Living and working in the United States for some is the ultimate dream, but you want to make sure that everything is legal for you to stay, work, or bring family to this country. The United States visa program is the legal process for immigrants who wish to come to this country, but navigating the legal intricacies of obtaining a visa can be tricky. At Miranda, Magden & Miranda, our immigration attorneys have helped a number of clients apply and obtain visas, and we can help you determine which type of visa is right for your situation.
Family visas refer to pursuing a green card to become permanent legal residents in the United States based on a family connection to a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident. This includes obtaining visas for spouses, parents, children, and other some other family members, depending on the Petitioner’s status. Fiancé visas (K1) also fall under the family visa category, which allows the fiancé of a citizen to come to the United States to get married. Although the federal government has added more restrictions to certain types of family visas, an immigration attorney can help you apply and fight for family visas for your loved ones.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) allows two options for applying for lawful permanent resident status, also known as a green card. One method is referred to as adjustment of status and is normally used when the applicant is already in the United States and meets certain criteria allowing them to request their green card inside the United States. The other method, known as consular processing, requires submitting an application to the U.S. Department of State, and then attending an interview at a U.S. Embassy or consulate. This method typically has the applicant outside the United States for at least of a portion of the application stages. It can be a lengthy and complicated process, and the lawyers at Miranda, Magden & Miranda can provide you with reliable legal guidance throughout your application procedure.
The first step is determining eligibility to apply for a green card, and whether you will need any special waivers or pardons during the process. There are several categories for eligibility, and each may require different forms of documentation. At Miranda, Magden and & Miranda, we specialize in consular processing based on a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident Petition. Your family member files a Petition to start the immigration process. Once an immigrant petition is filed and approved, it is sent to the Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) for the collection of application fees and additional supporting documentation. The NVC will process the application and when a visa number becomes available, an interview will be scheduled at the consular office. Your lawyer can assist you in preparing for this interview and preparing the evidence you will need to present at that interview. The consular office will then decide whether or not to issue an immigrant visa, reviewing your application documentation and determining if anything in your history requires a waiver.
Once the officer determines that you qualify for the immigrant visa, your application will be approved and a visa issued in your passport. You will then have a certain time period to enter the United States on that immigration visa, and you will be a Legal Permanent Resident as of the date of your entry.
If you or a loved one plans to apply for a green card using the consular processing pathway, the attorneys at Miranda, Magden & Miranda may be able to help. We have been assisting families with immigration issues for many years, and we know how to keep your case moving toward a quick resolution. Contact our office in Monterey or Salinas today to schedule a consultation.
If you wish to apply for a visa to live, work, in the Monterey County area, our office may be able to help you with your visa needs. Call the office or contact us today at Miranda, Magden & Mirada to schedule an appointment to review your visa needs and determine which is right for you.
Thank you Miranda and team for the excellent service provided. Miranda is a compassionate, understating, extremely knowledgeable and professional attorney. Her team was always on top of everything making my legal process less stressful. I could never thank Miranda and her assistant Ingrid for holding my hand throughout this difficult process (literally). Miranda is one of the BEST immigration lawyers ever! I would definitely recommend her.
They represented my custody case and handled it like it is their own case and they are best in Monterey County.
The entire team at MMM are superstars! I appreciate all the time and prep that went into my original case many years ago. And now recently, I asked for some help on a follow-up custody matter that I felt I could handle myself but just needed their expertise to properly represent all the important details. They are knowledgeable, extremely thorough, and prepared me for every possible scenario. I can't thank them enough!
My partner and I sought legal advice on bringing my fiance' to the United States with this office after having called a few immigration attorney offices around Monterey County. Having never sought legal advice before it was a refreshing experience in which we both really felt that Patricia listened intently to our goals and needs, and then not only gave us thorough advice, but also she really showed a lot of empathy with our situation and all the challenges we faced in what we trying to do. I would definitely recommend this office for anyone who is unclear about what..
Working with Patricia was a professional encounter unlike any other, an absolute 5-star experience. From the first moment, we walked into our consultation until the moment our case was closed and my husband walked away with his permanent resident card Patricia was communicative, professional, and thorough. Her team contacted us every step of the way providing valuable process and law changes we would not have been able to catch if we tried to navigate this endeavor alone. Patricia answered our endless question stream with thoughtfulness and care, calling us countless times to ensure we were clear on every piece of..
Last year, I had just moved in the area and needed a family law attorney for a custody case. The process of finding/choosing an attorney could be daunting. However, when I went in for my first consultation with Levi my stress level was immediately mollified. He was personable, which made me feel comfortable to discuss my personal matters freely. I had a lot of questions of the legal process that would take place and he took the time to explain everything with meticulous detail. More importantly, when I called Levi he returned my phone calls in a timely/professional time frame...
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