I used to know a little more than the average Joe on a few of the visa types and processing locations, I spent hundreds of hours possibly even a few thousand hours doing research while doing some of our applications (sometimes with a RMA).
I am very much not current now with what I then learnt.
A work college approached me a few weeks ago to look over his 820 application, I did but said I was not a RMA and way out of date.
They clearly had done a lot of homework (knowing 888's take a long time was one)
Other than sort your files better, they disagreed on relationship start date in the paperwork - again I stressed I was not a RMA they are fully aware what that means.
I did recommend a few RMA's but they were time short - no money changed hands nor ever will, but I get all the updates inc the BVB only took 3 days and we just uploaded x. I think he was more lonely of the visa process than incapable, once he could talk about it lots of stress was released.
So did I advise?
I think no - I proof read and found an error and informed the error.
I certainly did not advise 820 was a good or bad option or on what to supply or exclude.
My advice to all after the years I have played with visas is -
A) use a Registered Migration Agent if you can (afford)
B) use a Registered Migration Agent if a DYI goes pear shaped or a visa is refused.
C) use a Registered Migration agent to review a application (only a few do).
D) do a very lot of homework if you can not use a Registered Migration Agent.
Last edited by ampk; 06-28-2019 at 10:59 AM.