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Visa Application Process

Visa Application Process

Sverdloff Law Group

Visa Application Process

Every immigration case is different, and the outcome can never be guaranteed. However, there are some basic steps that our clients go through to obtain a visa, and understanding these steps can help applicants know what to expect. For a more detailed review of your case, contact our office today.

1. Schedule Your Consultation

Immigration laws are often complex and confusing, and there are many factors that can make a case succeed or fail. Speaking with an experienced immigration attorney can help you understand the factors that will affect your case and help you decide how to proceed. You can schedule a consultation by calling our office or using our online request form.

2. Speak with Immigration Lawyer Julia Sverdloff

Attorney Julia Sverdloff will provide a thorough analysis of your case by examining elements like your current immigration and family status, then outline your chances for successfully obtaining a visa. We work with every client to build a personalized strategy and address the challenges that can stand in your way.

3. Hire Sverdloff Law Group

Hiring a lawyer is a big investment, and we will not pressure you to hire us or push you into a plan you don’t understand.  If we can’t help, we will tell you. We will not take your case unless we believe we can help you and your family. Our office offers flexible payment options.

4. Gather and Analyze Client Evidence

The visa process can take a long time and submitting incorrect or incomplete documentation can cause delays that are costly and frustrating. Our legal team will inform you of which documents will be needed for your application, like tax filings, birth certificates, and arrest records, and make sure they are in order before submitting them.

5. Prepare the Application

Before you can apply for a visa, you’ll need an approved immigrant petition and a case number from the National Visa Center (NVC). Our team will explain the documents and fees needed to complete this initial step, and help you prepare the paperwork necessary to file a strong application.

6. Submit Your Application

Most evidence that goes with your visa application can be submitted online, but there are some exceptions. The NVC usually takes several weeks to process an application and may ask for additional documentation at this point.

7. Case Follow

Our commitment to your case doesn’t end when the documents are filed. There may be significant waiting periods while your visa application is processed, and our team will be here to answer your questions and provide support until your application is complete.

8. Interview Prep

When the review is complete, the NVC will forward your visa application to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Applicants may be required to attend a biometrics interview where photos and fingerprints will be recorded, and an interview will be scheduled. Your immigration attorney can help you understand what to bring to the interview and how to prepare. 

9. The Interview

If the applicant is outside the U.S., they will attend an interview at their local consulate. If living inside the U.S., such as an applicant for a marriage visa, then the interview may take place at an embassy. Original documents must be presented at the interview. After any security or medical checks are complete, the visa will be issued.

10. Approval!

Your immigrant visa stamp will be issued, and you’ll receive instructions for how to enter the U.S. legally if needed. If you are receiving a green card, it will be sent to your U.S. address also. Our team will continue to be available to you and your family if there are any issues with your visa.

Contact Sverdloff Law Group Today

We have spent many years helping families and individuals successfully enter the U.S. with a visa, and we may be able to help you too. Contact our office today to learn more.

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