K1 Visa Guide: Everything You Need to Know About the K1 Fiance Visa

K1 Visa

 

The K1 visa (also called the fiancé visa) is a special visa which allows the fiancé of a U.S. citizen to come to the United States, marry their U.S. citizen fiancé, and get their green card while in the U.S.

 

In this guide, I will discuss the important details of the K1 visa. If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m very responsive via email and I would be happy to help you.

 

 

Overview:

 

1. What is the K1 Visa?

 

2. What are the Benefits of a K1 Visa?

 

3. K1 Visa Requirements

 

4. K1 Visa Process

 

5. K1 Visa Processing Time

 

6. What are the Documents Required to Get a K1 Visa?

 

7. K1 Visa Form

 

8. K1 Visa Fees

 

9. K1 Visa Interview Questions

 

10. Conclusion

 

 

1. What is the K1 Visa?

 

The K1 visa (also called the fiancé visa) is a special visa which allows the fiancé of a U.S. citizen to enter the United States, marry their U.S. citizen fiancé, and adjust status in the United States to get their green card.

 

To get a K1 visa, your U.S. citizen fiancé must file a Form I-129f on your behalf in addition to other steps discussed below. Your U.S. citizen fiancé is the petitioner (person filing the petition) and you (the person getting the K1 visa) are the beneficiary (person benefiting from the petition).

 

Getting a K1 visa based on your engagement to a US citizen can be a complicated process. You must meet specific eligibility requirements and you must follow precise steps. If you fail to file paperwork correctly or you fail to complete the necessary steps then your case may face huge delays, or even worse, be denied.

 

2. What are the Benefits of a K1 Visa?

 

There are several benefits to getting a K-1 Visa. Here are just a few:

 

Eligibility to Adjust Status in the United States

 

One of the main benefits of a K1 visa is that it allows you to enter the U.S. for the purpose of marrying your U.S. citizen fiancé. In fact, one of the requirements of the K1 visa is that both the parties must have the intent to marry each other within 90 days of the K1 visa beneficiary’s entry to the U.S. If you get married to each other within 90 days of your entry to the U.S., you can apply for an adjustment of status to get your green card. An adjustment of status is the process of becoming a lawful permanent resident (U.S. green card holder) while inside of the U.S. The entire adjustment of status is done within the United States, without the need for the K1 visa beneficiary to leave the country for a visa interview.

 

Ability to Apply for Work Authorization

 

Another benefit of a K1 visa is that it allows you to apply for work authorization immediately upon entering the United States on your K1 visa. You may apply for work authorization once you have been admitted into the U.S. on a K1 visa by filing a Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization). If you apply for work authorization before getting married to your U.S. citizen fiancé, then the work authorization will expire 90 days after your admission to the U.S.

 

In addition to applying for work authorization upon entering the U.S. you also may be eligible to apply for work authorization when you apply for your adjustment of status (after marriage to your U.S. citizen spouse).

 

Immigration Benefits for Your Children

 

Another benefit of the K1 visa is that it may provide immigration benefits for your children. If you child is unmarried and under the age of 21 years old, they may qualify for a K2 visa to accompany you to the United States. Once you marry your U.S. citizen fiancé, your unmarried children that are in the U.S. on their K2 visa may apply for an adjustment of status to get their green card as well.

 

Avoid Filing the Form I-130

 

Usually, to get a marriage based green card, your spouse is required to file a Form I-130 “Petition for Alien Relative” on your behalf. With a K1 fiancé visa, you can avoid the I-130 process and apply directly for the adjustment of status (Form I-485) upon entry to the U.S. and marriage to your U.S. citizen fiancé.

 

3. K1 Visa Requirements

 

Petitioner Must be a U.S. Citizen  

 

In order to qualify for a K1 visa, the petitioner (your fiancé) must be a U.S. citizen. U.S. lawful permanent residents (green card holders) are not eligible act as the petitioner for a K1 visa application.

 

Both Parties Must be Free to Marry

 

To qualify for a K1 visa, both parties must be legally free to marry. This means that all prior marriages (if applicable) must be terminated.

 

Intent to Get Married within 90 Days

 

To qualify for a K1 visa, both parties must intend to get married to each other within 90 days of the K1 visa beneficiary’s admission to the U.S. As part of the initial petition for a K1 visa, The U.S. citizen petitioner must submit clear evidence demonstrating both parties’ intent to get married.

 

Physical Meeting Requirement

 

To qualify for a K1 visa, you must prove that you and your fiancé met in person within the two-years prior to filing the initial petition for a K1 visa. This requirement was put in place to deter situations involving “mail-order brides.”

 

There are 2 exceptions to the physical meeting requirement:

 

Established Custom Exception

 

One exception to the physical meeting requirement is if meeting each other in person would violate strict and long-standing customs of the K1 visa beneficiary’s culture or social practice. If you plan to rely on this exception, you should present evidence supporting the existence of these customs (such as letters from religious officials). You should also provide evidence from family members and friends attesting to the fact that you are complying with these customs.

 

Extreme Hardship Exception

 

Another exception to the physical meeting requirement is if there is some type of extreme hardship preventing the parties from complying with the physical meeting requirement. Some examples of extreme hardships include political conditions preventing travel to the fiancé’s home country, issues preventing the prospective k1 visa beneficiary from leaving their home country and traveling to the U.S., financial difficulties, or medical issues that have affected either parties’ ability to travel. If you plan to rely on this exception, you should be prepared to provide evidence proving the basis of your extreme hardship.

