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How free legal consultations work at our law firm.

We offer free online video consultations to anyone seeking advice about enforcing the Form I-864, Affidavit of Support.

How does this work?

  1. Book the consultation. Visit our convenient online booking page here on your computer or smart device. The page will automatically detect the U.S. timezone that you are in.
  2. Online questionnaire. After you book the consultation, you will receive a secure online questionnaire. This will ask a series of questions that the attorney needs to review in order to advise you about your rights under the Affidavit of Support. All information gathered on this questionnaire is confidential and subject to the laws governing attorney-client privilege.
  3. Meet with your attorney. By email, you will receive a link to the video consultation with your lawyer. Our consultations are hosted by Zoom and there is no need to install special apps or software. You can access the video consultation on your computer or any smart device.
  4. Individualized advice. Based on the video consultation and questionnaire, we will provide you with legal advice about your potential claim under the Affidavit of Support. If you have a viable claim, our firm may offer to represent you.
  5. No risk. By booking a consultation, you are under no obligation to work with our law firm. If we believe you have a legal claim, we will advise you of your options. Our clients pay no out-of-pocket fees for us to begin work on their case – learn more here.

Ask a question about enforcing the Form I-864, Affidavit of Support

Not ready for free case review? If you have a question about enforcing the Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, just ask. Please limit your questions to general issues that do not involve confidential information. If you would need confidential legal advice, please book a free consultation.

This firm does not represent Affidavit of Support sponsors. We do not assist parties with drafting the Form I-864 and do not handle routine immigration matters.   

This Post Has 29 Comments

  1. Dear Sound Immigration Team,

    My husband and I recently befriended a Chechen family who entered the US last summer, and are seeking representation for political assylum. Do you have a Russian language translator on staff?

    Thank you, Carolyn Hartt

  2. Hi,

    I have a case where my husband and I got married in November 2019 and he recently passed his interview with immigration in February. The problem is that I’ve been manipulated into this marriage. He never had any intention of being with me and is now currently engaged to the mistress he was openly cheating on me with (he never acknowledged our marriage as legitimate). I’m at a loss of what to do, if I can do anything at all. Can I still report his fraud? I wanted a husband and instead I got this.

    1. Hi, Synthia:
      You are always entitled to make any report of alleged fraud that you wish to lodge. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement and USCIS fraud reporting tools are easy to find with a Google search.
      Best,
      Greg

  3. I need help in getting at least a Real ID (so I can fly domestically and comply with TSA), if not a passport. I was born overseas and have no birth certificate, and no citizenship papers. This may sound strange, but I am not even 100% certain that I am an American citizen, although I believe I am.

    Can you help? Thanks.

    1. Hi, Chuck:
      Forget just getting a proper REAL-ID – you definitely need to sort out your citizenship. The laws for transmission of U.S. citizenship to a child born abroad depend upon the laws in effect at the time of birth. Any competent immigration lawyer in the United States should be equipped to handle these issues. The devil is often in the details on these cases, getting documentation pertaining to the residency of deceased parents and so on. But you should definitely talk to a good immigration lawyer and try to sort this out.
      Best,
      Greg

  4. I would like to get started with a consultation. I am at complete lost with the whole process to help my husband gain residency. He over stayed his ESTA visa and then left the country. I decided to go live with him and we were going to file but it almost became impossible to afford the cost of living in Chile plus having to save up for an immigration attorney. Since I wasn’t able to gain residency the year we lived there we decided to move to Mexico, I have dual citizenship. However, we are only here as tourist. We are very eager and desperate to start the process so we can go back to the USA. In the process of moving we lost all of our documents that helped support that our marriage is bona fide. Furthermore, have two children now. I am not sure where to start, I was given a list that would help me start the process but this was two years ago(it states I should start by submitting the I-130A, I-130) and I am sure the immigration laws have changed since then. If my husband lives in Mexico and I technically live in the USA where do we apply? Or does he have to apply through the USA consulate in Chile? I appreciate your help.

