Comparison Chart

LAW OFFICE OF LAURIE Y. WU

Do-It-Yourself

Other Attorneys

Cases Handled > 10,000+ 0 • Varies • If they don’t state how many cases they’ve completed, you can bet they have nothing to brag about
Success >99+% N/A Far less, from what we hear from their former clients
Research • We’ve already pretty much seen it all• Fast solutions • No mis-steps • We have access to legal resources not available to the general public• Practice constantly being updated by dozens of other cases currently in our office • Reliance on instructions & web sites that are often incomplete, out-of-date or just plain wrong • Worrying “did I do it right?”, “can I keep my promise to my fiancée?” • Eaten alive by Embassy staff who are masters of getting rid of people • The fewer the cases, the more they are learning on the job with YOUR case
Case Preparation • Extremely detailed personalized instructions • Early “issue spotting” for the USCIS and Embassy, so there are no delays or surprises later • Problem resolution based on years of experience • Professional, error-free preparation • Early start for the Embassy phase Start from scratch and figure it out as you go along by yourself (or listen to your pal the instant expert) Varies, but typically:Start-up with form letter and hard copy questionnaire followed by sole emphasis on the USCIS

LAW OFFICE OF LAURIE Y. WU

Do-It-Yourself

Other Attorneys

Status ReportsOur dozens of cases processing at various stages give us Our hundreds of cases processing at any given time (and at various stages) give us data that provides our clients with “real-time” snapshots of processing times, current and expected. • USCIS Web Site Processing Dates, which are updated only twice per month and contain no trend data • Limited or no Embassy data At best, links to government sites containing limited data
Attorneys Two experienced attorneys • No delays due to single attorney being busy or on vacation None (unless you yourself are an attorney) Number of attorneys, education, experience, skill level varies
Overseas Paralegals Moscow, Guangzhou, Manila, Kyiv None Typically, none
USCIS Support Full Your job Varies
USCIS Approval on First Attempt 99+% Estimated at 50-60%; lost time is typically measured in months No data
National Visa Center Support Full Your job Typically – limited to none
Embassy Support Full (includes Embassy forms preparation, thorough instructions, problem solving, interview preparation) Your job (although usually the burden falls mostly on the fiancé(e)) Typically – limited to none

LAW OFFICE OF LAURIE Y. WU

Do-It-Yourself

Other Attorneys

Embassy Contact Our responsibility, and we have more experience than any other K-1 firm. Try it (now, to get a taste) and you’ll think you are dealing with alien creatures Typically – limited to none
Fiance(e) in USA Support Free inquiries re all immigration matters N/A Typically – limited to none
Legal fee K-1: $1800, K-2: $300 None, but you pay in time, aggravation, and distraction from your work and other responsibilities Varies
Expenses • We bear all except government fees • Our clients rarely have to travel to Embassy city You bear all including extensive contact with fiancé(e); possible travel to fiancé(e) and/or to Embassy city to support relationship • Varies • Client often has to travel to Embassy city for interview
Contractual Obligations Comprehensive N/A Typically limited to USCIS support (with perhaps vague references to Embassy Support)
Money Back Guarantee Yes N/A Typically not
Testimonials Extensive N/A Typically, limited
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