Many couples experience the pain of separation when one is a foreign national. There are many options for getting your future spouse a lawful immigration status in the United States, and the Monterey county immigration attorneys at Miranda, Magden & Miranda, LLP, can help you find the best one for your particular circumstances.
There are many types of visas that can allow a person to enter the United States lawfully. The K-1 visa (also called a “fiancé visa”) allows the engaged partner of a U.S. citizen to enter the United States. The couple must then get married within ninety days. After the marriage, the newly married spouse can apply for permanent residence (a “green card”) based on having entered on a K-1 visa and marrying the U.S. citizen Petitioner within 90 days of entry.
The process of obtaining a K-1 visa begins by filing a Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), on a form known as I-129F. This petition must be accompanied by documentation that proves:
If this petition is denied, an immigration attorney can help you explore your options for challenging the denial. If the petition is approved, it will be forwarded to the U.S. embassy or consulate where your fiancé will obtain his or her visa (which is usually in the fiancé’s home country). An interview will be scheduled with a consular officer. If the officer determines the fiancé is eligible for a K-1 visa, it will be granted. If not, the I-129F petition will be returned to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Not all fiancé(e)s will qualify for a K-1 visa. If the parties intend to marry outside the United States or longer than ninety days after entry into the country, a K-1 visa cannot be granted. A visa also cannot be granted unless the couple has met at least once in person in the two years prior to filing their petition (or proves eligible for an exception to this rule). If you cannot qualify for a fiancé visa, it may still be possible to gain lawful immigration status another way.
For example, after a couple gets lawfully married (meaning the marriage is lawful under the laws where the marriage occurred), the foreign national can apply for a green card as the spouse of a U.S. citizen. It is important to consult with an immigration lawyer about all options for bringing your fiancé or spouse to the United States to establish a life together. There are many different ways to obtain lawful immigration status.
Lawful immigration status is one of the most important legal privileges a person has. If this privilege is not protected, you could be separated from your family and loved ones for years to come. Help create and preserve family unity in the United States for your family by consulting with a California immigration attorney as soon as possible. The law firm of Miranda, Magden & Miranda, LLP has years of experience in handling California immigration cases. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Monterey county immigration lawyers.
Obtaining a K-1 visa is one way to bring your fiancé or spouse into the United States. Call our experienced immigration lawyers. We will discuss all your options with you.
Patricia has been so helpful and provided excellent service. My husband and I are so grateful for all the help she has provided to help me immigrate to the United States. We really could not have gotten through it without her help. A big thank you to Patricia\'s assistant, Ingrid as well for always being prompt with responses and helping us get all the paperwork ready at each stage. I highly recommend Patricia for anyone who needs immigration help.
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.
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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..
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