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  • Converting to Islam to “Legally” Divorce in the Philippines

    The Philippines is the only country other than the Vatican that outlaws divorce. That’s why it’s no surprise that so many of our customers are surprised to find out that their Filipina fiance cannot qualify for a K1 fiance visa and be with them in the United States due to a previous unresolved marriage. While she may be living completely separated from the first husband for many years, under the eyes of the law, she’s still married. There is one exception that some may think is a viable loophole – “Convert to Islam and be able to legally divorce.” Unfortunately for Read More >>

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  • Guest Post: How I Met Michell (2 of 2)

    Ned Kelly moved to the Philippines in 2013. While there, he has broken his back, become an expert on tropical bacteria and survived back-to-back weeks of sweating through his t-shirt by 9 AM. Amidst these minor little tragedies, he fell into a relationship with his fiancé, Michell. What follows is the second part of an excerpt from his e-book, Chasing Your Philippine Dream: An Expat’s Guide to the Philippines on how he and Michell met and some of the cultural challenges that ensued. (Click here to read part one if you already haven’t done so.) When last left off, Michell and Read More >>

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  • Green Card Scams green card scams

    This page addresses why green card scams are so prevalent and how to avoid them. Many First World nationals have a tendency to take their citizenship for granted. That is, we sometimes forget just how fortunate we are to be part of the 8% of the world’s population that was born into a developed “First World” nation. The vast majority of the rest of the world didn’t make out as well with their roll of the biological dice. Nearly six billion people on this planet live on less than 10 US dollars a day. Millions right now are refugees from Read More >>

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  • Guest Post: How I Met Michell (1 of 2)

    Ned Kelly has lived in the Philippines for three and a half years. While there, he co-authored a book on living in the Philippines for those thinking of retiring, working or studying in that distant archipelago. Here’s an excerpt on how he met his fiancé, Michell. Five years ago, I suddenly decided that I was going to move to the Philippines. I was pretty free at the time and didn’t have any real commitments – after living and thriving for 45 years in the good old US of A, I had never been married, never had children, was a bit Read More >>

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  • Income Requirements for Fiancé (K1) and Spousal (CR1) Visas

    Whether you are looking to sponsor a fiance (K1) or spousal visa (CR1), keep in mind that specific visa income requirements are required by the USCIS. These financial requisites are in place to ensure that the sponsored foreign national does not become a “public charge” – that is, to make sure that they are not financially abandoned and left to the welfare of the state and/or federal government. Sponsor income requirements are based on the latest federal poverty guidelines published by the US Department of Health and Human Services.  For K-1 fiance visas, the sponsor’s income must be at least Read More >>

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  • All About Trump’s Travel Ban Executive Order

    This post is regarding President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order: “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry in the United States” In order to proactively address inquiries regarding President Trump’s travel ban, RapidVisa offers the following:                                              What It Is The travel ban bars entry to the United States for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations. The executive order also places a 120 day moratorium on refugee resettlement programs. Who it Affects Foreign nationals from Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, and Iran who do not have lawful permanent resident status are banned from entering the United States. Why Read More >>

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  • USCIS Fee Increases Coming

    Today, the USCIS announced the specific fee increases that are coming in December. The last time these fees increased was in 2010, so it’s been a long time coming. The new increased fees will take effect on December 23, 2016. Any forms they receive that are postmarked on or before that day will be charged the old fees. Fees that will affect RapidVisa’s customers Form I-129F, K-1 Visa, Old $340, New $535 Form I-130, CR-1, IR-2, IR-5: Old $420, New $535 Form I-485, Adjustment of Status, Old $985, New $1,140 Form I-751, Removal of Conditions, Old $505, New $595 Form Read More >>

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  • Divorce & Annulment Basics by Country

    If you are applying for a K1 visa or CR1 visa, you will need to prove that any of the petitioner’s and alien’s previous marriages have been legally terminated through annulment or divorce. All documents must be certified by the appropriate civil authorities.

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  • Visa Memoirs Podcast #8 (3-31-16) Noelle & Ibrar

    Originally from Pakistan, Ibrar was working in IT in Dubai. Noelle was working in government contracts and met Ibrar online. Noelle and her child traveled to Dubai during Christmas time and were culture shocked to see some Europeans riding camels in a Speedo. After spending quite a bit of time together, they decided to get hitched and start a life together in Texas. Listen to their story and their advice to couples going through the same process. Visa Type: K1 Visa Country: Pakistan Would you like to be on the podcast? Please go here! Some of the music used in this episode is used under a Creative Commons license. Read More >>

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  • Visa Memoirs Podcast #7 (3-24-16) James & Aprilyn

    James puts other guys to shame with his efforts to win over Aprilyn. Aprilyn came to Mississippi to settle with James on a K1 visa. Visa Type: K1 Visa Country: Philippines Would you like to be on the podcast? Please go here! Music Credits : Mr. Wozzie by Robbero (c) 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. spinningmerkaba / CC BY 3.0

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