 

 

4. K1 Visa Process

 

Getting a K1 fiancé visa is a multi-step process. Here is a quick outline of the process followed by a more detailed explanation:

 

  • Satisfy K1 Visa Requirements
  • U. S. Citizen Petitioner Files Form 1-129f
  • File Form DS-160
  • K1 Visa Interview
  • Enter the U.S. on K1 Visa (Inspection at Port of Entry)
  • Marriage
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Adjustment of Status Interview

 

Satisfy K1 visa requirements

 

The first step in the K1 visa process is to make sure you satisfy the K1 visa requirements. Two requirements that you should pay particular attention to are the listed below:

 

  • End to prior marriages: You and your fiancé must be legally eligible for marriage, or in other words if you or your fiancé(e) had been married before, your previous marriage must be officially terminated.

 

  • Physical Meeting: Within two years of filing the Form I-129f, you and your fiancé must have met in person at least once. If you cannot satisfy this requirement, make sure that you fall in to one of the exceptions described above.

 

U.S. Citizen Petitioner Files Form I-129f

 

The next step in the K1 visa process is for the U.S. citizen petitioner to file the Form I-129F with USCIS. The I-129F, or the “Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)”, is the first form that is filed with the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS).

 

The Form I-129f is filed along with several evidentiary documents including proof that you intend to marry your fiancé within 90 days of your arrival into the U.S. and proof that you have met your fiancé within the last two years of filing.

 

Essentially, the Form I-12fF proves that you satisfy the K1 visa requirements.

 

File Form DS-160

 

After the U.S. citizen petitioner files the Form I-129f, USCIS will review the form for approval. Once USCIS approves the Form I-129F, the next step is for the K1 visa beneficiary to file a Form DS-160 with the Department of State. The DS-160 is the Application for Non-Immigrant Visa.

 

K1 Visa Interview

 

The next step is for the K1 visa beneficiary to attend a K1 visa interview at a U.S. consulate or embassy in their home country.

 

At the interview, you must bring all required forms and documents and answer various questions concerning yourself, your U.S. citizen fiancé, and your relationship with your U.S. citizen fiancé.  For more information on what forms and documents you must bring and the types of questions you will have to answer at your interview, see below.

 

Enter the U.S. on K1 Visa (Inspection at Port of Entry)

 

After you successfully complete your K1 visa interview, you should receive a valid K1 visa to seek entry to the U.S. Once you receive your K1 visa, the next step is to seek entry to the United States. At the Port of Entry (POE) you will likely be questioned by Customs and Border Protection regarding the purpose of your entry to the United States.

 

Marriage

 

After you have been admitted to the U.S. with your K1 visa, the next step is to marry your U.S. citizen fiancé. You must marry your U.S. citizen fiancé within 90 days of your arrival into the U.S.

 

Adjustment of Status

 

Assuming you and your U.S. citizen fiancé got married within 90 days of your entry to the U.S. the next step is to apply for an adjustment of status. An adjustment of status is the process of going from non-immigrant status to permanent resident status (green card). To do this, you are required to file a Form I-485 with USCIS. The Form I-485 is “Application to Register Permanent residence or Adjust Status.” The adjustment of status process is handled entirely in the U.S.

 

Here are Some of the Requirements for doing an Adjustment of Status:

 

  • You must have entered the United States legally

 

  • You are physically present in the United States at the time the Form I-485 is filed

 

  • You cannot be inadmissible for immigration. There are 10 categories of reasons why someone may be inadmissible to the United States (based on criminal convictions, health-related issues, etc.). You cannot fall within any of these categories.

 

Adjustment of Status Interview

 

Several months after applying for your adjustment of status (Form I-485), you may be required to attend an adjustment of status interview. At the adjustment of status interview, a USCIS officer in charge of your case will ask various questions to determine whether your marriage is bona-fide and not just entered into for immigration benefits.

 

 

5. K1 Visa Processing Time

 

The overall time it will take for your K1 visa to process will depend on many factors, including current USICS processing times as well as how busy the consulate or embassy is that will be handling your K1 visa interview. To check current USCIS processing times you may check the USCIS case process time resource. You may also email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.

 

 

6. What are the Documents Required to get a K1 Visa?

 

There are many documents that you may need to include with your petition for a K1 visa. The required documents will vary depending on your particular situation and the evidence that you have available.

 

If you will be submitting documents that are written in a foreign language, you should include certified English translations of these documents.

 

Below is a general list of some of the documents that may be required at the Form I-129f stage. Please keep in mind that this is a general list. You should review your case with an experienced immigration lawyer prior to determining the specific documents that you should include with your petition.

 

Required Documentation When Filing Form I-129f

 

  • Unexpired passport of U.S. citizen petitioner to show evidence of U.S. citizenship

 

  • Final divorce decrees and any other evidence that you or your fiancé have legally terminated all previous marriages (if applicable)

 

  • Passport photos
  • Evidence of legal name change (if applicable)

 

  • Photo of you and your fiancé together

 

  • Flight tickets, itinerary, and passport stamps showing travel to see fiancé

 

  • A signed statement from the K1 visa beneficiary and the U.S. citizen petitioner expressing each person’s intent to marry the other within 90 days of the K1 visa beneficiary’s entry to the U.S.

 

  • Phone call logs showing regular communication with each other

 

  • Text message threads showing regular communication with each other

 

  • Copies of letters exchanged between each other

 

  • Signed statements from friends and family attesting to the relationship between both parties.

 

7. K1 Visa Form

 

There are multiple forms that are required throughout the K1 visa process. Here is a quick overview of some of the forms:

 

Form I-129f: The Form I-129f is also called the “Petition for Alien Fiancé(e).” This is the initial form that is filed by the U.S. citizen petitioner with USCIS. This form is filed along with several documents establishing that the petitioner is a U.S. citizen, that both parties intend to get married within 90 days of the K1 visa beneficiary’s entry to the U.S. and that both parties have met within the last 2 years prior to filing the petition. You can learn more about the Form I-129f here.

