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I wonna file petition for my wife soon am wondering should i use immigration attorney or do it myself..Anyway with an experience of attorney or the best attorney to you and how much its would cost?...I mean Attorney fee?


:energy: (L) (F) :whistle: :thumbs:..... A journey starts with a step...We have taken the 1st step God do the rest and i believe we will emerge victorious.God you ordained marriage for the married couples to live together,Make it happen for us oh Jehovah...Amen!!

OUR VISA JOURNEY TIMELINE

  • Sep 11th 2015 : sent I-130 to Chicago lock box
  • Sep 16th 2015 : NOA 1 via email and text (case sent to California service center)
  • Sep 18th 2015 : sent N400 (for citizenship) Hope to upgrade before I-130 case gets to NVC
  • Sep 20th 2015 : NOA 1 hard copy ( form I-797)with priority date (Sep 14th 2015)
  • Sep 24th 2015 : Cheque for N-400 cashed
  • Sep 29th 2015 : N-400 NOA 1 (hard copy)
  • OCT 23RD 2015 : Biometric appointments
  • Jan 19th 2016 : NOA 2 (finally) its taken forever but thanks God
  • Jan 20th 2016 : Interview scheduled for N400
  • Feb 27th 2016 : N400 interview (passed,same day oath) yepee!! Sent update email same day to NVC with the attached copy of certificate.
  • Feb 29th 2016 : Sent the update letter and certificate via priority mail to NVC
  • March 3rd 2016 : NVC received and the calling begin

NVC STAGE

  • Feb 8th 2016 : NVC received our case
  • June 3rd 2016: received welcome letter from NVC Finally
  • June 3rd 2016: filed DS 261 and AOS invoiced and paid
  • June 6th 2016: review Ds 261 over the phone
  • June 17th 2016: Visa fee invoiced and Paid
  • June 18th 2016 :filed DS260
  • June 20th 2016: AOS and IV packet sent to nvc
  • June 24th 2016: Scan date
  • Aug 5th 2016 : CC
  • Sep 14th 2016 : P4 letter for interview date
  • Oct 31st 2016 : Interview date

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Hi,

I wonna file petition for my wife soon am wondering should i use immigration attorney or do it myself..Anyway with an experience of attorney or the best attorney to you and how much its would cost?...I mean Attorney fee?

This is a do it yourself site, no one here is going to reccommend an attorney. The guides are very easy to follow, helpful, and the forums are full of good information. An immigration attorney cannot speed up the process or help you in anyway, unless there is a crazy extenduating circumstanes due to prior overstays, or legal problems. Even in the case of those, there are many experienced people here.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/302-ir1-cr1-general-guides-and-info/

Edited by Shauneg

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Up to you.

Do you have any red flags? Multiple divorces of foreign spouses? Has your wife applied for multiple visas to get into the USA and was denied? Big age difference? Different religions? From a high fraud country? Do you have the time and effort to spend keeping up with your case? Beneficiary have any convictions in any other country? You have an Adam Walsh Act conviction? Are you able to read forms, fill them in correctly, and understand them?

There is only one point in this entire process where an attorney can make the process faster but generally it's not worth the hassle and money just for a month. Unless you feel you cannot do the paperwork yourself or that you have multiple red flags and do not feel confident perhaps combating those issues, you may very well be able to this yourself. Most of us do, but there are many here who also have lawyers but want to keep up with the process themselves. Just remember a good lawyer costs money but not all expensive lawyers are good.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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Do it yourself, it will be faster and more secure. I used an attorney to send removal of conditions on my 2 years green card last May, he charged me 1500 dollars and he did not send all the papers I gave him. In fact, he just sent 4 documents, the less important ones, instead of the full package which was around 20 documents including military forms from my wife. So, 9 months letter I got and RFE asking for those documents, which I sent, and I am still waitong for my green card almost one year later and no news from immigration.

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It is up to you. an attorney will be good if you have a complicate case. If you case is fairly simple and straight forward doing it yourself will be best.

An attorney can not make it go any faster no matter what they tell you. USCIS and the NVC work at their own pace. Also an attorney can only send in info and forms that you give to them.


