Individuals and families interested in immigrating to the U.S. generally must complete an application process. The type of application to file depends upon various factors, such as the relationship between the petitioner and beneficiary and the eligibility of the beneficiary for an immigration benefit. The application process can often be tedious, lengthy and confusing for many immigrants interested in pursuing legal admission to the U.S. There are a number of complex forms to complete, various fees to pay, and supporting evidence and documentation needed to accompany the visa application. In today's blog post, we will discuss how best to prepare for the visa application process to expedite the process and reduce delays.
Documents To Gather
The visa application requires several pieces of original or certified legal documentation, regardless of the country of origin, or the age of the applicant. All U.S. visa applications require original or certified birth certificates from the home country for each applicant, as well as marriage licenses for married applicants. In addition, previously married visa applicants must provide original or certified legal documentation for each terminated marriage, whether by divorce, death, or annulment. Visa applications also require any court or prison records, as well as any applicable military records, and photocopies of passports and visas for all applicants.
Additional Supporting Evidence Needed
Substantial supporting documentation is also required for immigrant visa petitions and applications for adjustment of status, including financial and medical information. All U.S. citizens or permanent residents sponsoring immigrant relatives must provide an Affidavit of Support that confirms their ability and willingness to financially support the immigrant applicant. Additionally, sponsoring relatives will be required to submit tax returns, as well as evidence of income, proof of residence, proof of status, and proof of the relationship between the sponsoring relative and visa applicant. Immigrants are also required to submit proof of immunization before entry into the U.S.
Securing Experienced Legal Representation
Another key step in ensuring a smooth and efficient visa application process involves securing experienced, quality legal representation. Sponsoring relatives and visa applicants that attempt the process alone will often make small mistakes on the visa application, miss key deadlines, or overlook required legal documentation or supporting evidence.
Christiansen Law Firm specializes in providing clients exceptional, reliable and thorough legal representation throughout the entire immigration process. The Immigration Law attorneys of Christiansen Law Firm have years of experience with immigration law, including family-based immigration, appeals, deportation, consular and port of entry processing, international adoption, and citizenship. Contact the Christiansen Law Firm offices in Houston or San Antonio for more information or to schedule a free consultation.