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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…

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K1 – Apply for Social Security Number

If you recently received your fiancé visa, you might be wondering when you’re able to apply for your Social Security number. There are actually two times when you can apply to receive your Social Security number as a K1 fiancé visa applicant. The first time is right after you enter the United States on your fiancé visa and…

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How to Update I129F

If your fiancé had changed a job and how do you update your application? When you file your application, whether it’s a fiancé visa or your green card application, wait times are long. In life, there are a lot of changes and if you change jobs or you move and things like that, there are…

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Domicile Requirement – Does the US Petitioner Have to Live in the United States?

In immigration, part of the immigration case is that you have to prove as the petitioner that you have your domicile in the US. That is a legal term which means that you have your home in the United States. That’s where you intend to live for the foreseeable future. You can prove domicile by…

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Great News! Backlog Reduction and Faster Processing Times!

On March 29th of 2022, USCIS announced their plan to reduce backlogs and provide relief for individuals who are waiting for their work permits. Read More : USCIS Announces New Actions to Reduce Backlogs There are a couple things that USCIS is doing and the first thing is that they are going to increase capacity,…

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Does My Spouse/Fiancé Attend the Embassy Interview?

Are you wondering if the United States petitioner spouse or fiancé has to attend the embassy or consular interview? The embassy or consular interview is part of the process for a spouse or a fiancé visa. Just as it sounds, it’s the interview that occurs at a United States embassy or consulate in the country where that individual…

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Religious Ceremony or Wedding Ceremony Required?

Will it be a minus for your case if you don’t do the religious ceremony or wedding reception and only did the civil ceremony? It’s your burden to prove you have a real relationship. There are certain things that immigration will look at that they consider to be important aspects of proving whether or not…

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Immigration Updates – Russian Citizens

What kind of impact do the current events have on citizens in Russia? Last May 2021, the US embassy in Moscow, Russia closed due to political reasons. The government of Russia made the United States cease operations at that US embassy. The visas and the review of files and cases were transferred to Warsaw, Poland.…

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Adjustment of Status – Work Permit Timing

“I filed my adjustment of status or recently entered on my fiancé visa and I’m getting ready to file my adjustment of status. When can I start working?” Part of that adjustment of status application is a work permit and you would receive that work permit to be able to work. In some states, it’s…

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Why Did Processing Times Increase? I130/I129F

Why do processing times continue to increase specifically for the I-130 and the I-129F visas? There are a lot of applications that are going to immigration and they don’t have the people power to review the applications. The applications are going to certain service centers that handle the spouse visa I-130 petitions. There are other…

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Spouse Visa Wait Times – Mexico

Wait times for spouse visas in Mexico are very long. The US consulate in Ciudad Juarez in Mexico is the one that handles all visas. Fiancé visas are handled in Mexico City but the US consulate in Ciudad Juarez has one of the longest wait times in the world. Mexico has the highest volume of…

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Prioritization of Visas for Ukraine – Processing Time Impact

How does the prioritization of visas for Ukraine citizens impact processing times for other cases? Immigration shifts cases around from different countries to different US embassies and consulates on a more regular basis than you would think. Things happen all the time; natural disasters, politics, and things that occur that make it such that visas…