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Family, Marriage, and Fiancé(e) Visas

Perhaps you are living within the United States as a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident (LPR), or perhaps you were born here and have immediate relatives living abroad. In either case, the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act provides you with the opportunity to help your loved ones come to this country to live, work, and join you in your life inside the United States.

Citizenship & Naturalization

Becoming a U.S. Citizen grants you specific rights that you would otherwise lack as a legal permanent resident. U.S. Citizenship grants you the right to apply for federal jobs, the right to live abroad for as long as you want, the right for certain family members to legally immigrate to the United States (such as parents and siblings, that you cannot petition for as a legal permanent resident), and, most importantly, the right to vote.

U-Visa (Victims of Violent Crimes)

The U visa is available for victims of certain violent crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity.

Asylum Law

The United States has been a place for people to find refuge from oppression and persecution in their home countries. People seeking refuge due to fear of persecution may apply for asylum in the United States.

Law Offices of Bernardo Merino

Concentrating in Immigration & Nationality Law

Legal Experience

Our firm is dedicated solely to the practice of immigration law through the representation of families and individuals.


Our firm will take the time to listen to your immigration concerns in order to build a personalized legal strategy and solution.

Office Locations

Our San Francisco and San Jose offices are easily accessible by public transportation or car (street and garage parking).


We ensure that all the protections and rights of the law are accessible to ordinary people through zealous legal representation.