LAWRENCE R. HOLMES – Of Counsel

MELANIE RAMOS-NIX – Managing Attorney

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  • 29 years experience in obtaining K1
    fiancée visas & marriage visas
  • Most experienced fiancée visa and
    marriage visa attorney in U.S.
  • We have Spanish, Tagalog
    and Mandarin speakers
  • Federally licensed to practice
    immigration law in all 50 states
  • Clients in all 50 States
  • Fiancée and spouses from all countries
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  • We do the work, not you

LAWRENCE R. HOLMES – Of Counsel

MELANIE RAMOS-NIX – Managing Attorney

Testimonials From Clients
“…” “”””I would like to take a moment and thank this great team of professionals ….”(Read more)
Olga O. (Washington) & Tetiana P. (Ukraine) IR5 Visa (Parent Visa)
“…” “”””I reached out to Holmes & Ramos Immigration Attorneys LLP in August of 2013 ….”(Read more)
Russ F. (Oregon) & Fe F. (Philippines) K-1 Fiancée Visa, Adjustment of Status (Green Card), Removal of Condition and Naturalization
“…” “”””I Jennie, was very satisfied with Lawrence Holmes attorney ….”
(Read more)
Jennie J. (New York) & Gardy M. (Haiti) Naturalization and CR1 Spousal Visa
“…” “”””We hired Lawrence R. Holmes Immigration 5 years ago to help with my husband’s application for citizenship ….”(Read more)
Jayne D. (Arkansas) & Jean-Jacques L. (Canada) Adjustment of Status (Green Card) and Naturalization (U.S. Citizenship)
“…” “”””Sometime around March of 2016, ….”(Read more)
Paul (North Carolina) & Ela (Philippines) CR1 Spousal Visa, Adjustment of Status (2-year Green Card)
“…” “”””Super considerate, 100% honest, 100% legal ….”(Read more)
Dean W. (California) & Helena W. (Poland) Adjustment of Status, Removal of Condition and Naturalization
“…” “”””In 2015 I contacted Lawrence Holmes about getting a fiancé visa and was so impressed with our conversation and that I hired this firm to help us with our fiancé visa and could not have completed it without their expert help. ….”(Read more)
James W. (Arizona) & Maryna I. (Ukraine) K-1 Fiancée Visa, Adjustment of Status (Green Card), Removal of Condition (10 Year Green Card), and Naturalization
“…” “”””I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all that my case manager Yvonne has done for Erika & Juan. ….”(Read more)
Juan O. (California) & Erika O. (Dominican Republic) CR-1 Spousal Visa and CR-2 Dependent Visa
“…” “”””It was the second time we hired Mr Holmes’ team of professionals to work on my wife’s immigration process. ….”(Read more)
Roger P. (Florida) & Nicole D. (France) Adjustment of Status (Conditional Green Card) and Removal of Conditions (Permanent Green Card)
“…” “”””My wife, who came from Russia, will take her Naturalization Oath Ceremony and will become a US citizen next week on December 19, 2018! ….”(Read more)
Eugene V. (California) & Veronika C. (Russia) Adjustment of status (conditional Green Card), removal of condition (permanent Green Card), Naturalization (US Citizenship)
