Validity of Foreign Marriages for Immigration Purposes

The USCIS will normally presume the validity of a foreign marriage upon presentation of a marriage certificate, duly certified by the custodian of the official record. As a general rule, the validity of a marriage is judged by the law of the place of marriage celebration. If the marriage is voidable but no court [...]

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Family Preference Categories

Family Preference categories are available for specific, more distant, family relationships with a U.S. citizen and some specified relationships with a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). Congress has provided for fiscal year numerical limitations on family preference immigrants, shown at the end of each category below. The family preference categories are: Family First Preference (F1): [...]

By |2019-08-16T17:27:36-06:00August 16th, 2019|Family-Based Immigration, Green Cards, Immigration Issues, Visas|Comments Off on Family Preference Categories

Immediate Relative Immigrant Visa Categories

Immediate relative (IR) visa types are based on a immediate family relationship with a United States citizen. These categories all fall within the Immediate Relative (IR) designation, for which there is currently no limit on the number of visas available, unlike family and employment preference categories. This means that Congress has not limited the [...]

By |2019-08-16T17:20:51-06:00August 16th, 2019|Family-Based Immigration, Green Cards, Immigration Issues, Visas|Comments Off on Immediate Relative Immigrant Visa Categories

The Spouse Visa Process

Obtaining a spouse visa to immigrate to the United States is a two-step process. The first step is the spouse petition, filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or USCIS. The second step is the immigrant visa application, filed with the National Visa Center or NVC, a branch of the U.S. Department of [...]

By |2017-03-22T15:31:10-06:00March 22nd, 2017|Family-Based Immigration, Green Cards, Visas|Comments Off on The Spouse Visa Process