Mei’s parents immigrated from Taiwan to the U.S. decades ago. Her parents would take her to visit relatives in Taiwan from infancy until she left home for college. As an adult, Mei continued to travel to Taiwan to see family. Mei* met Yan-ting* during one of those trips.
After that trip, Mei and Yan kept in touch. Friendship turned to love over the course of a couple of years. They spent as much time together as they could when Mei traveled to Taiwan or Yan visited her in the U.S.
A Bump on the Road to Marriage
When they decided to marry last year, Mei researched visa and green card options for Yan. She discovered that if she sponsored Yan for a K-1 fiance visa, she could have the wedding in San Francisco that she had always dreamed of. And filling out the K-1 visa petition looked fairly simple and straightforward. She submitted the K-1 petition to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
But six months later while checking online on the status of the petition, Mei found out that USCIS had issued a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID). USCIS provides a reason for its denial and what documentation or evidence is needed in the notice. Since Mei had not received the actual notice, she knew nothing about that. Mei tried to contact USCIS to get more details and find out why she never received the notice but her efforts proved futile. Getting nowhere and feeling panicked, she contacted the Alcorn Immigration Law team.
When USCIS issues a NOID, an applicant has 30 days to respond. What made Mei and Yan’s case challenging is that the 30-day window had already closed when Mei contacted us.
Dreams Come True
The Alcorn team contacted USCIS, got the notice, got all of the information and documents we needed from Mei and Yan, and responded to it within 10 days. We explained that Mei never received the notice because she had moved since she filed the original petition. And we provided the additional evidence requested by USCIS and the reasons why the application should be approved. The petition received approval!
Once the petition was approved, Yan’s case was forwarded to the U.S. consulate closest to his hometown. After extensive preparation and a mock interview with his lead attorney, Yan appeared at his interview and received his K-1 visa! Shortly thereafter, Yan arrived in the U.S. Mei got to marry the man of her dreams in her dream wedding.
And when it came to applying for Yan’s marriage-based green card, this time Mei and Yan made sure to take no chances: They asked the Alcorn team to handle Yan’s case, which we did. We helped Mei and Yan prepare a strong application for Yan’s green card.
They are waiting for their case to be scheduled for an interview. This time Mei and Yan must appear in the U.S. at their local USCIS office for their interview. Their lead attorney will also be at their side during the interview. Until then, they’re living their dream life without a care about Yan’s case, knowing that the Alcorn team has it covered.
Reach out to the Alcorn Immigration Law team if we can help make your dream of living, working or reuniting with a loved one a reality.
* To maintain confidentiality, the name of the client has been changed, and details may have been omitted or slightly altered. Our success in a case does not predict nor guarantee the outcome in your legal matter. The result portrayed above was dependent on the facts of that case. Results will differ based on different facts.