I am in the USA on an L work visa. I got engaged to a US citizens a few months ago. We would like to get married soon here in the USA, and file for my green card after we marry. I have heard it takes a long time for a case to process. I am really worried I might get laid off because of the bad economy. If that happens, or if my employer does not renew my L, am I able to work, or travel, if I have not received my green card yet?
I met someone online a year ago. I visited her in her home country twice. She is here in the USA visiting me for the first time on a visitor visa. I totally surprised her by proposing to her in the most romantic way a week ago, and by some miracle she said “yes”. I would like to marry her immediately, and file for her papers, so she stays here in the USA with me. Can we do so?
I am a US citizen and I live in Houston. I am going to marry a non-US citizen overseas next month because all her family is there. How do I start the immigration process of getting a green card for her? – Once you are married, a Houston immigration lawyer can help you file a marriage petition for your wife with supporting evidence to prove your relationship.
I became a Permanent Resident last year. Can an immigration lawyer in Houston help me get a green card for my fiancée by filing for a fiancé visa? – Fiancé visas are available only for spouses of US citizens. A permanent resident can petition for a spouse or an unmarried child, but not a fiancé.
I am a Permanent Resident and I married my spouse overseas. He has a 13 year old child from a prior marriage. Will my step-son be able to immigrate to the US when my spouse does? – The petition that your immigration lawyer will prepare for your spouse will have a section about your spouse’s family and your step-son’s name will be added there. When the petition is approved, your step-son will go through consular processing just like your spouse and be able to immigrate to the USA, as long as he is still unmarried and under 21. If he turns 21 before then, your immigration attorney would need to assist you in re-starting the process again by filing a new petition for him.
My Woodlands immigration attorney helped me file a petition for my unmarried daughter when I was a permanent resident. I am becoming a US citizen this fall. My daughter is engaged and will get married next year. I remember my Woodlands immigration lawyer explaining to me that my daughter will not be able to immigrate to the US on this petition if she gets married, is that true? – Your Woodlands immigration attorney was correct. A permanent resident cannot petition for a married child. The filed petition will be automatically revoked. However, if you become a US citizen before she marries, contact your Woodlands immigration attorney to file a new petition for her. Once the petition is approved, she will be eligible for a visa without waiting in line (but only if she is under 21).
I am a US citizen living in Northwest Harris County, and I am engaged to a foreign national. I want to marry her as soon as possible. What’s the fastest and cheapest way to get her here and eventually get the green card for her? -
The immigration lawyer handles the following family immigration cases in Houston and the Woodlands:
Green cards for husband or wife, parent or child (unmarried under 21) of US Citizen through adjustment of status (when family member is currently in the USA and entered USA lawfully (even if authorized stay and/or visa has expired) and through Immigrant Visa (when the family member is abroad), visa for fiancé of USC, green card for husband or wife, child (unmarried under 21 of Legal Permanent Resident (a/k/a LPR or green card holder), Consular Processing (green card) for family members of USC or LPR who have family approved petitions, adjustment of status through grandfathering, removal of conditions from green card, etc.
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