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Hi everyone,

I was wondering if any of you had any troubles with immigration lawyers while K1 process? Ours seems to not answear our calls or emails when we need it most.

We have to fill the DS 230 form and send it back to the embasyy and can't reach the lawyer.

Thanks for any feedback

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Hi everyone,

I was wondering if any of you had any troubles with immigration lawyers while K1 process? Ours seems to not answear our calls or emails when we need it most.

We have to fill the DS 230 form and send it back to the embasyy and can't reach the lawyer.

Thanks for any feedback

yes seems after they have your money they not as concerned about your case

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Hi everyone,

I was wondering if any of you had any troubles with immigration lawyers while K1 process? Ours seems to not answear our calls or emails when we need it most.

We have to fill the DS 230 form and send it back to the embasyy and can't reach the lawyer.

Thanks for any feedback

oh ho look at my time line we have an attorney he flat refuses to answer our calls or return any emails sent to him so as far as im concerned lawyers only want ur money and give u nothing back.........as far as we are over the normal processing time he should have at the very least contacted the pres or something but nothing nada.................

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Hi everyone,

I was wondering if any of you had any troubles with immigration lawyers while K1 process? Ours seems to not answear our calls or emails when we need it most.

We have to fill the DS 230 form and send it back to the embasyy and can't reach the lawyer.

Thanks for any feedback

Yes, I have the same problem with my attorney. They will not respond in a timely manner and just refuse to return phone calls. I'll get a response to an email weeks after I've sent it. I no longer call them. I've also learned more about this process due to them not responding to me so I had to research everything on my own. I paid $1900 for nothing.

People enter this website frequently asking if an attorney is a good idea. Most reply with "NO" and that they're only necessary if you anticipate legal problems. However, they make the decision to hire the attorney anyway and then find themselves in the same shoes as those people who warned them not to hire one. However, this is not always the case, but I've seen it too many times. I am not implying that this is your story.

I will say that once you're approved, you no longer need the attorney. You can get all the information ready for the interview and send it to your fiance. Be sure to have the attorney email you a copy of both the NOA1 and the NOA2.

Good luck.


Our K-1 Timeline

01/12/08: Attorney mailed petition to CSC

01/22/08: NOA1

05/27/08: NOA2

06/03/08: NVC received

06/04/08: NVC forwarded to Rio de Janeiro consulate

06/09/08: Consulate received

06/23/08: Packet 3 sent

08/19/08: Interview!! (Approved!!)

08/27/08: Visa in hand

09/12/08: POE (Washington DC)

09/25/08: Applied for Social Security card

10/06/08: Social Security card received

11/12/08: Marriage!!

AOS Timeline

03/21/09: Mailed AOS docs to Chicago

03/23/09: AOS packet received in Chicago

03/31/09: NOA1

04/03/09: NOA1 Received (His Birthday!!)

04/17/09: Received notice that our case was transferred to CSC on 4/13/09

04/17/09: My case has been entered into the USCIS system!!

04/23/09: Biometrics appointment

05/11/09: AP approved

05/12/09: Case arrived at CSC for further processing

05/13/09: EAD approved

05/13/09: AOS Touched

05/14/09: AP received

05/15/09: EAD card received

06/25/09: Card production ordered

07/06/09: Approval notice sent

07/06/09: Card Received!!!

Removal of Conditions

03/23/11: Will mail I-751

Citizenship

03/23/12: Will mail N-400

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Oh my God! These guys are incredible !

At this point you don't even know what to do, if you wait for them to move you get delayed and all that if you do it on your own .......

I am at least 2 months behind due to my lawyer not filing my I-130, and then once he did that and got the NOA1, it took him another month to send out the I-129F. After that was done I got an email from them saying don't contact us until the end of the Summer because we wont have any information for you.

Whenever I did send an email I get an automatic response saying we will get back with you within one business day. This never happened. Whenever I called, they would never call me back, or if I called after 3 pm they would say our phone hours have ended for the day... call back tomorrow. I would do that and then still never get a hold of the person. I guess they figure that since a K-3 or K-1 is most likely a one time thing, and you will never have a reason to retain their services in the future, that there is no reason to offer any kind of decent customer service. The sad thing is peoples future with their families depend on them, and somehow they end up being treated as though they are trying to send back an under-cooked steak.

That said, I think they may have made some personnel changes since then. I did get an email a few weeks ago saying that Vermont is slow, and will probably be sometime in Sept. before I hear anything. Although I already knew that thanks to visajourney, it was still nice to know that they seem to be monitoring things.


Service Center : Vermont Service Center

Consulate : Bangkok, Thailand

Marriage : 2006-11-08

I-130 Sent : 2008-02-22

I-130 NOA1 : 2008-03-10

I-129F Sent : 2008-04-08

I-129F NOA1 : 2008-04-14

I-129F touched: 2008-05-06

I-130 touched: 2008-05-09

I-129F approved 2008-09-05

I-130 approved 2008-09-05

NVC received 2008-09-12

Pay I-864 2008-10-08

Pay IV bill 2008-10-08

Receive Instruction 2008-11-05

Case Complete 2008-11-18

Medical 2009-01-19/20 passed

Receive Pkt 4 2009-01-30

Interview 221g 2009-02-23

Second interview 2009-03-02 Approved

POE DFW 2009-03-07

Received SS card 2009-03-17

Received GC 2009-04-01

Done for 3 years or 10 years. Haven't decided yet.

