FAMILY BASED IMMIGRATION – It is not a secret that U.S. Immigration policy strongly favors granting permanent resident status (“Green Card”) to close relatives of U.S. Citizens. One of the most common ways for an alien to immigrate in the U.S. is as an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen. Spouses and unmarried children of U.S. Citizens and in some cases of U.S. Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders) have a preferred route to immigrating in the U.S. This most commonly takes the form of a U.S. citizen petitioning for his or her spouse (i.e. immigration “through marriage”) or minor children on what is known as form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative.
“Immediate Relatives” is therefore a term of art and Immediate Relative in the Immigration context have several advantages over other categories of would-be immigrants: if they are in the United States AND THEY ENTERED WITH PROPER DOCUMENTS they can file for “Adjustment of Status” without traveling back to their home country. The Adjustment of status application can normally be filed concurrently with the immigrant petition on their behalf, thereby substantially reducing the wait time for visa issuance. In most cases, the alien spouse can obtain employment authorization pending adjudication of the petition. Prior periods of unlawful presence or unauthorized employment, which normally constitute grounds for inadmissibility, may normally be overcome.
Even in cases where Adjustment of Status is not possible, regulations are now in place to allow, in most cases, for Stateside Provisional Waivers request before the alien travels back home to obtain his or her green card at the local consulate. Please consult an expert Immigration Lawyer / Visa Lawyer if you think that this category may apply to you.
In some cases, especially where the spouse entered the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa (for example on a B-2 visa or F-1 visa or J-1 visa) or on a Visa Waiver / ESTA entry, particular attention must be given to the amount of time lapsed from the entry and the Application for Adjustment of Status, as well as the statements rendered upon entry at the port of entry upon inspection and admission. The issue is one of “preconceived intent” a.k.a. whether or not the applicant could be found to have harbored a preconceived intent to immigrate to the U.S. and therefore rendered false or misleading statements. As usual, we strongly advise to consult with a skilled immigration attorney on this or any other issue discussed on this web site before you make any immigration or visa decisions.
FIANCEE’ VISA (K-1 VISA) AND K-3 VISA FOR SPOUSES OF US CITIZENS
If the alien fiancee’ is abroad, and the couple have met in person in the past two years, it may e possible to have the non-citizen fiancee’ travel to the United States on a K-1 visa for fiancee’s of U.S. citizens.
If the marriage has already taken place or is going to take place abroad, a choice must be made between filing an immigrant visa petition for the alien spouse and requesting consular processing in the spouse’s home country, or applying for a K-3 visa to allow for immediate entry into the U.S. and then filing the immediate relative petition and requesting adjustment of the alien’s status to permanent resident of the U.S.
Sometimes, these options can be pursued at the same time. In most cases, it will be necessary for the U.S. citizen to file an affidavit of support and to produce financial records. Please see our page on affidavit of support issues.
WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU :
If you are married to or intend to marry a U.S. citizen and immigrate to the U.S., or if you are a U.S. citizen with an foreign resident spouse or fiancee’, there are excellent chances that we can assist you.
If you are currently in the U.S., and ENTERED THROUGH INSPECTION you should be able to adjust your status to that of a legal permanent resident without traveling back to your home country. If you entered the U.S. without inspection, a waiver of this ground of inadmissibility may be available to you. Please see our page on waivers.
As immigration lawyers, we frequently deal with very difficult, sometimes heart-wrenching situations that could have been easily avoided with a moderate amount of initial planning and professional assistance. Do not be one of those clients who comes to us after the problem arise. Do it right the first time and you will receive much more than you will be paying for in terms of our legal fees. You will never know what you missed and you may even think that the immigration process is easy, but you will never regret not knowing how difficult it can be if it is not done right.
Egr. Avv. Scagliarini, Le scrivo per confermare la splendida notizia che il mio visto IR-1 e' stato approvato e ho ritirato ieri il passaporto! Le saro' per sempre grato per la Sua assistenza legale che si e' dimostrata ancora una volta essenziale per il successo di questa nuova richiesta di visto. Grazie anche a nome di mia moglie e di tutta la famiglia! Grazie ancora per il Suo aiuto assolutamente vitale! LL
Carissimo Giuseppe, Oggi ho ricevuto da te la splendida notizia dell'approvazione della nostra petizione per l'ottenimento della green card Eb1(a) "Alien with extraodinary Ability" Io, e la mia famiglia siamo stati molto fortunati ad aver incontrato (su Internet) un professionista così attento, valido e qualificato come tu ti sei rivelato durante l'assistenza che ci hai fornito. Sei sempre stato onesto sulle prospettive e le probabilità di riuscita dell'impresa e non ci hai mai illuso, non solo ma hai anche saputo spronarci ad assumere l'attegiamento psicologico giusto nell'affrontare la cosa. Hai saputo a nostro avviso selezionare e sintetizzare al meglio tutta la documentazione che ti abbiamo inviato e l'hai presentata ed esposta con maestria e dovizia di particolari. Ogni argomentazione è stata poi da te evidenziata con riferimenti giuridici inerenti e precisi così da poter limitare le possibilità di replica negativa da parte dell'esaminatore della pratica. Insomma MEGLIO NON POTEVAMO CAPITARE!!! Presto Io e la mia famiglia ci trasferiremo negli USA e siamo certi che con questa tua performance da professionista serio e da amico (ormai possiamo dire di essere diventati anche amici no?) ti sei guadagnato il posto di legale rappresentante in USA della nostra famiglia, in futuro per qualsiasi cosa siamo sicuri che presso il tuo studio troveremo sempre il consiglio e la consulenza migliore possibile. Con Affetto e grande riconoscenza, Marco & Liliana Marzocca Cuni, Roma, Italia
It is my pleasure to share with you my experience working with Giuseppe upon obtaining my Permanent Resident Card. My wife and I met at the university in Boston and decided to get married a few years after. Giuseppe was recommended to us by a family member, and broke down the process of getting a visa, and the importance of providing evidence of faithful marriage. Giuseppe was very effective and sharp in terms of building a strong case and identifying areas of strengths and weaknesses. He always followed up with emails and put us in the best condition to show up at the interview. He was present during the interview and reassured me and my wife throughout the process, telling us to just be ourselves. A few minutes after the interview, my application was approved and I received my green card a week following the interview. Overall, I would highly recommend using Giuseppe's service as he is very knowledgable, precise, professional and yet personable and truly cares about his clients.
Dear Mr. Scagliarini, I would like to thank you for a job well done. My Green Card Petition has been approved and I am so thrilled. Not only have you offered sound professional advice, but also provided a warm person to person assistance. I particulalrly appreciated how easily I could get in touch with you and how timely your answers were. Your presence at the Interview was an extra bonus...with a Guardian Angel physically beside us what could go wrong? Thank you again and God Bless.