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Lawyer stalling on filing ready I-130; normal? Why?

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I am a US citizen and hired a lawyer in May to handle the green card paperwork for my UK citizen wife. There are no complications in our situation; it's completely simple and routine.

 

The lawyer has stalled for weeks at every step. (We have provided all necessary documents and information promptly.) Finally, a month ago, everything was complete; I signed off on the completed I-130.

 

Since then she's been saying "I'm about to file" regularly, and still hasn't.

 

Is this common practice in the industry for some reason? I can't figure out how it's to her advantage.

 

Is there any reason not to fire her and mail the I-130 myself?

 

Is a suggestion that I will do that likely to cause her to do what she's been promising for months?

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I can't say if it's common or not, but there's absolutely no need for it. Once the paperwork is ready, you can file fine. Personally, it sounds like he's not taking the case seriously. If you have a simple case, no lawyer is needed. And coming from a low fraud country like the UK, you should be fine. Just read the guides and ask questions if you have any.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

?/?/?: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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Fire her and do it yourself. There is absolutely no reason why you need an attorney if your case is straightforward. We did the entire process start to finish, including my husband's citizenship, on our own. It is not a difficult process as long as you do your research.



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32 minutes ago, ambientglow said:

I am a US citizen and hired a lawyer in May to handle the green card paperwork for my UK citizen wife. There are no complications in our situation; it's completely simple and routine.

 

The lawyer has stalled for weeks at every step. (We have provided all necessary documents and information promptly.) Finally, a month ago, everything was complete; I signed off on the completed I-130.

 

Since then she's been saying "I'm about to file" regularly, and still hasn't.

 

Is this common practice in the industry for some reason? I can't figure out how it's to her advantage.

 

Is there any reason not to fire her and mail the I-130 myself?

 

Is a suggestion that I will do that likely to cause her to do what she's been promising for months?

We can't answer for your lawyer, you need to ask your lawyer, but it sounds like they are being a poopy head.

 


CR-1 Visa

Service Center: Nebraska    Consulate: Mexico

Marriage: 12/9/2016    I-130 Sent: 12/10/2016    I-130 NOA1: 12/13/2016

Notice from USCIS: 8/23/2017

USCIS Approval Date: 8/21/2017

NOA2 issued date: 8/18/2017   NOA2 hardcopy received: 8/25/2017

Notice from USCIS Sent to NVC: 9/1/2017    NVC received: 9/8/2017

Received case and invoice numbers: 9/12/2017

Choice of Agent DS-261: 9/12/2017

Welcome Letter: 9/15/2017

Received and Paid AOS: 9/15/2017    AOS payment cleared my bank: 9/19/2017 (still shows In Process on CEAC)

Received and paid IV bill: 9/19/2017    IV bill cleared bank: 9/21/2017

Requested Expedite: 9/20/2017

AOS and IV show as paid: 9/23/2017

DS260 unlocked: 9/23/2017

Partial Expedite Approved at Counselor Level: 9/25/2017 (Must still wait out NVC)

Scan Date: 10/2/2017    Case Complete: 11/15/2017 (6 weeks 2 days!)

Case sent to consulate: 11/20/2017     Received by consulate: 11/21/2017 (11/20 was a holiday in Mexico)

Interview Scheduled: Jan 2nd - I managed to get someones canceled appointment the very same day my case status turned to Ready.

Biometrics: Mexico City Dec 27th Medical: Mexico City Dec 28th

Case says READY but consulate says case is not in system, I jumped the gun and booked an interview but they say its invalid until I receive the letter so I might have to cancel it.

Appointment Letter: Flew to Juarez just to get this, its actually 2 letters you need.

Interview Day: Jan 2nd   Interview Result: APPROVED

Tracking Number Received: Via email notice and website the afternoon of Jan 4th    Visa Delivered: Friday Jan 5th Mexico City

USCIS Notice - Green Card mailed: 3/28/18

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I second others' recommendations on doing it on your own if you can. We did our process ourselves and it's really simple. Apart from having to gather documents at government offices (which you have to do with or without a lawyer), filling out and assembling our I-130 packet only took a couple of afternoons of teamwork between the wife and I. 


DCF Mexico

06/04/2017: Married

06/24/2017: Mailed I-130

06/27/2017: NOA1 (technically a RFE as we were missing beneficiary ID)

07/06/2017: NOA2

07/12/2017: Case assigned by Juarez embassy

07/17/2017: Packet 3 received

08/15/2017: Interview/Approval!

08/22/2017: Visa received via DHL

09/03/2017: POE

09/16/2017: Permanent Resident Card received

 

Total days from NOA1 to approval: 49

 

I wrote a DCF Mexico guide! http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php?title=DCF_Mexico

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