 

Form I-765: The Form I-765 is also called the “Application for Employment Authorization.” This form can be filed at 2 separate times throughout the K1 visa process. You may file this form upon your entry to the U.S. on a K1 visa to get work authorization prior to marrying your U.S. citizen fiancé. You may also file this form at the adjustment of status stage. You can learn more about the Form I-765 by clicking here.

 

Form DS-160: The Form DS-160 is the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. You must complete this form and submit it online in order to apply for your K1 visa. You can learn more about the DS-160 by clicking here.

 

Form I-485: This form I-485 is the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. This is the form that must be filed to go from non-immigrant status to permanent resident status (green card). This is the form that you file after you marry your U.S. citizen fiancé. You can learn more about the Form I-485 here.

 

Form G-28: The Form G-28 is the Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative. You must fill out and sign this form if you hire an attorney to help file the forms for your K1 visa. If you hire a U.S. immigration lawyer, you will likely be asked to sign the Form G-28; it will allow your attorney to submit applications/petitions on your behalf; represent you before USCIS; and send and receive correspondence with USCIS on your behalf. When you fill out the Form G-28, you can choose your preferences for receiving notices and secure documents from USCIS. You can learn more about the Form G-28 here.

 

 

8. K1 Visa Fees

 

At the time of the publishing of this guide, the K1 visa fees are as follows (make sure to check these fees prior to filing your case as they are subject to change):

 

  • Immigration Lawyer Legal Fee: Your immigration lawyer will charge you to prepare and file your Form I-129f and to represent you throughout the k1 visa process. This fee will range depending on your immigration lawyer.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Medical examination: costs vary depending on your doctor and the particular situation

 

  • Other costs (including translation and photocopying charges for documents required for the visa application and travel costs to the US): costs vary from country to country and case to case.

 

9. K1 Visa Interview Questions

 

There are many potential questions that you may be asked during your K1 visa interview. Here are just some potential questions that you may be asked.

 

Background questions about you:

 

  • What is your name?
  • What is your date of birth?
  • Where were you born?
  • How old are you?
  • What is your nationality?
  • What languages do you speak?
  • Do you have any children?
  • Were you previously married? If so, when?
  • If you were previously married, is that marriage now officially over?
  • Have you been to the United States before? Under what status?
  • Do you have family in the United States?
  • Have you ever been arrested?
  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
  • What is your profession?

 

Questions about the U.S. Citizen Petitioner (Your Fiancé):

 

  • What is your fiancé’s full name?
  • When is your fiancé’s date of birth?
  • Where was your fiancé born?
  • Where does your fiancé live?
  • What does your fiancé do for work?
  • Has your fiancé been married before? If so, is the prior marriage now over?
  • Does your fiancé have children? If so, how many?

 

Questions About your Relationship with your Fiancé:

 

  • When did you meet your fiancé?
  • How did you meet your fiancé?
  • Have you ever visited your fiancé in the U.S.?
  • Has your fiancé ever visited you in your home country?
  • When did you and your fiancé get engaged?
  • Did you have an engagement party?
  • How did your fiancé propose to you?
  • Have you already planned your wedding?
  • How many times have you and your fiancé met in person?
  • How often do you speak to your fiancé?

 

10. Conclusion

 

The K1 visa is a special visa which allows the fiancé of a U.S. citizen to enter the United States, get married to their U.S. citizen fiancé, and adjust status in the U.S. to get their green card. You should now have a much stronger understanding of the various aspects of the K1 visa, including the K1 visa benefits, K1 visa requirements, and K1 visa process.

 

If you have any questions on any of the information discussed in this guide, feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer, I’m very responsive via email, and I would be happy to help you.

 

Resources

 

  • Immigration Law and the Family: A Practical Guide to Family-Sponsored Immigration 4th Edition

 

 

 

 

