12Jun2010

Why Do K1 and K3 Visa Beneficiaries Receive a Conditional Green Card?

The two year conditional green card is a result of the Marriage Fraud Amendments of 1986 (IMFA).  At the time Congress was hearing testimony from U.S. citizens about numerous alien spouses who left their sponsor shortly after obtaining their green card.  There was also growing concerns about marriage for hire schemes where U.S. citizens were […]

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26May2010

How Long Can a Green Card Holder Stay Outside the United States?

As a permanent resident or conditional permanent resident you can travel outside the United States for up to 6 months without losing your green card. Staying outside the United States for more than 6 months but less than one year will subject you to additional questioning when you return to the United States but you are not required to have a Reentry Permit and shouldn’t have any problems getting back in.

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18May2010

Can You Expedite a K1 Fiancé Visa or K3 Spousal Visa?

Many people ask us if there is a way to expedite their K1 Fiance Visa or K3 Spousal Visa. Unfortunately unless you are in the U.S. military it is not possible to expedite the process once your petition is mailed to the USCIS.

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04May2010

What if My Fiance’s Passport Photos are the Wrong Size?

The USCIS asks you to submit 2 inch by 2 inch passport photos for both you and your foreign fiance or spouse. However getting 2×2 passport photos from most foreign countries is difficult to impossible partly because most countries use the metric system.

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25Mar2010

Scheduling an Interview Appointment with the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines

There are two ways to book an interview appointment: through the Embassy call center (Visa Information and Appointment Service) OR by visiting the online appointment website.

Scheduling an appointment through the Embassy call center
To schedule a visa appointment for IV or K petitions, please contact the Manila Visa Information and Appointment Service center hotlines at (632) 976-8500, (632) 976-8501 or (632) 976-8502.

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24Mar2010

The Manila, Philippines Embassy Interview for K1 & K3

After check-in of applicants at the entry gate applicants will proceed to the Pavilion where they will submit their documents for data entry. Each applicant will receive a number. When you number is called you proceed to the appropriate window for finger scanning. After finger scanning documents including the DS-156 application for a nonimmigrant visa and passport will be returned to you for presentation to the interviewing officer.

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01Mar2010

USCIS Case Numbers Explained

After filing a K-1 Fiance Petition or any other type of application with the USCIS, you will receive a Notice of Action on form I-797. The first block on this form lists your USCIS case number (although the form calls it a Receipt Number. This will always be a 13 digit number.

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16Feb2010

How to Organize the Documents for a Fiance Visa

Assembling your K1 Visa package can seem like a daunting task. The petitions folks send in range from beautifully prepared packages that could win an award for organization to those that toss a mixed up mess in an envelope and chunk it in the mail.

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04Feb2010

What Medical Problems Will Keep You Out of the U.S.?

If the USCIS feels you have a medical condition which would put United States citizens at risk, they will declare you inadmissible. The technical term used for this by the USCIS is “Medical Grounds of Inadmissibility”.

The conditions that can get you banned from entry to the United States are:

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27Jan2010

Obtaining a Philippine NBI Clearance

Philippine-born immigrant visa applicants 16 years and over are required to furnish certificates issued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). The green NBI certificate annotated for travel abroad is the correct certificate. Other colors are for local use only.

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