Buchanan, NY asked in Immigration Law for New York

Q: I married a Filipino girl in Costa Rica. How do I get her back to the US legally?

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Ify Princess Ikeakanam
Ify Princess Ikeakanam
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Charlotte, NC

A: If you are a US citizen or resident, you start by filing a family based petition for your wife and provide proof that the marriage is real, like Photos and other shared documents in the marriage. When the petition is approved, the next step is immigrant visa application before she comes to the USA.

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
Answered
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL

A: I agree, but the process can take quite a bit of time. It is unclear whether she can process an approved petition in Costa Rica or must return to the Philippines.

There may be other complications, as well. I strongly recommend an appointment or teleconference with a competent and experienced immigration attorney before there are any other complications.

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