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I am a US citizen and I've been living with my husband in the UK for a little under 2 years now. We are filing our I-130 soon, and have gone through one of those really pricey advisers to get this job done. Sadly enough we don't find this company to be very helpful, as I've had to do everything on my own with very little guidance and funnily enough found more help doing my own research on forums like this than just getting the straight forward from the adviser. You have to ask yourself, "If I'm spending this much money on someone that's supposed to be an expert, then why am I finding myself on a public forum to get answers to questions he is supposed to answer", right? Any way.. We are all squared away with the I-130 and the supporting documents. Everything seems like it is ready to be filed and sent away, but we were informed that we will need to send our forms to this guy in the UK so he could send it to an attorney in New York so he could sign the papers, then send the forms back to our adviser in the UK, so he could file them directly to the US embassy in London. Now, does this seem like a lot of time wasted to you, or is it something that should be done? I want these forms filed as soon as I can, and that would be tomorrow if I knew that I didn't need the G-28 to be signed. Because looking at the time line now, if I do what I'm being advised to do, it could add an extra 2 weeks to the process. Where as, I could just send the papers off to the embassy tomorrow and be done with it and have piece of mind that the papers arrived no more than 2-3 days later.

Our marriage isn't really anything out of the ordinary besides the fact that we're from different countries.

We have been married for 2 years and lived a normal life, had a baby etc. We have more than enough proof of bonafied marriage and I think the attorney thing is just one extra thing that we could maybe get away without having?

Any one with some good advise on this topic?

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China

Moved from Bringing Family Members of US Citizens to America forum to DCF Discussion as this is the method of of filing the OP plans to pursue.

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Based on what you have posted, my 2 cents is to dump the adviser and file the petition yourself. If you feel that you don't need an attorney to handle your case, then don't get one.

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April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
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July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
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September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

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Skip the two middlemen. Nobody is as concerned with timelines on your case as much as you are. Two weeks lost is ultra conservative. It's however long they each take to get around to doing their part. It's unlikely to be same day service. A G-28 can mean any hiccups are routed through the lawyer who must get around to routing to you to fix and back to him to respond. I'm talking about simple mistakes like forgetting to sign a page or tick a box. Why not just get it at your home, fix it, and straight back to London?

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Since your case seems pretty straightforward I would imagine it is much more sensible and cost-effective to just do all of the paperwork yourself. Personally, I think the folks on this forum are so incredibly knowledgeable and helpful that you will find answers to all of your questions on here instead of paying a lawyer to give you the same information.

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I personally don't think you need an attorney based on what you've described, but if you're going to use one, you should be working DIRECTLY with an attorney, not through some adviser who sends your stuff to an attorney. That's madness and way too many delays.

Long story short, we have a complicated case. We've been at this for nearly 5 years. You can read our story here. I highly recommend our attorney Laurel Scott, as well as attorneys Laura Fernandez and Lizz Cannon .

Filed I-130 via CSC in Feb 2008. Petition approved June 2008. Consular interview in Mexico, Oct 2008, visa denied, INA 212a6cii. We allege improper application of the law in this case.

2012, started over in Seoul: I-130 filed DCF on 7/2, I-130 approved 8/8, Medical at Yonsei Severance 11/20, IR1 appointment in November 2012.

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I actually think you would be better off not having that form signed. Everything will come through you then you have control of your timeline as much as possible.

07-01-2011 : Married

05-10-2012 : I-130 Mailed to London (DCF)
05-11-2012 : I-130 Delivered and signed for at Embassy
05-18-2012 : NOA1 Email
07-26-2012 : NOA2 (69 days)
07-28-2012 : NOA2 hard copy received
08-10-2012 : LND Case number received. Letter dated 08-07-2012
08-15-2012 : DS-230 and DS-2001 mailed to Embassy
08-23-2012 : Medical
09-14-2012 : Emailed Embassy and confirmed DS forms have finally been logged (After 29 days)
09-22-2012 : Interview letter received. Dated September 19th.
10-03-2012 : Interview - Approved!
NOA1 to Interview - 138 days.
10-10-2012 : Passport with Visa delivered two hours late at 8pm.
10-22-2012 : POE Philadelphia
11-15-2012 : Green Card received in mail
12-11-2012 : Went to the Social Security office to apply for SSN after it did not arrive.
12-15-2012 : SSN Arrived in 4 days.

05-09-2013 : Left USC Husband.
11-28-2013: Filed for divorce.

05-01-2014: Divorced

05-08-2014: Sent I-751 petition to VSC

05-13-2014: NOA1 (was not postmarked until 5/22/14 and received on 5/24/14)
06-18-2014: Biometrics in St. Albans, VT

11-21-2014: RFE. Received on 11/24/14.

01-22-2015: Interview notice mailed out. Received 1/26/15

02-12-2015: Interview in St Albans, VT - Approved during interview!

08-16-2012 : CRBA in London for our daughter - Approved!
09-11-2012 : CRBA and Passport arrived.
09-25-2012 : SSN Arrived. Mailed from MD on 09-17-2012

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China

IF YOU HAVE your casefile in hand,

and IF you not file a G-28

then don't involve these middlemen, at all.


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