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Immigration Blog

Tips, resources and news related to family immigration to the United States.

I Received a Request for Evidence (RFE)! Now What?

If you file your visa petition, even if it’s done perfectly, there’s a chance you could get the dreaded “RFE”, or request for evidence. This is when an adjudicating officer requests additional evidence for your pending USCIS petition. It could be something very major, or very minor and benign. Often times, the item requested isn’t even on the USCIS’s list of required items. The important […]

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A Guide to Americans Getting Married in Colombia

If you’re an American with a Colombian fiance you want to bring to the United States, you could either bring him (or her) over on a fiance visa to get married, or you could get married in Colombia, then bring them back on a CR-1 visa. Colombia has a rich, vibrant fiesta culture, and a wedding there is usually a big deal. Whether your reason is the exotic […]

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How Does the Conflict in Ukraine Affect My US Fiance Visa?

The situation in Ukraine began escalating about a year ago when pro-Russian separatists started making more aggressive moves towards occupying Crimea and the Russian government didn’t oppose such actions with any enforcement. The Department of State declared a travel warning to Eastern Ukraine in August, 2014. This situation has the potential to disrupt or at least cause concern for those currently planning on immigrating to the US. […]

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How to Remove Conditions From a Green Card

If you are in the US under 2 year conditional resident status, you will be required to remove conditions from your green card in order to remain in the US. The fact that certain marriage based immigrants receive conditional residency is a result of the Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendments of 1986 (IMFA). Removing your conditions will grant you permanent status along with a 10 year green card. Later in the […]

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Traveling to Meet Your Fiancée For the First Time

So you met yourself a girl (or guy) online and have been carrying on a n online relationship for a while now.  You are now engaged. The main problem for you is that she (or he) is in a foreign country and long distance won’t work forever. If you haven’t discovered it yet, you’ll need to meet your fiance in person if you want to […]

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What To Do If Your Fiance Visa is Denied

Although the approval rate for fiance visas is high, there are times that it goes wrong. There are many reasons a fiance visa can be denied at the very end of the process. Often times no reason is given right away, or the reason is generalized to a matter of not being able to prove a “bona fide” relationship. In other words, the consular officer has […]

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How to Bring Your Parents From India to the USA

In 2013, US citizens of Indian descent successfully petitioned for 6,467 parent visas from India. If you’re a US citizen over the age of 21, and you want to bring your parents over to the USA, you can, with an IR-5 parent visa. Green card holders aren’t eligible to petition for their parents only US citizens. So if you’re a US citizen over the age of with a parent in […]

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10 Stunning Photos of Chinese New Year Outside of China

This week our office in China has been closed, due to the Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year. This year is the “Year of the Goat“. We all know that China has one of the most ubiquitous cultures in the world, but would you believe the celebrations people have all over the world? Check out how the rest of the world celebrates! 1. Perth, Australia […]

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Federal Injunction Delays Expanded DACA & DAPA

RapidVisa offers DACA application and renewal services for the old version of DACA announced in 2012, and planned on adapting the system to receive expanded DACA applicants today, February 18, 2015. That expansion is temporarily on hold. On February 17, 2015, Federal Judge Andrew Hanen ordered a temporary injunction against the launch of expanded DACA. Since December, 26 states have sued the Federal Government over the expanded […]

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What’s the Difference Between a Fiance Visa and a Spousal Visa? [Video]

If you are not quite sure which visa you should apply for for to bring your loved one to the USA, this post should give insight to all the differences and pros and cons of each. If you are not yet married, you will want to put some thought into both options before making wedding arrangements. If you’re already married, the spousal visa is your only option […]

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