Family Immigration

Costa Mesa Family Immigration Attorney

Family Immigration Lawyers in Irvine, CA

Family status is one of the most common bases for lawful immigration to the U.S., but the intricacies of immigrant visa laws can be difficult to navigate alone. Attorney Joyce Komanapalli Jones is an experienced and compassionate family immigration lawyer who is a child of immigrants herself. She will work one-on-one with you to build your visa application, whether you seek to sponsor a foreign family member or seek asylum for a family member.

Obtaining Family Visas

An adult (at least 21 years of age) who is either a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) can sponsor a family member to petition for a family-based visa to reside in California. There are 2 categories of family visas – immediate relative visas based on close family relationships with a U.S. citizen (spouse, child, parent) and family preference visas for more distant family relationships. Note that U.S. citizens may file an immigrant visa petition for their spouse, child, parent, or sibling, but LPRs may only file a visa petition for their spouse or unmarried children.

There are specific visas available to married individuals. Spousal visas permit foreigners who are married to U.S citizens or LPRs to live in the U.S. as legal permanent residents. Foreign spouses who have been married for less than 2 years may get spousal visas on a conditional basis, after which they may apply for a green card.

U.S. citizens may also sponsor their foreign fiancé(e)s on a fiancé/ fiancée visa, called K-1 visas. Be aware that K-1 visas provide couples only 90 days to get married after the foreigner comes to the U.S. Following the wedding, the foreign fiancé(e) may adjust their status to a legal permanent resident by applying for a green card. For more information on the eligibility requirements for spousal or fiancé visas, as well as self-petitions under VAWA, visit our Family Visas page.

Schedule a free consultation with the Law Offices of Joyce Komanapalli Jones to plan your family immigration application with a legal professional. Call (949) 264-0323 or contact us online here.

Seeking Asylum in California

In certain more immediate circumstances, individuals may seek asylum before working on a visa application. Aliens in California may seek asylum to remain in the U.S. if they face persecution in their home country for their:

  • race,
  • religion,
  • nationality,
  • membership in a particular social group, and/or
  • political opinion.

It does not cost anything to apply for asylum, and after 1 year, asylees may apply to adjust their status to become legal permanent residents via USCIS Form I-485.

A foreigner’s country of origin or current immigration status cannot prevent them from obtaining asylum, though they may be ineligible for asylum if they:

  • were convicted of a serious offense (e.g., rape or murder);
  • pose a security risk to the U.S; or
  • had been firmly resettled in another country before coming to the U.S.

In California, foreigners may seek asylum for themselves and their spouse and/or children who are unmarried and under 21 years old. Asylum applicants must submit Form I-589 to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within 1 year of arriving in the U.S. The application process may require an interview with an immigration officer, and the whole process for obtaining asylum will take about 6 months.

Generally, asylees can remain in the country for as long as they need, though the USCIS can revoke asylum if the asylee:

  • committed a deportable offense;
  • obtained protection from another nation;
  • committed fraud in order to receive asylum status; or
  • no longer has a well-founded fear of persecution.

Call (949) 264-0323 for Help Today

If you seek to sponsor a foreign family member for an immigrant visa in California, or if you are interested in petitioning for asylum due to persecution in your home country, consult an experienced lawyer immediately for legal support in the application process. Family-based visas and asylum applications often entail interviews and legal documents like marriage certificates, and an attorney can better help you gather the necessary materials to petition for your family visa. Attorney Joyce Komanapalli Jones takes a personalized approach to her clients and will provide you the compassionate and reliable legal support you need to bring your family together in California.

Why Choose the Law Offices of Joyce Komanapalli Jones

  • Experienced

    Attorney Joyce Komanapalli Jones has over 15 years of experience. She is committed to promoting peace, stability, and freedom for individuals and families throughout California while guiding them through the complexities of the legal system.

  • Responsive

    Communication is a key differentiator in our practice. We want you to feel informed about the status of your case every step of the way. Our goal is to never leave you guessing on where we are at with your case.

  • Personal Attention

    We sit down with every client to give them the personal attention their case needs. We want to build a relationship with you and understand the importance of fostering a comfortable environment.

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  • AVVO Client's Choice
  • Top Rated Lawyer 2020
  • Top Rated Lawyer 2021
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