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Preparing for Deferred Action (DACA & DAPA)

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by RapidVisa Staff No Comments
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On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama made an announcement regarding deferred action for certain undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and parents of lawful permanent residents (LPRs). In this announcement, President Barack Obama stated that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not deport these parents if they met certain criteria and were qualified under the new program. The president also announced an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This program was created in 2012 for youth who came to the United States as children. Under a directive from the secretary of DHS, these parents and youth may be allowed reside and work in the U.S. on a temporary basis. These programs will not take affect until some time in 2015 but they are expected to help up to 4.4 million people, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will provide more information regarding these programs in the coming months. Currently, they are not accepting applications for the expanded DACA program for youth or the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program. However, USCIS continues to accept initial applications and renewal applications from people who qualify under the current criteria, for DACA, announced in June 2012.

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Preparing for Deferred Action (DACA & DAPA)

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by RapidVisa Staff No Comments
DACA Ebook

Get our free ebook here!

On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama made an announcement regarding deferred action for certain undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and parents of lawful permanent residents (LPRs). In this announcement, President Barack Obama stated that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not deport these parents if they met certain criteria and were qualified under the new program. The president also announced an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This program was created in 2012 for youth who came to the United States as children. Under a directive from the secretary of DHS, these parents and youth may be allowed reside and work in the U.S. on a temporary basis. These programs will not take affect until some time in 2015 but they are expected to help up to 4.4 million people, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will provide more information regarding these programs in the coming months. Currently, they are not accepting applications for the expanded DACA program for youth or the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program. However, USCIS continues to accept initial applications and renewal applications from people who qualify under the current criteria, for DACA, announced in June 2012.

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3 Lawyer’s Concerns About RapidVisa Debunked

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by RapidVisa Staff No Comments
3 Lawyer's Concerns About RapidVisa Debunked

Some attorneys are skeptical about our services.

There are a few different paths to get your family based immigration needs met. In fact, we made an infographic about just this comparison decision. One choice that people often unnecessarily opt for is hiring an ‘immigration attorney’. Attorneys are great, and have a very important role in society. In fact, we have our own. But, unless you have legal issues, such as convictions or need a waiver, they statistically are not likely to help your chances and highly likely to cost 5 to 10 times more than RapidVisa, and take significantly longer to process and review your petition.

We understand you have to do your homework. This is important. But don’t be taken advantage of. Do your research. Many of our customers first went to an attorney but after thousands of dollars and no results, contact us in the middle of the process and kick themselves for not using us sooner.

There are a few websites out there that are lead generators for lawyers, so of course, if you ask a question like “Should I use RapidVisa or should I use a lawyer?”, they’ll be biased. Often times they try to lump us in with scammy sites that illegally sell forms or don’t know what they’re doing.

We’ve gathered some comments from some of these lawyers, and paraphrased them to keep the commenters anonymous out of respect. 

Let’s debunk some of these concerns.

1. Is it really a legal matter? Usually not.

"You should never trust someone who is not an attorney to manage your legal matters. That's like trusting somebody who's not a doctor for medical issues."

Debunked:

Filing a visa petition is as much of a legal matter as getting your driver’s license. Do you hire a $3,000 attorney to apply for your driver’s license? The premise is pretentious and misleading. Petitioning for a family visa is not a legal matter, it’s a benefit request from your government. They don’t teach how to apply for visas or green cards in law school. Every lawyer who helps in these matters learned it on their own just like anyone else. That said, if you have legal issues that could complicate your situation, you definitely should get legal counsel.

RapidVisa does not offer legal advice or representation. Here’s what we do offer. Some lawyers have even accused us of unauthorized practice of law, or “UPL”. RapidVisa and its software has been investigated and cleared by both the Department of Homeland Security and the Colorado Supreme Court. We offer a service similar to TurboTax for visa applications. Here’s news coverage of our company being investigated and cleared by the Colorado Supreme Court.

2. Avoid super high denial rates?

"An attorney can significantly improve your chances for approval. Every year, approximately 40 to 60% of all fiancee visa petitions filed are not approved."

Debunked:

This is false. The overall K-1 visa approval rate is around 95% according to the actual NVC’s statistics. This is scare tactics. Of course everyone wants the best chance for approval but do you really want to hire someone who makes such a false statement? RapidVisa has an over 99% approval rate, which is a bit higher than the overall average. There is less than a 1% chance of a lawyer helping your odds better than RapidVisa.

3. Experience matters.

"As an attorney, we do dozens of cases a year and therefore are the most experienced option you can go with."

Debunked:

If your value proposition is that you are the most experienced because you have handled the most cases, then RapidVisa wins. We have over 15,000 approvals at over 99.7% approval rating. There probably isn’t an immigration attorney on Earth who will see that many cases in their lifetime. We have dozens of experienced representatives in 3 countries who help with these petitions every day.

Some attorneys take on all kinds of cases, immigration or not, and don’t get near the amount of experience on such a that we have. The typical local law firm might take on a few cases a year for a certain visa type. We help thousands of families, not dozens.

4 Paths to a K-1 Fiance Visa [Infographic]

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by RapidVisa Staff No Comments

Let’s look at 4 different paths to a K-1 fiance visa. Which one you choose will depend on how much time, money and risk you are willing to put into the decision. The important thing is to take into consideration all of these when deciding.

1. RapidVisa

RapidVisa LogoOf course we’re a little biased here. It’s us. But there are some definite benefits to choosing this route. Firstly, the amount of time and risk it saves you are invaluable.  As far as your time involved, we’ve streamlined our systems to intake data efficiently via our simple questionnaires. We do all the heavy lifting. We also speed up the overall process because we don’t slow it down.

 2. Hiring an Immigration Attorney

lawyerWe’re not knocking lawyers. In fact, we have our own, and in some cases, an attorney is exactly what you need. But in most cases, when you hire an attorney, they aren’t even the one doing the work for you. Their paralegal is, which is fine, but not always worth the cost. Also, many immigration attorneys spend so much time on a single case (because they charge so much), that they only perform a few of each visa type per year.

Also, passing paperwork back and forth the old fashioned way takes much longer than an online system, adding a month or more to the process.

3. Visa Consultants

consultantThis category would classify as the closest thing RapidVisa has as “competition”. Many of these are a viable option, although they are not as experienced as RV, and nobody comes close to our prices. In some cases, these are one-man operations from individuals who did the process themselves and thought they’d help others do the same. Many of them don’t have a business license, insurance or an office, let alone a BBB rating. Always avoid companies claiming to sell forms that are available free at the USCIS website!

4. Doing it Yourself

DIYDoing it yourself is an option many people choose. It certainly is possible to navigate through this process on your own. In fact, there are several well established self-help forums out there that can give you insight. However, be prepared for a solid learning curve that can take from 40 to 60 hours to completely get a handle on. This is something you’re probably going to do once in your life. Is it worth the time involved to learn all this to save $375? Doing it yourself also puts you at risk for delays due to RFE and denial.

Infographic:

4 Paths to a K-1 Fiance Visa

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