A FEW COMMENTS ABOUT
STAYING PATIENT AND POSITIVE
Revised Date: May 2012
DEAR CLIENTS, FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS,
The most frequent questions I get from callers and potential travelers are:
"Can this really work for me, and what about her Immigration Visa?
"And what is actually involved in time and cost?
"And how do we manage the separation in a long-distance relationship waiting for her Visa to come to the USA?"
I'm Gary Bala, USA Immigration Attorney, with 30+ Years of Experience. I've traveled through the world, and extensively in Latin America. I've attended many romance tours and visited various introduction agencies.
Over the years, I have assisted hundreds of couples in the visa and marriage process and with answers to immigration questions and issues.
Our office has served American gentlemen, many who are professionals and successful businessmen, from Alaska to Puerto Rico, and secured visas for ladies from around the globe, including from Colombia & Brazil, to the Philippines & Russia.
Many people consider our office to offer special expertise with regard to family visas from Latin America. At any given time, our office probably has more visa applications pending at the U.S. Consulates in Colombia, Peru and Brazil, than any other single attorney office.
CAN THIS WORK?
The answer to the question "Can this work?" is plain and undeniable:
YES, it can for those who stand ready and committed!
For the bold, Latin America, Colombia, Peru, Brazil and the other countries in particular offer a world of opportunities to find a younger and prettier lady with sweeter disposition than what is available back home for most men.
For those with sincere intentions and realistic goals, hundreds of happy marriages have taken place across the country with very good success rates.
THE IMMIGRATION PROCESS
As for the immigration process, yes the cold truth is that post 09-11 security changes and the implementation of the new IMBRA (International Marriage Brokers Regulation Act of 2005 ) immigration law have forced longer processing times and stricter procedures at the Immigration Offices and U.S. Consulates.
The new laws affect people who meet not only through marriage and romance companies but also people who meet on their own outside of such companies.
For those doing a K-1 Fiancee Visa or the CR-1 or K-3 Spousal Visa, the best available speed "Process Time" right now for most gentlemen in the USA and ladies in these foreign countries, assuming that no special issues or problems exist in the case, is:
ABOUT 6 TO 9 MONTHS FROM PETITION FILING DATE, AND SOMETIMES LONGER.
As for costs, I believe that gentlemen should be prepared to commit $3000 or more in costs to get the job done.
Understandably, everyone is enormously concerned with speed and process time, because naturally two people in love want to be together as soon as possible.
And of course, for many people six to eight (6 to 9) months or more is a long time for couples to wait.
What all this really means as a practical matter is what I talk to people constantly: managing the separation.
STAYING PATIENT AND MANAGING THE ISSUE OF SEPARATION
The most important part of immigration is the PATIENCE of the people doing it.
Find good ways to control your anxiety and worry. Look for every way to manage the pain and stress of separation during the waiting times.
Remember that very few cases legitimately qualify for an "Expedite", which requires a showing of a "near-life-or-death" emergency, according to Immigration Service . See USCIS Accelerated Processing.
Therefore, how well you use these techniques to manage your separation from your loved one will determine how happy you both will be as the visa process takes it course.
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