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Family Immigration

Family-sponsored preference

Family-sponsored preference immigrants consist of unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens (F1), spouses and unmarried children of permanent resident aliens or green card holders (F2), married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens (F3), and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens (F4), and the spouse and children of each such immigrant who accompany or follow to join that immigrant. Child in the F1 category includes an adopted child if: the child was adopted while under the age of 16 years (or, in some cases, 18 years), and the child has been in the legal custody of, and has resided with, the adopting parents for at least two years. Note that there is no provision within the family-sponsored preference for a permanent resident or a green card holder to petition for brothers, sisters, parents, or married children.

Spouse of U.S. Citizen

Spouses of U.S. citizens are immediate relatives and therefore exempted from numerical limitations.  This means they don’t follow the priority dates on the visa bulletin like the family-sponsored preference immigrants.  Spouses of U.S. citizens need to submit evidence of a bona fide marriage and valid termination of any prior marriages.  They can survive the death of the U.S. citizen petitioner for the benefit of certain widows and widowers of U.S. citizens.

Child of U.S. Citizen (Includes Stepchild, Adopted Child, and Illegitimate Child)

A child of a U.S. citizen is an immediate relative and exempt from numerical restrictions. A child must be both unmarried and under 21 when the petition was filed, when the visa was issued, and when he or she entered the United States or was adjusted to permanent residence. However, a child who has aged out could be eligible for one of the family-sponsored preference classifications, for example, as the unmarried son or daughter of a U.S. citizen under F1 category or married son or daughter of a U.S. citizen under the F3 category.

A stepchild is included in the definition of child, if the child was under 18 at the time the marriage occurred creating the status of stepchild. The alien stepchild is therefore entitled to immediate relative status.

The immigration law considers a child born out of wedlock to be a child for immigration purposes in relationship to its mother. The law also recognizes the relationship in respect to the natural father, even if the child is not legitimated, if the father had or has a bona fide parent-child relationship with the child.

The law also grants immediate relative status to an adopted child if: the child was adopted while under the age of 16 years (or, in some cases, 18 years), and the child has been in the legal custody of, and has resided with, the adopting parents for at least two years. The legal custody may take place before or after the adoption.

K1 Fiancé(e) Petition Services

At the Law Offices of Susan V. Perez, we are dedicated to uniting couples through the K1 Fiancé(e) Petition process with the same honesty, integrity, and passion that defines our commitment to immigrants’ rights.

As a seasoned immigration attorney, Susan V. Perez brings over 24 years of experience in navigating the complexities of Immigration and Naturalization Law. Our firm, based in San Diego, California, and with a branch office in Manila, Philippines, has successfully assisted clients globally in various immigration matters.

The K1 Fiancé(e) Petition is a unique avenue that allows U.S. citizens to bring their foreign-born fiancé(e)s to the United States for the purpose of marriage. Our expert team understands the significance of this journey, and we are here to guide you through the process with professionalism, efficiency, and personalized attention.

Our Approach

Susan V. Perez’s personal immigration experience and her dedication to immigrants’ rights uniquely position our firm to empathize with the emotional and personal aspects of the immigration process. We approach each case with the care it deserves, recognizing the life-changing consequences involved.

Thorough Guidance

We provide comprehensive assistance in understanding the K1 Fiancé(e) Petition process, ensuring you are well informed at every step.

Document Preparation

Our meticulous approach includes preparing and organizing all necessary documents required for a successful petition.

Timely Processing

We prioritize efficiency to facilitate the timely processing of your petition, keeping you informed throughout the journey.

Clear Communication

Our commitment to transparent and open communication means you can trust us to address your concerns promptly and effectively.

Global Reach

While our physical presence is in San Diego and Manila, our services extend globally, catering to clients from various corners of the world.

If you are ready to embark on the journey of bringing your fiancé(e) to the United States, trust the Law Offices of Susan V. Perez to navigate the process with you. We blend legal expertise with a genuine commitment to your happiness.

Let us help you turn your dreams into reality as we work together to build a future filled with love and togetherness.

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