Hi, I am an Iowa immigration attorney and my office handles a lot of victim cases. USCIS is taking an estimated 18 - 24 months to process a U with no work permit available until approved. I am suggesting you contact an immigration attorney experienced with victim cases to see whether or not you are eligible for more than one process to get the work permit sooner.
Hi Des Moines, Iowa,
It does not sound like the NVC has been notified that you plan to file for residency in the U.S. If you want your documents returned to you, there is a form you can file making that request. Hopefully though you have a copy of everything you previously filed. Before filing your residency application in the U.S. you should have your case reviewed by a knowledgable immigration attorney. Best wishes to you as you go through the immigration process. JoAnn L. Barten,...
As the prior posters mentioned, your method of initial entry matters greatly. Further, if you entered undocumented, whether you can file a concurrent adjustment is being litigated in the courts. Another consideration is that the filing fee is over $1,ooo and if you incorrectly file, USCIS won't refund. It would be a lot of money to lose on a mistake. I suggest you have a knowledgable attorney thoroughly review your case. Best wishes to you and your family as you go through this process.
Hi, I saw you asked your question from Waterloo. I am located in Ames nearby. The prior answer is correct, remaining in the U.S. is allowed while the application is pending. You may not travel abroad until authorized or your application will be deemed abandoned and you would be forced to consular process. Best wishes on your upcoming wedding. JoAnn Barten
Typically the new lawyer requests a copy of the file from the old lawyer. Immigration law is federal so when a case warrants being expedited or merely transferred to another location for an immigration interview, the attorney can request it directly from the agency.
You will need to check with the county recorder's office regarding the requirements in Iowa. Here is the website for Cerro Gordo County. http://www.co.cerro-gordo.ia.us/Recorder/Rec_Marriage_app.cfm
I suggest you meet with an immigration lawyer prior to making any travel plans for her return to discuss the options.
Hi, I am an immigration attorney in Ames, Iowa and saw your question. The answer to your question as posed is "maybe." There are quite a few more facts that need to be analyzed to know whether your daughter may immigrate. By way of example, we don't know the age of your child, date of entry, your status, etc. You need your situation analyzed carefully by a competent immigration attorney. Buena suerte! JoAnn Barten
Hi Daventport, Iowa
Yes, based upon your description of your situation. Until or unless you are granted a waiver and new/different immigration status, if you travel it is very risky should you want to return. Yours is a complicated situation and you should develop your legal options plan with a knowledgable immigration attorney. Best wishes to you as you figure out what is best for you. JoAnn Barten, Ames, Iowa
Hi, I saw your question. I am an Iowa immigration attorney located in Ames. You can expect at minimum expenses such as government fees, medical exam, travel, etc. to be $2500 - $3000. Attorney fees will vary. Most immigration attorneys handle this on a flat fee basis but some only hourly. The Des Moines USCIS office sometimes adds an extra interview for the Petitioner for step-children cases. Processing times also vary. It won't be immediate. You can expect at minimum 12 - 24 months.
Best wishes on your upcoming nuptials. I saw you were asking your question from Iowa City. My office is in Ames and by coincidence I am going to be in Iowa City tomorrow for another case. I am surprised the I-94 card doesn't say D/S for duration of status instead of a fixed end date. With D/S, students do not accrue unlawful presence unless they work illegally or there is a finding of a violation. For F-1 students who have the added complication of trying to apply for residency, there are...