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All About Trump’s Travel Ban Executive Order

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by RapidVisa Staff 5 Comments

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 It Was Implemented

The White House contends that the travel ban was initiated to increase national security and promote the safety of American citizens. Legal opponents to the travel ban refute this by declaring that the executive order is a ban against Muslims, which violates the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution.

Is the Executive Order a Travel Ban?

Yes. Affected individuals from those seven nations are not allowed to travel to the US for that stipulated 90 day period.

Is the executive order a “Muslim ban?”

This question is central to a federal judge’s recent suspension of the travel ban. The White House states that the travel ban is not specifically targeted towards Muslims. Numerous state Attorneys General have challenged this claim by noting that President Trump has previously stated that extreme measures were needed to keep Muslims out of the United States. The question of the order’s intent will therefore determine whether or not the travel ban will resume.

Travel Ban Timeline

January 27:

President Donald Trump issues an executive order temporarily banning citizens from Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, and Iran. The ban will extend for 90 days and also halts refugee resettlement programs to the US for 120 days.

January 29:

Following nationwide confusion as to how various government agencies are to implement the ban – and the “provisional revocation” of approximately 60,000 travel visas – the White House stated that the immigration decree does not apply to foreign citizens that already possess legal permanent residency in the United States.

January 30:

The Attorney General of Washington state –followed shortly by Minnesota and eventually fourteen other states – files suit against the executive order. The request that the travel ban be suspended is followed by dozens of other lawsuits from a variety of national agencies. A limited number of courts start temporarily suspending various parts of President Trump’s executive order.

February 3:

A US District Judge responds to the Attorneys General suit, temporality suspending enforcement of the executive order. The federal judge ordering the suspension states that further judicial evaluation is necessary. Responding to the judge’s order, the government informs the airlines that travelers from the seven banned nations are once again allowed entry to the United States. The State Department summarily reverses cancellation of the 60,000 travel visas halted by the initial executive order.

February 4:

The Department of Justice files against the suspension of the travel ban, stating that it will appeal the federal judge’s order.

February 5:

The federal court denies the Department of Justice request, citing the need for further judicial review.

February 6:

The federal court decrees that documentary filings from all concerned parties is due by the end of the work day.

February 7:

Testimony from both sides is scheduled at the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Oral arguments from the Justice Department and the involved state Attorneys General will be heard at 3 PM.

What’s Next

A protracted series of suits and countersuits is expected from both the White House and involved Attorneys General. If the ban suspension order is upheld, the President could ask the Supreme Court to intervene. If the ban suspension is lifted, citizens of those seven nations would again be barred entry to the United States.

Our Recommendation

Foreign nationals from the seven targeted nations already in the United States are advised not to leave the country until the legalities on the matter are concluded. Foreign citizens abroad who might be affected by the resumption of the travel ban are advised to return to the US as soon as possible.

We will continue to update this page as developments continue

USCIS Fee Increases Coming

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by RapidVisa Staff No Comments

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

USCIS Fee Increase: Infographic

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What does this mean for RapidVisa’s customers?

Unfortunately, we have no control over the government’s fees and these fees are increasing for everyone, including non-RapidVisa customers. The good news is, you still have time to file under the old fees. RapidVisa will only accept old fees with petitions that are received in our office no later than November 30,2016.

Please check your signed RapidVisa agreement and note the excerpt:

I understand that the government occasionally increases its filing fees and that I am responsible to pay the increased amount if government fees increase after I have already paid RapidVisa but before my documents are filed with the government.

If you have any questions, give us a call. If you’re ready to lock in your prices, go here to check out and file your petition.

Divorce & Annulment Basics by Country

Posted on: April 6th, 2016 by RapidVisa Staff No Comments

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.

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

Posted on: March 31st, 2016 by RapidVisa Staff No Comments

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

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

Posted on: March 24th, 2016 by RapidVisa Staff No Comments

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

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Visa Memoirs Podcast #6 (3-17-16) Larry & Susana

Posted on: March 17th, 2016 by RapidVisa Staff 1 Comment

Larry and Susana met online and fell quickly in love. After Larry’s visits to Colombia, they decided to marry in the USA and used RapidVisa to petition for a K1 visa. They now are married and reside together in Pittsburgh.

Visa Type: K1 Visa

Country: Colombia

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Visa Memoirs Podcast #5 (3-10-16) José & Holly

Posted on: March 10th, 2016 by RapidVisa Staff No Comments

José was a casanova who enjoyed Bachata dancing as an instructor at Punta Cana. Holly was a Chicago teacher on a Spring Break trip with her friends. Listen to their story of meeting, falling in unexpected love, and joining each other in the U.S. with the use of a K1 fiance visa.

Visa Type: K1 Visa

Country: Dominican Republic

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Visa Memoirs Podcast #4 (3-3-16) Dustin & Michelle

Posted on: March 3rd, 2016 by RapidVisa Staff No Comments

Singer and winner of the 2010 “Gensan Pop Idol”, a popular competition in General Santos, Philippines, Michelle Malabarbas met Dustin online while professionally singing in China. They quickly fell in love and filed for a K1 visa to be united in California.

Visa Type: K1 Visa

Country: Philippines

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Visa Memoirs Podcast #3 (2-25-16) Wyatt & Cheryl

Posted on: February 25th, 2016 by RapidVisa Staff 1 Comment

Wyatt & CherylWyatt and Cheryl met online and hit it off when they discovered their mutual interest in current affairs and politics. After spending many hours on Skype, they decided to tie the knot and bring Cheryl over to Nevada on a CR1 visa.

Visa Type: CR1 visa

Country: Philippines

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Visa Memoirs Podcast #2 (2-18-16) Alex & Michelle

Posted on: February 18th, 2016 by RapidVisa Staff 2 Comments
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Alex & Michelle met when they were connected by a friend while Alex was doing missions work in the Philippines. Listen to their story of meeting, falling in love, marrying and moving to Nashville, Tennessee on a CR1 spousal visa.

Visa Type: CR1 visa

Country: Philippines

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