Fiance and Marriage Visas: A Couple's Guide to US Immigration

Overview

Obtain a visa and stay with your spouse in the U.S.

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 U.S. Should be easy, right? It's not. Information can be hard to find, the government bureaucracy isn't helpful, delays are inevitable. Worst of all, there hasn't been an easy-to-use guide through the process -- until now.
 
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Overview

Obtain a visa and stay with your spouse in the U.S.

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 U.S. Should be easy, right? It's not. Information can be hard to find, the government bureaucracy isn't helpful, delays are inevitable. Worst of all, there hasn't been an easy-to-use guide through the process -- until now.
 
Fiancé & Marriage Visas makes obtaining a visa and green card as painless as possible. It helps you make sure you're truly eligible and decide the fastest and best application strategy -- whether you're married or unmarried, living in the U.S. or overseas. With this friendly, comprehensive book, you can:
 
.understand the immigration process
.adopt the best application strategy
.make your way through the bureaucracy
.collect, prepare, and manage paperwork
.prepare for meetings with U.S. officials
.learn how to prove your marriage is real
.deal with the two-year testing period
.find out what to do if your application is denied
 
Plus, Fiancé & Marriage Visas gives you helpful advice on protecting and renewing your green-card status. It also provides samples of essential forms to guide you, and shows you how to find them online.
 
This edition is updated with new financial requirements for sponsors, and provides additional information to help you cost-compare your visa options and prove the validity of your marriage. Plus, you'll get up-to-date sponsorship and application requirements.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An excellent resource for people who are trying to wind their way through the immigration service's byzantine rules and regulations..." Mark Silverman Immigrant Legal Resource Center 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413317374
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 8/31/2012
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,468,603
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilona Bray is an author and legal editor at Nolo, specializing in real estate, immigration law, and nonprofit fundraising. She is co-author of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home and also edits a number of Nolo's small business 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.

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Table of Contents


Your Immigration Companion
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
Glossary
Appendixes
A Table of Visas and Immigration Benefits
B USCIS Application Processing Addresses          
C Checklists   
Index
 
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