  5. Hello,
    I would like to get started with a consultation. I am at complete lost with the whole process to help my husband gain residency. He over stayed his ESTA visa and then left the country. I decided to go live with him and we were going to file but it almost became impossible to afford the cost of living in Chile plus having to save up for an immigration attorney. Since I wasn’t able to gain residency the year we lived there we decided to move to Mexico, I have dual citizenship. However, we are only here as tourist. We are very eager and desperate to start the process so we can go back to the USA. In the process of moving we lost all of our documents that helped support that our marriage is bona fide. Furthermore, have two children now. I am not sure where to start, I was given a list that would help me start the process but this was two years ago(it states I should start by submitting the I-130A, I-130) and I am sure the immigration laws have changed since then. If my husband lives in Mexico and I technically live in the USA where do we apply? Or does he have to apply through the USA consulate in Chile? I appreciate your help.

  6. Hi, I’m an f1 visa holder . My fiancé and I are yet to get married in 2 weeks . He has his tax record and everything ready but our problem is the accommodation. So we live in a house that is owned by his uncle who is now retired in our home country . My husband pays for the utility bill but it’s in his uncles name . How else can we prove that he is currently providing accommodation?

    1. Hi, Stella:
      Don’t sweat it. You can get your Uncle to just write a letter explaining that you guys are living there. We do this for our younger, student-age clients all the time. You can use cell phone bills, bank statements, and so forth to show that you are living at his address… or driver’s license if you have one. This isn’t unusual at all.
      Best of luck to you both and stay safe!
      Greg

  7. Hi Greg,
    I don’t know if hiring an attorney will help me in my case which is briefly described below.

    I was in USA from 2011 to 2016 as Fulbright PhD Scholar on J-1 Visa. However, due to my health issues I couldn’t complete my PhD in that time. I was asked by my sponsor, Fulbright, to go back to my home country for the remaining of my PhD research and come back to the US once my dissertation defense was ready. So, I came back to my home country, Pakistan, in mid-2016.

    When my PhD research got completed, I applied for F-1 visa in December 2017, and was interviewed at US Consulate Karachi on my official passport of Govt of Pakistan as I was ( and still am) an employee of federal govt of Pakistan. The Counciler officer told me that there was no issue with my visa application. He, however, said that since I was an official of government of Pakistan, so he couldn’t issue me visa on the spot because he had to reciprocate the delay that the US-govt officials were facing in getting Pakistani visa from Pakistani Embassy in Washington DC. So, he placed me under administrative processing. 

    In May 2018, my govt department announced a new policy for its employees proceeding for higher studies abroad. According to that, only those employees were entitled to travel on official passport who were funded by our govt. Since, my trip to USA was sponsored by my US University ( in the form of TA-ship), so I was asked by my department to apply afresh for US visa on regular ( private ) Passport.
    
    Consequently, in May 2018, I withdrew my visa application ( that I had submitted in December 2017 and which was not adjudicated till that time) from US consulate Karachi, and applied afresh for F-1 visa in June 2018 but this time using my regular ( private) Passport. This time, however, I applied for F-2 visa for my family too.

    However, the Counciler Officer again placed me under administrative processing which is still ongoing despite passing 7 months. I am very depressed as my whole future depends on my successful defense of my PhD dissertation for which I must appear in-person in my University.

    I have an excellent job in Pakistan and none of my family member or immediate relative lives in US. So, I have strong ties with my home country.
    Will I be issued F-1 visa? What should I do now? US Consulate gives only one answer that my case is undergoing through administrative processing.

    1. What a lousy situation – sorry to hear this. I’m afriad there’s often no easy way to assess why a case is in admin processing in the first place, let alone estimating how long it will be here. Check out our post here. Jay Gairson in Seattle is the leading national expert if you decide to seek help.

      1. Thanks Greg for your reply! I am a classic example of victim of bad relations between the governments of two countries. This has messed my case and stressed me so much that I have started taking anti-depressants! My future rests on my getting US visa, so that I could defend my PhD dissertation. I have already spent 7 years on my PhD studies.

  8. Hello,

    I found your post regarding Administrative Processing. I found it really interesting, but I’m not sure which one really fits my situation.