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01:20 06 Feb 20
Michael and his team deserve more than a five star rating. I hired Mike already based on a recommendation from a friend of mine, who also requested his services. My friend gave him five star as well, and this could simply not be different.Since my... first contact with Michael, I've perceived his solid ethical principles, responsive professionalism and personal attention to all details in US immigration complex process. In my case, he was key for me to obtain I-131 permits for three Green Cards - and the documents were shipped after just six weeks after the process initiation. In another process, he has been immediately responsive to replace Green Cards. And all my contacts were online - which is a testimony of his great online reputation.If you are looking for US Immigration lawyer assistance for true delivery, great value and avoid risks and potential problems, the answer is Michael Ashoori Law, with his fantastic team, that really and personally takes care of your immigration needs.JCread more
J V
06:39 03 Feb 20
Erase any doubts about this law firm. Michael Ashoori’s team delivers. The 5 star rating says it all! I know that it is a tough decision to choose a lawyer who you can entrust your immigration concerns but his law office’s services are backed by... several outstanding reviews. I can attest to their excellent services based on my own experience. Michael and his team were able to explain the whole process clearly. The expectations, time line, costs were defined at the very start. This gave a boost of confidence to a first-time client like me. I appreciated that they are very prompt with their responses. Michael and his team made themselves available for whatever concern I had with my case and no question for them is too simple to ask. The most important thing is that the team is able to deliver!read more
Pranay Agarwal
00:01 22 Jan 20
Michael is extremely professional and really knows the details of the complex US immigration law. I recently hired his services for my travel permit document (1-131) and from the day we first spoke till the end of the process he was very responsive... and attentive. In my situation in particular, I needed take several trips being a frequent traveler and he carefully planned that in the process to avoid any complications. I highly recommend Michael for any US immigration needs.read more
Phong Si
03:17 15 Jan 20
I used Michael's immigration law firm to help renew my wife's reentry permit. It was her second time, and we were living out of country. First time was with a different lawyer. His team made everything smooth and communicated quickly and clearly.... Our permanent residence is in Georgia, but we found out about Ashoori Law through google. I had several worries since it was a renewal, and was with a different lawyer in a different state. But this was really a satisfactory experience with no problems.read more
Kate Ruiz
11:45 02 Jan 20
We came across Michael by chance on the net but after reading his reviews we were confident that he could help us with the re entry permit application. And he did just that!! Not only was Michael patient and understanding to the numerous questions... and doubts we had, but he was also very professional and knowledgeable about immigration law. He made us feel at ease through every email explaining our options and timelines and another thing we very really appreciated was his prompt responsiveness in communication. In the end, everything went better than imagined for us and the application was approved way faster than expected. We owe that all to Michael. We definitely will be using him for any future services and we would highly recommend using Michael and his firm for any immigration services needed. Again, thank you Michael.read more
Oliver Solomon
05:52 23 Dec 19
Eman has been the most supportive and communicative attorney for my Green Card application. I did a lot of research on who to work with and he was so knowledgeable, took the time to build personal rapport with me and explained everything so clearly.... I felt at ease throughout what is a stressful time. The process was incredibly smooth, got my Green Card in just 3 months. He was honest and transparent, a breath of fresh air! He made himself available 24/7 on text and email, and Stefany in the office was also a huge support in preparing the correct documentation. Eman was even able to educate the USCIS officer in my interview! Honestly, can’t praise him enough. And did it all for a very fair price! Will 100% work with him again to lift my conditional PR / citizenship in the future.read more
Jennifer P.
01:17 21 Dec 19
Michael & Fred were fantastic lawyers. They were very patient and friendly throughout the whole process: from the consultation, to collecting all my needed information, to all of the back and fourth editing of my visa application. They are NOT about... taking your money, rushing you through the process, and not caring about the end result. They ARE about getting you approved, taking the time to meet your needs, and making sure your money was well spent.read more
Ricardo Surpris
01:14 19 Dec 19
At first I was very skeptical because everything was done online. After calling Michael and having a conversation with him I felt more comfortable going forward with the process. Michael and his team were very responsive via email and telephone and... answered every question me or my wife would have. I would definitely recommend using his services because everything could be done from the comfort of your house and not be overcharged by other lawyers where you would have to physically go to their office and pay $100 just for a consultation fee. Thanks to Michael and his team, my wife and I were able to go to Japan after the fingerprint appointment and he is going to mail us the Re-Entry permit to Japan.Thanks for the hard work, we greatly appreciate you and your team! Domo arigatogozaimashitaread more
Nadia Mesika
11:50 10 Dec 19
Excellent service! Professional and polite. Ashoori Law followed up on my case all the way and I received approval on my re-entry permit application. I chose this firm based on the good reviews I read on the net and in the beginning I was unsure if... all was true! But, as soon as I started talking to Michael Ashoori I felt relieved and secure. Our communications were done mainly virtually and over the phone, but he always answered me promptly and patiently explaining all my options. I would for sure recommend you chose this firm's services and have your peace of mind that somebody is taking care of all your application process. Good Luck!read more
Saket Chauhan
08:46 10 Dec 19
We are very pleased with the service and guidance provided by Michael and his team for re-entry permit applications for myself and family members. Ours was a bit tricky as we were planning to come especially for this task. Michael's guidance on the... timelines really helped us plan the trip and get the fingerprinting done. Michael and team were very responsive and thorough over email on all the queries that I asked throughout the process. I would highly recommend them.read more
JACOB STEPHEN
06:29 07 Dec 19
Micheal is a professional and reliable lawyer. I interacted with him since Jun 2019. He answered all my quires as and when I approached him. With the help of Micheal background as an immigration attorney, we got our re-entry done for a period of 2... years without much hassle. Micheal is very prompt, professionalism and efficient communicator. I would highly recommend his service to anyone in the globe.read more
Lilian Leanyuy
08:21 03 Dec 19