ROC
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-20
I-130 Sent : 2014-10-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-10-09
I-130 RFE for NSO copy of marriage certificate: 2014-11-03
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-11-18
I-130 Approved : 2014-12-07
NVC Received : 2014-12-23
NVC case number: 2015-02-04
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-02-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2015-02-05
Submit DS-261 : 2015-02-05
Sent AOS Package : 2015-02-09
Sent IV Package : 2015-02-09
Scan date : 2015-02-10
Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-03
Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06
Submit DS-260: 2015-3-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2015-03-20
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter: 2015-3-27
Medical complete: 2015-04-08
Interview Date : 2015-05-08
Interview Result : Approved
Visa Received : 2015-05-13

Date of US Entry : 2015-06-09
 

Date of Social Security card receive : 06-2015

Date of Green Card received 07-2015

Date of ROC FILE 05-19-2017

 I-751 NOA Date 05-26-2017

   

http://jerryjja.wix.com/filipinasaswa?_ga=1.194674661.91538870.1441656248

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Thank you guys i guess i will do it myself...Our case has no issues no divorces no nothing its clean i just thoght it might be time consuming but rather than spend $5000 on a lawyer better put the money into goog use...Once more thank you people....


:energy: (L) (F) :whistle: :thumbs:..... A journey starts with a step...We have taken the 1st step God do the rest and i believe we will emerge victorious.God you ordained marriage for the married couples to live together,Make it happen for us oh Jehovah...Amen!!

OUR VISA JOURNEY TIMELINE

  • Sep 11th 2015 : sent I-130 to Chicago lock box
  • Sep 16th 2015 : NOA 1 via email and text (case sent to California service center)
  • Sep 18th 2015 : sent N400 (for citizenship) Hope to upgrade before I-130 case gets to NVC
  • Sep 20th 2015 : NOA 1 hard copy ( form I-797)with priority date (Sep 14th 2015)
  • Sep 24th 2015 : Cheque for N-400 cashed
  • Sep 29th 2015 : N-400 NOA 1 (hard copy)
  • OCT 23RD 2015 : Biometric appointments
  • Jan 19th 2016 : NOA 2 (finally) its taken forever but thanks God
  • Jan 20th 2016 : Interview scheduled for N400
  • Feb 27th 2016 : N400 interview (passed,same day oath) yepee!! Sent update email same day to NVC with the attached copy of certificate.
  • Feb 29th 2016 : Sent the update letter and certificate via priority mail to NVC
  • March 3rd 2016 : NVC received and the calling begin

NVC STAGE

  • Feb 8th 2016 : NVC received our case
  • June 3rd 2016: received welcome letter from NVC Finally
  • June 3rd 2016: filed DS 261 and AOS invoiced and paid
  • June 6th 2016: review Ds 261 over the phone
  • June 17th 2016: Visa fee invoiced and Paid
  • June 18th 2016 :filed DS260
  • June 20th 2016: AOS and IV packet sent to nvc
  • June 24th 2016: Scan date
  • Aug 5th 2016 : CC
  • Sep 14th 2016 : P4 letter for interview date
  • Oct 31st 2016 : Interview date

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Thank you guys i guess i will do it myself...Our case has no issues no divorces no nothing its clean i just thoght it might be time consuming but rather than spend $5000 on a lawyer better put the money into goog use...Once more thank you people....

I think you have made a wise decision. The guides here provide everything you need to know, and the people on this site can answer most questions you may have (or at least lead you in the right direction to find them). Good luck on your journey! :)

Edited by Dualie

ROC

01/18/2017   Sent in I-751

01/26/2017   Check cashed

01/28/2017   Received NOA dated 01/20/2017

02/16/2017   Biometrics done

10/24/2017   Traveled to Minneapolis for I551 stamp

02/26/2018     Case received by Field Office - S. Paul

05/012018     Case transferred to another USCIS office for processing 

N-400

02/02/2018    Filed N-400 online

02/05/2018    NOA online - NOA letter 02/09/2018

02/21/2018     Biometrics walk-in

 

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I agree. We considered using an attorney at one point, but then we found this site and all the useful information, guides, etc. I am glad for that as it saved us a lot of extra cash.

Good Luck!


