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Family, Marriage, and Fiance(e) Visas

family_togetherPerhaps you are living within the United States as a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident (LPR), orperhaps 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.

Legally immigrating to the United States can be a considerable challenge as the worldwide demand for immigration visas is far in excess of the available supply. The fact that you are a citizen or LPR of the U.S. gives your loved one a significant advantage because this relationship can be used to place him or her in one of the family immigration categories. The number of immigration visas for immediate relatives is unlimited, if you are a green card holder, your loved ones may qualify for one of several family-sponsored visas. There is even a special category of immigrant visa for a fiancé and fiancée who is planning to travel to the U.S. for the purpose of marrying and establishing permanent residency alongside his or her partner. The best way to begin bringing a family member to the U.S. based on family connections, is to contact the Law Offices of Bernardo Merino to discuss your personal situation and the legal remedies available to you.

Family-Sponsored Preferences
When you have decided to assist your family members with the process of immigrating to the United States, you can schedule a consultation with immigration attorney, Bernardo Merino to further understand your options as you petition for a family member or loved one. At our conveniently located law offices in San Francisco and San Jose, immigration attorney, Bernardo Merino will review all your options and help you take action, begin the process, and answer all of your questions regarding a family petition. There are several different types of immigrant visas for the family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPR) depending on the specific relationship and immigration status of the sponsoring family member. Therefore, we encourage you to meet with us by scheduling a legal consultation to discuss the details of your potential petition.

Visas for Fiancés and Fiancées
United States citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) can bring their spouses to the United States on immigrant visas, such as the immediate-relative visa or the family-preference visa, which make it possible for the spouse to obtain a green card and become a permanent resident. If you are engaged, however, then you will have to pursue a different option. In most cases, the K-1 visa is used to make it possible for the fiancé or fiancée of a U.S. citizen to travel to the United States for the purpose of marrying within 90 days. As soon as you have married, your spouse can apply for adjustment of status in order to obtain LPR status and, eventually, citizenship

Other family based immigration petitions include the following, please contact our offices for further information:
•Entry and Permanent Residence for non-citizen spouses.
•Immediate Relatives: Permanent Residency (green card)
•Adjustment of Status
•Consular Processing
•Waivers of Inadmissibility
•Fiancé and Fiancée Visa
•Nonimmigrant K-3, K-4 visas

Office Locations

San Francisco & San Jose, CA.

The Law Offices of Bernardo Merino counts with offices in the city of San Jose and San Francisco, CA. Our offices are easily accessible by public transportation or car (street and garage parking available in our immediate area).


Schedule by telephone.

Please call the San Francisco or San Jose office to schedule an in-person consultation with immigration attorney Bernardo Merino. Our friendly staff will quickly schedule an appointment that works with your busy schedule.

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San Jose Office

Address: 1550 The Alameda, Suite 302
San Jose, CA 95126
Office: (408)538-3888

San Francisco Office

Address: 1714 Stockton St, #200
San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Office: (415)391-3001