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Applying for a family or marriage visa for you, a spouse, or a loved one can be stressful, especially when the process of securing your family’s future can seem intimidating. That’s why Monument Immigration provides legal guidance for family and marriage visas in Salt Lake City. Our family immigration law attorney is committed to keeping families together.

Contact us online or call (801) 609-3659 to speak with an experienced Salt Lake City family visa lawyer today. Se habla español.

Types of Family-Based Immigrant Visas

Bringing a family member to the United States can feel rewarding, but the application process can be confusing, especially if you’re unsure of which family-based immigrant visa you qualify for. The two types of family-based immigrant visas that the U.S. government offers are immediate relative immigrant visas and family preference immigrant visas.

You may qualify for an immediate relative immigrant visa if you’re:

  • A spouse
  • An unmarried child under 21 years of age
  • A parent of a citizen who is at least 21 years of age
  • A foreign orphan legally adopted in a foreign country
  • A foreign orphan who will legally be adopted in the U.S.

If you’re not an immediate relative of the U.S. citizen, you could qualify for a family preference immigrant visa under the following:

  • Family First Preference, for unmarried children and grandchildren of U.S. citizens
  • Family Second Preference, for spouses, minors, and unmarried children over 21 of LPRs
  • Family Third Preference, for married children of U.S. citizens and their spouses and minor children
  • Family Fourth Preference, for siblings of U.S. citizens over the age of 21 and their spouses and minor children

Types Of Marriage Visas

If you are a U.S. citizen, there are two ways you can bring your foreign spouse to join you in the United States.

  • K3 Visa - A K3 visa, or a non-immigrant visa, is a temporary visa that allows the holder who married a U.S. citizen to travel to the U.S. After travel, they may wait to process an immigrant visa so they can live permanently in the U.S. 
  • IR1 or CR1 Visa - A CR1 visa, or immigrant visa, grants the holder legal permanent resident status. Immigrant visas are for non-citizens who plan on dwelling in the United States permanently.

If you want to apply for a marriage visa, you’re most likely applying for an immigrant visa (IR1 or CR1) so your spouse or loved ones can live in the U.S. indefinitely. Whatever type of marriage visa you want to apply for, there are many documents you’ll need to fill out, and fill out correctly. Our Salt Lake City spouse visa attorney can guide you step by step, up until you finally file your paperwork.

Is My Spouse Eligible for a Marriage Visa?

To qualify for a marriage visa, the sponsoring spouse must be a U.S. citizen or a Green Card holder. You must be able to provide this documentation after you have submitted the application for a marriage visa.

Of course, you and your spouse must be legally married in your country of origin. The U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs defines a spouse as a legally wedded husband or wife. In order for your spouse to qualify for a visa you must be considered legally married in your home country. Common-law marriages may also qualify for a spouse visa depending on the laws of the country where the marriage occurs. If you are not yet married, you may be able to file for a K-1 Fiance Visa.

There are numerous other factors that can determine eligibility for a spouse visa. Our marriage visa lawyer in Salt Lake City is experienced in handling paperwork for marriage and family visas and can help you determine which you and your family are eligible for.

Can I Remove Conditions On My Spousal Green Card?

You can remove the conditions of a marriage-based green card by filing Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence. This form must be filed within the 90-day period before your conditional Green Card expires. If you are not sure when to file the petition to remove conditions of residence, you can use the USCIS file calculator.

Contact our marriage visa lawyers online or call (801) 609-3659 for more information. We also serve clients from our offices in Las Vegas and Cottonwood Heights.

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