Counseling Married/Almost Married USC - K-1 and K-3 Visas-Downloadable

Counseling Married/Almost Married USC - K-1 and K-3 Visas-Downloadable

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Counseling the Married and Almost Married U.S. Citizen—The K-1 and K-3 Visas

This 90 minute web seminar was originally presented April 13, 2010.

This seminar will focus on counseling U.S. citizens who are contemplating marrying a foreign national residing abroad. Differences between the K-1 and K-3 nonimmigrant visa will be reviewed, and the panel will discuss issue-spotting and various strategies to employ when deciding which process to follow.

  • K-1 vs. K-3-An Overview of Eligibility Criteria and Procedures
  • Service Center and Processing Trends for K-1/K-3 Petitions
  • The Effect of an Approved I-130 on the K-3 Visa Process
  • K-1/K-3 vs. Immigrant Visa Processing-Strategies and Considerations for Choosing How to Proceed (Process, Processing Times, etc.)
  • Advising the Client Who Wishes to Utilize a Nonimmigrant Visa/Visa Waiver When Marriage Is Contemplated
  • Affidavit of Support Issues-Differences Between the I-864 and the I-134

AILA has not applied for and is not administering CLE credit for this OnDemand program. However, CLE self-study credit may be available in your jurisdiction. Please check your jurisdiction’s CLE rules on the AILA CLE Center for more information.


Jan H. Brown (dl), New York, NY

Jan H. Brown heads the Law Offices of Jan H. Brown, P.C. in New York City, concentrating on the practice of immigration law since 1979. Mr. Brown has lectured extensively in venues around the U.S. and around the world on immigration law topics. He is past chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) New York Chapter and currently is co-chair of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Immigration and Nationality Committee. His writings in the immigration field include: Editorial Reviewer for Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook; Contributing Author – Visas Processing GuideProcess and Procedures at U.S. Consulates and Embassies; Contributing Author/Editor – Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook; and Contributing Author – Immigration Law Today.

Marc Ellis, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Marc Ellis graduated from the University of Alabama Law School and has been a member of AILA since 1998. Originally from the New Orleans area, Mr. Ellis says he has practiced in Vietnam since Hurricane Katrina blew his law office there in 2005. He specializes in family-based immigrant visas and K visas. Most of his clients have already been refused visas before they hire him. A large part of his practice involves helping petitioners overcome visa denials and helping them respond to NOIR's (Notice of Intention to Revoke Processing). Mr. Ellis is a Vietnam veteran.

Agata Gostynska Frakt, Chicago, IL

Agata Gostynska Frakt is the lead attorney at Gostynska Frakt Ltd. Ms. Gostynska Frakt is an honors graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. She worked at some of the premier immigration law firms in Minneapolis and Chicago before founding her firm in 1998. She is a member of the Chicago immigration bar and serves with the local chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Immigration Chapter of the Chicago Bar Association. Ms. Gostynska Frakt appears as an expert commentator on all of the Chicago area Polish language radio stations and writes a monthly column in the Polish language newspaper Monitor

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