Due to the health risks posed by the Corona Virus tragedy, our office is following the directives of the governor of California in order to minimize the risks to our staff, our clients and our community. Our office will continue to operate fully, as it has thus far, observing our normal schedule, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will continue to schedule appointments to meet with clients and will do this via ZOOM or Telephone only.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of our lawyers or staff members, please do so by calling our office at 619-291-1112. You can also contact us via e-mail at [email protected]

Thank you for your understanding.


Debido a los riesgos para la salud planteados por la tragedia del Virus Corona, nuestra oficina está siguiendo las directivas del gobernador de California para minimizar los riesgos para nuestro personal, nuestros clientes y nuestra comunidad. Nuestra oficina seguirá funcionando a pleno, como lo ha hecho hasta ahora, cumpliendo con nuestro horario habitual, de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5:30 p.m. Continuaremos programando citas para reunirnos con los clientes y lo haremos solo a través de ZOOM o por teléfono.

Si desea programar una cita con alguno de nuestros abogados o miembros del personal, hágalo llamando a nuestra oficina al 619-291-1112. También puede contactarnos por correo electrónico a [email protected]

Gracias por su comprensión.

Resolving Immigration ProblemsIn An Honest & Responsible Manner

How to apply for a visa for a spouse to live in the United States

Although we live in a big world with diverse values and laws, it is nearly a universal norm that love conquers all. The power of family and connection among people can transcend borders, classes and nearly any other barrier.

Most countries have specific procedures on how a married couple may come and stay together if one of the potential spouses is a citizen of a foreign nation. Any rights and protections generally apply only to a couple that is legally married; cohabitation or emotional commitment is not enough for the basis of a visa application.

The first step in the United States is to file a Petition for Alien Relative with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the Department of Homeland Security. See the USCIS website for instructions on filing the petition and where it must be sent. This will begin the process of getting a visa for a U.S. citizen’s foreign spouse.

The American spouse in an international marriage must maintain his or her principal residence (also called domicile) in the United States, which is where the couple plans to live for the foreseeable future. This is especially true if the American spouse is also financially supporting the foreign spouse.

Fees, deadlines and other restrictions or specifics often apply to the process of securing a visa for a spouse and building the family home in the United States. An attorney may help navigate these processes in the right order and increase the chances of a successful visa application.

Source: U.S. Visas, “Immigrant Visa for a Spouse of a U.S. Citizen (IR1 or CR1),” accessed Nov. 17, 2017


We are open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

For our clients’ convenience we offer English and Spanish speaking services.