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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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What to Expect at the Consular Interview

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…

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Interview with a USCIS Civil Surgeon – Everything You Wanted to Know About the I-693 Medical Exam

When you apply for a green card (adjustment of status) in the United States, you usually need to have a medical examination. The exam must be done by a doctor who is authorized by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS designates certain doctors (also known as civil surgeons) to perform the medical exam required…

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Advantages and Disadvantages of a Spouse Visa

Should I do a spouse visa or a fiancé visa? There is no right answer or wrong answer. A lot of times it’s going to be what fits best for that particular couple. That’s why we highly recommend having a consultation with an immigration attorney so that we can get to know you as a…

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Can I Bring My Family to the US?

 Certain people who are permanent residents or US citizens are allowed to petition for other family members. We get this question really often from resident citizens and those who are wanting to be petitioned alike. Can I bring family members to the US? Our favorite lawyer answer is always it depends. It depends on…

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Who Must Attend a Consular Interview?

On December 23, 2021, there was an announcement from the government stating that certain people do not have to attend an interview. This caused a lot of confusion. There were a lot of people who were thinking this means that they don’t have to go to an interview. Unfortunately, most of those people who are…

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Megan Pastrana – Immigration for Couples

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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What’s New With the Public Charge Rule?

The public charge is something that has been in effect for decades with immigration but it has been gaining notoriety in the past couple of years under the past presidential administration. It came to light because they implemented a new rule. In 1999, they proposed a rule and that’s the guidelines that we’ve been following…

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What Information Does USCIS Know About You?

Anytime somebody applies for some kind of benefit with USCIS specifically, you’re giving them loads of information. You’re giving them everything that they need to know about you. Your immigration history, your employment history, your previous addresses, your family history, your name, your social, your number. Everything. They have everything on you but a lot…

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Eligibility for Naturalization

There are some general requirements you need to meet to be eligible for naturalization. You need to be at least 18 years of age You need to be a legal permanent resident of the U.S, You need to demonstrate the required physical presence for a specific time period You need to meet the filing jurisdiction…

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Affidavit of Support – What If I Don’t Make Enough?

A common RFE is the Affidavit of Support and not satisfying all of those requirements. Let’s say USCIS has received the documents. For one reason or another, they are stating that the petitioner does not make enough money. You have basically two options. You could submit for a joint or co-sponsor or you could just…

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NVC Timeline

Let’s talk about NVC or the National Visa Center wait times. Let’s back up for a bit on how we get to the NVC. As far as immigration for couples purposes, we start with a petition to USCIS. Many times, that is an I-130 spouse visa or an I-129 fiancé visa. Once that petition is…

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Important – DACA Update

Recently, the law for DACA was codified. Read: ALERT: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Final Rule (Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) To codify something means that we are making a formal organizational process within the code for that rule or regulation. It’s helpful in a lot of ways, especially to make sure that…

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Why Your Friend’s Immigration Case Took Less Time

Are you wondering why your friend’s immigration case seems to be going faster? Why they received their work permit before you or why they got a nicer immigration officer to do their interview? A common thing that happens with a lot of couples is that they’re looking for a benchmark. It makes sense because they…

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Free Guide – How to Prove Your Relationship to Immigration

Welcome to your complimentary guide on how to prove your relationship to immigration. We have a free downloadable PDF guide that goes over all of this information in even more detail. See: Bona Fide Relationship Evidence In any immigration case for couples, one of the requirements is that you prove to immigration that you have…

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Spouse Visa Denial – Top 3 Reasons

What are some of the reasons that my spouse visa application would be denied? Recently, there is this rumor that is out there on the internet where a lot of couples say that it’s better to apply for a spouse visa if you’re married to a United States citizen because your case can’t be denied. …

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Frustration or Forward Motion – Immigration News Today 2022 USA

The immigration process can be long and stressful. There are many couples, at the start of their journey, who might think that their case is very easy or very straightforward. Easy and straightforward are not words that are typically used to describe the immigration process.  The immigration process can seem deceptively simple. However, we are…

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USCIS Requesting Documents Already Submitted

Did you receive a request for evidence from immigration requesting the same documents that you’ve already submitted and you’re wondering what to do? The Document Might Have Gotten Lost The first thing that can happen is that you may have really submitted that item. We see that all the time when we submit a birth…

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Can I Choose the USCIS Service Center?

Are you able to choose the USCIS Service Center where your case will be processed? The short answer is no. The USCIS Service Centers are determined by immigration based on the case type, the immigration category, and where the individual lives. Couples are probably hoping to choose a certain service center because it has a…

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Expedite Request Granted – Now What?

Especially now with the long wait times, there are a lot of individuals who are wanting to know what the process is for an expedite request. We have had clients and other individuals in the Facebook group who have been approved for expedite requests and then they ask, “What happens next? How soon can I…

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K1 Visa – Engagement at First Meeting

There’s no set track that your relationship has to follow. There are a lot of people who say, “You can’t get engaged on your first meeting. You have to have a formal engagement. You have to have an engagement ring.” That’s not really the case. The reality is that the burden is on you to…