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Prenuptial agreements and permanent residents

Concerns over residency status are encouraging a lot of hurry-up marriages today. Certainly, anyone whose fiancée has been granted a K1 visa needs to be married within 90 days of arriving in the United States.

The rush to get married is producing a lot of anxiety. With that often comes a natural desire to protect yourself with a solid prenuptual agreement, or prenup. It is difficult to arrange a good one quickly, especially one that does not affect permanent residency down the road.

What are my rights in an immigration raid?

Anti-immigration efforts have been increasing throughout the United States, and Texas is no different. With the Trump administration cracking down on illegal immigration, many people are worried about their immigration status. Even immigrants who are in the country lawfully have been unjustly targeted by U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Even if you are living in Texas legally, you may still be at risk for an ICE audit. In case an agent comes knocking at your door, you should know your rights under U.S. law. These are the rights that you are entitled to in an immigration raid.

What can a felony mean to your immigration status?

As the topic of immigration remains at the forefront of public discourse, some non-citizen U.S. residents may feel as though they’re walking on eggshells. In such a time of great uncertainty, visa or green card holders may be unsure of what exactly could put their residency in peril. While our nation’s leaders continue to debate immigration policy, a non-citizen resident’s best practice remains staying out of trouble with the law.

In terms of putting yourself at risk for deportation, getting a felony conviction is about the worst thing that a non-citizen can do. While felony convictions come in different degrees of magnitude for citizens, they can almost uniformly leave a pathway to deportation for those who are simply residents. If you or a family member is looking at felony charges, it’s important to have a grasp on the possible immigration status outcomes..

Can your ex-spouse move to a different state with your child?

In the event of a divorce or separation, co-parenting can be a tricky path to navigate. There is compromise, patience and sacrifice that goes into the division of parenting duties, and sometimes a big change by one parent can be cataclysmic to what might be an already tenuous situation.

One example of such an action could be the custodial parent moving to a different state. While there may be good reason to make such a move—a higher paying job or a better quality of life—it’s a decision that warrants much thought and consideration.

From Fiancée To Permanent Resident

The responsibility to file paperwork may not be as appealing as the excitement of planning a wedding and the celebrations that surround the big day, but it must be done to get married in the United States. If you’re a United States Citizen, you have a chance to bring your fiancée from another country to marry in the United States by sponsoring him or her for a K-1 visa.

Here are some important K-1 visa facts to know before you begin the K-1 process of filing a Petition for Alien Fiancée.

Here's what you should know about green card marriage interviews

As the old saying goes, love conquers all distance. Still, it is much easier to be near someone you love than far away. Now that you and your foreign-born spouse are married, you may be wondering how to get them a green card so that they can remain with you in the United States.

Your spouse can apply for a green card, but there is a significant step to take before it is approved. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is concerned that some couples get married solely to obtain one spouse a green card. For your spouse's green card application to be approved, you must sit through an interview with USCIS to prove that your marriage is authentic.