“…” “”””Yuri and I began this immigration process with Holmes & Ramos Immigration back in 2015 when we contacted them. ….”(Read more)
Thomas S. (Florida) & Yuri P. (Brazil) CR-1 Spousal Visa and Removal of Conditions (Green card)
“…” “”””In December 2017, I contacted Holmes & Ramos Immigration attorneys firm seeking representation throughout the K-1 Visa process. ….”(Read more)
Olivier B. (Arizona) & Angelique K. (Rwanda) K-1 Fiancée Visa and IMBRA Waiver
“…” “”””Hello. I hired Mr. Holmes´s law firm in March of 2017 to represent us in obtaining a K1 Visa for my fiancé. ….”(Read more)
Matthew P. (Texas) & Thais O. (Brazil) K-1 Fiancée Visa and Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
“…” “”””My husband Dario and I could not be more pleased with the exceptional service we received by retaining Holmes & Ramos as our Immigration Attorneys. ….”(Read more)
Dennis S. (New York) & Dario P. (Mexico) IR-1 Spousal Visa and I-601-A Extreme Hardship Waiver
“…” “””When my (now) foreign husband and I decided to get married,. ….”(Read more)
Betty R. (Florida) & Qasar R. (Pakistan) K1 Fiancé(e) Visa and Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
“…” “””Our experience using Holmes & Ramos Immigration Attorney for my Kenyan husband’s CR-1 (spousal) visa exceeded our expectations. ….”(Read more)
Melissa A. (California) & Martin A. (Kenya) CR1 Spousal Visa
“…” “””Thank you very much Yvonne for your great support throughout the process of obtaining my wife’s green card. ….”(Read more)
Aott C. (Kansas) & Kitthiya S. (Thailand) CR1 Spousal Visa
“…” “””I’ve been working with Lawrence and Diana since 2017 and they have been very helpful and knowledgeable. ….”(Read more)
Allie B. (Alabama) & Lee C. (United Kingdom) K1 Fiancé(e) Visa
“…” “””A heart–felt thank you to Yvonne for helping us through the long and arduous US Visa process….”(Read more)
Angel L. (Florida) & Karen P. (Australia) K-1 Fiancée Visa and CR-1 Spousal Visa
“…” “””Hello Diana my wife received her Green card over the mail this week….”(Read more)
Arnault C. (Florida) & Pauline C. (Australia) Adjustment of Status and Removal of Condition
“…” “””Mr. Lawrence R. Holmes and his entire staff are wonderful….”(Read more)
Mohammed K. (Maryland) & Binta B. (Sierra Leone) K-1 Fiancée Visa and Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
“…” “””Our 2 children arrived from Bangkok July 1….”(Read more)
Wallace D. (California) & Saliya B. (Thailand) K-1 Fiancée Visa, K-2 Dependent Visa, IMBRA Waiver, 2 Adjustment of Status, 2 IR-2 Dependent Visas
“…” “””I’ve been working with Lawrence and Yvonne since 2014 and the have been very helpful and knowledgeable….”(Read more)
Matthew J. (California) & Leticia J. (Brazil) Adjustment of Status and Removal of Condition
“…” “””My husband and I hired Lawrence Holmes for our spousal visa….”(Read more)
Harmanvir G. (California) & Sunpreet G. (India) CR1 Spousal Visa
“…” “””My wife is American and I am British….”(Read more)
Heather W. (California) & Richard W. (United Kingdom) Adjustment of Status (2 year greencard) and Removal of Condition (10 year greencard)
