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Family-Based Immigration

Family-Based ImmigrationOne of the most important things that we do is unite families through immigration. If you are a U.S. citizen, you may file an immigration petition for a parent, spouse, fiancé, sibling, adult child (married or unmarried), and minor child. A widow/widower of a U.S. citizen also qualify. If you are a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder), you may petition for your spouse, adult unmarried child, and minor child. Adoptive and “step” relationships may also qualify, though with certain restrictions.

If you were married less than two years on the date of your Green Card interview, you were granted a Conditional Green Card for a period of two years. Ninety days before the completion of the two-year period, the couple must jointly file I-751, accompanied with proof that they have been living together as husband and wife. Paying attention to the date is very important because you only have this three-month window to remove the conditions of lawful permanent residency. This application must be filed with the regional service center. Once filed, you either will receive an approval through the mail within a few months after filing, or be scheduled and called in for an interview. At this interview, you should prepare documentation establishing the fact that you still live together as husband and wife as thorough as possible. If the immigration service officer is not satisfied with the documentation or the information received from the couple at the interview, or if the spouses didn’t attend together without a valid reason, the officer could easily deny the case and/or place the beneficiary spouse in deportation proceedings. Your attorney may accompany you to your interview.

If you are either separated or divorced from your spouse at the time you are required to remove conditions, you might be eligible for a waiver. Attorney Khristina Siletskaya will gladly meet with you to discuss your immigration options.

To schedule your consultation today call (843) 986-4684.