By Kisshia Simmons, Esq. and Ronnie Jared Evans
Congratulations! You have finally received confirmation from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that your petition for a temporary visa has been approved. As a traveling professional, completing visa processing or obtaining the visa face page in your passport can become very stressful. Here, we provide four simple steps to help you in the process.
STEP ONE: Speak to your Immigration Attorney
Before you book a flight, schedule an appointment, pay any fees, or get in touch with a Consulate, speak with your Immigration Attorney to create a plan of action with your next steps.
STEP TWO: Schedule an appointment in advance of travel
After speaking with your Immigration Attorney, you will need to schedule an appointment with the Consulate in country of origin or another foreign country, where you wish to schedule your interview. Be sure to check the requirements for the Consulate.
STEP THREE: Know the procedure for receiving back your passport
Generally, the Consulate may hold your passport for anywhere between 2 to 5 days. You will need to factor this visa processing time in advance to making any travel plans.
STEP FOUR: Pay all fees associated with the visa
Finally, we recommend that you make all payments in the currency of the country of the Consulate where you will be receiving your visa. An incorrect payment of any amount will cause delays in the processing of your temporary visa.