Fighting For Your Rights
Nashville Marriage Visa Attorneys
When love crosses international boundaries, the immigration process can become complicated. An experienced immigration lawyer can simplify the process and make it easier for U.S. citizens to bring spouses and other loved ones to live in the United States legally.
Permanent Residency And Citizenship For Spouses And Relatives Of U.S. Citizens
The law office of Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, in Nashville, Tennessee, helps clients throughout the United States complete all the steps necessary to obtain marriage visas, fiancé(e) visas and other potential visas. The attorneys at Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, can assist their clients to obtain work authorization, legal status, permanent residency and ultimately U.S. citizenship. If you are a U.S. citizen married to a non-U.S. citizen, Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, can assist you in the following ways:
- Adjustment of status: If your noncitizen spouse is currently in the United States and entered the country lawfully with a visa or by other permission, you can apply for your spouse’s permanent residency (green card) through a process called “adjustment of status.” After the proper paperwork is filed you and your spouse will attend a marriage interview at the nearest U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field office, and if approved, your spouse will immediately receive permanent residency.
- Consular processing: If your noncitizen spouse is not in the United States, you can file paperwork with the USCIS and the National Visa Center (NVC) to prove your marriage is valid. Once the paperwork is processed, a final interview will take place at the U.S. Consulate in the foreign spouse’s home country. If approved, your noncitizen spouse will immediately receive his or her U.S. permanent residency.
- Unlawful presence: If your noncitizen spouse entered the United States unlawfully, he or she cannot pursue adjustment of status, and can only pursue permanent residency through consular processing. However, when your spouse attends the final interview at the U.S. Consulate in his or her home country, they could be deemed inadmissible to the United States due to their unlawful presence in the U.S.
- Bars to entering the U.S.: If your noncitizen spouse has been in the country without legal status for six months or more, he or she could be barred from re-entering the country for up to 10 years. This bar will only go into effect, and the clock will begin to run, once your spouse exits the United States. However, these re-entry penalties may be avoided by applying for a “waiver of inadmissibility.”
- I-601A provisional waiver: Under a waiver, you are asking the government to waive your ground of inadmissibility. This is a matter of discretion before USCIS, and you must therefore show your favorable factors outweigh any negative factors. The noncitizen spouse must provide evidence establishing that denial of admission would result in extreme hardship to the qualifying U.S. citizen relative. Fortunately, the “I-601A provisional waiver” permits consular processing applicants who are currently in the United States, to remain in the United States while the waiver is processed. If this waiver is approved, it will guarantee your spouse is not denied admission due to any unlawful presence accrued in the U.S.
- Conditions on permanent residency: If you are granted conditional permanent residency based on marriage to a U.S. citizen, the firm can help you petition to remove the conditions on your permanent residency. If this petition is approved, your status will no longer be “conditional” and you can eventually apply to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Dedicated To Your Success
The firm’s founding attorneys, Vanessa Saenz and Matt Maniatis, are dedicated to their clients’ success. They understand immigration laws and procedures, and how to navigate the confusing U.S. immigration system. Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, will work hard to complete the necessary paperwork accurately and completely, meet filing deadlines, and complete every step as quickly as possible. The attorneys and staff at the firm are open and honest, communicate promptly, and keep clients apprised of all important developments in their cases in a timely manner.
Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, follows direction from clients, and encourages clients to speak openly and honestly about their circumstances and histories to better help them obtain immigration relief.
Contact Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC
The firm’s goal is the same as yours – to bring your loved one to the U.S. so you can live together permanently. For more information, contact a Nashville marriage visa lawyers online or by calling 615-366-1211 or 615-366-1611.