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Update! US Embassy Moscow

The US embassy in Russia just announced that they will be cutting consular staff down by 75 percent. Starting May 12th, they will be suspending all visa services for non-immigrant and immigrant visas and they will be reducing their services and staff to only accommodate life and death emergency situations for US citizens. This means…

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Great News! TPS for Venezuela

On March 8th of 2021, the Secretary of Homeland Security designated Venezuela as a country for TPS, Temporary Protected Status. Temporary Protected Status is something that the Secretary of Homeland Security can decide to designate a country with temporary protected status if there are events in that country like natural disasters or a civil war…

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K1 Visa: US Driver’s License

A lot of people are asking about this recently. There are a lot of people on our Facebook group that are receiving their K1 visas when entering the United States.  For the US Driver’s license, people are asking, “When can I get it? Can I just go with my K1 Visa? What do I need…

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Important! KR1 and CR1 Updates

Important information and updates about K1 and CR1 visas. It has been a very difficult year. That’s probably an understatement over 2020 with the pandemic happening. There has been so many delays in the US embassies and consulates. For those of you who are going through the fiancé visa process and spouse visa process, you…

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Work Permit Delays (April 2021)

If you’re going through an immigration case specifically, an adjustment of status case, work permits are an option that’s available to some individuals who are actually in the United States and are able to complete their entire green card process here in the US. Who gets a work permit and when does a work permit…

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K1 Visa Approved – What Next?

If you have a K1 visa that’s been approved, what happens next? The I-129F application, that petition that you file with immigration, that’s what you’re sending immigration to show you have a real relationship. When that petition is approved, that’s immigration saying, “Yes, we see that you have a real relationship and we’re approving your…

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I-130 Marriage Requirements

We have a lot of individuals who ask us questions about the I-130 marriage requirements. Whether or not the individual has to get married in their country of origin and whether or not the marriage has to occur in a certain place. The I-130 petition is the petition that you file when you’re married to…

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Important! USCIS Response Deadlines

USCIS has made an announcement that they’re extending the flexibility for individuals to respond to certain types of requests specifically Requests for Evidence (RFEs), Notice of Intent to Deny (NOIDs). Read: USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests Basically, if you receive a Request for Evidence, a Notice of Intent to Deny in your…

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Embassy Backlogs and Proclamation 10052

Proclamation 10052 is a proclamation that was announced in 2020 that suspended the entry of certain immigrants into the United States. The Biden administration made an extension of that proclamation through March 31st of 2021. It has now sunsetted, which means it has ended, because we are in April of 2021. A lot of people…

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Public Charge Changes at US Embassies and Consulates

Public charge changes at US embassies and consulates. We had released a video about this previously. Form I-944 and those changes in the public charge rule had been ended. There was a lot of confusion and so, let’s clarify them and also explain the changes at US embassies and consulates with regard to public charge.…

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Visa Issuance Trends – March 2021

Visa issuance trends in March of 2021. The case type that we’re specifically seeing this change in is with spouse visas. A lot of people refer to them as CR1 or IR1. Anybody who is married to a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident and lives abroad, when you’re completing a spouse visa process,…

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Managing Stress in Your Immigration Journey

One of the most important things of your immigration journey is taking care or fostering your relationship and doing what you can to manage the stress of your immigration journey. I know that’s easier said than done. I’m not a medical professional. I’m not a therapist but I am a human being and someone who…

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Great News! Faster Processing Times

Faster processing times is something that we are starting to see in some cases which is great. We know how important it is and how much all of you want to be able to get through your immigration journey as quickly as possible without an immigration cloud hanging over your head. These faster processing times…

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Updates on Contacting USCIS

We’ve received a lot of questions from people about, “How do I talk to a human being? How do I get past the robot on the USCIS call line?” USCIS was created in 2002 by congress to more efficiently move cases through the immigration process and to provide customer service so individuals could receive updates…

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Important! USCIS Form Changes

There’s been recent USCIS form changes due to the elimination of the form I-944.  Those changes are going to occur as soon as April 19th. We have videos on our YouTube channel about public charge and how final rule and public charge had been overturned. Watch: GREAT NEWS! Public Charge Updates (March 2021) Now what’s…

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USCIS Interview Changes Due to COVID – August 2020

