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Dear Sir/Madam:
I am a green card holder,I came to the States by the SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISA program for the Iraqi translators who worked on behalf of the US army,I arrived the states on the 2nd of November 2009,I am intending to go to Iraq to marry my fiance, and i would like to know what is the possible way to sponsor her to come with me to the States,and is it possible to apply for her in the same program i did (SIV),also how long the process will take roughly for all that?
thanks for help

Eileen Chun-Fruto, Los Angeles immigration attorney writes:

Dear Hussein,

First of all, let me thank you for serving in the military with your invaluable skills. As far as sponsoring your soon to be wife, I believe that she would be eligible for immigrating immediately because the SIV category is considered to be 'current' on the visa bulletin.  Depending on how quickly the Dept. of State works abroad, she might be able to enter within 6-8 months, but that is just an estimate.

If you have further questions or need help with this, you can feel free to contact me again.

Eileen Chun-Fruto

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I can answer any employment-based immigration question including questions about PERM labor certifications, H-1B skilled workers, L-1A multinational managers or executives and L-1B specialized knowledge, R-1 and I-360 religious workers, investor cases (E Treaty Trader and E Treaty Investors and EB-5 "million dollar investors") and O-1 extraordinary ability cases. I can also answer any questions regarding family-based immigration, such as adoptions, waiver cases, consular processing (using foreign consulates to enter as an immigrant), marriage and fiance/fiancee cases, 245(i) cases, VAWA (Violence Against Women's Act), battered spouses, and Child Status Protection Act (CSPA).


I have over 12 years of experience in business and family immigration. I was a former law clerk for the Executive Officer for Immigration Review (the immigration courts) in San Francisco and I current serve as the California Service Center's (CSC) liaison on behalf of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. I represent individuals and corporations alike, ranging from professionals in the high tech, science, liberal arts fields. I have a special niche in working with start-up companies and individuals with more complex immigration issues.

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Executive Committee on Immigration

J.D., University of California at Davis - King Hall School of Law (1997) B.A., University of California at Irvine, cum laude (1994)

Awards and Honors
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008: Selected to Southern California Rising Star - Super Lawyers List (an honor shared by no more than 2.5% of the attorneys practicing in the entire Southern California region) Faculty/Moderator on various AILA and LACBA continuing legal education seminars in the following topics: H-1B, O-1, religious workers, business immigration visas

Past/Present Clients
My typical business clients can range from a start-up company, established engineering and software research and development companies, manufacturing, trade and distribution companies, public and private schools, and religious organizations. Family clients include spouses, parent-child petitions, siblings, naturalization, and most especially, representation of abandoned and neglected children viewed as orphans under the immigration law. I have represented many clients who relied on special provisions of the immigration law to preserve or "grandfather" benefits to family members in limited (and complicated) circumstances, to avoid re-application fees and longer waiting times.

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