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Immigration Attorney Offers No Cost Immigration Law Tools & Resources

JACKSON, MI—Philip C. Curtis, an immigration attorney specializing in family based immigration matters and K1 fiance visas, announced today the publication of his I-751 Processing Guide. The guide, which can be viewed online or downloaded at no cost, provides detailed step-by-step instructions for completing the I-751 Petition to Remove conditions on Residence. The publishing of this guide was preceded recently by the launch of Mr. Curtis's immigration law forum which is open to anyone who creates a user account at pcurtislaw.com.

The advent of the internet, modern communication systems and other technology has made the world a very small place. Today people from all around the globe can meet, communicate and maintain relationships online via email, chat and social media such as FaceBook. As a result, international romance and marriage are increasingly common and more and more people are confronted with a need for information and assistance related to immigration law. “Unfortunately, many people either do not have access to or do not have the financial resources to pay for professional legal services to get the help they need to navigate our complex immigration laws,” said immigration attorney Philip C. Curtis. According to Attorney Curtis, there are several immigration processes which should not be attempted by a layperson but there are some procedures that can be successful handled by a well-informed non-attorney. “Over the past few years I have been working on several 'how-to' guides for certain immigration processes that can be handled successfully by a layperson and the I-751 process is one of them,” Curtis explained. Mr. Curtis's I-751 Processing Guide can be viewed online or downloaded in PDF format from his website at no cost.

The I-751, or Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, is a petition that must be filed by conditional lawful permanent residents to remove the conditions on their residence. Foreign nationals who obtain residency based on a marriage to a U.S. Citizen which is less than two years old are granted conditional residence for a period of two years. Prior to expiration of the conditional residence, the conditional resident and his or her spouse must file a joint petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services requested that the conditions be removed. During this process the couple must submit evidence to establish the marriage was entered into in good faith and not for the purpose of obtaining an immigration benefit. The I-751 process was one of many measures included in a federal law known as the Marriage Fraud Act, which was enacted to help route out and prevent fraudulent marriages entered into for immigration purposes.

“The I-751 is one of a handful of immigration processes that can be handled successfully by a layperson who has the right tools,” Curtis explained. The I-751 Processing Guide contains detailed step-by-step instructions for completing the I-751 process and also includes several sample forms, letters and documents required to successfully complete the process. “I think that the guide is quite detailed and should be more than sufficient to help couples make it through the the I-751 process in a normal case,” Curtis explained, “however, it is important for people to know when they should seek professional advice because some I-751 cases can be very complicated.” Repeating a caveat found several times in his guide, Curtis cautions conditional residents who are separated or divorced from their U.S. Citizen spouse from attempting the I-751 process without the assistance of an immigration attorney.

To view or download the I-751 Processing Guide or for more information about Philip C. Curtis and his immigration law practice please visit http://www.pcurtislaw.com.

Phil

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