Very professional. Whenever I had questions it was answered politely. If you are looking for professionals to handle your travel documents...look no further...this is the place to go. Excellent service. Thanks
Popal Habibi
05:41 03 Dec 19
I am greatly inspired by the attitude and time dedication to my case, the Ashoori law is one of the best law consultancy to consult with, they are very good and quick in providing response to any query, i am strongly recommending Ashori law to... those seeking legal advice and need legal firm for being their representative in legal process.read more
Brandon H
06:07 01 Dec 19
If I need any help regarding immigration, I will 100% come back to Michael. He is very communicative and takes excellent care of his clients!
Andy Murdaah
03:35 28 Nov 19
Michael and his team did an extraordinary job in finalizing my sister’s re- entry permit in 5 weeks( yes you are reading correctly - FIVE weeks). He was able to professionally submit the application timely and kept my up to date with the process .... This is beyond any one could imagine . This is you only stop if you are seeking any legal immigration consultation and would highly recommend him with no doubt .read more
Fayrouz Mordaah
08:53 27 Nov 19
Michael provided excellent service for my reentry permit application.I highly recommend on Michael Ashoori law office.Thank you Micheal.
J W
07:02 11 Nov 19
I worked with Eman from Ashoori law on my partner's visa. Eman was very fast to reply to my emails and took calls and was very helpful and answered questions even after hours.
Ilya Z.
21:43 09 Nov 19
Worked with Michael Ashoori, and I am super grateful for his services! He was very patient at the beginning with my questions (first time leaving the U.S. for a long period of time) regarding the process details and the timeline. I found Michael... understands all the nuances of the process and very thorough with his advice. I received my travel document within 5 months, as expected, most of the time we were just waiting for feedback from USCIS. The detailed timeline is provided down below. I would recommend Michael's service (from a re-entry permit applicant point of view):1) Michael is a great professional. He made the entire process very straightforward and easy for me. By the way, his blogis a perfect source of information about the importance of the re-entry permit for the U.S. residents, the whole process of getting the travel document and processing times.2) Michael keeps me updated. Getting re-entry permit is a multi-stage process and every step in it is equally important and requires some coordination. Michael kept me informed and provided the full information on how to prepare for each step.3) Michael responds to my queries in a timely manner.On multiple occasions I raised questions about my process status, message received and how to behave during the border crossing. Michael makes sure that my queries are answered in a timely manner and I can't stress how important this is… I mean people always say "oh, I will get back to you on that" but most of the time they don’t… Well, at least in my experience.  At the end of the day, I wanted my re-entry permit be approved and great customer care service and Michael Ashoori has met/exceeded my expectations. Great work Michael! I would highly recommend Michael and his law firm if you have any immigration question that needs to be resolved! PS My process timeline for those who interested:- Forms sent over to Michael 5/13/2019 and submitted to USCIS 5/14/2019 - Appointment for biometrics received 6/11/2019 and passed 6/20/2019- Travel document approved 9/29/2019 and received the document via FedEx 10/3/2019read more
Batman
00:35 07 Nov 19
Michael’s service is awesome, fast, and precise. I’m glad that I found him before filing cases myself.
Faysal Bakka
01:28 05 Nov 19
Michael is a professional and dependable Lawyer. He knows what to do. I found him online. He was very patient with answering all my questions. He used to reply to my emails quickly and even on weekends. Before I got in touch with Michael, I called... many immigration lawyers but they made things complicated and difficult. I was confused but Michael made the process clear and easy to understand. I'm glad I have chosen Michael's service. It's very easy to work with him. My family was very happy because they were able to attend the biometric appointment within 5 weeks and before their flight back to Morocco as Mikael promised. I would highly recommend this service for other people. Definitely I will use his service again!read more
Petra Werner
10:04 29 Oct 19
Michael Ashoori is probably the best immigration lawyer I`ve had so far. I urgently needed a reentry permit and he successfully delivered even though it was last minute. I highly recommend contacting him if you need help with the immigration law.
Frank Chen
07:40 29 Oct 19
I sought out Michael online and thought I was taking a chance with a unknown law firm. To my pleasant surprise, Michael offered a quick intro call to introduce his services and the re=entry permit application process. He was open and honest and was... very transparent with his service fees. I simply filled out an application and had Michael submit it on my behalf.. The scheduled biometric appointment went smoothly and 3 months later my re-entry permit was approved. I would highly recommend Michael for this service as it was hassle free and cost effective vs trying to do it on your own.read more
Yesha Goswami
13:45 25 Oct 19
I had a great experience working with Michael. Eventually I found his details via google search and after having a quick phone call, I decided to go ahead with him in order to apply for my parents reentry permit applications. Working with him was... pretty straight forward and easy going. I live in New jersey and he is based of California, but I never felt that distance was an issue. I pretty much sent all the required documents via email and/or post. I could call/message him if I had any doubts and he would get back to me immediately. Our process was successful and eventually we did receive the Reentry permits in the time line that he had given. I would recommend his services to anyone who wants to apply for Reentry permits or any other immigration services.read more
avner madar
12:04 20 Oct 19
I had the best experience with Ashoori law office, Michael Ashuri is so kind and professional!! got an amazing service, and felt that he really cares for me and did everything to get things done in a way that I never experienced with any other... lawyer Thank you very much!!read more
Bruno Casas
16:18 07 Oct 19
Great service! I totally recommend hiring Michael. He has been present every step of way. If needed further assistance, I would contact him again. Keep up the good service!
Erdal Caba
18:27 05 Oct 19
“I hired Michael Ashoori to help my mother submit a re-entry permit form so that she could stay in Turkey for an extended duration. This process can be confusing and Michael made the process so much easier. What started out as a routine submittal... for which we were charged a very reasonable amount turned out to be much more involved due to our specific circumstances. Michael and his firm bent over backwards to resolve issues until we finally got our re- entry permit without any additional charges. I would recommend Michael and his firm to anyone.”read more
Mostafa Hilal
15:43 23 Sep 19
Michael is a very good lawyer. He took care of me throughout the process, he answered all my questions and provided me with all the information i need. He was very patient and professional with me when i had many requests. I would totally recommend... him as your immigration lawyer and definitely would hire his services again in the future. Thanks Michael!read more
Majken Karoline Jensen
12:05 23 Sep 19
