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

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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. Fortunately, this easy-to-use guide puts all the information you need in one place.

Fiancé & Marriage Visas makes obtaining a visa and green card as painless as possible. It helps you make sure you're truly eligible and ...

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Overview

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. Fortunately, this easy-to-use guide puts all the information you need in one place.

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:

  • make sure you won’t face barriers to immigrating
  • plan the best application strategy
  • make your way through the bureaucracy
  • collect, prepare, and manage forms and 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 tips for immigrating same-sex couples, new guidance on the provisional waiver of unlawful presence, the latest financial requirements for sponsors, and more.

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

  • ISBN-13: 9781413320527
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 8/29/2014
  • Edition description: Eighth Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 343,347
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.00 (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 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

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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

Glossary

Appendixes

Tear-Out Checklists

Index

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