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Hi everyone!

So a coworker of my husband's recently gave him a recommendation for an immigration lawyer. Apparently, this lawyer managed to get the coworker's UK husband in the US in just 5 1/2 months about 2 years ago. Now based on all the research I've done, how on EARTH is this possible??? Perhaps it was expedited? Anyone have any clue how this could be?

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No, lawyers cannot do this. The time-frame depends on # of petitions, etc. Two years ago a friend of mine got his visa in 5 months, today, same petition, same service center, same embassy, it's taking 9 months (in my case).

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Okay, that's what I figured. I don't see what the lawyer could offer that would make a difference, but my husband and I are pretty desperate to get things moving ASAP so I thought I should ask.

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Lawyers can help fill out forms so you aren't slowed by an RFE but so can you on your on. There is no front of the line privilege for legal represented couples. Visa timelines have varied a lot over the years. Years ago we were 6 months petition to interview. It was just how things were flowing then.

This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this.

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About 2 years ago, when I arrived, there were cases where you could be done in 2-5 months total. It was because of a weird local office thing. What also happened was people waited 2 years for a visa as well, depending on the local offices. So maybe that case WAS that fast, but as things are not generally sent to local offices anymore, but to service centers, the chances of that happening without a military deployment expedite or natural disaster is very slim.

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Honestly, you don't need to waste money on a lawyer. All the information you need can be found online. You have USCIS's website for the I-130 petition, then guides on NVC's website for the AOS and the embassy stage plus you have guides and members right here on VJ to help you. In my opinion, hiring a lawyer is a waste of money and time, unless you have an extremely complicated case.

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September 8th 2014 - Filed I-130 with Nebraska Service Center

September 16th 2014 - NOA1 received

March 2nd 2015 - NOA2 received :dancing:

NVC Stage

March 28th 2015 - Choice of agent complete & AOS fee paid

April 17th 2015 - IV fee paid

May 1st 2015 - Sent in IV application

May 12th 2015 - Sent in AOS and IV documents

May 18th 2015 - Scan Date

June 18th 2015 - Checklist received

June 22nd 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC

June 25th 2015 - Put for Supervisor Review

Sept 15th 2015 - Request help from Texas US Senator Cornyn and his team

Sept 23rd 2015 - Our case is moved from supervisor review to NVC's team for dealing with Senator requests

Nov 4th 2015 - CASE COMPLETE!!!! :dancing:

Embassy Stage

Dec 16th 2015 - Medical exam

Dec 21st 2015 - Interview

Dec 21st 2015 - 221(g) issued at interview for updated forms

Jan 13th 2016 - Mailed our reply to the 221(g) to the US Embassy, received and CEAC updated the next morning

Jan 20th 2016 - Embassy require more in-depth info on asset for i-864

Feb 1st 2016 - Sent more in-depth info on assets as requested. Received the next morning

Feb 16th 2016 - Visa has been issued :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:

In the US

April 5th 2016 - POE Newark. No questions asked.

April 14th 2016 - SSN received

May 10th 2016 - First day at my new job :dancing:

May 27th 2016 - Green Card received

June 7th 2016 - Got my Texas driver's license

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