Fiance and Marriage Visas: A Couple's Guide to U.S. Immigration

Fiance and Marriage Visas: A Couple's Guide to U.S. Immigration

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The book that’s helped thousands of couples around the world

You’re engaged or married to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and all you want is the right to be together in the United States. Should be simple, right? It’s not. The pile of application forms can be overwhelming, the bureaucracy isn’t helpful, and delays are inevitable. This book will help you succeed.

  • Discover the fastest and best application strategy.
  • Avoid common—and serious—mistakes.
  • Prepare for meetings with officials.
  • Prove your marriage is real—not a fraud.
  • Deal with the two-year testing period for new marriages.

The 9th edition covers the expanded provisional waiver opportunity, and changes to application processes. It also provides checklists and sample forms throughout.

Use this book if you are living in the United States or overseas and:

  • your fiancé is a U.S. citizen
  • your spouse is a U.S. citizen, or
  • your spouse is a U.S. permanent resident.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413322965
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 08/31/2016
Edition description: Ninth Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 749,214
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ilona Bray is an author and legal editor at Nolo, specializing in real estate, immigration law, and nonprofit fundraising. She is coauthor of Becoming a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Immigration Made Easy, Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home and numerous other top selling books. Bray's working background includes solo practice, nonprofit, and corporate stints, as well as long periods of volunteering, including an internship at Amnesty International's main legal office in London. She received her law degree and a Masters degree in East Asian (Chinese) Studies from the University of Washington. Bray also blogs on Nolo's Immigration Law Blog.

Amien Kacou has several years of national and international experience helping immigrant workers and families settle in the United States. He began his career as an intern in public interest organizations working with child trafficking victims and refugees, before joining a small practice where he focused on removal defense, family unity, and naturalization. He now dedicates a large portion of his practice to international workers, including professionals seeking H-1B status as well as researchers seeking national interest waivers.

Table of Contents

1. First Things First

2. Are You Eligible for a Visa or Green Card?

3. Meeting Income Requirements

4. The Right Way to Prepare, Collect, and Manage the Paperwork

5. Overseas Fiancés of U.S. Citizens

6. Overseas Fiancés of U.S. Permanent Residents

7. Overseas Spouses of U.S. Citizens

8. Overseas Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents

9. Fiancés in the U.S. Engaged to U.S. Citizens

10. Fiancés in the U.S. Engaged to Permanent Residents

11. Spouses of U.S. Citizens, Living in the U.S.

12. Spouses of Permanent Residents, In the U.S.

13. Interviews With USCIS or Consular Officials

14. Applying for a Green Card at a USCIS Office

15. Dealing With Bureaucrats, Delays, and Denials

16. After You Get Your Green Card

17. Legal Help Beyond This Book



A Table of Visas and Immigration Benefits

B USCIS Application Processing Addresses

C Using the Checklists


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