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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24Sep2009

Proof of Legal Ability to Marry

There are many reasons a K1 visa could be denied. However, before you ever get into the detail of the process, make sure you meet these three basic requirements:

You and your fiance have met within the two years prior to the filing the petition. It doesn’t matter if you have met a hundred times before that. You must show a bona fide intent to marry. You and your fiance must be legally able to marry.

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04Jul2009

Proof of Having Met Your Fiance within Two Years

This one gets a surprising number of people. The rule is pretty simple. You need to have met your fiance in person sometime during the 24 month period ending on the date you file your K1 visa request (I-129F). The actual language is from Section 214(d) of the Act, 8 U.S.C. 5 1184(d) and reads in part that a fiance petition:

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18May2009

No Supporting Documents Frustrates Director

Today’s case involves an appeal that was neither sustained nor rejected. The Administrative Appeals Office instead sent the case back to the director who denied it. We don’t see many of these but they do happen. In this case the U.S. citizen petitioner applied to the Vermont Service Center for a K1 visa for his […]

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