Dedicated Immigration Attorneys Based in Las Vegas
As the fiancé or spouse of a foreign national, you may decide that you want to make a life for your family in the United States. Immigration procedures for these types of visas can be lengthy and complicated processes, especially when trying to establish your loved one’s eligibility for a certain status. From our Las Vegas offices, the immigration lawyers at Hampton & Hampton represent individuals nationwide in applying for fiancé visas and marriage visas. We are dedicated to making sure our clients know what is happening throughout the process, and we use cutting-edge technology to keep them updated on their status.
Our firm has over three decades of experience handling fiancé and marriage visas for clients in all 50 states, as well as U.S. citizens in the military or working overseas. We have handled petitions in many countries, cultivating good relationships with consulates worldwide, including in China, Russia, the Philippines, Brazil, Cuba, Iraq, and Vietnam. We can help you understand your options and take steps towards securing your family’s future.Common Types of Fiancé and Marriage Visas
People wishing to marry, or who are already married, can apply for a special type of legal status designed for individuals in that situation. The most common of these are K-1, CR-1, and IR-1 visas, each of which has specific requirements.
A U.S. citizen who wishes to marry a foreigner in this country may apply for a K-1 visa, which allows you to bring your fiancé into the country to get married. Once the foreign national arrives on a K-1 visa, the couple must get married within 90 days. After the marriage, a foreign fiancé must also apply for a green card to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR) before the 90 days have expired. Certain requirements must be met to be eligible for a K-1 visa, including that:
- The petitioner must be a U.S. citizen;
- The couple must have met in person within the past two years;
- Both parties must be legally free to marry; and
- The couple must have a serious intention to marry within the 90-day period.
There are also some financial requirements that need to be satisfied. The time restraints on marrying your fiancé within 90 days of arrival in the U.S. can be a consideration in determining whether this is the right visa for you, as well as whether or not you may want to be married prior to moving to this country.
A U.S. citizen’s foreign spouse may come to the U.S. on a CR-1 or IR-1 visa, which allows spouses to receive their visas and green cards using one process. CR-1 visas are issued to foreign spouses who have been married for less than two years, while IR-1 visas are issued to those who have been married for longer than two years. A key difference between the two is that, once an IR-1 visa is issued, the recipient will be able to work immediately upon arrival in the U.S. as an unconditional permanent resident, whereas a CR-1 visa grants a spouse conditional permanent residency. A spouse with a CR-1 visa may be able to work after a few months, following the approval of the couple’s joint application to remove conditional status. To apply for a CR-1 or IR-1 visa, one of the spouses must be a U.S. citizen, the couple must be legally married, and certain minimum income requirements must be met.
Applying for a fiancé or marriage visa requires extensive paperwork, detailed forms, and thorough interviews. One misstep can result in a denial of a visa and a lengthy uphill battle for you and your significant other. An experienced attorney can help make sure your petition is filed accurately the first time to reduce the risk of extra cost and stress.Seek Legal Guidance on Pursuing a Visa in the U.S.
Based in Las Vegas, Hampton & Hampton provides skillful legal counsel for clients across the United States who are seeking a fiancé or marriage visa for a loved one. Our immigration attorneys have a deep knowledge of the consular interview process, and we can offer detailed advice to applicants on issues that may arise. Hampton & Hampton is dedicated to making sure you and your fiancé are comfortable and well-informed throughout the process. If you would like to find out more about your options, you can contact us online or call us at (702) 739-4595 to set up a free consultation.