Immigration policies are made for a reason, and the hard truth is that it’s a difficult road to navigate.
And if you’re unprepared, not sure of the facts, it can be potentially disastrous for your relationship and even your future in the eyes of the law.
Yes, there are real consequences that can follow if you’re unsure of the process.
It’s a serious application, and the immigration officers examine every element you must prove with complete focus.
They have a purpose and are intended to safeguard the interests of the American people.
We can’t find fault with their intention or the good they do for keeping our country safe.
However, law-abiding and hardworking Americans who happen to find love with someone from a different country pay a heavy price time and time again to be with the person with whom they love and wish to spend the rest of their life.
Love doesn’t work according to nationality, and there should be no impediment to you or your partner in expressing that love and companionship freely in whichever country you choose.
Just know if you choose the United States, you’re going to have to jump through a lot of hoops.
Officers will put difficult questions to you; they will try and trip you up.
They are looking for holes in your story, mistakes to capitalize on; it's their job.
But, it's not your responsibility to make it easy for them.
And that’s where so many petitions go wrong.
You believe you’re simply doing the right thing, communicating openly, answering questions honestly.
But the truth is…
It's almost as if you're bringing a criminal into the country, which is how immigration officers seem to view a foreign national's arrival attached to an engagement ring.
The onus is placed on you, and the system is pretty much geared towards making that as difficult as possible.
With the explosion of technological communication and globalization, cross-border relationships are now more accessible than ever before.
The federal government is supposed help American citizens, but, in my experience, there is always someone in the system looking to put up roadblocks to all your plans of happiness.
I’m an immigration lawyer I argue with immigration every day at work for my clients.
Without knowing what to do, or having someone help you, you can spend years locked up in the bureaucratic hell that is the United States immigration system.
You need to be prepared for the harsh requirements and judgements you and your partner are about to face.
American Immigration Officers are experienced at what they do, so they know exactly what to look for in your paperwork and documents. If you make a mistake, they’ll pounce.
You need to be prepared for this.
The consequences can be severe, and the last thing you want is for your partner to be denied entry into the United States PERMANENTLY.
The best way to get your fiancé(e) the K-1 visa is to have the help of an experienced immigration lawyer. We will help you complete all of the requirements honestly and completely, after analyzing your case for problems.
All of these scenarios require the same level of attention to have your visa approved.
I have represented clients who have met like one of the examples above, as well many other ways.
How you met is one part of the story you will have to tell the government, and it is not just immigration. It is the U.S. consulate as well.
Your story, as told through your paperwork, has to be right and consistent for both immigration and the consulate.
Both you and your fiancé(e) will have to be consistent and honest for your fiancé(e)'s interview at the consulate and both of your interviews at USCIS for the green card.
You need to be prepared and stalwart for the interviews.
This is not impossible, but it can be difficult, and the stakes are high.
Having an experienced immigration attorney help you can make the paperwork and the interviews much easier.
We are an immigration law firm in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Our attorney, Thomas Geygan, has gone through the consular processing and immigration process with his wife.
Our attorney, Thomas Geygan, has been practicing immigration law for more than 20 years.
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