Video instructions and help with filling out and completing Fill Form 8815 Spouse

Instructions and Help about Fill Form 8815 Spouse

What is the latest trick used by USCIS in cases involving marital evidence hi Jim hacking immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States here in st. Louis Missouri I was a little shell-shocked the other day when I went to an interview and I had something happen that hasn't ever happened before I have a client and his wife they've been married for many years I have every reason to believe that it's a completely legitimate marriage and we were going for my clients naturalization interview so my client is from India and his wife is from the United States and they've been married three years so they can apply for naturalization for him under the 3-year rule generally takes five years for someone with a green card to be able to apply for naturalization but if you're married to a u.s. citizen you can apply after three years and that's what we had done we submitted a ton of evidence of the marriage the couple travel together they lived together they've combing of all their assets they have a ton of evidence that the marriage is legitimate but something happened at the interview that really surprised me the officer said that she wanted original mail that came to the house she was not happy with computer generated bank statements with documents off the internet and I'm not talking now about birth certificates and marriage certificates and those kinds of things those things you always have to bring the originals but at this n400 interview she was expecting us to bring not only copies for her to have but also the originals of junk mail envelopes and these kinds of materials so I was really surprised by this in many years of practice I've never had this happen and then I found out from a former client who filed on their own that this happened to them to this week at the singles immigration office so this may just be a trick at the st. Louis office or it could be something that's going on across the board now here's what you have to remember immigration likes to think of ways to mess with people's cases a lot of people think oh if I just submit the evidence and fill out the forms correctly everything is going to be approved and that's not the case it's simply not the case the Immigration Service likes to cause mischief likes to find ways to screw people over and this is my honest belief after dealing with for years and years I don't say this lightly but I honestly believe that at various times they come up with different ways to deny cases we see this a lot in the st. Louis office I've seen in other cases so certainly there are straightforward cases but the case that I had in front of the officer last week was a very straightforward case this has been bothering me I've been upset about this for the last week and a half and now I'm having to reconsider the cases that we filed I'm gonna have to talk to my clients about supporting evidence and how about bringing more evidence and more evidence and how they want originals now this is going to apply in original I 130 visa petitions in cases in which the immigration officer asks for these documents we're going to have to provide it it's going to apply in AI 750 ones where clients are trying to get the conditions removed from the green card and it's really going to be a big hassle and it's really stupid I understand that couples need to provide competent evidence of their marriage I understand that the Immigration Service needs to determine whether or not a marriage is valid but when you have a couple who are both professionals who both live together who've been together for many years who have reams and reams of documentation that happens to be off the internet we live in a paperless society old President the Vice President Al Gore said that he was going to turn the federal government into a paperless entity so it should be no surprise that our clients are generating documents off the internet that their bank statements are delivered electronically that their electric bill their phone bill their gas bill these kinds of bills all come electronically now certainly there are people to get these by regular mail but what point is it to make them get original copies if the photocopies of these items are sufficient it's really a joke it's really ridiculous it's just another example of the federal government overreaching overstepping and spending your money wasting our time in ways that are meaningless and pointless and it's really a foolish foolish endeavor so you got to be ready for this we made this video so that you understand what you're up against when you're dealing with the Immigration Service one of the great things about being an immigration attorney is that you're in a lot of interviews you get to see a lot of things and so that helps us do a better job of preparing our clients for their interview getting them ready document wise and preparation wise for their interviews so we really recommend that you think through doing this by yourself I think that this is another example of where the Immigration Service can really cause mischief especially with people who don't have attorneys don't know how to respond to these overbearing overlong and ridiculous requests for evidence so if you're thinking about filing on your own think it through real hard make sure that you want to do it on your own because it can be a really big hassle if you have any questions about this about this new policy or about these approach that they're taking just another way for them to mess with people who are applying for immigration benefits give