Planning Around Tricky Immigration Timelines
Planning a wedding and your future married life together is hard enough! Adding an immigration case with uncertain timeframes to the mix adds a lot of special challenges.
Timing affects everything that you're planning. Thinking about when your fiancé will be able to come to the United States, when will they be able to work, where are you allowed to travel for your honeymoon, etc., are all concerns that engaged couples have.
Unfortunately, working within immigration timelines is not something you will find a lot of information about online. The timelines are always changing and there are many factors that can cause delays. It's important to talk to an experienced immigration attorney about your case. They can help identify issues that might cause delays and have knowledge about the current processing time for various immigration case types.
However, it is important to understand that there's no set timeframe for a case. We can give people a general average, but it's going to vary for any particular person. That’s why it is so important to work with a law firm that has experience at monitoring the pace of your case so that you can have a realistic idea of how the case is progressing.
We really never know which cases are going to be the ones that are going to have a lot of random surprises that put us behind schedule. Sometimes we are even pleasantly surprised by things going through a lot faster than we expected. That's a good problem to have, but sometimes it really throws a wrench into a couple's wedding plans, and we will intentionally help them to temporarily delay the case to make sure we fall within their intended date range.
While wedding planning and travel planning isn't something that most immigration lawyers help with, we can offer you a lot of advice and assistance on the matter. In fact, we often start our first meeting with new clients by asking questions like these:
- What are your ideal plans?
- How would you be doing your wedding, and your reception, and your honeymoon if you were already both US citizens and the Immigration issue weren't on the table?
- When would be the ideal time to move to the US?
- Is there anything you'd take care of in your home country before you can move here?
Based off the information you share with us, we make an estimated timeline and start brainstorming how we can manage your case flow in the best possible way, considering your preferences. Or, at least, to try to get you the most important things that you want and still fit it all into the timeframe of your immigration case. With immigration law, it's always an adventure.
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