Michael Ashoori has handled my case very professionally and quickly. After one quick phone call he grasped my situation, beyond what I even felt able to explain, and quickly set up the necessary steps to initiate my travel permit for green card. It... has worked seamlessly with Ashoori Law and working with Michael made me feel safe to know that everything would be handled the right way. Highly recommend them and would work with them in the future again.read more
Sajan Varghese
09:33 19 Sep 19
Michael is a highly professional immigration lawyer dependable for any sort of immigration work. His dedication and passion in his work is highly appreciable. He was ready to answer for any of my queries without any hesitation. Whenever I wrote to... him a reply will be in my inbox instantly. I have approached him for my re entry permit processing and it was done it meticulously. As an immigration lawyer, his passion and professionalism is exemplary. A very easily accessible gentleman at any time round the clock. I wish him all the best and recommending you for any sort of immigration work.read more
Smitha Sivakumar
01:58 19 Sep 19
I approached Michael to apply for my reentry permit, He was very professional and fast at replying all my questions with expertise. He had explained the timeframes and never gave any false promises. I am very happy with his services and got my... reentry permit approved within 2 months. I would highly recommend Michael and his law firm and I would definitely use his services again.Thank you Michael for all your help.read more
Paul Aleo
22:41 09 Sep 19
Michael is a professional and dependable Immigration Lawyer who was a pleasure to work with. He took the time to answer any questions I had through the process and was readily available. I hired Michael to help me obtain a TN Work Visa in the United... States and my application was successfully approved. I highly recommend Michael as an Immigration Lawyer.read more
Umang Kumar
16:14 14 Aug 19
I stumbled upon Michael Ashoori's law firm (and its online presence) via a google search. Some finds are lucky finds. Michael attends to each communication personally - he is prompt, professional and clear. All expectations, timelines, costs are... spelled out ahead of time. He filed my Reentry Permit in a thorough and professional manner - and he was exacting about details like the resolution of a scanned document, say. I saw the form he filled out on my behalf and I realized he put in just the right amount of information required - I had given him a slightly more (emotional) verbiage to utilize, if needed. He kept me updated about the progress of the filing and in the end sent me a cheery email I was waiting for announcing the USCIS approval of my filing. He also will ship the approved document to wherever in the world you may be, which is a big help. Highly recommended, just for sheer accessibility and affability - and efficiency! Umang Kumarread more
Mudassar Jawad
08:20 04 Aug 19
Thanks Michael for all your help and assistance. Really appreciate your prompt replies to all my inquiries as well, It was pleasure working with you. I strongly recommend Michael for his professional services.
Ritesh Chutani
19:29 21 Jul 19
Michael has been very helpful with my reentry permit application. He has been very prompt in answering all the questions I had. He explained how I should go ahead with my application and has supported all along in last 3 months since the application... process started. I highly recommend his services.read more
Janny Chen
01:28 17 Jul 19
Mr. Michael Ashoori represented me to apply re-entry visa. It was my first time to look for a lawyer on the internet and he happens to be at a different time zone.The reason why I did that because my local lawyer who used to represent me in the... past didn’t response to my email for more than 2 weeks. After several trials, I was forced to look for someone to help me.Honestly, I was a bit worried at the beginning. But after sending the first email request to Mr. Michael, I got a phone call and an email from him in less than 12 hours. After that, every time when I had a question, Michael always have a response in 24 hours. And all my questions always get answered immediately. I have never needed to ask the same question twice before getting an answer from him.After the biometric appointment, that waiting period felt like forever. But because of Michael’s professionalism, I had a peace of mind. I know that once he finds out the status, he will let me know right away.I highly recommend if anyone needs any professional help in immigration, Mr. Michael Ashoori is the person to go to.As always, Michael, thank you very much for your help.read more
Bluesky
14:45 02 Jul 19
re entry permit:my case has been followed from the beginning to the end.i had success, i got the re entry permitgreat job
nibbur
09:39 30 Jun 19
My immigration matter recently got resolved, and very thankful to Michael for making it happen! At the very first consultation, Michael understood the situation, provided insights based on his experience with other similar cases, and suggested a... clear plan of action. Now, a few months later, I have a successful outcome, without having to stress during the application processing time.Very appreciative of his patience, and always promptly following through. Michael understands how stressful these matters can be, and has a calming and steadying presence.My highest recommendation, and I will gladly work with him for any future matters.read more
Priyank Patel
20:37 29 Jun 19
Micheal is a great immigration lawyer - please, look no further! Not only he is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in immigration field, he is super attentive and dedicated and will treat your case/problem as his own and will never give any... false promises to take you in confidence. He is always available via email or phone, answers all the questions in details, and during meetings - he is always prepared and will spend extra time with you. He is calm even when resolving smallest of confusion while guiding you thru the whole process until full success.I am very glad I chose Ashoori Law and would highly recommend if you need help in your immigration process.Priyank Patelread more
Masoud Shahidi
07:18 21 Jun 19
I have previously worked with several immigration attorneys but the service that I received from Michael Ashoori and his law firm was exceptional. I am so grateful for his passion, dedication, and professionalism and would like to express my... profound appreciation for his assistance and prompt responses. Thank you Michael.read more
ADe Bell
12:49 15 Jun 19
Michael was perfectly ready and perfectly timely responsive. It was the easiest process ever. This is the first time I use services from Ashoori Law and I can describe the experience in one simple word- PLEASURE to deal with professionals like this.
Nick Wallingford
19:54 11 Jun 19
I was researching about how to complete an I131 travel document for my wife online and hands down the best explanation on how to do so was written by Michael Ashoori. I felt my case wasn’t clear-cut and I didn’t want to take any chances doing it... myself so I reached out to Michael and to my surprise he wrote me back that same day. I also thought his price was reasonable, especially in comparison to other lawyers in my area. He has always answered my emails quickly and most importantly my wife’s travel document was approved just as he said it would be in the timeframe he presented to us in he beginning. If you’re someone who is looking for a professional, timely, and easily accessible immigration lawyer to help you or your spouse with immigration matters, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Michael Ashoori as your attorney.read more
