Immigration Law Blog

Step 3 of the Fiancé Visa Application: The Consular Interview

By Greg Eisenberg / June 12, 2024 /

If you’ve followed the steps we’ve discussed previously, you have successfully navigated the initial filing (Step 1) and managed the paperwork and requirements that followed (Step 2). Now, as you approach the crucial consular interview, it’s important to understand what lies ahead and prepare thoroughly to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible. Step 3…

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Step 2 of the Fiancé Visa Application: Consular Interview Prep

By Greg Eisenberg / June 7, 2024 /

After your I-129F form (fiancé visa petition) is approved, the next step involves preparing for the transition from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to the National Visa Center (NVC). This phase is crucial because it ensures that all your paperwork is in order for the upcoming interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate.…

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Step 1 of the Fiancé Visa Application: Form I-129F

By Greg Eisenberg / June 5, 2024 /

Embarking on the journey to unite with your partner through a fiancé visa involves meticulous preparation and a deep understanding of immigration laws. The first step in this process is completing and submitting Form I-129F, a petition that serves as the foundation for proving your legitimate, love-based relationship to U.S. immigration authorities. Form I-129F is…

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Filing for a Fiancé Visa After Divorce

By Greg Eisenberg / May 30, 2024 /

Understanding when you can file a fiancé visa after finalizing a divorce is crucial for those looking to start a new chapter in their lives in the United States. This guide provides essential insights into the immigration considerations following a divorce. There is no specific waiting period mandated by U.S. immigration law after a divorce…

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2024 USCIS Work Permit Processing Times

By Greg Eisenberg / May 29, 2024 /

Great news for immigrants awaiting work permits in the United States! Recent updates from USCIS indicate a significant reduction in processing times, particularly for those undergoing marriage-based adjustment of status. Historically, obtaining a work permit could be a lengthy process, with wait times extending up to a year or more, especially during the height of…

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Is the Petitioner’s Presence Necessary at the Consular Interview?

By Greg Eisenberg / May 22, 2024 /

The interview at a US embassy or consulate is a pivotal part of securing a spouse or fiancé visa. This interview primarily involves the immigrant beneficiary, where they are questioned about their immigration history and the details of their relationship to ensure its legitimacy. Contrary to what many might assume, the US petitioner is generally…

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2024 Adjustment of Status Medical Exam Updates

By Greg Eisenberg / May 15, 2024 /

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has introduced a significant update to the medical exam requirement for green card applicants, simplifying the process and alleviating some of the stress for applicants. The medical exam is an important part of the marriage adjustment of status process, where the immigrant beneficiary must undergo a health examination…

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Consequences of Violating the USCIS 90-Day Rule

By Greg Eisenberg / May 14, 2024 /

The 90-Day Rule is a significant regulation in U.S. immigration law that affects individuals entering the country on non-immigrant visas, particularly tourist visas. It is designed to assess the intentions of visitors who may appear to misuse their visas for purposes other than those permitted. This rule is a guideline used by immigration officers to…

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The USCIS 90-Day Rule Explained

By Greg Eisenberg / May 9, 2024 /

Understanding the 90-Day Rule is important for anyone navigating the complex landscape of U.S. immigration, especially for couples where one partner may be in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa. This rule plays a critical role in determining the intent of persons entering the U.S. and affects decisions related to changing one’s immigration status. The…

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Virtual Utah Marriages and U.S. Immigration

By Greg Eisenberg / May 8, 2024 /

The option of Utah virtual marriages represents a modern solution to traditional marriage challenges. Initiated before the pandemic but popularized during it, these marriages have provided a legal alternative for couples facing logistical or bureaucratic obstacles. A virtual Utah marriage allows couples, potentially in different locations, to legally marry through a digital platform. This innovative…

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