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Family-based Immigration Law: Helping Families Stay Together

Our extensive family-based immigration law practice is highly reputable. We understand the pain, anxiety and costs associated when loved ones are forced to live apart.

We strive to prepare and help process fiancé and family-based immigrant petitions expeditiously so families can reunite as soon as possible. We assist our clients in procuring their permanent residence both through adjustment of status for those in the United States or through consular processing for those abroad or who must travel abroad to obtain their visa. Family-based petition privileges have now been extended to couples of same-sex marriage. Our office is also well-known for its experience in preparing VAWA petitions for spouses of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents that have been battered or subject to extreme cruelty. I-360 petitions based on extreme cruelty or abuse are self-petitions. This means that the spouse of a legal permanent resident or U.S. citizen who has been abusive may file a petition on his or her own behalf. This process is confidential and the abusive spouse will not be contacted by USCIS. We prepare all applications related to permanent residence including those for employment authorization and advance parole travel documents.

Our firm is also experienced in preparing I-751 petitions to remove the conditions of permanent residence obtained through a marriage that was less than two years old. If you are currently still living with your U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident spouse and need to remove the conditions of your permanent residence, our office can assist you in filing a joint I-751 petition. If you entered the marriage in good faith but you are no longer living with the petitioning spouse, we may be able to assist you by filing an I-751 waiver based on divorce, extreme cruelty or hardship.

We take pride in bringing family members together and helping them stay united.

Immigration Laws are complex and there are many issues that must be carefully considered prior to filing a family-based petition. Often clients come to us with serious complications after attempting to undergo the process themselves by filing seemingly simple forms. Bringing a loved one to the U.S. or keeping your family together in the United States can have the most serious impact on your well-being and happiness. If you are a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, we urge you not to take any risk and to seek the assistance of an experienced immigration attorney prior to filing any petition on behalf of a family member. We have successfully filed thousands of fiancé petitions and family-based petitions.

Marilyn Labrada Dume

Marilyn Labrada Dumé

Founder & Managing Partner
Marilyn Dume is the founder and managing partner of the firm. Ms. Dume earned a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 1989. Prior to attending Columbia, Ms. Dume attended University of Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986. Ms. Dume is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar.

Visit us for all your immigration law needs and experience how we transform your hope into opportunity. Whether you seek an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa to live or work in the United States we can use our experience and dedication to facilitate and expedite your journey.