Enterline and Partners recently completed another successful Direct Consular Filing (“DCF”) of a Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative (“I-130” Petition) at the U.S. Embassy in Manila (“Embassy”).  The client, a U.S. citizen and her adopted child approached our attorneys after reading about a previously successful DCF case.  After scheduling a consultation session, our attorneys advised the client that a DCF filing was possible although due to DCF policy changes that were implemented  before the COVID-19 Pandemic, having a DCF request approved was highly discretionary.

After submitting a robust DCF request detailing the specific reasons why the client should be able to bypass submitting an I-130 Petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, our request was approved and our client was able to file the I-130 Petition directly with the Embassy’s Immigrant Visa Unit.  Following successful submission, the I-130 Petition was adjudicated and the IR-2 visa was issued allowing our client to complete the entire immigrant visa process in less than four months.  The current processing time for an I-130 Petition filed with the USCIS is approximately 12 months with another 3 to 6 months to obtain an interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

U.S. Citizens living in Vietnam, the Philippines and Taiwan as well as those across Asia who have an immediate need to return to the United States with their families such as a job offer, family-related medical emergency, or other short-notice circumstances are encouraged to contact us today at info@enterlinepartners.com and speak with an experienced U.S. immigration lawyer in Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Taipei to determine whether filing for DCF would be appropriate.


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