MedinaLaw.org - Immigration
Our office is ready to help you resolve your immigration problems in the following areas of the law:
We work with employers and individuals seeking help in obtaining H-1 and H-2 visas for legal employment in the United States.
An application for a K-1 fiancé visa begins with the U.S. citizen (or legal resident) filing a form I-129F petition for a relative or fiancé visa with the USCIS office in the jurisdiction in which he or she currently lives. Delays often result because of minor details or mistakes that should be avoided. The local USCIS office will typically take between one and three months to approve your I-129F form for the next step of the process.
Time is an important factor for a successful application for a K-1 visa. Your fiancé will have only four months to meet with the American consular office following approval of your I-129F application. You will have only 90 days to get married after he or she arrives in the U.S.
The approval will be forwarded to the local American consular office in the city nearest the beneficiary's (your fiancé's) residence. The approval is generally only valid for four months, so time is a critical factor. Your fiancé will be required to meet formally with an official at the local consular office for an interview. The interview will ensure that there is, indeed, a relationship and an intended marriage. In order to prevent "mail-order" weddings, the intended marriage partners will be required to prove that they have met face-to-face at least once within the prior two years.
Upon approval of the I-129F, the application for the K-1 visa will be forwarded to the American consular office nearest the city of your fiancé's current residence. The petition is valid for only four months; however, the consular office may revalidate the application upon request. Following approval of the K-1 fiancé visa, you will have only three months to get married after your fiancé arrives in the United States. K-3 marriage visas are then reviewed every two years to determine the legitimacy of the marriage.
Relative Family Visas:
If you are a legal resident or citizen of the United States, your main concern may be bringing children, your spouse or other immediate relative to the United States legally. As long as you meet certain requirements, you can petition for family members and relatives to immigrate to the Unites States, and our firm is ready to help.
Despite a complex set of laws in place that seem designed to make immigration difficult for immediate relatives, there is actually some good news for family members who fall into specific preference categories. Immediate relatives such as husbands, wives and unmarried children under age 21 will not have to wait for an immigrant visa number. If you would like to bring your spouse, children or other relative to the United States, we can explain the requirements and help you through the family immigration process.
The process for obtaining a visa for an immediate family member begins with the form I-130. To secure a visa for an immediate relative, you will need to prove that a family relationship exists. To "sponsor" an immediate relative for a legal visa to the U.S., you must also be able to prove that you can support the person financially, with earnings more than 125 percent above the poverty line. If the beneficiary has unlawful presence of more than 180 days in the U.S., however, they may face a three-year bar from entering legally to the U.S. If the beneficiary has been present in the U.S. illegally for more than one year, they face a 10-year bar. If, however, any family member filed a valid I-130 on or before April 30, 2001, by paying a $1,000 fine, the beneficiary can generally avoid the prohibitions. In addition, if your immediate relative arrives in the U.S. legally and stays, the bar may be removed by applying for adjustment of status.
Removal, or deportation, is one of the most frightening things a person can face if he or she is arrested by USCIS immigration detention officials. Every year thousands of families are torn apart because of removal proceedings. Removal, or deportation, is one option the United States government has of returning illegal immigrants to their country of origin. However, there are other options that the courts often feel are better for the individual and family members involved. If you or a family member has been detained, it is important to remember that you have rights.
If you are detained by immigration follow these steps and contact our office immediately!
"Parole in Place" - special procedures for active duty military families
Parole in Place is a process that, if granted, allows immediate relatives of active duty military servicemen and women to remain in the United States for the entire green card application process. It basically grants the applicant the same status as a person who entered the US with permission.
When parole in place is granted, the family member will receive a parole document in the form of an I-94 card, effectively changing their status from EWI (entered without permission) to someone who entered the United States with permission. Once they are issued the I-94, the applicant can continue the green card process.
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