Visa Received : 2014-04-04 (K1 - see timeline for details)

US Entry : 2014-09-12

POE: Detroit

Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

Oath Ceremony:  2018-06-11 - DONE!!!!!!!

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Here are some suggestions from me..i started the process myself couple of months ago

1 ...Read, read and read again couple of the guides they are very helpful...if you have question ask in the form and open a new thread for yourself.

2...Fill out your timeline it helps in tracking yourself and it also helps you see how others are doing in the process

3..Send your documents with tracking number

4..I also used the cover letters in the guide which are options but more my piece of mind.

Edited by ZackB

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USCIS
01/14/2015 - Sent I-130 -----------------------------------------
01/20/2015 - NOA 1 ------------------------------02/03/2015 - I-130 Approval/NOA2

 

NVC

02/23/2015 - Case received ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------03/02/2015 - Case Number and IIN assigned

03/06/2015 - DS -261 Available and complete ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------03/10/2015 - AOS Bill "PAID" status

03/10/2015 - AOS and IV Packages sent ------and now the wait begins!! praying for no checklists -----------------------------------------------03/13/2015 - AOS and IV Packages scanned at NVC----please God no checklist.....

03/31/2015 - AOS Form Review Completed by a Supervisor (Had to call many times) --------------------------------------------------------------04/02/2015 - Paid IV Bill Online

04/06/2015 - IV Bill "PAID" status -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------04/10/2015 - Check List Number 1

04/26/2015 - DS-260 Completed online ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------05/15/2015 - Case sent for Supervisor Review....seems like I am only getting things done through Supervisors

06/29/2015 - 2nd Review to Supervisor triggered, still stuck in NVC hell ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------07/13/2015 - Case completed

07/20/2015 - Received Case Completed confirmation email-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------08/24/2015 - Interview Scheduled Date Confirmation over the Phone

08/26/2015 - Received Interview Scheduled confirmation email -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------09/04/2015 - NVC called to inform about interview cancellation date

09/08/2015 - Received Interview Cancellation Email ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------09/22/2015 - Interview Date---------------Finally ----Old Interview Date  

09/10/2015 - Interview Rescheduled Date Confirmation over the Phone ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------09/11/2015 - Received Interview Rescheduled confirmation email

09/17/2015 - Case Status "In Transit" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------09/18/2015 - Case Status "Ready"  

10/01/2015 - Interview Rescheduled Date

 

Embassy
09/11/2015 - Medical ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------10/01/2015 - Interview and Approval Date 1

0/01/2015 - Case Status Changed to "Administrative Processing" ------------------------10/02/2015 - Case Status Changed to "Issued" 

XXXXXXX - Visa in hand ------------------------------------------------------------------------------XXXXXXX - POE

 

I-751
09/06/2015 - Package with USPS ------------------------ 09/09/2017 Delivered at Vermont Service Center

09/15/2017 Check Cashed --------------------------------- 09/19/2017- NOA received

 

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Unless U have a complicated case you can do it as long as you read, comprehend

and can fill out forms correctly...no attys, don't make petitions go faster, some even

slows it down by mailing out stuff much later than they tell U. You can always contact

your Congress-person to help re: status enquiries, U can get multiple info here then

research it yourself, you sign up for email or text updates ;If no prior immigration probs,

no arrests or convictions, happy journey

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Some people on here have actually had their cases slowed down by an attorney, its much better to be responsible for your own paperwork if your case is straightforward. You made the right decision and can save the money for something else :)


My blog about my visa journey and adjusting to my new life in the US http://albiontoamerica.wordpress.com/

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I would recommend an attorney...especially if English is not your native language. I've been here for a second and I have seen people receive RFEs for such things as a marriage certificates. I have also seen people get burned by attorneys that didn't know how to fill a form.... it's your decision.

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Keep your money.

The key is double, and triple check everything, 3 times. Keep 2 copies of all submitted paperwork.

Follow the guides, at the top of the home page.

If you are not sure about something, people are here to help you!

Good luck on your journey!

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I would recommend an attorney...especially if English is not your native language. I've been here for a second and I have seen people receive RFEs for such things as a marriage certificates. I have also seen people get burned by attorneys that didn't know how to fill a form.... it's your decision.

the OP is American and an attorney is useless and a waste of money for a straightforward case



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