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Can I Use a Tourist Visa to Get Married in the US?

  Gray areas aren’t generally the government’s forte. It is legal to enter the U.S. on a tourist visa, travel visa or the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and get married to a U.S. citizen.  It is also legal to adjust your status after getting married. However, the condition of a tourist visa, travel visa and […]

Getting Married in China

Marriage in China is based on China’s laws regardless of nationality of the individuals marrying.  Getting married in China requires at least one of the applicants is either a citizen or has a long term resident permit. China requires applicants for marriage to meet minimum age requirements of 22 for men and 20 for women.  Additionally, if a […]

Medical Examination Requirements
Medical Examination Requirements

Medical Exam Requirements Applicants applying for a visa, adjustment of status to permanent residence, or who are required by the USCIS to have a medical examination must provide verification of the required exam and immunizations (Form I-693, Report of Medical Exam and Vaccination Record).  Visa medical examinations may not be conducted in the United States.  […]

CBP to Automate the I-94 Arrival/Departure Record Process

To increase efficiency, reduce operating costs and streamline the admission process, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is automating Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record process.  CBP will no longer require international non-immigrant visitors to fill out a paper Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record upon arrival to the U.S. by air or sea. The traveler will be provided […]

Sending Mail and Packages From the United States to the Philippines

If you have friends family or a loved one living in the Philippines you will probably find it necessary to send mail or packages to them. There are few things that you will need to know and consider before sending mail and packages to the Philippines. Like any other international shipments made outside the U.S. […]

Paying Immigration Fees via Bank Draft Check or Money Order

If you are submitting an immigration-related petition or an application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you will most likely need to pay processing fees that may include filing, biometrics or other fees. Here are some guidelines to follow when paying fees to the USCIS: Fees must be drawn from a U.S. bank or […]

Bringing Your Fiancé’s or Spouse’s Children to the United States

If a U.S. citizen plans to marry a foreign citizen the most important advice we can offer is to begin the preparations early to bring the new fiance(é) or spouse to the United States. Depending on the circumstances processing time can take as long as several months.  The preparation and timeline is even more critical when […]

Sending Money from the United States to the Philippines
Sending Money from the United States to the Philippines

  Now that you have a loved one in the Philippines you may find that you need to send money in a quick safe and secure manner. Whether you are sending money to help your fiancé out with rent food or everyday living expenses you want to insure that the money gets to them without […]

Employment Verification Letter for Affidavit of Support
Employment Verification Letter for Affidavit of Support

Obtaining an employment verification letter from the US citizen sponsor’s current employer is highly recommended when providing evidence and proof of income for your Affidavit of Support. The employment verification letter should be original and printed on company letterhead. The letter should be signed by your supervisor or human resource person and should include a […]

Affidavit of Support for Spousal Visas and Adjustment of Status (I-864 series forms)

The Affidavit of Support is legally required for the petitioning sponsor for many family-based and some employment based immigrants to show the intending immigrant will have adequate means of support when planning to immigrate to the U.S. The purpose of the process is to prove that the intending immigrant has adequate means of financial support […]

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