(I'm going for the IR-1 and blowing off the K-3. Even if it takes an extra couple months, it's worth it to not have to deal with USCIS again)

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Note:

Please fill out I-130, wait 6 months for approval, then 3 more months for an interview. (Unless of course we've bombed your country into the stone age, then you qualify for expedited processing.)

Welcome to the USA!!!

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Thanks, you guys are great! If only i'd found this website before throwing out money and killing our nerves

You should fill in your timeline. It's how they get estimates on this website


Service Center : Vermont Service Center

Consulate : Bangkok, Thailand

Marriage : 2006-11-08

I-130 Sent : 2008-02-22

I-130 NOA1 : 2008-03-10

I-129F Sent : 2008-04-08

I-129F NOA1 : 2008-04-14

I-129F touched: 2008-05-06

I-130 touched: 2008-05-09

I-129F approved 2008-09-05

I-130 approved 2008-09-05

NVC received 2008-09-12

Pay I-864 2008-10-08

Pay IV bill 2008-10-08

Receive Instruction 2008-11-05

Case Complete 2008-11-18

Medical 2009-01-19/20 passed

Receive Pkt 4 2009-01-30

Interview 221g 2009-02-23

Second interview 2009-03-02 Approved

POE DFW 2009-03-07

Received SS card 2009-03-17

Received GC 2009-04-01

Done for 3 years or 10 years. Haven't decided yet.

(I'm going for the IR-1 and blowing off the K-3. Even if it takes an extra couple months, it's worth it to not have to deal with USCIS again)

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Note:

Please fill out I-130, wait 6 months for approval, then 3 more months for an interview. (Unless of course we've bombed your country into the stone age, then you qualify for expedited processing.)

Welcome to the USA!!!

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We have to fill the DS 230 form and send it back to the embasyy and can't reach the lawyer.

Look at the top of this page in the thin blue bar. The third one Example Forms will show you an example of the DS-230 filled out.

The forum Marriage Based Immigration (K1, K2, K3, etc) to the USA > The Foreign Embassy and Consulate General Discussion is the place to ask for help on Embassy forms.

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England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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I know several couples that went through the whole process without lawyers and made it. It is possible, and I am doing it too. I also work with law firms from time to time, and attorneys have told me that they definitely use voicemail and secretarys to blunt the effect of "panicky clients" - meaning any one who thinks their question is urgent. As a rule they are terribly cynical, and really don't care about the urgency you feel.


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We have to fill the DS 230 form and send it back to the embasyy and can't reach the lawyer.

Look at the top of this page in the thin blue bar. The third one Example Forms will show you an example of the DS-230 filled out.

The forum Marriage Based Immigration (K1, K2, K3, etc) to the USA > The Foreign Embassy and Consulate General Discussion is the place to ask for help on Embassy forms.

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Actually, you do not need any lawyer for the K1 visa application. It is quite simple and anyone can do it by himself. It is a waste of money to hire a lawyer. That is what I want to say to everyone who is planning to apply for fiancee or spouse visa.


**K1**VSC**China**

05/27/2008: Application was sent

06/03/2008: NOA1 was sent to us from VSC

06/07/2008: NOA1 received

07/02/2008: touched

07/03/2008: touched

09/12/2008: NOA2!

12/12/2008: NOA3

06/15/2009: Interview. Pink!(This is a delayed date according to our request.)

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AOS

12/28/2009: I-485, I-131, I-765 application sent vis Fedex Overnight

01/05/2010: USCIS received.

01/08/2010: Receipt letters received.

Call USCIS and apply for an expedited AP.

Make appointment through INFOPASS on USCIS website with local immigration office.

01/15/2010: Meet with local immigration officer and get the printed biometric appointment letter(appointed date 02/11).

01/19/2010: Walk in and get biometric done at local ASC.

01/22/2010: Receive AP.

01/28/2010: Receive Employment Card

04/12/2010: Interview at 8am. Passed with no approval letter and no I-551 stamp. I was told there was a clitch on the name check and some delay could be caused to the final approval.

04/13/2010: Card production was ordered! I got sms update right after 8am!

04/23/2010: Green card in the mail!! God is good!

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I hired an attorney for my K1 for $750. I would leave messages for him and he would not return phone calls. I would email him with no response. Then I typed "State Bar Complaint" in the subject line of an email and he called me within 5 minutes. I did my AOS package myself without any problems using the guides on Visa Journey. Lawyers dont add any value to the process and are mainly a hindrance. Don't waste your money. If you initially call an attorney and voice mail answers the phone instead of a person then that's a good indication of the level of service you can expect.

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