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How to Pay National Visa Center (NVC) Fees Electronically

May 9, 2022

If you are researching how to pay the National Visa Center (NVC) fees, CONGRATULATIONS! That means your petition has been approved, and you are continuing your U.S. immigration process. To begin, the most common way to get to this point is through an approved family petition. For example, an approved family member could be your U.S. citizen child over the age of 21, your U.S. citizen, or permanent resident spouse who files an approved I-130 petition on your behalf. When the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves an I-130 petition, USCIS sends the approval to the National Visa Center (NVC), and the NVC generates the immigrant visa. As long as the priority date on the I-130 petition is current, you can submit your visa application on the NVC website. Here are the steps you need to take to pay your NVC fees: 1. Get Your Case Number and Invoice ID The NVC should have sent you a notice about your visa called “Notice of Immigrant Visa Creation.” This notice contains an NVC Case Number and an Invoice ID Number.     Note: The NVC case number will contain the initials of the city where you will do your Consular Processing. For example: ⦁ BGT: Bogota, Colombia ⦁ CDJ: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico ⦁ GTM: Guatemala City, Guatemala ⦁ GYQ: Guayaquil, Ecuador ⦁ SNS: San Salvador, El Salvador 2. Go to the Necessary Website to Make Payments Once you have your case number and invoice ID, go to the following website: https://ceac.state.gov/IV/Login.aspx and click on the box that says, “I have read the terms of the Privacy Act Notice.”   3. Enter your Case Data where Instructed Once you have checked the box that says, “I have read the terms of the Privacy Act Notice,” enter your NVC Case Number in the box that says “Case Number.” Then enter your Invoice ID Number in the box that says “Enter the Invoice ID Number that the National Visa Center sent you.”   4. Establish that You Are the Applicant Once you have entered your NVC Case Number and Invoice ID Number, select the “I am the APPLICANT” option from the drop down menu.   5. Fill In the Security Code Once you have entered your NVC Case Number, your Invoice ID Number, and select “I am the “APPLICANT,” enter the security letters and numbers you see on the screen to establish that you are a real person and not a bot. In this example, they would be “DA6DN” but everyone has a different configuration. Once you have entered that information, click the button, “Continue.”   6. Go to the Summary Information Screen Once you have pressed “Continue,” the following screen will appear: At this point, you are ready to make payments. Be sure to have your payment method available. If you leave the page open for more than a few minutes without activity, the page automatically reverts to the home page, and you will have to enter all your information again. 7. Enter your Payment Information To make the first payment, click on the link that says, “Pay Now” under the […]

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4 Things to Know About Deferred Action for Medical Reasons

November 23, 2021

Several individuals present in the United States qualify for an immigration program called “Deferred Action.” There are several types of deferred action available to immigrants in the United States, but the focus of this blog is for those who are the caregivers of children, parents, or spouses that are United States citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents with severe medical conditions. Circumstances For Deferred Action  This type of Deferred Action is an excellent option for individuals and families without status who present these compelling equities:  a serious medical condition long-term presence in the United States close family ties   A Humanitarian Outlook  Under this type of program, individuals might request the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USICS”) to defer removal or deportation for humanitarian reasons. This kind of discretion is vital to maintaining a compassionate immigration system and a healthy society. It also helps to carefully use limited resources to deport those who present a danger. Historically, officials have considered the following factors: the likelihood of removal the presence of sympathetic factors the likelihood a large amount of adverse publicity will be generated because of the sympathetic factors whether the individual is a member of a class of deportable aliens whose removal has been given high enforcement priority If Deferred Action is granted, it is given in 2-year increments. While Deferred Action does not confer lawful status on an individual and does not provide a path to permanent residence or citizenship, individuals who have obtained deferred action are eligible to apply for employment authorization. Making a World of Difference Recently, our office helped a single mother of a four-year-old US citizen with severe Down’s Syndrome, intellectual disabilities, and heart defects.  Our client needed a driver’s license to be able to take her child to doctor appointments and therapy without the worry of immigration authorities detaining her. Thanks to the Deferred Action program, our client was able to obtain an employment authorization card and a Georgia Driver’s License. Our client is now focusing on the health of her child without being worried about deportation. Considering Deferred Action Options If you are the caregiver of a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident child, parent, or spouse with severe medical conditions, you may want to consider this option. If you want more information about this type of Deferred Action, contact the attorneys Zambrano & Ruiz at 770-769-5820.

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What should I do to be a beneficiary of an O Visa?

January 14, 2020

Is there a difference between a Green Card and an O Visa? Are there different types of O Visas? How do I apply for an O Visa? All of these questions and more will be answered in this blog. If you have additional questions, we’re experienced immigration lawyers that will be happy to talk to you. What is an O Visa? First, an O Visa is a nonimmigrant visa granted by the USCIS for a person who possesses extraordinary skills in the areas of science, arts, education, business, and sports. That is, they have managed to be recognized in their professions nationally or worldwide for achievements in their fields. This sounds like a broad category for visas, but the beneficiary of the visa, or the person who is hoping to come work in the U.S, must meet at least three of the eight O Visa requirements to be considered. There are three different types of O Visas depending on the field of expertise, work assistance, and family members.  O-1 Visa (a): visa granted to all those people with an extraordinary ability in science, education, business or sports. O-1 Visa (b): visa granted to all those people with an extraordinary ability in the field of the arts, as well as in movies and on television. O-2 Visa: this visa is granted to those people who will accompany the person holding the O-1 Visa. These people are an integral or essential part of the work and must have a high critical capacity and experience to help the worker perform in the United States. O-3 Visa: visa granted to people who are spouses or children of the person who is requesting an O-1 Visa or an O-2 Visa. What is “extraordinary ability”? Success is measured differently all around the world. So what does it mean to have an extraordinary ability that qualifies someone for an O-1 Visa (a or b) instead of a Green Card or another type of visa? The USCIS has a list of requirements that the person must meet in order to be considered for an O Visa. These requirements serve as proof that they have achieved success in their professional career and, therefore, have enough documents to support and enforce the claim.     Unless the person possesses a major internationally recognized award such as a Nobel Prize, they must meet three of the following eight requirements: Recipient of one or several national or international awards in their field for excellent work. Membership in a nationally or internationally recognized organization focused on excellence and outstanding achievements in their field of expertise. Published material in a professional or major trade publications or other types of major media. These do not necessarily have to be written by the person, but they must highlight the significance of them and their work. Contributed original scientific, scholarly/academic, and/or business related work that is of major significance in their field of expertise Author of scholarly articles in their field published either in professional journals or other major media that require classification to be published in. Be paid a high salary or other form of compensation […]

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