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    If you are a U.S. Citizen you may be able to obtain a green card for your spouse. How you will proceed will depend mostly on where your spouse is located. But this area of the law can be complicated, and, if you do not handle your case correctly, your case can be delayed, or worse, denied. It really makes sense to talk to an experienced Immigration Attorney, before you file anything with USCIS, to talk about the best way to handle your case.

    We would be happy to talk to you, about your situation, free of charge. Call us at 888-801-6558. Your initial consultation is Free. You do not pay us anything to talk to you about your options.

    We Can Help You obtain a Green Card For Your Spouse quickly and at an Affordable Price.  We have 5 Star Ratings and 25 years of experience.  We offer easy monthly payment plans.

    Do not trust your case to just anyone.  Too much is at stake including unnecessary delays and even denials!

    How Can Our Office Help You?

    Our office has handled marriage green card cases for over 25 years.  We can do as little as consult with you on your case-pointing out potential trouble spots and weaknesses and providing you with information to help you file your case up to handling your case from start to finish.  We do not charge for the initial consultation in your matter.  Feel free to email us at   We will set up a free 10-15 minute consultation to go over your situation.

    If your spouse is currently in the United States

    If your spouse is currently in the United States he or she may be able to obtain a green card through you.   Your case should be evaluated by an experienced immigration attorney to determine if there is anything in your spouse’s past that could cause the case to be denied and then removed (deported) from the United States.  If there are any problem areas your attorney may be able to help you correct them prior to the case being filed.  Your spouse not file anything with USCIS or travel outside of the United States until you speak with an experienced immigration attorney.  Many people compromise their cases by doing things without consulting with an immigration attorney.

    The marriage green card case will start by the preparation of all of the required documents.  These documents would then be filed at the USCIS lock box in Chicago.

    marriage visa,fiance visa attorney sacramento ca how to get a fiance visaAbout a month after filing you should receive a receipt notice that will inform you that USCIS has received your file and that they are working on it.

    Bio-metrics will be done a couple of months later.  These are done for USCIS to do a security background check on your immigrant spouse.  Four to six months after the case is filed a work authorization card should be issued (if you applied for it).

    At the end of the process your spouse will face a government interviewer who will have researched your spouse’s immigration history and the evidence you have provided.  He will have likely conducted hundreds possibly thousands of interviews.  He will be at a distinct advantage during your interview.  This officer will make a determination as to whether your spouse can live in the United States with you.  The process can be intimidating.  As such, wouldn’t you want an attorney with almost 25 years of experience in the room with you representing your interests?

    USCIS will let you know what documents to bring to your interview.  If you work with our office we will completely prepare you for your interview.  If all goes well at the interview a green card should be issued to your Spouse within about 30 days.

    If the interview does not go well you will likely be asked to come back for a second interview.  This is known as a Stokes (or fraud) interview.  These interviews are more intense and the questions you will be asked are much more personal.  You will be at the USCIS office for the better part of a morning or afternoon. You and your spouse will be interviewed separately and your answers compared.

    If the Stokes interview does not go well your case is very likely to be referred to Immigration Court regarding removal (deportation) from the country.

    If Your Spouse is not in the United States

    You may also obtain a green card for your spouse if he or she is living abroad.  You should speak to us ( for a complete evaluation to see if there is anything in your spouse’s past which would cause him or her to have the case denied.  If there is anything this should be fixed prior to the case being filed.

    You would start this process by filing your paperwork with USCIS.

    A few weeks after filing the case you should receive form I-797C Notice of Action, Receipt Notice.  With this receipt number you can track the case online.

    If there are problems with your paperwork you could receive a Request for Evidence.  This will mean something needs to be corrected or additional evidence is needed.  Receiving a Request for Evidence will  likely delay your case for several months.  Assuming you resolve the issues in the Request for Evidence the case can then proceed.

    USCIS will either approve or deny the petition at that point.  You will be notified of its decision.  If the case is approved this does not mean that the case is finished.  It means that the case will proceed.  If USCIS approves its portion you will receive a notice.

    Once the case is approved USCIS will send the case to the National Visa Center (NVC).  The NVC will do a background check on your spouse and have you provide necessary paperwork. Once everything clears your case will be sent to the closest embassy or consulate to where your spouse resides in order to provide more paperwork and ultimately for your spouse to undergo an interview.

    The interview can be very thorough.  Your spouse should know a lot about you and your life in the United States to have the best chance of success at the interview. If you work with our office we will prepare your spouse for the interview.  Your spouse will be dealing with a highly trained immigration officer who has likely handled hundreds perhaps thousands of interviews.  Your spouse should be coached on how to handle the interview well. If the interview does not go well the case will be denied.  Contact us at for more information.

    If all is successful the case will be approved. Your spouse will be able to come to the United States to live with you!

    The time needed to finish the case will vary based on your immigration status, where your spouse resides and other factors.

    What if I Only Have a Green Card Myself?

    You may petition your spouse if you are a permanent resident (instead of a U.S. Citizen).  However, the process will almost always take longer. Check with us for current wait times for both options.  If you become a U.S. Citizen while the case is pending and notify the government your case may proceed faster than if you merely stay a permanent resident.  Speak to an experienced immigration attorney about your options in this area.

    Is a Fiance Visa a Better Option?

    If you have not already gotten married to your loved one living abroad.  You should seriously consider the fiance visa option.  With a successful fiance visa your loved one can generally enter the United States sooner.   If you have met your loved one in person, in the last 2 years, you can also file the fiance visa right away (instead of going to your loved one’s home country to get married).  This will also allow your loved one to enter the U.S. sooner.  There are also other reasons a fiance visa could make more sense.  We would be happy to consult with you about the fiance visa and marriage abroad options.

    Why Call Us?

    • We have a 5 star Rating with Google, Avvo and Thumbtack.
    • We have been members of AILA.
    • We are licensed by the State Bar of California and we are fully insured.
    • Affordable monthly payment plans available (many law firms require the full amount of the legal fees up front)
    • We are Attorneys, not paralegals or notarios (As such we fully understand the process and can legally handle every part of your case)
    • We have a very strong track record of success.
    • We limit the amount of cases we take.  As a result, we know our clients very well.  We work with our clients for a long period of time and are well prepared when it is time for the green card interview.
    • If you work with us you will have the peace of mind knowing that only Attorneys have access to your financial and other private information.
    • You will have an immigration attorney with more than 25 years of experience.
    • We will make sure that your case is not delayed or worse denied.
    • We offer affordable monthly payment plans on our cases.
    • You will not receive a surprise bill at the end of your case
    • We have almost 25 years of experience.  We have seen it all.

    The information above is informational in nature.  It is not legal advice.  It is also not meant as a substitute for a competent Immigration Attorney.  You should ALWAYS consult with an immigration attorney (not an immigration consultant, notario or paralegal service) prior to filing any documentation with USCIS.  Failure to do so can have very serious consequences.

    00Lawrence Gruner is an Immigration Attorney with over 20 years of experience helping clients obtain green cards, fiance visas and U.S. Citizenship. Our office is located in downtown Sacramento.

    We handle cases worldwide. Attorney Gruner would be happy to talk to you, free of charge, about your immigration issues.   Our office handles cases throughout California, the United States and Worldwide. We may be reached via email at or at  888-801-6558.

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    • S. Lucas

      Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

    • L. Alvarado Jr.

      I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
      Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

    • M. Obregon

      Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!


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