There are many reasons to pursue permanent residence or United States citizenship – life ambitions, marriage, career opportunities – and every case is different. FordMurray offers a complete roster of personal immigration services to help individuals and families down a path toward permanent residence (“Green Card”) and/or United States citizenship.
Our personal immigration team is led by Senior Counsel Aga Asbury. An immigrant from Poland, Aga can relate to the challenges facing people who want to immigrate to the United States. Aga went through the entire immigration process herself, from first applying for an exchange visitor visa at the US Embassy, through changing her status to an F-1 student and later being sponsored for permanent residence based on her marriage to a US citizen, to finally becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2015. Aga’s immigration background gives her an empathetic perspective as she helps others navigate the complex immigration system. Read more about our expert team on our Testimonials page.
Sponsoring Family Members as a Citizen or Green Card Holder
U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) can sponsor certain family members to obtain their green cards and move to the U.S. permanently using the Form I-130. U.S. Citizens can petition for spouses, children, parents and siblings. Green Card holders may only sponsor spouses and unmarried children.
FordMurray attorneys assist with adjustment of status (form I-485) and consular processing in family sponsorship petitions. Additionally, we help you prepare for interviews with USCIS or the U.S. Embassy so you know what to expect every step of the way.
K-1 Fiancé Visas
The K-1 visa is designed to allow your fiancé(e) to travel to the United States before you get married. You must get married within 90 days of your fiancé(e)’s arrival to the United States. For most petitions, it is required that you have met your fiancé(e) in person in the last two years, with cultural and religious exemptions.
To obtain a K-1 visa, you must file a Form I-129F, which asks the USCIS to recognize the relationship between you and your fiancé(e). The petition will ask for citizenship and employment information of you and your fiancé(e), details and documentation of your last meeting with your fiancé(e), address history, and parent and children’s information.
Once the USCIS establishes eligibility, an approval notification will be sent to you and the National Visa Center, at which time a K-1 fiancé(e) visa interview for your fiancé(e) is scheduled at a United States Embassy. Petitioners are not required to be present at the K-1 fiancé(e) visa interview. Following a successful interview, your fiancé(e) will enter the United States using his/her K-1 fiancé(e) visa. You must get married within 90 days of your fiancé’s arrival. After your wedding, the foreign-born spouse will apply for Adjustment of Status with USCIS. USCIS officials will then review your spouse’s case to determine whether an interview with both spouses is necessary.
Naturalization and Citizenship
Naturalization is the process to become a U.S. Citizen. The day you become a U.S. citizen is a day you will never forget – and it’s is one of the most important decisions a person can make. By applying to become a U.S. citizen, you are showing your commitment to the United States and your loyalty to the United States Constitution. In return, you are rewarded with the rights and privileges of being a United States citizen. Most Green Card holders may apply for naturalization after 5 years. A Lawful Permanent Resident spouse of a U.S. citizen may apply after three years, assuming additional requirements are met.
Ford Murray attorneys help with the complex requirements and procedural rules of the application process, and help you prepare for a successful interviews with United States Customs and Immigration Services. To schedule a complimentary consultation about your case, contact us today.