How Does the Immigration Process Work?
Step 1: Assessing Your Case
Before making a decision to immigrate or apply for a passport, visa, etc. you should have your case professionally assessed by us to determine whether you are eligible.
Step 2: Signing the Retainer Agreement with your Lawyer
Once you are told you will get a visa/passport and you wish to hire a lawyer introduced to you by uscispassportvisa to help, you should always sign a retainer agreement with your lawyer before proceeding with your case. The retainer agreement sets out the legal fees and the lawyer’s responsibilities in representing you or processing any visa or passport.
Step 3: Gathering your Documents
It is important that you gather all documentation which is relevant to your case. Your lawyer should provide you with a list of documents you will need.
Step 4: Completing Application Forms
Your lawyer should be able to assist you in completing your application forms if any applies to your case. Our lawyers use software whereby application forms can be completed on the computer.
Step 5: Preparing your Application Package
After gathering your documents and completing the forms (if applicable), your lawyer will prepare the documents in an organized presentable fashion. Your lawyer will also prepare legal submissions to the visa officer on your behalf.
Step 6: Submitting the Application to the Visa Office
Your lawyer should be able to advise you as to what email or visa office to submit your application or will do it by his/her self on your behalf. You will have to pay your immigration processing fees at this time.
Step 7: Monitoring the Application as it is Processed at Visa Office:
It is important to make sure that your application is being processed according to the visa office’s published service standards. If not, your lawyer should be pro-active to make sure your case is processed on time.
Step 8: You may have an interview
Some visa cases require an interview with a visa officer. If an interview is required, the visa office will notify you of the date and time of the interview. Your lawyer should prepare you for your interview.
Step 9: Letter of Acceptance or Refusal Letter
After your interview or if you don’t have one, you will be eventually notified in writing that you have been accepted for immigration or refused (visa refusal cases are very rare with us, that is why we use the term approved).
Step 10: Issuance of Visa or Appeal because of a Refusal
If you get approved for your visa, congratulations! And don’t forget to thank your lawyer! But if your case is refused (which is very rare with us), you should consider your options for appealing the refusal. Your lawyer will do it for you, and this time, it MUST be approved unless otherwise stated.