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THE FIRM

The Attorney

  • Laurel Scott
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Holiday Schedule

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  • Apr 3, Good Friday
  • May 25, Memorial Day
  • Jul 4, Independence Day
  • Sep 7, Labor Day
  • Nov 26-27, Thanksgiving
  • Dec 24-26, Christmas
  • Dec 27-28, (limited services)
  • Dec 31-Jan 1, New Year

CURRENT CLIENTS

Welcome Brochure

This brochure gives an overview of the waiver process for married couples and what to expect from the firm.

Welcome
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What should the client be doing?

  • I just sent my contract On your virtual file in our database, there is a link to questionnaires and to requested docs. You should answer the questions in the questionnaire as promptly and completely as you can. Read and follow the instructions carefully for the requested documents. If you have any questions for us, please send us a message through the database. It is best to consolidate your questions into just one or two emails. Once we have all the information we need from you we will email you the forms for your review. Please review them carefully for errors. Then print out the forms, sign them and mail them back to us with the requested documents in a single mailing. I just sent my contract
  • Preparing I-130/I-129F On your virtual file in our database, there is a link to questionnaires and to requested docs. You should answer the questions in the questionnaire as promptly and completely as you can. Read and follow the instructions carefully for the requested documents. If you have any questions for us, please send us a message through the database. It is best to consolidate your questions into just one or two emails. Once we have all the information we need from you we will email you the forms for your review. Please review them carefully for errors. Then print out the forms, sign them and mail them back to us with the requested documents in a single mailing. Preparing I-130/I-129F
  • I-130 just approved If you receive the I-130 approval notice before we do, please notify us immediately. We will then begin work on the forms for the next step in the case and you should commence collecting the requested documents for the next step. If we are missing any information, we will request it from you. We will email you the completed forms for your review. Please review them carefully for errors. Then print out the forms, sign them and mail them back to us with the requested documents in a single mailing. I-130 just approved
  • I-129F just approved If you receive the I-129F approval notice before we do, please notify us immediately. We will then begin work on the forms for the next step in the case and you should commence collecting the requested documents for the next step. If we are missing any information, we will request it from you. We will email you the completed forms for your review. Please review them carefully for errors. Then print out the forms, sign them and hang on to them along with the requested documents for the K visa. I-129F just approved
  • Just got waiver doc list After you get the waiver document list from us, read it carefully. If you have any questions, please ask. It is best to consolidate your questions into one or two emails. If the list includes any letters with a detailed description of what we want in the letter, we recommend that you copy and paste the description onto a paper to hand to the person who needs to write the letter. After you have all the documents, send them to us in a single mailing. Just got waiver doc list
  • Filed the I-601 After you file the waiver application, there is not much for you to do with your case except wait. If there are any major changes in your life while the waiver is pending or if your waiver application is expected to take more than seven months to adjudicate, we may want to update the pending waiver application within two months of the expected date of adjudication. If your case is still pending 30 days after normal processing time, we may file an inquiry. Filed the I-601
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What is the firm doing after -

  • Contract was just sent. After we receive the contract and run the payment, we create a hard file and update the virtual file. In updating the virtual file, we use the Intake Sheet to enter all the critical information for your case, such as whether you have any prior marriages, children, military service, removals, criminal history, etc. We tailor the list of required documents and necessary forms and questionnaires according to this information. For the remainder of the case, we will rely on the information entered at this time, so it is very important that it be entered correctly. We prefer to have an uninterrupted block of time to carefully enter the information. If there is a deadline on another case, it may be the next business day before we can schedule an uninterrupted block of time. Contract was just sent.
  • Preparing I-130/I-129F While we wait for you to complete your questionnaires, we will check your progress periodically and answer your questions. Your responses to the questionnaires automatically populate the forms. Once the questionnaires are complete, we review the forms and email follow-up questions to you. After receiving your responses, we finalize the forms and email to you for your review. After you approve them, print them out, sign them, and return them to us along with the requested documents, we put the petition packet together and review everything one more time to make sure the documents and forms are correct. We then mail them to USCIS via certified mail, return receipt. Preparing I-130/I-129F
  • I-130 just approved. If we receive the I-130 approval notice first, we will notify you. We then review the forms for the next step in the process (NVC processing), which should be mostly complete as you would’ve already answered the questionnaires. We email follow-up questions for any remaining items on the next round of forms before emailing you the finalized forms for your review. After you approve them, print them out, sign them, and return them to us along with the requested documents, we put the application packet together and review everything one more time to make sure the documents and forms are correct. We then mail them to the NVC via certified mail, return receipt. Also at around this time we will be receiving your draft qualifying relative letter for the waiver. After reading it, we may email you additional questions before we put together your waiver document list. The list will be detailed. Creating the waiver document list is the most important thing we do for your case. We set aside uninterrupted time to work on it. I-130 just approved.
  • I-129F just approved If we receive the I-129F approval notice first, we will notify you. We then review the forms for the next step in the process (K visa application at the consulate), which should be mostly complete as you would’ve already answered the questionnaires. We email follow-up questions for any remaining items on the next round of forms before emailing you the finalized forms for your review. After you approve them, print them out, sign them, and hang on to them along with the requested documents. If you like, you can mail everything to us for our review, but most clients choose not to as they usually have to be submitted in person at the consulate. Also at around this time we will be receiving your draft qualifying relative letter for the waiver. After reading it, we may email you additional questions before we put together your waiver document list. The list will be detailed. Creating the waiver document list is the most important thing we do for your case. We set aside uninterrupted time to work on it. I-129F just approved
  • Received waiver docs. The waiver documents all complement each other, so it is best for them to be reviewed together. If we receive some documents, but know more are coming, we will usually wait until we have them all to review them. In reviewing them, we check to see whether they actually prove what we wanted them to prove. If they do not, we may need to request additional documents or have some re-done. We would send a new, detailed list to the client. Once we are satisfied with the documents, we write the waiver brief. We send one draft of the brief to the client for comments before we finalize the brief and put the packet together to mail to the client. Received waiver docs.
  • I-601 is filed In some places we prefer to send an inquiry to CIS to confirm receipt of the waiver packet, 30 to 60 days after filing it at the consulate. This is usually not necessary when USCIS sends us a receipt notice or where the USCIS office maintains online case status (London and Rome) or in Mexico where the referral notice serves as a receipt notice. If there are major changes in the client’s case while the waiver is pending or if processing is expected to take at least seven months, we may want to update the case about two months before the expected date of decision. If the case is still pending 30 days after the expected decision date, we may file an inquiry. I-601 is filed

PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS

Consultations

The first step in hiring The Law Office of Laurel Scott to handle your immigration case is to have a consultation. Click here to learn about consultations.

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The Chat

The Chat

The free online chat is every Wednesday at 11:00 CST. Here, a licensed attorney responds to quick questions about the I-601 waiver.

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The Waiver of Inadmissibility

An immigrant who entered the US illegally and is now married to a US citizen or permanent resident may be able to legalize through a process that involves spending time outside the US to request a waiver, or pardon. Read our memo for more.