I approach each U.S. citizen fiance/spouse case as the individual scenario that it is. In quality fiance/spouse visa representation there is no textbook approach.
Here is a quick look at the Fiance/Spouse Visa matters that I handle for my clients*:
01. The Fiance Visa/K-1/I-129f (children of fiance as well), Adjustment of Status, Work Authorization, Travel Permit, Naturalization,
02. The Marriage Visa/CR-1/I-130 (children of spouse as well), Adjustment of Status, Work Permit, Travel Permit, Naturalization,
03. Once your former fiance and now spouse is in the United States, I provide preparation for and in-person representation at the USCIS interview. You and your spouse provide the answers to the USCIS officer’s questions; I serve as your advocate for future issues that may arise in the event of delays, administrative processing or unfortunate denials of adjustment of status or naturalization petitions,
04. Fiance and marriage visa denials (unfortunately it happens) and administrative processing of cases (government has unanswered questions even after the consular interview),
05. Fiance and marriage visa Request For More Evidence (the dreaded RFE),
06. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and lawyer evaluation of the report. Before you file your K-1/CR-1 petition let’s see what the government already knows about your immigration history,
07. FBI and state criminal background checks on U.S. citizen petitioners. The government will order background checks. It’s the law,
08. Repairing of prior misrepresentations of material facts and fraud in past attempts to obtain a visa,
09. “Multiple filer” waivers,
10. I handle the pink-flag concerns and red-flag issues*:
– known “difficult” consulates/embassies
-interracial, interreligious or cross cultural couples (unfortunately still a “thing” in some foreign countries where marrying someone of a different race, religion or culture is for lack of a better word, discouraged**),
-glaring educational and financial differences between the U.S. citizen petitioner and the fiance/spouse,
-secretive relationships when family members of one or both sides have no idea that you are engaged or married. And yes, the consular officer will sometimes ask if your family is aware of your fiance/spouse,
-fiance/spouse denied student, work or travel visas in the past,
-fiance/spouse overstays, previous deportations or criminal arrests and convictions in the U.S. or abroad,
11. I-601 and I-601A waivers. The all important petition and legal brief that I file on your behalf pleading with the government to excuse your fiance/spouse for past behavior that (may) render your fiance/spouse permanently inadmissible into the United States.
*Not an exhaustive list. Please contact me at if there is a pink-flag concern or red-flag issue that is specific to you. We just might be able to figure it out together.
**U.S. consular officers will not and are legally prohibited from denying your fiance/spouse a visa because you are an interracial, interreligious or cross cultural couple. However, the officers are aware of the local customs of the countries where they are posted. If such unions are discouraged the officers will probably look twice at your application. My Get Out in Front of the Petition (tm/sm) strategy will address and authenticate this red-flag issue before the petition is ever seen by the government.