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.
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    and Mandarin speakers
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    immigration law in all 50 states
  • Clients in all 50 States
  • Fiancée and spouses from all countries
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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)

Marriage Visas (CR1) (IR1) (K3)

Marriage Visas (CR1) (IR1) (K3)

At the present time Homeland Security is not processing K3 spousal visa petitions.  They are processing only CR1/IR1 visa petitions.  A CR1 visa will be issued by the Consulate if, at the issuance date, the couple has been married less than two years.  An IR1 visa will be issued if they have been married two years or more on the visa issuance date.

I realize that many immigration attorneys and “visa service” websites state that the K-3 spousal visa is an option, and if you call the USCIS or a Consulate they may tell you, “Oh yes, we are still processing K-3 visas.”  The fact of the matter is K-3 visas have not been processed since February of 2010. If you will call me, I will be glad to explain why the K-3 visas are no longer being processed.

The fact that other so-called marriage visa experts are still advertising K-3 visas after these visas have not been an option for so many years should tell you something about the “expertise” of those “experts”.

The good news is that when your spouse arrives in the U.S., before she is released from the airport, Immigration will place a stamp in her passport that gives her the right to apply for a Social Security card immediately, work immediately and even take a trip outside of the U.S. immediately. Thus the visa and Green Card processes combined actually costs less than they did under the previous K3 spousal visa and also less than with a K1 fiancée visa.

Requirements of a CR1/IR1 Visa

  1. The petitioner must be a U.S. citizen.
  2. The petitioner must be legally married under the laws of the country in which the marriage took place.
  3. The petitioner must prove that the marriage relationship is sincere.
  4. The American citizen must meet the minimum income requirement or have a cosponsor who meets it.
  5. If the marriage was by proxy, it must have been consummated prior to the filing of the visa petition.

Visas for Unmarried Children of Foreign Spouses

As long as the marriage occurred prior to the child’s 18th birthday and the child’s visa application is filed prior to the child’s 21st birthday, the child is eligible for a CR2/IR2 dependent visa. The child must receive the visa and enter the U.S. on it prior to his or her 21st birthday.

Process

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

The CR1/IR1 visa petitions are filed at one of the five USCIS Service Centers. 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 CR1/IR1 visa petition, and ultimately the approval and issuance of your CR1/IR1 visa, by 6-12 months.

National Visa Center (NVC)

When the USCIS has approved the CR1/IR1 visa petition, it is forwarded to the National Visa Center (“NVC”) where original documents are reviewed and background checks are performed on both the petitioner and the beneficiary. The NVC will forward the petition to the Consulate that will conduct the visa interview. The Consulate will not interview the foreign spouse 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 spouse is legally residing, the NVC will instruct the foreign spouse 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 foreign spouse passes the medical exam and the interview is successful, the CR1/IR1 spousal visa will normally be issued within two weeks. There are many things that can delay or prevent the issuance of the CR1/IR1 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 foreign spouse
  3. U.S. citizen cannot meet the minimum income requirement
  4. Missing documents
  5. Incorrect documents
  6. Documents completed incorrectly
  7. Inadequate English skills of foreign spouse

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 spouse. 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 CR1/IR1 visa.

TIMING

The timing of the CR1/IR1 spousal visa depends on the USCIS Service Center that processes the visa petition and the country in which the foreign spouse legally resides. If you will give us a call we will be glad to compute the current processing time for your CR1/IR1 spousal visa situation.

Once your spouse receives the CR1/IR1 marriage visa, he or she has a maximum of six months to use it to enter the U.S.

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)