How To Accelerate the Visa Timeline – Foreign Documents For USCIS Forms and Applications
U.S. petitioners can save time completing Marriage Visa and Fiance Visa requirements. Obtaining Chinese foreign documents, translations, and supporting information for USCIS forms and applications is key to knocking months off the Visa Timeline.
Piecing together information during the process of U.S. immigrations can eat-up months and a couples peace of mind. With problems that can be somewhat hidden, this series puts the spotlight on a few.
The Visa Timeline is NOT government processing. It’s the day you and your Chinese loved one decide to precede with marriage, either in the U.S. or in China.
5 Reasons That Slow Petitions and the Visa Timeline
- When filing petitions, you or your attorney will need to collect much information. Problems with collecting supporting and certified information from overseas can add to the visa timeline. Also, when meeting your loved one in China, returning to the U.S. empty handed adds delays in getting your petition filed.
- Chinese citizens have little understanding of U.S. immigration requirements and surprisingly, Chinese government offices. Foreign Documents need to be certified by the proper Chinese government authorities. Unlike here in the states, these documents are not in the possession of Chinese citizens. They must be produced by the Chinese government.
- Many legal services have no knowledge of how to obtain needed Chinese foreign documents. Add to that no Chinese language support, the burden of obtaining information gets put back in the lap of the client who hired them. This also increases the risk of not obtaining acceptable documentation.
- Having U.S. Citizens and Immigration Service, the National Visa Center, or the U.S. Consulate in China put a petition on HOLD while waiting for acceptable documentation can mean taking a few steps backwards on the Visa Timeline.
- Throughout the immigration process, your spouse or fiance will need to answer, sign, and date forms and applications written in English. Language barriers can open the door for mistakes or time consuming problems. You can avoid all of that..
Understanding USCIS Processing Times
USCIS processing times are listed to inform petitioners how long it takes regional offices to process first stage paperwork for Marriage Visa or Fiance Visa petitions.
Currently as of this writing, first stage estimated USCIS processing times for both Marriage Visa and Fiance Visa petitions are running 5 months to approval. Some visa services use USCIS approval as a form of advertising. Don’t confuse first stage petition approvals with the issuance of a visa, or a beneficiaries over-all visa timeline.
Second stage case processing involves the National Visa Center (NVC) and the US Consulate General overseas. With second stage processing add an additional 2 to 3 months. The U.S. petitioner and Chinese spouse/fiance will need to provide supporting documentation and pay government fees during this time factor. After which, receiving notice of a medical exam and scheduled visa interview.
USCIS processing times can change. You can check current first stage processing by using the USCIS Case Processing Table.
The Fastest Way
So, when you add up government processing, that comes out to about 8 months. But what about the Visa Timeline? It’s NOT the same..
If your Chinese spouse or fiancee is waiting in China, her Visa Timeline starts NOW!
Preparation before filing a petition can make the difference in bringing your loved one to the U.S. in months.. not years.
The Buda Law Group specializes in Accelerating the Visa Timeline. The welfare and peace of mind for U.S./Chinese couples is our top priority.
Accelerate the Visa Timeline
- Obtain Chinese Certified Documents
- Obtain Certified English Translations
- Understand processing requirements for all government agencies. USCIS, The National Visa Center, and the U.S. Consulate
- Obtain answers (in English) for all immigration forms
- Produce Undisputed Relationship Evidence