The attorneys I have talked with said 4 months start to finish , several even post 100% success rates ( ok ?? ) , what gets me is the difference in cost , anywhere from $500 to $2500 ( I'am sure some are even higher ) .
Now as to time , if I have read everything correctly on the Gov websites , you would have to cross all your t's and dot your i's right the first time , with no snafus . I thought of doing the grunt work and then have an attorney check it ( paralegal check it ) there is close to me a strong russian community ( I did this in my research so I/we can go places where she will feel comfortable and at home ) and one of the attorneys listed is from russia , it was my thought this would be beneficial should he need to also be in touch with her or if she had q's for him .
How many here have done their own paper-work ( K-1 visa's ) vs having them done by an attorney , and for those of you that have done your own , if you had to do it over would you use an attorney ??
Larissa and I have done our own paperwork, and it took 4.5 mths. to get her and the two children here. If you can read, you can fill out the paperwork, and save $$$$$$$$$$$$$$!It's really not that hard. Hardest thing is INS keeps losing everything! Make lots of copies (6 of everything, readable!).:D:P;)
The K-1 Visa, also known as a ?Fianc饠Visa?, is the most common Visa applied for by American men that want to bring their lady to join them in the United States. This classification of Visa will allow your lady to enter the United States for a period up to 90 days. She must either marry you or return home within the 90 day. After you marry, your new wife must apply for a change of status which will provide her with legal residence.
The process of obtaining a Fianc饠Visa is not technically difficult. If you are capable of gathering the needed information, filling out the required forms, paying the required fee and mailing your package of paperwork to the proper address you can successfully submit your own request for the Visa for your lady. The process is no more difficult, and about the same amount of displeasure, as filing your Federal Tax return or filling out a home loan application.
If the paperwork process seems overwhelming to you then there are numerous businesses that will be happy to fill out the paperwork for you and submit it to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You may consider it to be an advantage to use a third party if you have a complicated situation or prefer to delegate the dirty work to someone else. These services range from professional immigration attorneys to non-attorney Fianc饠Visa ?experts?. Fees will vary depending on the professional level of the provider but they will range from $500 to $1000 for a basic application. Regardless of the fee you pay you will still have to gather and submit the needed information and documentation to a third party processor who will fill out the forms and mail them to the USCIS.
If you do choose to use a Fianc饠Visa service you should only expect to receive accuracy, peace of mind and convenience for your processing fee. There is no way to obtain any processing priority regardless of the amount of money you pay to a third party processor. Although there won?t be a processing time advantage when using a Fianc饠Visa service you will more than likely avoid potential delays caused by filing incomplete or inaccurate documents. If you don?t trust your own abilities to follow directions clearly then paying the fee for someone else to fill in the blanks may be a good investment for you.
If you want to save a considerable amount of money then you can fill in the paperwork yourself. Forms can be obtained by mail or download from the USCIS website. Filling out the array of forms is not much more different than filling out paperwork for a home mortgage loan. The key for success and avoiding delays is to submit all required forms and supporting documents according to the directions that are clearly included with each required form. Be certain to read the instructions carefully and don?t try to take any shortcuts. If you omit one form, document or leave a field blank you will delay your application by 30 to 60 days as the USCIS waits for you to correct the problem. Such delays can be emotionally agonizing when you are eager to be together with your lady. Although the Fianc饠Visa processing duration can be frustrating and a challenge to anyone?s patience it is designed to protect you and all the citizens of the United States from the hazards of immigration fraud.
I'm not at that stage yet, but I've heard it only takes a few months. I just looked on the USCIS web site and couldn't find the K-1 form. I did find and read the I-129F, and it is somewhat confusing. But if and when I get to that point I think I'll try and fill it out myself.
Registered: 11-30-2011 Location: United States
posted on 03-21-2012 at 05:04
Getting to know Russian brides in their home city is essential to the process, mainly because most of them do not qualify for tourist visas to USA, UK, etc. Besides, you really cannot get to know them unless you spend time with them in their home environment. If you do travel overseas to meet them, you will see how resourceful they are as homemakers. Russian brides are generally artistic and have a great affinity for nature. They are also very sports-minded and exercise is an essential part of their daily life. They walk everywhere. They are also very educated. Most who are involved in international dating have graduated from colleges and universities. Most of all, Russian brides are family-motivated, searching for a good man to head the family. Don't think, however, that Russian women are desperate to get out of Russia. They are not. But most realize that their chance for love in Russia is pretty grim. Russian women heavily outnumber their men, and most Russian men do not appreciate their women for their many great qualities.
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