We realized very early in our practice that the Embassy/Consular interview is THE weak spot in the K-1 and K-3 visa process. The USCIS petition is something that any competent lawyer will succeed at in the vast majority of cases. The USCIS just looks within the "four corners of the documents" to see if the basic requirements of the K-1 visa have been met. There is much more in play during the consular interview. This is a live interview between an often intimidated foreign national and a U.S. consular officer who is often lied to and is therefore skeptical and even disparaging to the applicants. The consular officers are not supposed to use their subjective judgments about the authenticity of the couple's relationship, but they often do, and it is extremely hard to challenge them on it after the fact.
We are not satisfied to get an approval of the visa by the Embassy. We want that approval the very first day, and we strive toward that goal from the first day the client hires us. Some consulates, such as the one in Guangzhou, China, have a refusal rate of 80% or more on the day of the interview, followed by months and even years of delays and little or no information from the government about what's going on. Our whole focus from day one is to minimize the chances of such an outcome to the lowest possible percentage.
We invented the phrase "Full Embassy Support" 13 years ago and we have invested fully in making this promise a reality. John Roth has visited U.S. embassies and consulates 21 times over the last 13 years to develop the best possible understanding of consular procedures and review standards. He has created and developed a network of overseas attorneys and paralegals who can prepare your clients for the interview in the city where the interview will take place (applies to Guangzhou, Manila, Moscow, Kyiv & Warsaw). The fiancees and spouse appreciate this service greatly, and it is one of the secrets to our 100% success record over the years.
John was most recently in Guangzhou, China (October 2008), to try to figure out why that Consulate has been so anti- K-1 visa in recent months. He is scheduled to return in late November 2008. We don't just "talk the talk" in Roth Immigration Law, we "walk the walk", too. Ask the other attorneys when they last visited a U.S. consulate or embassy overseas.
We have 100% success with consular visa issuance, not just with the USCIS. No other experienced firm can make that claim.