Category: Consular Processing


US Citizen’s Guide to Marrying in the Philippines and Immigrating a Philippine (Filipina) Spouse to the United States

The Philippines, a beautiful country with polite people, delicious food, and a positive culture. Marrying someone from the Philippines is wonderful! This article will discuss the two common questions: How does a US Citizen marry in the Philippines? How does the Philippine Spouse immigrate to the US? If you are interested in the US K-1 […]

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Bona Fide Marriage Evidence: How many Photos does USCIS want with an I-130 Filing?

[Leer Post en Espanol]     [Ler Post em Português] Bona Fide Marriage Evidence means: documentation or proof that a marriage is true, loving, and real, and not solely for the purposes of acquiring a Green Card. For purposes of the I-130 marriage-based filing, our office has the following formula/criteria to determine the ideal amount of […]

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When do DACA Holders need an I-601A Hardship Waiver in the Consular Process?

The I-601A Hardship Waiver is a process to forgive Unlawful Presence in the United States in advance to departing the US to attend a Consular Interview abroad at a US Embassy or Consulate. What is Unlawful Present? Unlawful Presence begins at and after the age of 18, and when someone has more than 180 days […]

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U.S. Citizen’s Guide to Immigrating a Japanese Spouse to the United States

There are three options to immigrating a Spouse of a US Citizen to the United States: CR-1/IR-1 Spousal Immigrant Visa Adjustment of Status K-3 Spousal Visa Lets dive into a brief understanding of the three options: CR-1/IR-1 Visa: Spousal Immigrant Visa The CR-1/IR-1 Visa is the most likely option if you married your Japanese spouse […]

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Japanese Birth Certificate for US Immigration Purposes

In Japan, the household registration document (also known as the koseki) is generally the document used as a Japanese Birth Certificate. The US Government, whether in USCIS or at a US Embassy/Consulate abroad, accepts any of the following three types of Japanese Birth Certificate: Full version of family register (Koseki Tohon/Zenbu jiko shomeisho) Short version of […]

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I-130 eletrônico: uma nova opção de processamento eletrônico

[Read this Post in English] Em 30 de outubro de 2019, o USCIS lançou a opção de processamento eletrônico para a petição I-130 Petition for Alien Relative. Esta atualização é uma das muitas ocorridas em 2019. No entanto, essa opção de submeter o formulário online beneficiará idealmente membros das forças armadas e funcionários do governo […]

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Proxy Marriage and US Immigration: Clarification on the Consummation Requirement

[Leer Post en Espanol]     [Ler Post em Português] US Immigration Agencies recognize Proxy Marriage under INA § 101(a)(35), which the statute requires: the Proxy Marriage must observe the “place-of-celebration” rule. Meaning, a marriage is valid for immigration purposes in cases where the marriage is valid under the law of the jurisdiction in which it […]

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