over
international waters.

But some lucky couples, like you, are not separated by international borders. Instead they live together, outside the USA.
And once they are ready to relocate to the USA, they ask :
“Must the American return to the USA alone to apply for a fiance or spouse visa? Is there a away they can avoid long separations?’

The happy answer is they Can remain together. No long separation is necessary.

Your visa application can be submitted while they remain outside the USA. And once your fiance or spouse visa is issued,  you as a couple, hand in hand, can together can board the flight to your future lives in the USA.

I lived as an expat, living outside the USA, primarily in Taiwan and Hong Kong for about 20 years. I am very familiar with that lifestyle and the issue of bringing one’s spouse and family back to the USA. In my case when my oldest child was 6 years old I knew it was time to return as I wanted to enroll him in kindergarten and public school in the USA.

I regularly help expatriate couples prepare their petitions while they are living together outside the USA. We work together using email, Internet (I provide a password access page for you where I post specific instructions and documents for your case), and by priority mail or courier.
This is the procedure VisaCoach follows for Ex-pat cases, that allows the you to remain outside the USA for the whole process.

1. After I get to know you and your partner I set up an account page for you online at There I post a personalized checklist of all documents and evidence needed for successful preparation of your case. I also prepare all the forms needed for the application which require your signature.

2. You follow your checklist and collect the civil documents, evidence, photographs and various proofs of bona fides. You print out the documents that have been prepared for your signature and sign them. You combine all into a single envelope, then send to my offices via international courier such as DHL or Fedex.

3. On receiving your envelope, I carefully comb through it’s contents to prepare your application. If you were living in the USA I would mail the application directly to you. But as you are overseas that is not convenient, as it means two more times passing through international customs, to send the application to you, and then for you to send it back to USA to USCIS’s offices. So what we do instead is scan the completed application package into a pdf and post it at your VisaCoach account page for you to review.

4. If you find anything you wish to change, you let me know, and these changes are made immediately, posted online. Again for you to review. Finally, once you are 100% satisfied, we mail the approved application directly to USCIS on your behalf.

5. Eventually your case will arrive to the US State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC). I will guide you through that stage. This one can be done all online.

6. NVC will forward your case to the consulate assigned for your partner’s interview. In the run up to the interview I will guide you on preparation for the interview. Such as practice questions, final checklists and how and where to arrange the interview.

7. On completion of the interview, I guide you through arranging for your partners green card.

8. That only leaves it for you to settle your affairs outside the USA, book your flights and return to USA to start this next chapter in your lives.

For an ex-pat there are two important issues that need to be planned for the interview.

How can you pass the financial eligibility requirement?


How can you demonstrate your “intent” to relocate to USA

Financial Eligibility

An ex-pat you probably are earning your living by working outside the USA. Well, that means that once your partner gets approved for her or his visa, you are going planning to quit your foreign job and find a new one in the USA. This means that as far as supporting your family the foreign income goes away. You will have to show you are financially eligible by some other way.

Usually this means already having enough cash assets in USA financial accounts or equity in a your home located in the USA, or asking for help from a friend or family member living in the USA to be your financial joint-sponsor. If none of these methods are available, then you will have to consider returning to USA early and find a job there.

Intent to Relocate to USA

US immigration takes immigrating to USA very seriously indeed. And when approving your fiancee or spouse’s visa must be convinced that the visa is going to be used for the correct purpose, for relocation and permanent residence in the USA. Some expat couples only want to visit the USA temporarily, perhaps for shopping, meeting relatives, for an occasional “home leave” and would like to have the “green card” to make that possible. Sorry, but for that is not considered acceptable by US immigration. They MUST be convinced you plan to relocate permanently.

So you will be required as an expat to demonstrate your sincere intention to relocate to USA by presenting evidence of your plans to move home, such as correspondences on potential places to live, to work, or to attend school. US based bank accounts, proof of disposing foreign assets, transferring monies to your USA accounts, drivers licence, voting records and
quotations from moving companies are all useful for this purpose,

This was Fred Wahl, The VisaCoach