Erin assists fiancés, spouses and family members of citizens with strategies for immigrating, obtaining green cards, work authorization, and advance parole (permission to re-enter after traveling or working abroad).
Green Cards Through Marriage
Citizens and permanent residents can sponsor spouses as “immediate relatives.” For immediate relatives, there is no need to wait for a visa number to become available. As soon as the citizen spouse’s petition is approved, the non-United States citizen spouse can apply for work authorization and a Green Card for permanent residency.
K- Visas And Green Cards Through Marriage
If a non-United States citizen spouse is in the United States, he or she can apply for adjustment of status to obtain legal permanent residency and obtain a Green Card while in the United States. If a non-United States Citizen spouse is outside the United States, an immigration K-Visa must be applied for through a United States consulate abroad. Once the K-Visa is issued, the non-United States citizen spouse may enter the United States and then apply for adjustment of status to legal permanent resident and obtain a Green Card.
Children can also immigrate with the foreign spouse as long as they meet eligibility requirements.
LIFE Act Families
The Law Office of Erin R. Parks assists individuals negotiate the complexities of obtaining a Green Card through the LIFE Act which was enacted as a compromise between the goal of ending unauthorized migration and recognizing the interests of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents in being together with their families. The LIFE Act allows people who already have an approved petition (applied for by April 30, 2001) to adjust their status in the United States regardless of the following factors that might otherwise create bars to obtaining Green Cards:
- Unlawful entrance in the United States
- Working in the United States without authorization
- Failing to continuously maintain lawful status since entry