Douglas Spencer (dougs) wrote,
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That visa application again...

As some of you are aware, I'm in the process of applying for an H-1B visa, which will afford me temporary residence in the Good Ol' US of A.

In fact, many of you will have read this post, in which scarlatti brought us the news that I actually got the visa. This was after she'd got news to that effect from the lawyers, via Sam.

It now transpires that the lawyers appointed by my future employers are a useless bunch of tossers. not quite as well versed in US immigration law as they claim to be.

Granted, we expected that there would be an appointment for interview at the consulate. Another form to fill in wouldn't have been a huge surprise.

I now have a bunch of further fees to pay. I now have a bunch of extra forms to fill in.

But it transpires that in my specific circumstances, over and above the usual process, there's a whole bunch of extra paperwork I have to send off for, and an extra 14-16 weeks to process it all. And, as if that wasn't enough, it seems that if any of this "results in the applicant being found permanently ineligible to receive a visa, it will mean a lifetime exclusion from the United States unless he or she obtains a waiver of the permanent ineligibility from the U.S.Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)." So there's a chance they won't even let me visit after I've applied.

This could have been predicted from the information we gave to the lawyers, if they'd known the tiniest bit more than the absolute minimum about the process. But no, they didn't tell us any of this. Despite our very specific questions about whether this particular wrinkle would cause any problems.

They didn't, therefore, do their job. They exhibited no specialism at all in the field of US immigration law.

They collected their fee, though. Of course.

From their website:
The law office of [name removed to protect the useless bunch of tossers] has practiced immigration law for business and health care professionals since 1989. Our expertise includes H-1Bs, L-1s, F-1s, and Alien Employment Certification cases for corporate America and Fortune 500 companies. In addition, we handle family-based immigration cases, naturalization (citizenship) matters, and processing for nurses and other health care professionals. Health care professionals we represent include: nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, physicians, and others. Our staff of professional and experienced legal assistants have language skills that include Mandarin, Spanish, Hindi, and Telugu.

Their language skills also include total bollocks, it seems.
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