“…” “””I strongly recommend this firm to everyone….”(Read more)
Robert F. (Indiana) & Maria F. (Philippines) IR1, IR2, Naturalization
“…” “””The Law firm of Lawrence R Holmes Immigration Attorney was recommended to us by another international couple who received their green-card (with the help of this firm) a few years ago….”(Read more)
Jessika J. (Wyoming) & Marcel A. (Netherlands) CR1 Spousal Visa
“…” “””We are extremely grateful to our wonderful immigration attorney Lawrence R Holmes….”(Read more)
Irina K. (California) & Sergei B. (Russia) CR1 Spousal Visa
“…” “””Lawrence R Holmes Immigration Attorney took the stress out the process!….”(Read more)
Julie C. (Arizona) & Gabriel C. (Honduras) Adjustment of Status (Green card) and Naturalization (U.S. Citizenship)
“…” “””Thank you so much Melanie for your help in applying for my permanent residency….”(Read more)
Michelle W. (New York) & Michelle W. (New York) I-751 Removal of Condition Waiver
“…” “””I would definitely recommend Lawrence R Holmes and his firm Holmes & Ramos Immigration Attorney….”(Read more)
Patrick S. (Florida) & Glory P. (Sri Lanka) K-1 Fiancée Visa, Adjustment of Status and Removal of Condition
“…” “””The best service I ever received….”(Read more)
Courtney M. (Georgia) & Nathaly R. (Dominican Republic) K-1 Fiancée Visa and Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
“…” “””This firm is amazing….”(Read more)
Patricia G. (Illinois) & Mohamed M. (Egypt) CR-1 Spousal Visa
“…” “””Hello Yvonne. Thank you for so much you have done for me and for Sunday….”(Read more)
Roderick C. (Alabama) & Oluwadamilare O. (Nigeria through South Africa) K-1 Fiancée Visa
“…” “””Nuestro profundo agradecimiento a Yvonne….”(Read more)
Jose T. (Florida) & Ximena T. (Ecuador) Adjustment of Status (Green Card), Removal of Condition (10 Year Green Card) and Naturalization (U.S. Citizenship)
“…” “””My husband and I hired Lawrence R Holmes Immigration Attorney in January 2017….”(Read more)
Scott S. (Massachusetts) & Laura S. (United Kingdom) CR1 Spousal Visa
“…” “””In March, 2012, I reached Holmes and Ramos and request services on my immigration case….”(Read more)
Traci P. (Maryland) & Marco P. (Mexico) K1 fiancée Visa, I-601 Waiver, I-212 Waiver, Removal of Condition
“…” “””Had I known about Lawrence R Holmes….”(Read more)
Noel N. (New Mexico) & Nguyen T. (Vietnam) Adjustment of Status (Green Card) for Spouse and Child
“…” “””My wife and I started the immigration process on our own and ran into some issues….”(Read more)
Chevaughn G. (Virginia) & Leamoy F. (Jamaica) Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
“…” “””My wife and I started the immigration process on our own and ran into some issues….”(Read more)
Chevaughn G. (Virginia) & Leamoy F. (Jamaica) Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
“…” “””My wife and I started the immigration process on our own and ran into some issues….”(Read more)
Chevaughn G. (Virginia) & Leamoy F. (Jamaica) Adjustment of Status (Green Card)

