Archive for the ‘K-1 Fiance Visa’ Category

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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Bringing a Fiance or Spouse to the USA [Infographic]

Posted on: November 19th, 2015 by RapidVisa Staff No Comments

We’ve designed this helpful infographic which is a flow chart depicting the path to citizenship available to fiances and spouses of US citizens and lawful permanent residents. We hope it’s helpful in simplifying the overall big picture of what you can expect.

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Announcing RapidVisa Payment Plans

Posted on: September 23rd, 2015 by RapidVisa Staff 2 Comments

Over the years our customers have, through feedback, helped us improve and build upon the services we offer. This one comes after countless requests from customers having a hard time gathering up the fees to begin the process of their visa. We’re pleased to announce we now offer a payment plan for the K1 visa, CR1 visa, IR5 visa and K3 visa.

A true payment plan, not layaway.

To our knowledge, none of our competitors offer anything like this. A few of them claim to have payment plans, but they are just on the service fees, not the USCIS fee. Also, they don’t allow you to file until the entire thing is paid off. That’s layaway.

Our plan includes everything you need to file your case, including the USCIS filing fee, and you can start the process after just one payment, including submitting your physical petition to us for manual review and assembly. We will actually send it off to the USCIS with the USCIS government fee after just the second payment.

No credit check, no interest, no bull.

How are we able to offer this? We have a lot of personal information on our customers, and the risk for someone going through this process to be a straight up theif is low. The catch – You sign an agreement, and we charge a simple installment fee for this convenience, but no interest will accrue. All you need to do is make 6 simple payments, which are automated credit card charges. That’s it. We want you to have no excuses to delay this process any longer.

Do you want to file for a K1 and have $163? Great, get going now.

To get the full details on the installment program, go here.

What if We Don’t Marry Within 90 Days on a Fiancé Visa?

Posted on: July 13th, 2015 by RapidVisa Staff 12 Comments

The K1 visa is valid for 90 days from the time the alien enters the U.S. That means, you’re expected to fulfill the visa’s purpose of getting married within this time frame. But, what if you don’t?

This is a common question we get that can add a lot of stress to anyone’s situation. There are a few different circumstances you might find yourself in this situation. You could have gotten married later than the 90 day fiance visa period, or you may have changed your mind about marriage altogether, and you’re now months past the visa expiration date.

So… What happens?

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1. We got married, but it was more than 90 days after entering the US.

The good news is that you are most likely able to still adjust your status in this scenario, if it’s within a reasonable amount of time, because you did enter the U.S. legally.

The bad news is that if you go over 90 days without marrying (ie. 90 days and 1 hour), you’ll have to submit form I-130 along with your adjustment of status. This will cost you an extra $420 in the form of the USCIS filing fee.

In addition to these, you may also need a new medical exam, and will be scrutinized by a consular officer about why you didn’t marry in time.

Try to avoid these “procrastination fees” and get married within your visa period.

Tip: If the date of the ceremony is an issue, consider getting married in court and having a nice reception at a later date. There is no reason to miss the 90 day deadline.

2. We decided not to get married because we simply had a change of heart.

Fair enough. This is not as uncommon as you might think. Hopefully, you will know this before the expiration, and can depart before the visa expires. Unfortunately, the alien will need to return to their country. If you go more than six months beyond the visa expiration, you may be banned from re-entering the U.S. for three to ten years. So it’s best to leave as soon as you know you’re not getting married. Unlawful presence in the U.S. can have life-changing ramifications.

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What if We Don’t Marry Within 90 Days on a K1 Visa?

What if We Don’t Marry Within 90 Days on a K1 Visa?

Can I Petition for a Fiance if I Have a Criminal Record?

Posted on: June 11th, 2015 by RapidVisa Staff 9 Comments

We often get asked this question and it’s certainly a good one to ask if you’ve fallen in love with an alien you intend to bring over to the US. There’s no single answer that can answer that question for everyone, so we’ll go into the basics of what is required by the government and how it might affect various situations.

When you’re answering the questionnaire our software uses to fill out the paperwork, you’ll notice questions asking if you’ve had any convictions or court martials for certain crimes. You must answer truthfully to be within the law. There is a chance that if you answer “yes” your petition could be denied. It all depends on the crime, and the USCIS agent reviewing your case. Certain crimes won’t make a difference, while others might make it nearly impossible to be approved.

The government’s position is to protect both you and the alien.

It may seem unfair to you, and depending on your circumstances, it may be. But try to think of it from the perspective of the agent. It’s their job to catch things like drug traffickers, human traffickers and other potential abusive or criminal situations from occurring.

The last thing an agent wants is to be the ‘guy’ who approved a petition for an alien who comes over only to be abused in some way by a violent predator.

Be honest and disclose what’s asked

If you have any violent criminal history such as sexual assault, domestic violence, or substance abuse, you must disclose full disclosure in your petition, including an explanation and court records.

Even if it’s “sealed”!

You may think your record has been cleared or your file sealed, but you must still disclose details of any such cases. You may be not only denied but have legal consequences if you aren’t honest up front.

TIP: Don’t hide these details from your fiance either! Chances are, your fiance will be notified by the USCIS and you don’t want to have that be the first time they hear about it.

Explain your side of things

Just because you got in a bar fight 20 years ago doesn’t mean you’re going to beat up your wife. Circumstances like this are common, and there’s an opportunity to give an explanation of what happened. Depending on the circumstances, you may lower your chances for denial.

If your crime is more serious or kind of indefensible, you may want to contact an attorney for advice.

