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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  • 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)

Parent Visas (IR-5)

United States citizens are allowed to immigrate their parents to the U.S. by obtaining IR5 visas for them.

Requirements of an IR-5 Visa

  1. The petitioner must be a U.S. citizen at least 21 years old.
  2. The American citizen petitioner must meet the minimum income requirement for an IR5 visa or have a qualified cosponsor.

Process

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

The IR5 visa petitions are filed at the proper USCIS Service Center. 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 IR5 visa petition, and ultimately the approval and issuance of your IR5 visa, by 6-12 months.

National Visa Center (NVC)

When the USCIS has approved the IR5 visa petition, it is forwarded to the National Visa Center (“NVC”) where documents are reviewed and background checks are performed on both the American petitioner and the foreign parent.  The NVC then forwards the petition to the Consulate that will conduct the visa interview.

U.S. Embassy (Consulate)

The foreign parent will be required to undergo a medical exam at a clinic specified by the Consulate.  If the foreign parent passes the medical exam and the interview is successful, the IR5 parent visa will be issued.

The things that can delay or prevent the issuance of the IR5 visa are:

  1. Missing documents
  2. Incorrect documents
  3. Documents completed incorrectly
  4. Submitting documents that are not issued by the appropriate authority (based on country requirements)
  5. Providing fraudulent information or documents
  6. U.S. citizen petitioner 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.

TIMING

The timing of the IR5 parent visa depends on the USCIS Service Center that processes the visa petition and the country in which the foreign parent legally resides.  If you will call us we will be glad to compute the current processing time for your IR5 visa situation.
Once the IR5 visa is issued, your parent has a maximum of six months to use it to enter the U.S.

RESULT

The IR5 parent will be able to work and travel immediately upon arrival in the U.S.

The IR5 parent will receive a 10 year green card (not a conditional green card) in the mail a month or two after their arrival in 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)