Immigrant Visa Application

Step 1- A sponsor in the U.S. files a petition with the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS).  Generally speaking, to be eligible to apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen relative, U.S. lawful permanent resident, or by a prospective employer, and be the beneficiary of an approved petition filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to move on to the next step. Step 2- Once USCIS approves the petition, they will send the petitioner a Notice of Approval, Form I-797.  USCIS then forwards the approved petition to the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC) for further processing. Step 3- NVC completes its processing and forwards the case to Universal Visa Services. Step 4- Once Universal Visa Services receives the file from NVC, we will complete pre-interview processing and schedule an interview appointment. Step 5- USV will prepare you for the interview and ensure that you have all the proper documentation. Step 6- The applicant appears at the consular officer for a visa interview on the scheduled date.  For many people, the prospect of being interviewed by a consular officer can be stressful.  However, for those who are prepared, an immigration […]
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Non-Immigrant Visa Application Process

Below is an overview of the steps needed to apply for a non-immigrant visa.  To ensure the approval of your application, all aspects of the process must be followed exactly.  Universal Visa Services can take the worry out of these tasks as well as completing them as expeditiously as possible.  Additionally, we can provide you with a visa assistant to accompany you to the interview. Step 1- Photograph A digital photograph is required for while applying for a US visa. The photograph must meet certain criteria including dimension, format and resolution. UVS will assist you in finding a photographer in your area. Step 2- Complete US visa application form online Visitor visa application (form DS160) must be completed in the English language. All questions must be completed thoroughly and accurately. Universal Visa Services will ensure that your document is prepared correctly and that all of your substantiating paperwork is in order. Step 3- Pay Fee Depending on the type of USA visa you are applying for, the USA visa fee may be different. Depending on your country of origin the payment process and mode of payment may vary. Universal Visa Services will assist you with this process. Step 4-Make your […]
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SEVP Approved Schools as of December 28, 2010

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently updated their list of Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) approved schools. The schools listed have all been certified to participate in the program.  The program allows foreign students interested in obtaining an education in the United States to complete a visa petition, pay the required fee, and attend a U.S. College or University. Interested foreign students are invited to schedule a consultation to discuss the process. Page Summary:  ICE releases updated list of SEVP approved schools.
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SEVP Certification

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) School Certification Branch (SCB) is responsible for evaluating petitions submitted by insititutions wishing to be approved by the Department of Homeland Security for attendance by nonimmigrant students. Nonimmigrant students who come to the United States to pursue full-time academic or vocational/technical training are usually admitted in one of two nonimmigrant categories: F-1 includes academic students in colleges, universities, seminaries, conservatories, and academic high schools, other academic institutions, Fine Arts, and language training; or M-1 includes vocational, technical training, flight schools, and non-academic schools. Certification Criteria Institutions must meet the following basic requirements for SEVP certification.  The institution: must be a bona fide school; must be an established institution of learning; must possess the necessary facilities, personnel and finances to conduct instruction in recognized courses of study; must currently be engaged in instruction at the time of filing and NOT at some point prior to final adjudication. Additionally, Institutions applying for M classification (vocational AND technical training), must have programs which meet for a minimum of 18 hours per week, if the program is primarily classroom instruction, or 22 hours per week if the program is primarily lab work.  English language schools must have programs that meet for a […]
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Your Adjustment of Status Interview

An application for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485), which has been filed with CIS, requires that the individual applicant (and in some instances, the spouse) be interviewed prior to adjudication.  For many people, the prospect of being interviewed by an immigration officer can be stressful.  However, for those who are prepared, an immigration interview should be straightforward and much like a job interview.  You should try to remain calm- there is no reason to be nervous.  Most interviews last no longer than 30 minutes and are a formality.  However, we recommend that you budget approximately two hours of time for the entire process. Included in this section is information on: The General Process Tips for the Interview Information for Marriage-Based Applicants <h3 >The General Process CIS will provide a comprehensive list of required documentation with your interview appointment letter.  Prior to your interview, you will be required to provide biometric data based on USCIS’s Customer Identification Verification system. In most cases, your name will be called and you will be brought into a separate office.  The officer will place you under oath and ask to see valid, government-issued identification.   The bulk of the interview will consist of the officer going […]
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