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Are There Quotas for Family Based Visas to the United States
Immigration Quotas

So the next question, yeah I’ll do this one. Abigail asks, “Do they really have a cap per year for visa applications?” This is a good question. Prominently what we do at RapidVisa with family based visa’s. If you’re a US citizen sponsoring someone, the answer is no there is no per-cap. You get to […]

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 […]

Updated guidance on same-sex marriage

The language in federal immigration laws no longer defines marriage as “a legal union between one man and one woman”.  Effective immediately same sex spouses may apply for immigration in the same manner as those filed by opposite sex spouses unless a specific provision of the Federal Immigration laws require a different approach.  Step children […]

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.  […]

USCIS Moving to Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) for Online Payment of Immigrant Fee

Customers will soon start using the online Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) to pay the $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee after they receive their immigrant visa package from the Department of State and before they depart for the United States. USCIS ELIS is easy to use and provides direct access to case status updates. New immigrants will also use […]

USCIS Field Offices Will Require Individuals to Submit Biometric Data

Starting on Monday May 6 2013 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will Require Individuals to Submit Biometric Data when appearing at USCIS offices. The USCIS will implement a program called Customer Identity Verification (CIV) in its field offices that will now be require individuals to submit fingerprints and photographs when appearing at USCIS offices […]

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 […]

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