DMCA’s Consular Section assists clients in obtaining visas (and waivers for those that are not immediately eligible to receive a visa) before U.S. consulates throughout the world. We work with clients from start to finish by helping them
- submit the required fee(s) to the U.S. government ;
- complete the appropriate forms (including a complicated form to ensure that the sponsor or joint sponsor’s income is sufficient);
- gather, analyze, and submit the supporting documents required to process their visa application abroad and their waiver application in the U.S. if necessary; and
- prepare for their personal interview before a U.S. consular official in their native country.
Our team also has a working knowledge of the medical exam and fingerprint appointment procedures associated with processing visas before U.S. consulates. In light of our vast experience and solid record of success, our clients’ visa applications are complete and our clients can appear with confidence at the consular interview.
After the visa interview, if a consular officer believes that an applicant is not eligible to receive a visa for any reason (examples include prior criminal or immigration violations), we work with our client and the U.S. consulate to either overcome the grounds of refusal or obtain a waiver of their ineligibility to receive a visa. In one case, a client was initially refused her visa because the consular officer erroneously believed that she had departed the U.S. after having been unlawfully present for more than one year and was thus ineligible to receive a visa for a period of 10 years (a situation commonly described as the “10 year bar”). We worked with our client to produce evidence to the consulate that she attended school and received medical treatment in her native country during the time that she was allegedly in the U.S. without permission, and the consular officer deleted the 10 year bar from her record. In a different case, immigration officials accused a client of “smuggling” other persons into the U.S. to work without authorization at a construction site where he was employed as a foreman. We collaborated with our client to produce evidence that he did not play any role in the recruitment or hiring of employees at his work site. After a successful appeal of the consular officer’s determination to the Visa Office in Washington, D.C., the smuggling accusation was dismissed and our client was issued a visa.
Over the years, our law firm has maintained an extremely high approval rating of waivers filed before immigration officials stationed abroad and in the U.S. Until recently, visa applicants returned to the U.S. consulate to file their waiver application. Now, visa applicants mail their waiver application directly to immigration officials in the U.S. This change in policy has significantly reduced the government’s processing times; most waivers are now adjudicated in 4-6 months. In one case where a waiver was