Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram

K1 Visa Fiancee

K1 Visas:
The purpose of a K1 visa is to allow a fiancée to come to the US in order to get married within three months of arrival. The K1 visa can take approximately nine months to process. However, during peak case times, US Immigration can take a lot longer. With the variation in processing times throughout the year you can begin to appreciate how tricky it can be to plan a wedding around an uncertain processing time frame. There are several reasons for the lengthy processing times. The first reason is case volumes; there are hundreds of thousands of applications being filed every month. The second reason is fraud detection, and the third reason is background checks. With regards to background checks, US Immigration have to make sure that the alien wishing to marry their US citizen is not a criminal with a long history of criminal activity or that the alien is not carrying some kind of virulent disease. The interesting point to make here is that every day thousands of aliens enter the US under the visa waiver program without any criminal or medical background checks. However, with the recent introduction of ESTA US Immigration is now actioning more background checks before visitors are allowed to travel to the US.

When we work with our K1 Visa fiance(e)s we spen a lot of time getting the full history as to how the client meet and subsequentlt develop their relationship to the point where marriage and being able to be together  permanantly became overwhelming.  Many people so not appreciate that over 50% of all green card applications based on marriage are in fact fake, thus US Immigration has a duty to assume that every application is fake unless the body of the eivdence sumitted clearly exhorates the couple.

I deal with a lot of British families who try and use their British logic to prepare documentation, as a Brit myself I get it, but the truth is, US Immigration does not operate by British logic, or Eurpean logic and so forth. US Immigration operates under the philosophy that every alien marrying an American is doing so fruadulently just to get a green card. If I were an immigration official with a mountain of suspected fraudlent cases, that I’d uncovered, I would think that I’ve seen everything and would be very synical indeed with every new application.  Therefore, we have to prepare our clients cases with that thought in mind and then develop strategies that ensure the success of our clients cases.

Many would be clients do try to do this themselves, they look on the Embassy website and think to themselves, how hard can this be, I just ned to fill out a few forms and it should sail through. That way of thinking has been the undoing of many innocent people and the cause of so much stress that relationships have been broken because of it.  I’ve had many calls from would be clients myself where they have explained that they have followed the advice from one branch of immigration only to have their partner deported upon arrival

What makes all the difference in any immigration matter is having a lot of expeirence doing the same thing over and over, facing all kinds of challeneges from US Immigration and then calling upon that experience to ensure that the case, despite any challenges encountered, will ultimately be successfully.

Stree is a big factor. Getting married is one of the biggest stresses one can go through, buying or moving to a new location in the same time is also one of the biggest stresses one can experience, when you then add the process of going through an immigration process into the mix you are really taking on what could be your undoing.  Let’s us take all of the immigration stress on our shoulders, it’s much lighter for us since we have a team of immigration experts to working your case under my personal supervision.  My team and I will be there every step of the way to guide you through the process so you have nothing to worry about.

We can provide you with telephone and online support as to many of the practicality issues such as the timing of getting your work permit sorted out, your Social Security number and other key matters to ensure a softer landing in the US.

The K1 fiancee visa is the first phase of a two phase process. The first phase is of course getting to the US under the K-1 visa in order to get married. Once married you have to go through a process called “Adjustment of Status”.  This is the adjustment of your status from K1 (non-immigrant) to Green card (permanent residency).  To make this happen we have to file another set of documentation plus include all of the original documentation that was originally filed as your case will be completely reviewed again with a fresh pair of eyes by another Immigration offocial. Many other immigration offices, must of whom are not even attorney’s, reduce their fees to you by having helped you get into the country then just send you a few forms and let you to sink or swim, minimizing to you the significance of this step step.  Of course we do not take that approach. Instead we, continue, with the same intensity the work we started and it does not stop until you have your green card in your hand.  Often this means providing our clients with a lot of on going time consuming support so that their hand is held throughout the process. So next time you see some cheap K-1 visa fee cominf gtom a “Law Office” of sorts, ask yourself, how much time and support will I get for paying a rock prices, how much time will they spend on my case actually making sure it prepared with passion and committment, will anyone really care is my case is approved or not.

If you are really looking for someone to represent you, make sure to make every effort to guage how much passion and time will be put into your case, and whether you feel like your case is just a number among thousands of others.

We take each of are cases very personally becasue we’ve been through the immigration process ourselves, it’s no joke, it’s serious business.  i really would like for you to read through our website on this and other issues and I’m prertty sure you’ll get the feeling that we’re not like other law firms. Then give us a call or complete the consultation questionnaire and we’ll be happy to talk to you and discover how best we can help meet your immigraiton goals with the least amount of stress.

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Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram

US Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram
Chris M. Ingram LL.M., ESQ – Immigration Attorney
Admitted in New York.
Practice Specializing in US Immigration Law
520 Broadway, Suite 350,
Santa Monica,
California 90401
Tel: 310 496 4292

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