Megan Pastrana

Megan Pastrana – Immigration for Couples

By Megan Pastrana / October 7, 2022 /

What Problem(s) Do You Solve? The issue that the couples I work with are confronting is having to navigate the labyrinth of the US immigration system and the emotions that come with it.  Many people are surprised to find out that going through an immigration process as a couple is very complex and can oftentimes…

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Do I need to have a formal engagement for the I-129F?

By Megan Pastrana / February 19, 2021 /

There is a great question floating around the internet currently about how formal does your engagement actually have to be to qualify for a fiancé(e) visa. If you’re getting ready to apply for the I-129F application which is the first step in obtaining a fiancé(e) visa, you have to be engaged. What does that mean?…

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Trump’s New Executive Order in 2020

By Megan Pastrana / April 22, 2020 /

So you probably saw the tweet… We’re facing a potential new immigration executive order this week. We understand it is already an incredibly stressful time with everything happening with COVID-19 and the last thing you want to hear in the news is that there could be immigration changes that negatively impact you. We feel the…

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Overview of the K-1 Fiance Visa Process in 2020

By Megan Pastrana / February 21, 2020 /

If you’re engaged and starting to look ahead to the fiance visa process, you’re probably wondering what the visa journey will look like. There are three different main phases of paperwork when applying for a K1 fiance visa. Read on for all of the highlights! The Petition The first step is a “petition.” The petitioning…

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My Spouse and I Don’t Share a Bank Account. Will USCIS Care?

By Megan Pastrana / May 30, 2019 /

Bona Fide Relationship Evidence USCIS officers have a tough job. They must decide whether someone is in a real marriage just by looking at some documents and then talking to the couple for about 20 minutes. Many of them have developed a super sharp intuitive ability to spot fake relationships. At the same time, they…

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What NOT to Include in Your Relationship Evidence: #3 Alcohol Use

By Megan Pastrana / May 28, 2019 /

What Not to Include in Relationship Evidence Welcome back to our article series on what not to include in your application as evidence of your relationship. As mentioned previously, it is easy to submit things with your best intentions that you think will prove your relationship and accidentally cause yourself a lot more problems. As…

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Can My Fiance Get a K-1 Visa From Inside the United States?

By Megan Pastrana / May 27, 2019 /

It seems logical enough that if you’re engaged to marry someone from a foreign country, you need a fiance visa. And many times, it is what the person needs. However, there are some circumstances in which it doesn’t make sense to try to get a fiance visa for your foreign fiance. One of these times…

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