Hello my lovely readers. I am sorry for the lack of posting last week. You know how things get. Work, children…But back to a new tip for you….
I’ve had a HECK of a time adding Mini-AB to our visas, and so I thought I’d share my experience, including a great immigration lawyer who should be your first call in the event that you leave things like this to the last minute, like I do.
While in the process of planning to head back to LA for Christmas, Husband and I remembered that we hadn’t added our new addition to our visas yet. The last time that we had to deal with any visa issues we were passportless for almost an entire summer, so I immediately went into panic about a month ago.
Everyone I know also advised me to get a same day appointment at either the Croydon or Liverpool Home Office branches. Sounds easy, right? But here’s the thing that they don’t tell you- they are IMPOSSIBLE to get. “Why?” you ask… well because immigration and HR firms from all over buy up the same day appointments. So the moral of the story is, you have to play their game. I understand that it is hard to get any same-day appointments when it comes to visas and immigration, as these things take time. I remember when my friend was in the process of moving to America and she had to find a sponsor that would be able to financially support her until she could do so herself. They had to fill out a document called the Affidavit of Support (form i-864) before she could even continue to apply for her Green Card. Luckily she got one eventually, but you can understand my annoyance at the fact that we had to wait to get an appointment to add our new addition to our visas.
After weeks of trying ourselves we finally got a same day appointment to add Mini AB to our visa courtesy of the fantastic Diane Gelon. Diane is a wonderful American immigration attorney and has helped a number of my friends and colleagues when they have to play ball with the Home Office. However, we know that most people aren’t as lucky as us when it comes to immigration attorneys. For anyone struggling with entering America, you could always look online for tips on what you need to do. You can learn more here about how to gain legal access into the country if you want. Sometimes the more prepared you are, the better. Not everyone will be able to afford an appointment with an attorney, so looking online beforehand could save you some money. However, if you can afford it, getting legal advice from an attorney might be very beneficial for you.
Law Office Diane Gelon
1st Floor, 236 Gray’s Inn Road
London WC1X 8HB
T: +44 20 7833 3121
So if you’re ever in any trouble of this sort, I would suggest you give her a call ASAP. Oh, and she can also help with taxes.