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USCIS Backlogs – How Your Congressional Representative May Help

Recently, USCIS issued its progress report for 2022 and they’ve discussed the issue of backlogs. Obviously, there are many factors that went into why we have such a backlog. The time frames that we see with USCIS currently that have to do with COVID, global conditions such as the war in Ukraine and even Afghanistan.…

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3 Reasons Why You Should Use An Immigration Attorney, Such as Immigration for Couples

1. Attorneys understand the immigration process Here at Immigration for Couples, we help couples navigate the immigration process. From step one, an attorney can help you obviously understand the nuances of the immigration process. We see tons of clients who during initial consults have questions even over the forms, much less the 200 to 300-page…

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I-601A Processing Times (2023)

Are you wondering why provisional waivers are currently taking three to four years for immigration to make a decision? Wait times have increased by 600% since the provisional waiver program or application was released which was in 2013. It used to take only six to eight months to get a decision and now, we’re looking…

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Proposed Fee Increases and Consulate in Cuba

You may have heard about the proposed rule changes, mostly with regard to filing fees for USCIS. That came out January 4th of this year and any proposed fee increases or rule changes first come out as a proposal for a notice-and-comment period so the public knows that these things are coming or being thought…

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What Evidence You MUST Include – K1 Visa

What are the top three pieces or types of evidence that you should include with your fiancé visa application to give you the best chance of winning your case? When they’re starting out on their immigration journey, a lot of couples want to know what are the documents that they need to provide. While the…

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Taxes and Immigration 2023 – What are Your Questions?

At the start of every year, it’s tax filing season time and how does that impact individuals who are going through an immigration process? It is a really important thing to be aware of to make sure you’re filing on time and there are a lot of intersections between tax filing and immigration that you…

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Are Engagement Rings Required? K1 Visa

Are you wondering if engagement rings or wedding rings are required by immigration? Hi, I’m Attorney Megan Pastrana of Immigration for Couples and my firm is dedicated exclusively to assisting couples across the nation and across the world in navigating the US immigration process. We receive this question a lot recently from our clients who…

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When Should I Start My Immigration Case?

When should you start your immigration case? When should you file your immigration case? If you have a relationship and if you’re not yet married, part of starting your immigration case is getting to that point in your relationship where you want to spend forever together. Some couples are very meticulous and really like to…

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Immigration Interview Scheduling – Cambodia Embassy

My petition is already approved and is in the process of being sent to the Cambodia embassy. How long before I get an interview date? We’re seeing wait times anywhere from a few months to upwards. Typically, the embassy would schedule that interview for you. For the individuals we’ve helped from Cambodia, we’ve seen interviews…

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Employment Based Visa vs K1 Visa

Would an employment-based visa be faster than a fiancé or spouse visa? The answer is going to depend on whether you are needing to find a company to sponsor you and what logistics you already have in place for an employment-based visa. Sometimes couples wonder if the employment-based options in the US immigration system are…

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Which is Faster? K1 or CR1? (2023)

This is such a common question for couples. Is it better to do the K1 fiancé visa or the CR1 spouse visa? There are so many opinions on this from couples who were in the process or who have already completed the process. Everyone will have their opinion on which they think is faster. Prior…

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Important Update – Automatic Green Card Extensions

What exactly is this announcement from USCIS about automatic extensions of green cards? See: USCIS Updates Policy to Automatically Extend Green Cards for Naturalization Applicants While the automatic extension will occur in the context of individuals who are going from lawful permanent resident status, also known as having a green card, to becoming a US…

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Top 3 Tips – Preparing for Your USCIS Interview

1. Review your application, forms, and evidence. Make sure that you review your application, all of the forms that you filled out, and the evidence that was submitted. Oftentimes, immigration has a very long wait time before you receive your interview. It’s really important to go through that application and see if there are any…

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Pet Passports and Traveling With Pets to the US

There is a special podcast episode with Dr. Gary Richter. He’s a doctor of veterinary medicine and the author of The Ultimate Pet Health Guide and The Ultimate Pet Nutrition. He is always looking for ways to help individuals to give their furry family members their best life. Why would we have a veterinarian on…