Fiancée (K1) Visa

If you are engaged to a fiancée who is residing in a foreign country and want to marry your fiancée in the United States, the only proper visa for entry into the U.S. is the K1 fiancée visa.

Basic Requirements

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You have met your fiancée in person within the previous two years.
  • You and your fiancée are both legally free to marry.
  • You and your fiancée both have a sincere intent to marry within 90 days of your fiancée’s arrival in the U.S.
  • You can meet the minimum income requirement for a K1 visa.

Process

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

The K1 visa petition is filed at one of the five USCIS Centers that between them process all of the K visa petitions in the U.S. If there are any missing documents or incorrect paperwork, you will receive a Request for Evidence (“RFE”). Each RFE will delay the approval of your K1 visa petition, and ultimately the approval and issuance of your K1 fiancée visa, by 6-12 months.

National Visa Center (NVC)

When the USCIS has approved the K1 visa petition, it is forwarded to the National Visa Center (“NVC”) where background checks are performed on both the U.S Citizen Petitioner and the foreign fiancée. The NVC will forward the petition to the Consulate that will conduct the visa interview, but the Consulate will not interview the fiancée until the NVC checks have been successfully completed.

U.S. EMBASSY (CONSULATE)

When the approved petition and background checks have been received by the U.S. Consulate having jurisdiction over the city in which the fiancée is legally residing, the Consulate will instruct the fiancée to undergo a medical exam at a clinic specified by the Consulate and to report for the visa interview on a specified date. If the fiancée passes the medical exam and the interview is successful, the K1 fiancée visa will normally be issued within the following two weeks. There are many things that can delay or prevent the issuance of the K1 fiancée visa. Listed in the order of frequency that they seem to occur:

  1. Failure to convince the Consular Officer that a bona fide relationship exists between the couple
  2. Large age difference between U.S. citizen and the fiancée
  3. Missing documents
  4. Incorrect documents
  5. Documents completed incorrectly
  6. Inadequate English skills of fiancée
  7. U.S. citizen cannot meet the minimum income requirement

All of the above can normally be avoided by hiring an immigration law firm with the experience that we have in handling these situations. Number 2 can be more of a problem with certain Consulates than with others, but the risk of a denial due to the age difference can certainly be reduced by adequate interview preparation for the fiancée. Also, we will cover this potential problem in our initial conversation with you and advise you as to what we believe to be your chances of successfully obtaining a K1 fiancée visa.

TIMING

The timing of the K1 fiancée visa depends on the USCIS Service Center that processes the Visa petition and the country in which the foreign fiancée legally resides. If you will give us a call we will be glad to compute the current processing time for your K1 fiancée visa situation.

Once your fiancée receives the K1 fiancée visa, he or she has a maximum of six months to use it to enter the U.S. When your fiancée enters the U.S. on the K1 fiancée visa, he or she has 90 days to either marry you or depart the U.S. There are no extensions of the 90 day requirement. If your fiancée does not marry you and does not depart the U.S. within 90 days of arrival, he or she will be subject to deportation. Your fiancée cannot enter the U.S. on a K1 fiancée visa, marry someone other than you and remain legally in the U.S. If this occurred, he or she would have to depart the U.S. and their American citizen spouse would then have to file for a spousal visa for the foreign spouse.

After your fiancée enters the U.S. on a K1 fiancée visa and marries you within 90 days of arrival, he or she will be allowed to remain legally in the U.S. and will need to file for a Green Card. The Green Card process is referred to as Adjustment of Status. If my firm handled your K1 fiancée visa process, we will give you a greater than 50% discount on our legal fee for the Green Card application.

K2 VISA (CHILD)

The K2 visa is for the foreign fiancée’s unmarried children under the age of 21. We will include the child’s K2 visa request when we file for the parent’s K1 fiancée visa. The child also has a maximum of six months from the issuance of the K visa to enter the U.S. and basically has the same rights as the K1 fiancée with the exception that the child must enter the U.S. as well as file for adjustment status prior to his or her 21 st birthday.