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International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA)

IMBRA was signed into law in 2005 in an effort to prevent domestic violence against foreign fiances. IMBRA requires the fiance to be handed out a pamphlet on domestic violence. It also requires you, the US citizen petitioner, to disclose these types of convictions.

Note: If you met your fiance on an online dating site (which many of our customers do), you may need a written statement explaining that the site is a dating site, and not a marriage broker.

The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act, passed in 2006, also states that if you were involved in a sex crime that involved a child, you are immediately ineligible for petitioning for your fiance or spouse.

If you misrepresent yourself or hide any convictions, you will be “subject to a fine or imprisonment of not more than 1 year, or both, in addition to other possible penalties that may be imposed under federal or state law. ” -(Sections 833(d)(3)(C)), IMBRA.

Give us a call to discuss what your concerns are and we’ll do our best to help.

10 Red Flags That Your Fiancé is a Scammer

Posted on: May 29th, 2015 by RapidVisa Staff 1 Comment

This is a sensitive subject for most, because it’s human nature to stand up for the one you love. But the world is a dark place and unfortunately, scams do happen. This post will go over some of the situations we’ve seen and how to recognize them, so you can avoid becoming a victim. Unfortunately, if you’re a U.S. citizen, you can be subject to some of these scams more often than others. The overwhelming majority of  you reading this are probably worried for no reason, but why not put it to the test to put your fears to rest?

Why would anyone scam me?

Incentive 1: They could be scamming you for money.

granny-scammedThis would be more common in online dating situations – especially if you got engaged before ever meeting in person.

The scammer might not even intend to follow through with the visa process, but leading you on, all online, with the intent to get as much money out of you as they can before pulling the plug.

Incentive 2: They could be using you for a visa or green card.

If you have a family of skeptics, perhaps you’ve had this concern brought up:

“What if he/she is just using you for a green card?”

Of course, if your love is real, this is a pretty offensive thought and probably upsetting to anyone questioned. But in rare cases, this could be true.

The least intelligent scammers might think once they come over on a fiance visa, they could just bail on the wedding and everything is hunkey dorey. “Ha ha. I’m here in the US, goodbye.”

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In reality, when you bring someone in on one of these types of visas, or even via adjusting their status, their residency is still conditional upon your marriage. They’d have to live the life of an illegal immigrant if they went through all that trouble. So they couldn’t work legally or exit and re-enter the USA.

Otherwise, they’d have to stick with the fake marriage for several years to get the removal of conditions (which removes the condition of your marriage). Once the removal of conditions is granted, the alien spouse can essentially just divorce you and remain in the US legally. A pretty terrible thought right?

Red Flags That You’re Being Scammed For Money

#1. There always seems to be a financial need that pops up

They always tend to have a financial need and expect you to solve it. Be especially wary if you’re asked to send money via Western Union, and especially if it’s to Nigeria or Ghana, the world capital for 419 scams. Also, be wary if the name they’re asking you to send it to is something other than their own.

#2. Money is at the forefront of your conversations

They ask about things like your income and assets very early on. They always tend to talk about money like it’s the only thing that matters. They don’t show much interest in you as a person, or when they do it feels fake. Their mood changes for the worst when you change the subject from money.

#3. Excuses keep delaying meeting in person or on Skype

There’s always an excuse why they cannot Skype you or meet you in person. The stories could be elaborate, but the truth is, they don’t want you to see that the pictures they’ve sent you are not of them, and of someone they stole from online. Upload their photos to Tineye to see if the photos are posted somewhere else (stolen).

#4. They send you love letters they claim they wrote

One common practice of these scams is to plagiarize love letters and convince you that they’re head over heels for you. The scam is to flatter you to the point of vulnerability, then go in for the strike. Take a sentence from your love letter, go to Google and search for it with quotation marks around the phrase. This will show you every other instance this ‘love letter’ was used.

#5. They try to get your personal info

Be very wary of anyone digging into matters of your life that scammers would love to be in to. One scam is to find out personal, revealing secrets about you, then extort you for money later on. Until you meet in person, it’s best to be smart with this kind of thing.

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#6. They are pushy about marriage early on

This isn’t necessarily a flawless tell-tale sign, what with cultural and religious factors playing a role, but if you are moving at a pace you’re not comfortable with, it could be. Nobody should be pressured into something as important as marriage.

#7. They know an awful lot about US immigration

If the person truly is in the relationship for you, the immigration process is merely a background detail. Sure, it’s a major detail, and some interest is to be expected. But if you start talking about the form I-130 or affidavit of support by your second Skype date, you may want to back the breadbasket up.

#8. They’ve tried to get to the US before

If your fiance has a long history of trying to get to the US, whether it be through a tourist visa, student visa, or other marriage based visa, it could be a sign of their true intentions. Use your gut, and ask questions.

#9. You keep catching them in lies

If your fiance is a perpetual liar, you probably have bigger problems. Don’t be blinded by exotic infatuation of a love story that could be too good to be true. Nobody is perfect, but a liar usually stays a liar.

#10. They show no interest in you as a person or your family

If the level of attraction and interest is lopsided in your favor, or they seem to avoid meaningful time or conversations, it could be a red flag. If they get moody when you want to be with them, or want them to spend time with your family, take that into account.

It is entirely possible that some of the items above could be the case with a legitimate relationship, but it’s important to be cautious if the deck seems to stack high. At the end of the day, you know your situation best, and nobody can make the call for you. You will need to make a personal decision whether or not you’re ready to move forward with your marriage.

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