Top 3 Reasons for a Green Card Denial

1. Mistakes in Application or Ineligibility The adjustment of status or green card application can be applied for either in the United States or through a consular post. Both of those will have the same requirements but it’s a little bit different in the processing nature. One of the most common things that we see…

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Affidavit of Support, When Income May Be an Issue

Are you concerned that you do not make enough to petition for your spouse who lives in another country? Are you worried about supporting them when they come to the US and how the government will view that? One of the things that we hear quite frequently from our clients is that they are either…

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TPS Explained

Have you wondered what the designation TPS stands for? TPS stands for Temporary Protected Status. This is a status that is granted by USCIS to a few designated countries that allow people to not be removable while they’re in the US. It is a temporary status and we use this status at our firm as…

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Can I Expedite My Case?

When we talk about expediting your case, this happens after a filing has been completed or submitted with USCIS and several different steps along the way. It is a multi-faceted response, as with everything in immigration. An expedite is possible in most cases that would be relevant for us within couples-based immigration. The cases where…

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Recent Court Decision: Will This Help My Case?

The Muñoz versus US Department of State was a court of appeals review of a ninth circuit ruling and we’re going to discuss two avenues. One, why it’s important, and two, if that helps your case. This was an I-130 filing so it was a marriage-based relationship. There was a US citizen spouse and children…

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Processing Times 2022 for a Travel Document and Work Permit

When people are coming to the US after receiving their fiancé visa or they’ve applied for that work authorization concurrently with their adjustment of status, they are kind of in this limbo of waiting for their ability to travel home and the ability to work. This is probably the most frequent hardship that we hear…

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Consular Post Interview – The Officer’s Perspective

Have you ever wondered what your interview at a consular post is going to look like? In consular interviews, officers are tasked with three major things. The first one is to verify your identity and review all of your documents. Make sure that you’ve brought everything that you are supposed to have brought and that…

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What Does It Mean for Immigrants to “Wait in Line”?

Let’s talk a little bit about this waiting-in-line process that we hear so much about. It’s a very arbitrary line and most people don’t exactly know what that means. For our clients, that line essentially is the starting point of the submission of an application with USCIS which is a department of citizenship and immigration…

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Great News! Update on Consular Interviews

Going through an immigration process is oftentimes stressful and frustrating. And so, it’s important to make sure you have some good news every once in a while. This great news relates to consular interviews and the wait times for those interviews. Consular interviews are part of the process for spouse visas and fiancé visas. It’s…

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What to Expect When You’re Petitioning

Many of you have heard about the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting and with our clientele, that might even be an appropriate book. We’re going to take a little twist on that and talk about what to expect when you’re the petitioner or when you’re petitioning with USCIS. Rule #1: Expect the unexpected…

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Notice of Intent to Deny Explained

NOID or Notice of Intent to Deny is something that is given by USCIS later in the immigration process. You may have already submitted a petition of some sort, received an RFE, or had an interview. These come very late in the process and it does not mean that the case is denied. It’s a…

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What to Expect at My Consular Interview?

The consular can have interviews for all sorts of other visas and visa processes and if you’ve been a frequent flyer at a consular post for visas such as visitor and student visas, they do have the ability to waive the consular interview. But with regard to spousal visas and fiancé visas, you will likely…

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I-90 Green Card Renewals: 24 Month Extension

As you know, immigration is not the speediest of processes. There are always delays. It is unfortunately something that we’re seeing across the board. Immigration is trying to make it a little bit speedier and more efficient. One of the most recent things that has come out has been for the I-90s. If you are…

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Status of DACA

DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was first created to shield youth from removal proceedings in 2012. It’s essentially administrative relief that not only protects them from removal from the country but also gives them work authorization. There are some stipulations on who can even register for this. You have to be of a…

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Will an Immigration Attorney Speed Up My Case?

Having an immigration attorney isn’t going to be a magic solution to make your immigration case go faster. We’ve all seen lawyer TV shows and they have some magic solution that just speeds things up but that’s not real life. Having an immigration attorney can help make your case go faster in the sense that…

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What is the I-601A Provisional Waiver

One of the biggest misconceptions is that a waiver is a waiver and that’s not true. There are many different types of waivers and each one is specifically for some specific issue. We have seen a lot of people who try to do things themselves and will submit what they think is what the waiver…