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    Chat With US Immigration Attorney Nadine Brown 10/25/2007



    US Immigration Attorney Nadine Brown will be a guest in this forum on October 25th, 2007 from 11 am - 4 PM. Post your US immigration related questions here and Ms Brown will respond to them during that time.
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    Re: Chat With US Immigration Attorney Nadine Brown 10/25/2007


    ...During a visit to Jamaica 2 yrs ago we became friends with an average struggling family and have kept in constant contact since. They have 3 children. The "wife" procured a temporary job in a Florida "island" resort last year through a "recruitment program" she signed up for 3 years ago. She earns, after living expenses are deducted, what amounts to $150 a month which is deposited directly to an account in Jamaica.

    The "husband" last summer requested that I send a letter from a lawyer, extending an "invitation to visit" us here, to the Jamaican consulate(?), and then he would handle what would be required of him, to get here.

    I talked to my lawyer and he told me it wasn't that simple, and it would take a lot of time and money to make that happen.

    I've also read news reports recently that substantiate this...and that it's not purely a matter of money given the current political uproar about illegal immigrants, quotas, etc.

    <span style="color: #CC0000"> So here is my question:</span> Obviously, what my friend really wants to do is relocate. I know I could get him a job tomorrow. What would you suggest I tell him, or do specifically ? (all I have now is "hearsay") I would love to have them here, and regularly send them money as is.
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    Re: Chat With US Immigration Attorney Nadine Brown 10/25/2007

    If I overstayed on my last visa and am married to a Jamaican (I'm American),(didn't have my paperwork from Kingston done yet the last trip I made), but plan to get it before I go back to US, can immigration officials do anything to me?

    I did have my marriage license and tax papers from property I own here when I came last trip but didn't seem to matter to the official I was dealing with.

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    Re: Chat With US Immigration Attorney Nadine Brown 10/25/2007

    Is it better to married in Jamaica or file for fiance visa; which is easier and how long is it either way ?
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    Re: Chat With US Immigration Attorney Nadine Brown 10/25/2007

    So glad to see Nadine Brown back to answer questions. Last time you had great info, so thank you.

    My question is how can someone in Jamaica check on the status of their filing if they do not have a filing #. My friend in Ja married an American woman 4/06, and she said she filed. He never heard anything from the embassy, and she came back for a visit 4/07, but did not see him. Wifey claims she filed for him 1/07 (not sure why she waited so long), but his auntie in the states talked to a family memeber who says she never filed. He sent money to her b/c now she wants a divorce, but she did not file that either. He is not sure how to check his status since she will not give him the filing #. Now he is frustrated and trying to get a lawyer in Ja to handle the divorce b/c he doesn't want to stay w/ her when she just takes his money, doesn't file, and never even goes to Ja to visit. Plus, he can't apply for a work visa if he is already in the system w/ wifey.

    Sorry I was so long winded, but how can he check his status?
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    Re: Chat With US Immigration Attorney Nadine Brown 10/25/20

    1.If someone came to this country in a fiance visa and got married, is there a time frame that they have to file for adjustment of status?

    2.Is that person considered illegal or out of status until the adjustment is filed since the fiance visa is no longer valid because its after the 90 day limit? They got married before the 90 day but didn't file yet.

    3.Can the person get in trouble with immigration or get hassled by the law?

    4.One more, sorry, if the fiance hyphinated her name with her husband, will that cause confusion with filing the papers and what name should they use, her maiden or new name on paperwork?

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    Re: Chat With US Immigration Attorney Nadine Brown 10/25/2007

    Whaz up doc?

    Hmmm you pose an interesting scenario...why get married if you aren't going to do anything so you and your spouse can reunite? Anyway, I am not sure there is anything Jamaican guy can do without a file number...every receipt that is issued after a filing as a file number...that is the only way to check information on line at the http://www.uscis.gov website for case processing information. The only alternative is to do a FOIA or Freedom of Information Act Request Form G-639 request...it may take many months to get a result...but it asks for basic information about the sponsor (wife) and beneficiary (husband), but at this point, since divorce is on the horizon it doesn't really matter because that petition, if she did file one, would be null and void because it is based solely on marriage and once the marriage is dissolved, so is the petition...

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    Re: Chat With US Immigration Attorney Nadine Brown 10/25/2007

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Annshan2</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Is it better to married in Jamaica or file for fiance visa; which is easier and how long is it either way ? </div></div>yaw married??? [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/popcorn.gif[/img]

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    Re: Chat With US Immigration Attorney Nadine Brown 10/25/2007

    Good Morning Ms. Annshan,

    Your question is a good one, but really it depends on what is best for you. If you want to marry in Jamaica then you will have to leave your spouse behind, return to the US and then file a K-3 visa for him. If you want to marry in the US, then you will file for a K-1 fiance visa. How long you can bear to be separated will make the difference. K-1 Fiance Petitions are taking abnormally long times...maybe a year or more...but there may be benefits to this as there are always pros and cons of each visa category. The K-3 on the other hand may take less than a year to get him here. Hope this helps. If you need more information, the I suggest you read up more on each type of visa or contact me for a consultation.

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    Re: Chat With US Immigration Attorney Nadine Brown 10/25/2007

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Ja. Jewel</div><div class="ubbcode-body">If I overstayed on my last visa and am married to a Jamaican (I'm American),(didn't have my paperwork from Kingston done yet the last trip I made), but plan to get it before I go back to US, can immigration officials do anything to me?

    I did have my marriage license and tax papers from property I own here when I came last trip but didn't seem to matter to the official I was dealing with. </div></div>

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