What’s going on with USCIS interviews now that they have begun reopening offices and rescheduling those appointments and implemented new protocols in response to COVID? The USCIS offices have started the process. They started in July of rescheduling appointments that had been cancelled and also scheduling new appointments for individuals whose applications are in line.…

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Why K1 Fiancé Visa Application is Taking So Long

The fiancé visa time frames have been super rough. Six or seven years ago, fiancé visas took two and a half months or three months to get a fiancé into the US. Those days are gone. It used to be a lot faster. We are seeing pretty long wait times right now. Even before the…

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Automatic Citizenship for Children of US Citizens

In the United States, there’s two ways that a person can become a United States citizen. Either by blood or by being born on US soil. If you have a parent that’s a United States citizen, you could acquire United States citizenship. If you were born in the United States, you could acquire citizenship by…

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Green Cards for Parents of US Citizens

If you’re a United States citizen, you might be thinking of the possibility of petitioning your parents. One of the first things that a lot of our clients want to do once they receive their citizenship is they want to know options for bringing their parents. Because sometimes, your parents might want to come and…

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Provisional Waiver I601A: Requirements and Steps

What is a provisional waiver? To give you a little background, the easiest way to explain provisional waivers is to start out by talking about the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Immigration and Nationality Act is basically the book of the laws in immigration. Immigration has a long list of problems that a person can…

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Difference Between NVC IN QUEUE or DOCUMENTALLY QUALIFIED Notices

What’s the difference between a National Visa Center notice that says you’re in queue or that you’re documentarily qualified? You will see people reference In Queue notices and being documentarily qualified. The difference is just a change in terminology. It was fairly recently probably within the past year that the National Visa Center stopped sending notices…

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I-129F – NVC Case Number Delayed

Case numbers being delayed on the I-129Fs. You are probably experiencing this. Those of you who have applied for an I-129F, the alien fiancé petition, as the first step in the process to get your K1 visa. You have gone through that process. Those have been delayed for many months and people have been waiting…

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Will I Lose My Green Card if I Get a Divorce? I-751 Removal of Conditions Waiver

If you have received your green card through your marriage but you are either separated from your spouse or facing potential separation, one of the most common myths and fears that we hear from people is that they think they have to stay in a relationship or pretend they’re still in a relationship in order…

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Help! I Received a NOID (Notice of Intent to Deny) USCIS

If you are going through the immigration process, it’s really important to know what a NOID is, how to avoid it, and what to do if you receive one. NOIDs or Notices of Intent to Deny is when immigration or an officer determines that they don’t have enough information to give an approval on your…

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USCIS I130 and I129F: How Much Relationship Evidence Do You Need?

If you are already in an immigration process or if you’re looking to start an immigration process, one of the big things that you have to do with your immigration case is show immigration that you have something called a bona fide relationship or a bona fide marriage. That is just a legal jargon to…

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Request for Evidence (RFE) – What Next?

  Let’s talk about Requests for Evidence, also known as an RFE. A request from immigration for more documents or for more information. USCIS will send a document if they need more information titled, Request for Evidence. If you are starting out in your immigration journey or if you’re already in your immigration journey, you’ve probably…

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Green Card Extension Rule – 2021

For individuals who have a green card, a 10-year green card specifically, when you renew that green card or if it has expired, part of the process is you’ll go for a fingerprint appointment where immigration would put a stamp on your card extending your green card. There has been a change recently. What’s going…

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Can I Get Married Online to File for a CR1 Spouse Visa?

Can I get married online and then file for a spouse visa that way? A lot of people are asking this because the fiancé visas require you to have met in person within the two years before you filed for your fiancé visa. Some people have not been able to meet in person unfortunately because…

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Expedite Requests for K1 Fiancé and CR1 Spouse Interviews

Let’s dive into expedite request options for K1 fiancé visa petitions and also for CR1 or immediate relative marriage-based petitions. For those of you who are going through the process, if you already have an approved I-129F fiancé visa petition or if you already have an approved I-130 petition based on your marriage, the next…

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Travel to the United States While I-129F and I130 is Pending

When your fiancé petition, your I129F, or your I130 is pending, are you allowed to visit the United States as a visitor with your fiancé or your spouse? This is a huge question. People have been separated for a long time. The cases are taking a very long time to process. In order to be…