Sunil Timothy
13:52 11 Jun 19
Michael's advice has been truly helpful during my effort to procure an L1A visa for myself. He patiently answers the queries and gives excellent working advice for a successful result. Thanks a lot!
Elizabeth Tran
20:38 28 May 19
Michael Ashoori is an excellent immigration attorney! I was impressed with how efficient and effective he is in communicating with his clients and supporting them on their investor visa cases, as he pays careful attention to each case no matter how... complicated they could be.read more
Muhammad Naeem Ayoubzaada
21:47 21 May 19
I was so lucky to select Ashori Law and Thanks to Mr Ashori for being responsive for my all questions . Anyone who need an Immigration lawyer it is my honor to recomand Mr Ashori.
Suresh Ravi
09:36 21 May 19
I had to apply for a travel document, and in perusing the web for information, I came across Michael's Blog post, which was very detailed in explaining the intricacies of the travel document process and how best to approach each situation. I... contacted Michael and he was very forthcoming with information regarding the process and was able to answer all my questions. I applied for my travel document, I-131, through Michael and am thoroughly satisfied with his professionalism, availability and knowledge of the entire process including the timing for each step of the process that paved the way for my I-131 to be approved.I would highly recommend Michael Ashoori for your immigration needs.read more
Swati Jain
20:26 16 May 19
We spoke to Michael regarding some advice on the naturalization process. He was a pleasure to interact with, patient with our questions, and very thorough with his advice. He is extremely responsive and flexible in accommodating his clients. I would... recommend him to anyone who needs advice regarding immigration matters.read more
Mirza Baig
06:54 16 May 19
What an exceptional experience I had with immigration attorney Mr. Michael Ashoori. The way and in a very short time of period Mr. Ashoori prepared and even submitted my application for my reentry permit to immigration, is amazing and unbelievable... , but the fact is, he did it! Just in one day ! My wife and two young kids , a boy 2 years and a girl 4 year old currently live in Canada I need to spend sometime with them as my boy was sick for long time getting cold badly and I needed to be with for longer time so I needed the reentry permit and hired Mr. Ashoori. Mr. Ashoori had given me a timeline on how the process would take place , and 100% correct he was! I did get my reentry permit last week and every thing happened just as he had explained. He is very efficient and quick in response . He answerd my all emails, messages and calls in a very short time . I would say he does work 24 hours! I highly recommend Mr. Michael Ashoori for any immigration need. Thank You Michael for your help . Mirza Baigread more
Admin Admin
23:33 15 May 19
Michael was quick, extremely easy to work with, professional, and always reachable. The entire process was straightforward. Thank you for making it so easy for me, Michael!
Miguel Lozano
14:45 02 May 19
If you want a world-class, take-you-by-the-hand service (and results), search no more…And let me explain real quick the 3 reasons why I say this about Ashoori Law:1. Clarity. At first, I wasn’t even sure if the service was the right fit for me.... Heck, I didn’t even have the slightest idea of how the whole Visa process worked… NOT a problem.Michael had me on a call where he took his time to explain in detail everything I needed to know about how the process worked, my eligibility for the Visa, and every other question I had that I threw at him.BIG Bonus for me: there were some questions Michael didn’t have the answer to right there and then and he simply took some time to research and got back to me later on with the answers… instead of just coming up with BS (like some do).2. Communication. NEVER did I have a single call or email I didn’t receive a response to in less than 24 hours.You don’t want someone you have to be constantly chasing working on your case, do you?I can’t even imagine how frustrating that would be…With Michael, communication was ALWAYS clear and fast, just as you would expect from an expert.3. Certainty. There was absolutely no point during the process where I felt an ounce of doubt about whether I was doing the right thing or not.You know those buying decisions you start regretting the second after the purchase is made? Know that feeling?Well, this is not one of them.Michael and his team are so knowledgeable in their field that they have fool-proof systems in place that help you complete your paperwork and applications quickly and with ease.Since our first interaction, I felt I was dealing with people who knew their stuff.And those are the reasons why I feel comfortable recommending Ashoori Law…They took care of me as a mother takes care of her newborn.Thank you, Michael!read more
Ali Kasa
21:09 28 Apr 19
Mike is competent, prompt and diligent immigration attorney. He worked on our E2 case and what appeared to be a difficult case, he and his team got it approved. Thank you Mike for the great work.
Ilya Krasik
18:25 23 Apr 19
Michael is very diligent and responsive, was pleasantly surprised by the latter-- his email replies were quick and on point on any given day. Got my documents faster than expected, 5 star service!
Zahra Baharloo
21:11 09 Apr 19
Mr Michael Ashoori is very knowledgable, he was always available to answer my question, his fee was very reasonable.I highly recommend him and promise that You don’t regret.
Alfred Ohanyan
21:33 01 Apr 19
Quick, simple, effective. Michale took care of everything and after 2 months I am approved. Thank you Michael. You are doing a great job. Thank you.
María Verónica Misle
16:40 26 Mar 19
I found out about Michael Ashoori Law Firm through the internet, when I started looking for advice regarding US Immigration Law. It called my attention that in its official website it was posted important, comprehensive information on different... matters, and it invites customers to ask for direct responses. I decided to write a couple of emails about my personal situation, immediately responded by Michael at no cost. After having received those responses, I asked Michael for a quotation of legal services, which I compared to three more. In the end, I decided to hire Michael because his offer inspired me to trust and it was very competitive, and I definitely made the right choice. Michael was quite diligent when analyzing my case, filed the petition quickly and kept me posted about its evolution. My case was resolved favorably! That is why I have no hesitation in recommending Michael´ services for US Immigration Law. Maria Misleread more
Temesghen Ghde
08:01 26 Mar 19
After being fed up with the lack of expertise and lack of ease of communication at the previous law office I was handling my case, I have come to know Michael when I googled "Best Immigration Law in my area". I can guarantee you, Google wasn't... misleading this time. Michael gave me a definite answer to my question and assured me that my case is possible, a question where previously I wasn't able to get an answer more than a "Maybe". And he delivered what he assured me. I am sure many lawyers also deliver, however, I am also sure that no lawyer is as easily accessible as Michael. I have never seen a lawyer who promptly responds to client messages at 11:30 pm. This guy is a pioneer in a Client-Attorney communication style. He re-invented the way how easily clients can call, text, email, and easily reach out their lawyer at any time to get a quick response. A business style other law firms should encourage applying.read more