    I’m the petitioner for a K-1 Visa, and they told us at the interview that our application was approved. After 5-10 days we saw on the website that our application was put on Administrative Processing for about a week now (about 4 working days). We were not given any documents at the interview at Manila. On speaking with the embassy they told us so far that there’s nothing requested as of now. I’m not entirely sure if we should be worried or how often we should check. Are cases like this starting to be more common as you mentioned in your post? In your experience, what is the time frame in cases like these get resolved?

    Many thanks,
    KL

    1. We are on a vistors visa for the past twp months. My inlaws are holders of a green card. Me my wifr and my son has come for visit only. But we would like to stay. Can we adjust our status without jeopardising any future travel

  9. Hi,
    You were referred on an AMIGAs facebook post. I am a US attorney and I practice in Quito, Ecuador. I have a client who I believe is on a DOJ watchlist. I did all the FOIAs and the DHS TRIP. Client even went through congressional inquiry process. Her family members, including US citizens, are still being stopped and asked questions by CBP. Her and her husband would like a tourist visa to visit US Citizen family members. There may or may not be an actual inadmissibility here, but rather a mistake or confusion. However she did tll me about one concerning connection.
    Is this something you may be able to assist with?
    Thanks!
    Rebecca Rangel

    1. Hi, Rebecca and thanks for the message. We don’t focus on security-related work at the firm, but I can highly recommend Jay Gairon in the Seattle area (easily found via Google). I just presented with him this last week and learned even more about his expertise in the area. He’s basically unmatched.

  10. When booking a consultation, is it possible to provide your firm with a document with all the background information about our case. We are currently living in Dubai and our Skype connection is usually not very reliable, so if your associate has the info prior to our conversation, we could make sure our conversation is as efficient as possible. Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi, Tim. We have an intake form that gathers that information. But we’re also happy to receive additional written information from you if it would be helpful to guiding the discussion. Usually we have no problem with connections to Dubai, and we can always drop the video component if there is a bandwidth issue. But to date we’ve never had issues with Dubai.

  11. Hi Team/Greg,

    Currently my girlfriend is visiting from Thailand. She has been here for over 60 days and has her departing flight in 60 days from now. I want to propose and marry her here. If I do so, can she stay while we file for adjustment? Is this a situation where we will have to prove her intent? The alternative is to do a K1 visa, but that would mean a possible year apart. I would prefer to keep her here if this situation doesn’t propose much risk. I appreciate the help.
    -Luke

  12. I had been married in Ecuador with a U.S. Citizen for 17 years. I relinquished my green card 2 years ago.
    I would like to travel again to the USA and later apply for the Adjustment of status under my Visa Waiver Program(VWP). Is that possible? How long will get me to get the IR1 visa?

    1. Hi, Nico. Check out this post. You can’t enter the US on ESTA/VWP with plans to adjust status. Doing so is an act of fraud that can get you deported and permanently barred from the US. Instead, you’d want to look into consular processing. That has a long lead time (1+ year), so you’ll want to get the process started as soon as you’re committed to doing so.

  13. Hi
    This is vipul. Right now I am in f1 but I want to apply for u visa. Is that possible to apply.
    I was in my cousins store and on that time had robbery and I reported to police. They catch the guy and right now court hearing going on. I need som3 help.

    1. Hi, Vipul. At attorney would need to look at more details of the offense to see if this would qualify. You would have to meet the definition of a “victim” to get a U visa certification; if you were merely a witness this may or may not qualify.

  14. I provided your rate for Jim but he wondered if you might charge less since he has a quick list of questions which may take less than 15 minutes. It is regarding a new visa for a friend of his. He left a call number of 928-205-8880.

    1. Hi, Jim. Our consultation fee is actually already offered at a huge cost reduction from our lawyer’s normal hourly rate. Consultations are intended for prospective clients who are considering retaining the firm to assist with their immigration process. We have experimented in the past with offering 15 minute consultations. But our experience was that this almost never provided a good value to the client, since it was impossible to give meaningful advice in so short a period. Other law firms may take a different approach, but we don’t want to undertake a consultation – or anything else for a client – unless we can do an excellent job.

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