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I can’t believe I haven’t written an article on this subject before now.
So many of the hits I get on this page are for things like “what do I need to get my wife to the US?,” “How do I marry my Peruvian boyfriend?,” etc., that it’s obvious that immigration law is one of the main queries for the whole frickin’ internet.
All you have to do is take a quick look at the US immigrations page and you’ll figure out why that is. Folks, for writing to make as little sense as the stuff you find on that page…a person has to be making a CONSCIOUS EFFORT to be confusing. Honestly, with as much as Immigration issues are in the news lately, you’d think that somebody would propose implementing an easy system that a regular person can understand. But no…they give you this ridiculous page filled with double talk to ensure that the only people who can get visas are those with enough money to hire an immigration lawyer.
Hey…that’s not fair…but it’s the way it is.
But that, in turn, leads to the problem of finding a reliable immigration lawyer. There are a lot of scams out there, so make sure you know what you’re getting before you start writing a check.
For my part, I’d recommend Marc Prokosch of Karam Law (Marc@karamlaw.com). My wife and I worked with Marc when we got her visa and he did a great and highly professional job. Seriously, there is enough stress already associated with getting your visa that you don’t need to sit there and try to figure out some form that somebody has intentionally written to be impossible to understand. Plus, I even got misinformation from some of the employees at the Immigration office in Peru (not from US employees). I’d tell you the names of the people who gave me false information, but people standing behind windows at government offices aren’t required to give you their names so I guess customer service isn’t high on the list of priorities.
Seriously, save yourself the headache and just get a lawyer.