Same-Sex Immigration Lawyer in Salt Lake City
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In June of 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. This meant that the United States Government would recognize same-sex marriages and relationships for all federal purposes. Immediately, same-sex couples became eligible to petition for their spouses and fiancé(e)s to obtain green cards, K-1 visas, and consular processing.
Monument Immigration was among the first LGBT immigration law firms in the nation to begin processing same-sex immigration cases the day after DOMA was reversed, and clients continue to choose us as one of the quickest, most dependable legal teams around. We’re pleased to offer same-sex immigration services in Salt Lake City and beyond.
Our Firm Keeps Families Together
Monument Immigration offers a number of immigration services to help same sex couples, including K-1 visas, consular processing, and adjustment of status.
A same sex K-1 fiance(e) visa allows your fiancé(e) to enter the United States with the purpose of marrying a U.S. citizen within 90 days of arrival. Once married, an adjustment of status application can be submitted to obtain a green card (lawful permanent residence).
Requirements for a K-1 visa are:
- The intending immigrant is engaged to a U.S. citizen
- The U.S. citizen does not have a criminal history involving sex crimes
- The intending immigrant has never been unlawfully present in the U.S.
- The U.S. citizen and fiancé(e) have met at least once in the last two years
- The intending immigrant is currently outside of the United States
The benefit of having a highly focused LGBT immigration lawyer can’t be overstated.
Once submitted, the government processes these applications within approximately nine months. A fiancé(e) visa is faster and more efficient than consular processing once you are married. It also gives the Intending Immigrant an opportunity to come to the United States before getting married by bringing your fiancé(e) to the US.
We charge a flat, no-hassle fee of $2,000, while the government filing fee for a K-1 Visa is $800.
Consular Processing allows U.S. citizens to petition to bring their family members to the United States. These family members must be spouses, parents, or children under the age of 21 of U.S. citizens.
You may qualify for consular processing if:
- You’re a spouse, child under 21, or parent of U.S. citizen
- U.S. citizen does not have a criminal history involving sex crimes
- Family member has never been unlawfully present in the U.S.
- Family member has no or very minor criminal history in home country.
Consular Processing allows you to bring your immediate family member to the United States where they will immediately become Lawful Permanent Residents (gay marriage Green Cards). We charge a flat, no-hassle fee of $3,500. The government filing fee for Consular Processing is $860.
Adjustment of Status
Adjustment of Status allows U.S. citizens to apply for the lawful permanent residence of their immediate family members currently in the United States. This includes children under 21, parents, and spouses.
You qualify for adjustment of status if you’re:
- An immigrant entering the U.S. with a visa or on the visa waiver program
- An intending immigrant currently in the U.S.
- An intending immigrant under 21, a parent of a U.S. citizen over 21, or a spouse
- Not possessing serious criminal history
Once submitted, the government processes these applications within approximately 6 months. We charge a flat, no-hassle fee of $2,500. The government filing fee for adjustment of status is $1,760. We’ve helped many families achieve visas to join their loved ones, and we’d love to help you or your loved one, too.
Trust Our Salt Lake City Same-Sex Immigration Attorney
Our firm will tell you exactly what is required to apply, gather your application information, and accurately prepare your submission to the federal government. We can have your application ready for submission within 48 business hours after receiving your information and documentation.
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