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

Not all marriages qualify for immigration purposes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulates many different aspects of immigration to America, including the kinds of marriages that the country recognizes as part of a pathway to citizenship or resident status. Depending on the nature of the marriage itself and the country where the marriage took place, some marriages may not receive recognition under the law within the U.S.

The country where the marriage originates, known as the “place of celebration”, may recognize different standards of marriage than the U.S., and in some cases, a marriage that one country recognizes does not receive full legal recognition for immigration purposes. The USCIS generally does not recognize:

  • Marriages or relationships specifically entered into for the purpose of circumventing or manipulating U.S. immigration laws. These are commonly referred to as “Green Card” marriages.
  • Polygamous marriages, or marriages among three or more individuals.
  • Marriages, domestic partnerships, civil unions, or other similar arrangements that may receive legal recognition within the U.S., but are not recognized as legitimate in the place of celebration.
  • Marriages that violate the laws of the state where the couple chooses to reside.
  • Proxy marriages, or marriages in which one spouse was not physically present at the marriage ceremony, unless the couple has already consummated the marriage.

If you suspect that your marriage may not qualify as a legally recognized union for the purposes of immigration, it is wise to make sure that you understand how to move forward and protect your interests and the interests of your spouse or partner. An experienced immigration law attorney can help assess a marriage or other partnership in light of the law and offer insight as you build a strategy to protect your rights and privileges during your immigration journey.

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, “Chapter 2 – Marriage and Marital Union for Naturalization,” accessed March 30, 2018


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