Q: What are my options? How will things change due to moving to Maryland when I file for a visa petition after marriage?
So my girlfriend and I are now engaged. We have both decided that she will remain an undocumented person in the US for the next 2 years. She will be living with me for about a year and half before we marry. We are moving from California to my home state of Maryland as soon as I’m done with my military service in November. I was wondering what my options are in case if she were to get detain by ICE on our way to Maryland. She has been an undocumented person for 16 years but doesn’t qualify for DACA due to not meeting the age requirement when the bill was enacted.
We can help you understand how you can apply for a Greencard with a waiver. If she entered the U.S. without a visa she will need a waiver. We do many of these for cases for undocumented individuals.
If detained I can represent her in immigration court and appear telephonically. If she has no criminal record she will very likely be eligible for bond. So once the bond is paid she would then be released and would have a subsequent court date.
If she has been a crime victim and has a police report she may be eligible now to apply for a U visa even without you. I vida then leads to a Greencard.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.