The Rice Law Firm, PLLC

Houston:  713.855.3060ricelawhouston@gmail.com                                 ​​

The Woodlands: 936.271.1480, ricelawthewoodlands@gmail.com

Immigration updates by Immigration Lawyer in Houston and The Woodlands

Immigration cases handled by Immigration Lawyer

​​​​​​​​​​Merita Rice, is an experienced immigration attorney, who handles green card through marriage, fiance visas, green card for family members of American citizens and Permanent Residents, immigrant visas, citizenship, DACA, employment, and other immigration cases.

​The Immigration Lawyer holds all immigration consultations in The Woodlands, TX, and assists clients from Harris County, Montgomery County, Texas and from all over United States, and the world.

​The Houston Immigration Lawyer handles the following immigration cases in the Woodlands:

​FAMILY BASED IMMIGRATION – Immigration lawyer assists client to obtain a green card through a family relationship with a U.S. Citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder):

  • Green Card for family members of U.S. Citizens who entered USA lawfully (even when the authorized stay and/or visa has expired):
    • Green Card through Marriage: ​Marriage Petition with Adjustment of Status for Husband or wife.
    • Family Petition with Adjustment of Status for child, step-child or adopted child (unmarried and under 21).
    • Family Petition with Adjustment of Status for parent when the petitioning USC child is at least 21 years old.
  • ​Green Card for family members of U.S. Citizens who are abroad:
    • Green Card through Marriage: Marriage Petition with Consular Processing for Husband/Wife.
    • Immigrant Visa (Family Petition with Consular Processing) for child (unmarried and under 21).
    • Immigrant Visa (Family Petition with Consular Processing) for parent when the petitioning USC child is at least 21 years old.
  • ​Fiancé Visa for Fiancé (and Fiancé’s children) followed by Adjustment of Status upon lawful entry and marriage.
  • Green Card for family members abroad of Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR):
    • Marriage Visa (Marriage Petition with Consular Processing)
    • Immigrant Visa (Family Petition with Consular Processing) for unmarried children under 21.
  • Green Card for family members of U.S. Citizens who did not have enter USA with a visa:
    • Adjustment of Status through Grandfathering (for applicants who had petitions filed before April 30, 2001 for themselves of their parent, and the applicant was listed as a derivative on that petition) and the applicant is now married to U.S. Citizen.
    • Marriage Petition with Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver for husband or wife, and/or minor children (unmarried and under 21) of U.S. Citizen.
  • Consular processing to obtain Immigrant Visas (green card) for cases with approved petitions in the following family-based immigration cases:
    • Consular Processing (after approved petition and when the priority date is current) of unmarried son or daughter of age 21 or older of US Citizen.
    • Consular Processing (after approved petition and when the priority date is current) of married son or daughter of any age of US Citizen.
    • Consular Processing (after approved petition and the priority date is current) of brother or sister of US Citizen (applicable if USC is 21 or older).
    • Consular Processing (after approved petition and when the priority date is current) of unmarried son or daughter age 21 or older of Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card holder).​
  • Removal of conditions from permanent residence ( applicable to 2 year green cards)


​​FIANCE VISAS - ​Immigration lawyer can assist U.S. Citizens who have fiances living abroad to have Fiance enter U.S.A with:

  • ​K-1 Fiancé Visa through Fiance Petition and Consular Processing for Fiancé 
  • K-2 Visa for Fiancé’s children who are unmarried and under 21.
  • Adjustment of Status for Fiance (and Fiance's children) upon lawful entry and marriage to U.S. Citizen in the U.S.A.


​CITIZENSHIP - The immigration attorney assists clients to become U.S. Citizens:

  • Citizenship through Naturalization
  • Application to preserve residence for naturalization for applicants who will be outside the US for 1 year or more.


​​DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)
 – DHS stopped taking new DACA application on September 5, 2017.

​OTHER IMMIGRATION CASES - The immigration attorney handles miscellaneous immigration cases such as:

  • Renewal or replacement of green card (applicable to 10 year green cards)
  • Removal of conditions from 2 year green cards through joint petition or waivers
  • Renewal of employment authorization card
  • Renewal of travel document or advance parole
  • Representing client at interviews with USCIS
  • Representing client at info pass appointments at local Houston USCIS office
  • FOIA requests with USCIS, etc.