|THE LAW OFFICE OF KATHRYN E. DURNELL
You may find it helpful to read through the below information about commonly-requested immigration
services before you call or email my office to schedule a consultation.
If you are a U.S. citizen and plan to bring your alien fiance(e) to the U.S. to get married, I can help you.
There is a requirement for you to have personally met your fiance(e) within the last two years. Once the K-1
petition is approved, your fiance(e) would initially come as a non-immigrant . However, immediately after you
are married they can petition to adjust their status to that of a permanent resident. Keep in mind, however,
that someone who enters the U.S. using this visa must actually get married within 90 days or leave.
PERMANENT RESIDENCE/GREEN CARDS:
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) I can file the necessary documents
for you to sponsor your relative to obtain permanent residence. This process is started by filing an I-130
petition. A citizen may file on behalf of a spouse, parent, child or sibling. A green card holder may only file
for their spouse or child. Then, a petition to adjust status (I-485) will need to be filed if the relative is already
in the U.S. or an application made to process the final immigrant visa petition at the U.S. consulate where
the relative lives. Wait times vary depending on the relationship to the sponsor, the country the relative is
coming from and other factors involved.
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If you have been a permanent resident for 5 years (3 years if married to a U.S. citizen) you may be eligible to
apply for naturalization to become a U.S. citizen. The N-400 petition can be filed 90 days before you reach
the necessary time frame. However, in some cases, if you have been arrested or convicted of a crime it is
not advantageous for you to apply for naturalization, because you may inadvertently cause removal
proceedings to be brought against you. I can help you evaluate your situation and then file your N-400
petition if it is appropriate to do so.