A FEW COMMENTS ABOUT
STAYING PATIENT AND POSITIVE
Revised Date: March 2010
DEAR CLIENTS, FREINDS AND SUPPORTERS,
The most frequent questions I get from callers and potential travelers are:
"Can this really work for me, and what about her visa? And what is actually involved in time and cost?"
I'm Gary Bala, USA Immigration Attorney, with 25 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, and over the years 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.
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 and Colombia 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 changes and the implementation of the new IMBRA (International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005) have forced longer processing times and stricter procedures at the Immigration Offices and U.S. Consulates. For those doing a K-1 fiancee visa or the K-3 spousal visa, process times right now are at least about 5 to 6 months from filing date for most gentlemen in the country.
As for costs, I believe that gentlemen should be prepared to commit $2500 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.
Six months or more is a long time for couples to wait.
What all this really means as a practical matter is what I tell people constantly.
PATIENCE AND MANAGING THE SEPARATION
The most important part of immigration is the PATIENCE of the people doing it.
Find good ways to manage the pain and stress of separation during the waiting times.
FIRST, Budget the right amount of approximate time and money to secure the visa in the first place.