Testimonials From Clients
“…” “”””I would like to take a moment and thank this great team of professionals ….”(Read more)
Olga O. (Washington) & Tetiana P. (Ukraine) IR5 Visa (Parent Visa)
“…” “”””I reached out to Holmes & Ramos Immigration Attorneys LLP in August of 2013 ….”(Read more)
Russ F. (Oregon) & Fe F. (Philippines) K-1 Fiancée Visa, Adjustment of Status (Green Card), Removal of Condition and Naturalization
“…” “”””I Jennie, was very satisfied with Lawrence Holmes attorney ….”
(Read more)
Jennie J. (New York) & Gardy M. (Haiti) Naturalization and CR1 Spousal Visa
“…” “”””We hired Lawrence R. Holmes Immigration 5 years ago to help with my husband’s application for citizenship ….”(Read more)
Jayne D. (Arkansas) & Jean-Jacques L. (Canada) Adjustment of Status (Green Card) and Naturalization (U.S. Citizenship)
“…” “”””Sometime around March of 2016, ….”(Read more)
Paul (North Carolina) & Ela (Philippines) CR1 Spousal Visa, Adjustment of Status (2-year Green Card)
“…” “”””Super considerate, 100% honest, 100% legal ….”(Read more)
Dean W. (California) & Helena W. (Poland) Adjustment of Status, Removal of Condition and Naturalization
“…” “”””In 2015 I contacted Lawrence Holmes about getting a fiancé visa and was so impressed with our conversation and that I hired this firm to help us with our fiancé visa and could not have completed it without their expert help. ….”(Read more)
James W. (Arizona) & Maryna I. (Ukraine) K-1 Fiancée Visa, Adjustment of Status (Green Card), Removal of Condition (10 Year Green Card), and Naturalization
“…” “”””I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all that my case manager Yvonne has done for Erika & Juan. ….”(Read more)
Juan O. (California) & Erika O. (Dominican Republic) CR-1 Spousal Visa and CR-2 Dependent Visa
“…” “”””It was the second time we hired Mr Holmes’ team of professionals to work on my wife’s immigration process. ….”(Read more)
Roger P. (Florida) & Nicole D. (France) Adjustment of Status (Conditional Green Card) and Removal of Conditions (Permanent Green Card)
“…” “”””My wife, who came from Russia, will take her Naturalization Oath Ceremony and will become a US citizen next week on December 19, 2018! ….”(Read more)
Eugene V. (California) & Veronika C. (Russia) Adjustment of status (conditional Green Card), removal of condition (permanent Green Card), Naturalization (US Citizenship)
“…” “”””Yuri and I began this immigration process with Holmes & Ramos Immigration back in 2015 when we contacted them. ….”(Read more)
Thomas S. (Florida) & Yuri P. (Brazil) CR-1 Spousal Visa and Removal of Conditions (Green card)
“…” “”””In December 2017, I contacted Holmes & Ramos Immigration attorneys firm seeking representation throughout the K-1 Visa process. ….”(Read more)
Olivier B. (Arizona) & Angelique K. (Rwanda) K-1 Fiancée Visa and IMBRA Waiver
“…” “”””Hello. I hired Mr. Holmes´s law firm in March of 2017 to represent us in obtaining a K1 Visa for my fiancé. ….”(Read more)
Matthew P. (Texas) & Thais O. (Brazil) K-1 Fiancée Visa and Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
“…” “”””My husband Dario and I could not be more pleased with the exceptional service we received by retaining Holmes & Ramos as our Immigration Attorneys. ….”(Read more)
Dennis S. (New York) & Dario P. (Mexico) IR-1 Spousal Visa and I-601-A Extreme Hardship Waiver
“…” “””When my (now) foreign husband and I decided to get married,. ….”(Read more)
Betty R. (Florida) & Qasar R. (Pakistan) K1 Fiancé(e) Visa and Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
“…” “””Our experience using Holmes & Ramos Immigration Attorney for my Kenyan husband’s CR-1 (spousal) visa exceeded our expectations. ….”(Read more)
Melissa A. (California) & Martin A. (Kenya) CR1 Spousal Visa
“…” “””Thank you very much Yvonne for your great support throughout the process of obtaining my wife’s green card. ….”(Read more)
Aott C. (Kansas) & Kitthiya S. (Thailand) CR1 Spousal Visa
“…” “””I’ve been working with Lawrence and Diana since 2017 and they have been very helpful and knowledgeable. ….”(Read more)
Allie B. (Alabama) & Lee C. (United Kingdom) K1 Fiancé(e) Visa
“…” “””A heart–felt thank you to Yvonne for helping us through the long and arduous US Visa process….”(Read more)
