Immigration Law Blog

K1 vs CR1 – Which is Faster?

By Immigration for Couples / November 7, 2021 /

One of the most frequently asked questions we have been receiving in the past few weeks and months is whether it’s faster to do the fiancé visa or the spouse visa. A lot of couples become paralyzed by this decision. The K1 is the fiancé visa route and the CR1, also called IR1, is the spouse…

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Important Tips USCIS Form I-134 – 2021

By Immigration for Couples / November 5, 2021 /

Important tips for USCIS form I-134. For those of you who are going through a fiancé visa process, you are probably already familiar with this form. Form I-134 is a form that’s used specifically for tourist visas and fiancé visas. Focusing on fiancé visas, form I-134 is used during the fiancé visa process right before the…

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Work Permit and Travel Document – Processing Times

By Immigration for Couples / November 2, 2021 /

We have received a lot of questions about work permits and travel documents from where are they processed to how long will it take. Are they two separate documents? What do they look like? The work permit is processed separately in a completely separate place from where your interview will be. To answer that first…

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Truth About Green Card Processing Times

By Immigration for Couples / October 30, 2021 /

Most people are shocked to find out that it can take more than a year, oftentimes, many years to receive a green card by marriage to a United States citizen. If you’ve ever seen a Hollywood movie that has any kind of reference to immigration, it makes it seem like you just marry someone from…

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K1 Visa Welcome Letter Timing

By Immigration for Couples / October 28, 2021 /

K1 visa welcome letters and when you can actually begin the next step in the K1 visa process. We’ve had a lot of people asking questions ranging from “When will I receive the welcome letter? “When can I get started with the next steps?” “I have received multiple letters, what do they mean?” “Can I…

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What is 221(g) Administrative Processing?

By Immigration for Couples / October 25, 2021 /

What is 221(g), also called administrative processing or admin processing? When you have an interview in a US consulate, it can either be because you want a K1 fiancé visa or because you are getting a spouse visa or other types of visas as well. 221(g) is not a rejection of your case. It doesn’t…

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Do I need to have a formal engagement for the I-129F?

By Megan Pastrana / February 19, 2021 /

There is a great question floating around the internet currently about how formal does your engagement actually have to be to qualify for a fiancé(e) visa. If you’re getting ready to apply for the I-129F application which is the first step in obtaining a fiancé(e) visa, you have to be engaged. What does that mean?…

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Trump’s New Executive Order in 2020

By Megan Pastrana / April 22, 2020 /

So you probably saw the tweet… We’re facing a potential new immigration executive order this week. We understand it is already an incredibly stressful time with everything happening with COVID-19 and the last thing you want to hear in the news is that there could be immigration changes that negatively impact you. We feel the…

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Overview of the K-1 Fiance Visa Process in 2020

By Megan Pastrana / February 21, 2020 /

If you’re engaged and starting to look ahead to the fiance visa process, you’re probably wondering what the visa journey will look like. There are three different main phases of paperwork when applying for a K1 fiance visa. Read on for all of the highlights! The Petition The first step is a “petition.” The petitioning…

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My Spouse and I Don’t Share a Bank Account. Will USCIS Care?

By Megan Pastrana / May 30, 2019 /

Bona Fide Relationship Evidence USCIS officers have a tough job. They must decide whether someone is in a real marriage just by looking at some documents and then talking to the couple for about 20 minutes. Many of them have developed a super sharp intuitive ability to spot fake relationships. At the same time, they…

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