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Spouse/Fiancé Visa

A Law Firm Obtaining Immigrant Visas in NYC for Spouses and Family

We can help you reunite your family in the United States

The ability to petition for lawful permanent residency on behalf of your immediate family members is one of the most important rights that U.S. immigration law gives to citizens — and lawful permanent residents to a lesser extent. This process allows you to help your spouse and dependent children make their permanent homes in the United States by petitioning for their immigrant visas so they can start on the path to citizenship. Our attorneys at Bretz & Coven, LLP have assisted U.S. citizens and LPRs throughout NYC and the rest of the country in taking advantage of these important rights and navigating the complex process of reuniting their immediate families in the United States.

What is an IR1 and CR1 immigrant visa?

The current spouse of a U.S. citizen may qualify for lawful permanent residency in the United States under an IR1 or CR1 visa. This generally requires that both the petitioner spouse and the potential visa recipient file the appropriate applications with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or an appropriate U.S. consulate. Unmarried children under the age of 21 and parents of a U.S. citizen may also qualify for admission in this manner. In addition, the following family members may qualify to become lawful permanent residents, albeit in a lower priority group and often after a substantial waiting period:

  • Unmarried children over age 21
  • Married children
  • Siblings

Unfortunately, fiancés and fiancées of U.S. citizens do not qualify for immigrant visas under any category. There are, however; other types of visas that can allow fiancés, fiancées and spouses of U.S. citizens to enter the United States as nonimmigrants pending their marriages and the approvals of their green card petitions. These K visas can bridge the gap and minimize the amount of time spouses, fiancés and fiancées must spend apart during the immigration process.

Immigrant visas for families of lawful permanent residents

U.S. immigration law also allows current lawful permanent residents to petition for green cards on behalf of their foreign spouses and unmarried children. The number of green cards issued each year in this manner is strictly limited. This means that there is frequently a substantial waiting period before a visa of this type can be issued. Fiancés and fiancées of lawful permanent residents, unfortunately, cannot obtain a green card in this manner until after the marriage has taken place. Likewise, married children, parents and siblings of lawful permanent residents do not qualify for green cards through this program.

Contact us for help with your family immigration issues

Our team of attorneys at Bretz & Coven, LLP understands that the American dream falls decidedly short if it means being separated from your family. That is why we have assisted citizens and LPRs in NYC and throughout the country in obtaining residency for the people who matter most to them. Contact our experienced immigration lawyers in New York City today at 212-267-2555 or online for creative solutions to your complex immigration problems.  For an office appointment in Metro Park, New Jersey, call 1 (732) 313-0075.

Immigration Consequences of Criminal and Fraudulent Conduct
The immigration consequences of criminal or fraudulent conduct can be harsh and often illogical. Even a very minor offense could have a dramatic immigration consequence, including deportation, detention without bond, being denied naturalization, a visa or re-entry into the United States. Likewise, the use of fake or fraudulent documents, aliases, and other misrepresentations can have similar immigration consequences. Kerry Bretz and Bretz & Coven have been counseling non-citizen criminal defendants, as well as their lawyers, for over 20 years. We have a long history of strategizing deportation and removal defenses, as well as applications for waivers, in very complicated cases.

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"Was trying to get Green Card since about 7 years. Finally when I switched to this law firm I was able to get green card very fast with great confidence. Big thanks to Eileen, Kerry, Manjit and Olga." - Dinesh, Kansas

""With an extensive criminal history: over 14 arrests, 2 State prison bids and several felony convictions no lawyer wanted my case in 2010. Thanks to the experts at Bretz & Coven who worked diligently and with precision, today I am a United States citizen." - E.A. Brooklyn, NY

"Absolutely one the best, if not the best immigration attorneys. They helped from start to finish in my green card process. At no point was I blind-sided by anything. Simply amazing!" - Leon B. Jersey City,

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