Fiancé (Fiancée) Visas
If a U.S. citizen is engaged to marry an immigrant that is residing outside of the U.S. and the couple plans to get married in the United States, then the U.S. Citizen can file a petition within the U.S. with U.S. Immigration & Citizenship Services (USCIS) on behalf of his or her fiancé (fiancée). If you are interested in applying for a fiancé visa, the immigration attorneys in our Michigan office can provide you with assistance with this process and in the steps that follow marriage.
To petition for a fiance(e) visa, both parties must be legally free to marry each other. This means that one is unmarried, and that any previous marriages have ended through divorce, annulment or death. The couple must have also met in person within the last two years before filing for the fiance(e) visa. This requirement can be waived only if meeting in person would violate long-established customs, or if meeting would create an extreme hardship for the U.S. Citizen. Further, a fiance(e) may enter the United States only one time with a fiance(e) visa. A U.S. Citizen may also apply to bring a fiance(e)'s unmarried children (under age 21) to the United States.
After the petition is approved, the fiance(e) will obtain a visa issued at a U.S. Embassy or consulate abroad to travel to the United States to marry. After entering the United States, the couple must marry within 90 days of the fiance(e)’s arrival. A fiance(e) may not obtain an extension of the 90-day original nonimmigrant admission. Until the marriage takes place, the fiance(e) is considered a nonimmigrant. If the fiance(e) leaves the country before getting married, he or she may not be allowed back into the United States without a new visa.
Once married, the former fiance(e) is eligible to apply for adjustment to Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card) status, which s/he must do in order to remain in the U.S. Please note, should the fiance(e) obtain a "Green Card" based on marriage, she will initially receive conditional permanent residence status for two years. Conditional permanent residency is granted when the marriage creating the relationship is less than two years old at the time of adjustment to permanent residence status.
The Law Firm of Antone, Casagrande & Adwers, P.C. helps individuals and businesses worldwide with all of their US immigration needs including employment visas, obtaining green cards for business and corporate employees and family members, visas for doctors, nurses, therapists, and other health care workers, together with waivers for physicians under J visa training program, labor certifications (PERM), national interest waivers, marriage-based adjustments and green cards, fiancee visas, family immigration preferences, students, naturalization and citizenship, including medical waivers, asylum, deportation, hardship waivers, voluntary departure and removal. We serve clients in southeast Michigan including the Detroit Metro area, Ann Arbor, and Lansing. With offices in Farmington Hills, MI, we are close to Southfield, Troy, West Bloomfield, Birmingham, Novi, Rochester and Auburn Hills in Oakland County; Canton, Plymouth, Dearborn, and Detroit in Wayne County; Warren, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens in Macomb County; Brighton and Howell in Livingston County; Lansing in Ingham County; City of Monroe in Monroe County, Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County; Grand Rapids in Kent County; Battle Creek in Calhoun County; Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo County; Benton Harbor in Berrien County; Holland in Ottawa County; Flint in Genesee County; Ludington in Mason County; Muskegon in Muskegon County; and Traverse City in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Although many of our clients are located in the tri-county area of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb, we also serve clients in many cities and states in the U.S. including Cleveland, Toledo and Cincinnati, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin; Indianapolis, Indiana; Buffalo, New York; Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, California; Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Dallas, Houston, El Paso and Galveston, Texas; Miami, Florida; Washington D.C.; Virginia, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and many others. In addition to the United States, we also serve Canadian nationals from numerous provinces in Canada, including Toronto and Windsor in Ontario; Montreal in Quebec; Halifax in Nova Scotia; and Vancouver, British Columbia. We also serve cities and countries such as London, England; Scotland and other countries of the United Kingdom (U.K.); Mexico, Paris, France; Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; India; Brazil; Rome, Italy; Shanghai and Beijing, China; Belgium; the Philippines, and many other countries in Europe, Asia and South America.