shinobu matsumoto
03:43 19 Mar 19
Micheal is a great lawyer!I really recommend him to anyone
Myunghwan Kim
23:07 10 Mar 19
I was not certain about writing the crucial document, but most of local attorneys were not taking my case or even very hard to make appointments to get consulting.In that situation, Michael was very friendly and easily accessible through online... tools available in this era. Furthermore, he was very committed and responsive to our questions. We finally got approvals about our cases from USCIS and deeply appreciate all of his interactions with us.read more
Richard Srikureja
13:14 19 Feb 19
Michael was a great help to me and my parents. He’s very professional and very fast at replying all my questions with expertise. I am very happy with his services and if I ever needed legal consultation again, I would definitely use his services... again. Highly recommended!read more
Nasrin Nabipoor
01:17 12 Feb 19
I have a great experience with Michael. He helped to get a re-entry permit for my mother. During the process Michael was extremely attentive and offered considerable amount of his time to help us. He is absolutely professional and knowledgeable. My... mother received her re-entry permit in less than 2 months in a situation that was not promising. The fee was reasonable and I strongly recommend Michael Ashoori.read more
Mohammad Al Nahedh
17:50 21 Dec 18
We had a great experience with Mr. Ashoori. His responses were quick and professional. He was always helpful in giving updates and answers
Suparna D
19:26 11 Nov 18
Michael is a very knowledgeable and helpful lawyer. My husband and I used his law firm for an NIV US visa application, and Michael made the entire process hassle free and smooth. He was always available to answer any questions that we had, and... guided us through the entire process. I recommend him!read more
Sanjeewa Ranatunga
16:04 26 Oct 18
I came to know Michael Ashoori through one of his YouTube videos as I needed information on applying for a travel document. That was the best video or source of information I could find online. I contacted Michael 3 months ago. I was running out of... time. He was prompt to act and filled my case within a couple of days. It was easy to work with him, and he was quick to respond to any question. His fee was extremely reasonable. I contacted several other lawyers, and their fees were much higher than his. Overall, I'm impressed with his work ethic. More importantly, my case got approved within three months, and I already have my document. If you have any immigration related issue, please do not hesitate to contact Michael. Thank you, Michael, for keeping things simple and getting things done in time.read more
Emma Wallace
08:08 15 Oct 18
Michael was extremely helpful in assisting my re entry permit application. He made the whole process very easy and straightforward. As I was based overseas we mostly corresponded by email and he always responded extremely promptly. I’ve recommended... Michael to a friend and would recommend him for immigration assistance and legal advice. Thanks for your help, Michael!read more
Dawa Torbert
14:37 01 Aug 18
Michael offers exceptional customer service. He did a great job helping me with my re-entry permit. He always kept me updated on the progress both via email and by phone. The entire progress took less than 2 months. I highly recommend Ashoori Law.
CEDRIC PAOLO JUAN
20:59 23 Jul 18
He replies attentively and from the messages he sends, it shows how accommodating and concern he really is about any issues you have or information you need. Definitely worth every penny!
Yogesh Kandlikar
20:57 20 Jul 18
Thanks Michael for your help. It was pleasure working with Michael, i strongly recommend Michael to anyone who is looking to apply for re entry permits.
addy 2373
11:41 12 Jul 18
It was indeed an eye opening consultation I had with Michael. He was very patient and well versed with the L1 Visa option I discussed with him. I truly endorse him for his services as an immigration Attorney and I wish him success in his future... endeavors.read more
Muhammad Fahad Ashraf
00:14 26 Jun 18
Like any foreign investor to make his dream come ture, I was looking for the best yet the most-affordable Lawyer with E2 specialization to ensure the visa approval at the very 1st attempt. Not being satisfied with local legal firms especially for... E2 Visa, we were referred to MICHAEL ASHOORI; known to be a Subject Matter Expert in E2. Our whole relation with Michael was over the phone but we NEVER felt at-distance due to his professional communication and collaboration skills. We were really impressed with his subject-related knowledge and his exceptional approach.At very 1st engagement with him over the phone,he walked us step-by-step through the standard process for E2 submission and answered all of our questions till our full satisfaction. Upon his analysis of our case, he customized his approach as per our legal situation and reccommended us the best fit-solution for our investment goals. He made the preparation of business/invetment documentation super-easy for me by providing the customized and easy-to-use templates. Him and his team frequently reviewed our documents and provided professional assistance to make appropriate enhancments as needed per USCIS standards. I have never experienced anyone as prompt professional towards his clients as he was. No matter, what time (business/after-business hours) I called him, received immediate & welcoming response. Michael kept me posted with status updates till I received Approval Notice from USCIS :)I am Glad MICHAEL represented me for my case. I WOULD RECCOMMEND MICHAEL TO ANYONE WHO WANTS SUCCESS IN E2 VISA APPROVAL AT THE VERY 1ST ATTEMPT.read more
ABIJIT AJI
01:40 25 Jun 18
I took a consulting session from Michael, and he was simply spectacular. I found him very knowledgeable about the whole L1 process and about the options available for individuals who are interested to go via this option for their immigration. He... clearly highlighted the challenges and opportunities regarding my case and pitfalls that need to be avoided. He took this call on a Sunday! I would recommend these guys for any of your L1 related work. Do try out the consulting session he offers so you get first hand view of them.read more
ניסים חסיד
03:29 19 Jun 18
I would highly recommend him, he responds timely and very polite. Michael explains everything in easy to understand terms and will go over anything you do not understand. My process was taken care of faster !than I had expected. Great person to work... withread more
Guru Kalle
17:13 06 Jun 18
Mr. Michael Ashoori is a great professional and immigration lawyer. Mr. Michael is knowledgable and advised me regarding my immigration situation. He was able to understand my case and he offered to contact my employer and help with my immigration... matter. He is very professional and persistent.read more
Matthew Khalili
01:06 04 Jan 18
Outstanding law firm. The attorney Michael Ashoori helped get a TN visa approval for me very smoothly. Michael was extremely attentive and offered considerable amount of his time to help me understand the process. He is not only extremely talented... and knowledge in the field of immigration, he is also a great work ethic and integrity .read more
Arleo Dordar
18:15 27 Dec 17
Michael is thorough, patient, and puts in extra time to make sure you get approved. He works purely for results. I have a great experience with Michael and would recommend everyone to work with him.
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped hundreds of people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

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