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08Aug2018
Will Smoking Cause an Issue in My Fiance/Spousal Visa Medical Exam?

"I'm a smoker. Would that be a reason I won't pass medical exam?" Just to clarify, if you're the U.S. citizen, you will not have a medical exam. However, if you're the alien, you will have a fiance visa medical exam. What they're primarily looking for is communicable diseases and evidence of drug addiction or abuse. [...]

03Aug2018
What Ways Can I Lose My Green Card?

"Is there anything that could cause me to lose my green card?" There are several ways one can lose their permanent residency status. Below are the main ways. Abandonment As a permanent resident, your intention is to live permanently int he US. So if you leave the country for more than 180 days, you're considered [...]

31Jul2018
Will a Discrepancy On My Birth Certificate Be a Problem? (Fiance/Spousal Visa)

"Do you think it's a problem when my birth certificate has a conflict? My mother's maiden name in my birth certificate shows my dad's surname, but my dad is not on my birth certificate?" On a fiance visa, your birth certificate is not required until the end of the process when you go to your medical [...]

26Jul2018
Will a Pregnant Fiancé Expedite My K1 Visa?

This is a question we get frequently. The fact that you are pregnant with the child of a US citizen while you're awaiting a K1 visa doesn't have any affect on your visa's timeline or process. The fact that you are having a child together may help in terms of evidence that your relationship is [...]

24Jul2018
Can I Postpone My Interview While I Gather Documents? (Fiance/Spousal Visa)

Sandy asks, "Does it matter if your case is at the NVC, ready for interview schedule, but you don't want to set the interview date yet, because you're still gathering documents?" Fiance Visa If you're filing for a fiance visa, you actually control that timeline yourself with most embassies. What that means is, you physically [...]

19Jul2018
Top 3 RFEs for the K1 Fiancé Visa in 2018

There are different departments involved with the processing of a non-immigrant K-1 fiance visa. There are different types of requests for evidence (RFE) generally issued by department. Top 3 RFEs at the USCIS Proof that intent to marry was genuine. Proof of meeting in person within two years of filing their petition. Proof that all [...]

18Jul2018
Can I Get a Tourist Visa While Waiting On My NOA2?

The immigration process is frustrating, and as of 2018, taking even longer than ever. Understandably, couples want to see each other before their visa is approved. So we often get asked the question "Will I get approved for a tourist visa if I'm waiting on my fiance or spousal visa to get approved?" The unfortunate answer [...]

17Jul2018
Immigrant vs. Non-Immigrant "Intent" (U.S. Visas)

What's the difference between immigrant and non-immigrant "intent"? The type of visa is determined by the purpose of the travel to the United States. Immigrant Visa An immigrant visa is for someone that intends to immigrate to the US or permanently live in the United States. Most immigrant visas have a path to citizenship after a number [...]

14Jul2018
New Policy: Trump Admin Will Deny Rather Than Issue RFEs

In a disturbing memo issued by USCIS (PM-602-0163) on July 13, 2018, we were made aware of a new policy which will make it much easier for the Trump Administration to issue denials for legal immigration cases across the board (with the exception of DACA), including fiance visas, spousal visas, green card applications and more. According to [...]

11Jul2018
What is "Administrative Processing"? (Visa Applications)

For various reasons, some of which you may never really find out, your case, you may get an update from the State Department that tells you your case is in "Administrative Processing", or AP. What that means in terms of immigration matters, is that there is something about your case that they don't like, so [...]

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