Angel L. (Florida) & Karen P. (Australia) K-1 Fiancée Visa and CR-1 Spousal Visa
“…” “””Hello Diana my wife received her Green card over the mail this week….”(Read more)
Arnault C. (Florida) & Pauline C. (Australia) Adjustment of Status and Removal of Condition
“…” “””Mr. Lawrence R. Holmes and his entire staff are wonderful….”(Read more)
Mohammed K. (Maryland) & Binta B. (Sierra Leone) K-1 Fiancée Visa and Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
“…” “””Our 2 children arrived from Bangkok July 1….”(Read more)
Wallace D. (California) & Saliya B. (Thailand) K-1 Fiancée Visa, K-2 Dependent Visa, IMBRA Waiver, 2 Adjustment of Status, 2 IR-2 Dependent Visas
“…” “””I’ve been working with Lawrence and Yvonne since 2014 and the have been very helpful and knowledgeable….”(Read more)
Matthew J. (California) & Leticia J. (Brazil) Adjustment of Status and Removal of Condition
“…” “””My husband and I hired Lawrence Holmes for our spousal visa….”(Read more)
Harmanvir G. (California) & Sunpreet G. (India) CR1 Spousal Visa
“…” “””My wife is American and I am British….”(Read more)
Heather W. (California) & Richard W. (United Kingdom) Adjustment of Status (2 year greencard) and Removal of Condition (10 year greencard)
“…” “””I strongly recommend this firm to everyone….”(Read more)
Robert F. (Indiana) & Maria F. (Philippines) IR1, IR2, Naturalization
“…” “””The Law firm of Lawrence R Holmes Immigration Attorney was recommended to us by another international couple who received their green-card (with the help of this firm) a few years ago….”(Read more)
Jessika J. (Wyoming) & Marcel A. (Netherlands) CR1 Spousal Visa
“…” “””We are extremely grateful to our wonderful immigration attorney Lawrence R Holmes….”(Read more)
Irina K. (California) & Sergei B. (Russia) CR1 Spousal Visa
“…” “””Lawrence R Holmes Immigration Attorney took the stress out the process!….”(Read more)
Julie C. (Arizona) & Gabriel C. (Honduras) Adjustment of Status (Green card) and Naturalization (U.S. Citizenship)
“…” “””Thank you so much Melanie for your help in applying for my permanent residency….”(Read more)
Michelle W. (New York) & Michelle W. (New York) I-751 Removal of Condition Waiver
“…” “””I would definitely recommend Lawrence R Holmes and his firm Holmes & Ramos Immigration Attorney….”(Read more)
Patrick S. (Florida) & Glory P. (Sri Lanka) K-1 Fiancée Visa, Adjustment of Status and Removal of Condition
“…” “””The best service I ever received….”(Read more)
Courtney M. (Georgia) & Nathaly R. (Dominican Republic) K-1 Fiancée Visa and Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
“…” “””This firm is amazing….”(Read more)
Patricia G. (Illinois) & Mohamed M. (Egypt) CR-1 Spousal Visa
“…” “””Hello Yvonne. Thank you for so much you have done for me and for Sunday….”(Read more)
Roderick C. (Alabama) & Oluwadamilare O. (Nigeria through South Africa) K-1 Fiancée Visa
“…” “””Nuestro profundo agradecimiento a Yvonne….”(Read more)
Jose T. (Florida) & Ximena T. (Ecuador) Adjustment of Status (Green Card), Removal of Condition (10 Year Green Card) and Naturalization (U.S. Citizenship)
“…” “””My husband and I hired Lawrence R Holmes Immigration Attorney in January 2017….”(Read more)
Scott S. (Massachusetts) & Laura S. (United Kingdom) CR1 Spousal Visa
“…” “””In March, 2012, I reached Holmes and Ramos and request services on my immigration case….”(Read more)
Traci P. (Maryland) & Marco P. (Mexico) K1 fiancée Visa, I-601 Waiver, I-212 Waiver, Removal of Condition
“…” “””Had I known about Lawrence R Holmes….”(Read more)
Noel N. (New Mexico) & Nguyen T. (Vietnam) Adjustment of Status (Green Card) for Spouse and Child
“…” “””My wife and I started the immigration process on our own and ran into some issues….”(Read more)
Chevaughn G. (Virginia) & Leamoy F. (Jamaica) Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
“…” “””My wife and I started the immigration process on our own and ran into some issues….”(Read more)
Chevaughn G. (Virginia) & Leamoy F. (Jamaica) Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
“…” “””My wife and I started the immigration process on our own and ran into some issues….”(Read more)
Chevaughn G. (Virginia) & Leamoy F. (Jamaica) Adjustment of Status (Green Card)