About Kimberley Schaefer

Kimberley Schaefer is an immigration lawyer with client meeting locations in Fairfax, Virginia, Reston, Virginia and Washington DC. She helps future Americans become citizens by assisting them with immigrant visas, fiance visas, adjustment of status and green card applications, applying for immigration waivers, fighting deportation and applying for asylum. To contact her, you can call (703) 424-2979 or send Kimberley an email now.

What is an immigrant visa?

If you are interested in helping your spouse or another family member immigrate to the United States, then you likely are interested in finding out how you can help them join you in the United States as quickly as possible. After all, who wants to be separated from their loved ones any longer than necessary? [...]

Do I need an immigration lawyer for my immigrant visa case?

There is no requirement to use the services of an immigration lawyer in order to file for an immigrant visa to get a green card. But, many people will find the services of an immigration lawyer to be extremely valuable to successfully navigating the immigrant visa process. An experienced immigration lawyer can: Provide you with [...]

Who is the best immigration waiver lawyer in Virginia?

The ability for your family to live together is at stake… If you need an immigration waiver, then your ability to live with your family in the United States is at stake. If your waiver application is not approved, you may be separated from your family for 3 years, 10 years, or even forever. With [...]

Deferred Action Guide for Virginia and DC Residents

Are you trying to decide whether you should apply for deferred action? If you’re trying to decide whether to apply for deferred action, you probably have a lot of questions. To help make it easier for you to get answers, I’m making my Deferred Action Guide for Virginia and DC Residents available as a free [...]

When can I apply for deferred action for young immigrants?

The new policy on deferred action for certain young immigrants is attracting a lot of attention from immigrants in Virginia and DC. Many young immigrants who meet the basic qualifications for deferred action are eagerly looking forward to submitting their applications so that they will be eligible to obtain work authorization cards, driver’s licenses and [...]

Obama’s Deferred Action Policy for Young Immigrants

The Obama administration recently announced a new policy on deferred action for certain young immigrants. Because this policy has the potential to save some young immigrants from deportation and may offer others an opportunity to obtain a work card, it has generated a lot of interest among young immigrants in Virginia and DC. Most of [...]

Visa Bulletin – May 2012

Each month the Department of State publishes a Visa Bulletin that lets you know what immigrant visas are currently being processed. In order to determine if there is a visa number currently available for you, you should check the Visa Bulletin each month. To read this month’s bulletin, simply locate the preference class for your [...]

What should I do if I receive a Notice to Appear or NTA for immigration court?

Receiving a Notice to Appear or NTA can be a frightening experience because a Notice to Appear indicates that you are facing an immigration court case and that you could be deported. The following tips should be helpful if you or someone you know receives an NTA and have an immigration case at the Arlington [...]

Syrians Now Able to Apply for TPS

Syrian nationals are now able to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) if they meet all of the requirements for the program. Those who are granted Temporary Protected Status will be able to remain in the United States for the next 18 months and will be able to obtain work authorization cards so that they [...]

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) For Syrians

Syria was designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on March 23, 2012. This means that those who apply for and are granted TPS will be allowed to remain in the United States  for 18 months (and possibly longer if TPS is extended). They will also be allowed to apply for work cards so that they [...]

Parole in Place (PIP) Granted While In Deportation Proceedings

Is it possible to get Parole in Place for a military spouse who is in immigration court proceedings? Yes, but there are no guarantees that you will be granted parole in place or PIP if you are in deportation proceedings. In February 2012 a Schaefer Immigration client was granted parole in place while he was [...]

Who are the best immigration lawyers in DC?

Who are the best immigration lawyers in DC? The good news is that if you are in the Washington, DC area, you will have many good immigration lawyers in the area. This means that you will likely be able to find one that is a good match for you and your case. Because of how [...]

Fiance Visa For Exchange Student Couple From Latin America

A Schaefer Immigration client was granted a fiance visa recently. The couple initially consulted with Schaefer Immigration when they first decided to get married so that they could discuss their case with a DC fiance visa lawyer to get advice on the best way to get a K1 fiance visa. They had originally met through [...]

Do I get United States citizenship if I marry a citizen?

Marrying a United States citizen does not make you a citizen automatically, but it could provide you with a path to becoming a permanent resident and then eventually a citizen. United States Citizenship Through Marriage The first step on your path to becoming a citizen will likely be for your spouse to help you with [...]

Visa Bulletin – April 2012

Each month the Department of State publishes a Visa Bulletin that lets you know what immigrant visas are currently being processed. In order to determine if there is a visa number currently available for you, you should check the Visa Bulletin each month. To read this month’s bulletin, simply locate the preference class for your [...]

What is parole in place for military spouses?

Parole in place or PIP is a process that may allow some family members of active duty military personnel to be able to remain in the United States even if they did not lawfully enter the United States. If parole in place is granted, the family member may then be eligible to file for adjustment [...]

Does a RFE mean that USCIS is about to deny my case?

A Request for Evidence or RFE does not necessarily mean that USCIS is about to deny your case. But, if you do not respond to the Request for Evidence correctly, your case may be denied. What Is A RFE? A Request for Evidence is a way for USCIS to request additional information so that a [...]

Visa Bulletin – March 2012

Each month the Department of State publishes a Visa Bulletin that lets you know what immigrant visas are currently being processed. In order to determine if there is a visa number currently available for you, you should check the Visa Bulletin each month. To read this month’s bulletin, simply locate the preference class for your [...]

How long does it take to get a green card through asylum?

When you are granted asylum, you do not automatically become a permanent resident. But, when you are granted asylum, you will be able to lawfully remain in the United States as an asylee. You will also be able to get an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) or work card so that you can lawfully work in [...]

Visa Bulletin – February 2012

Each month the Department of State publishes a Visa Bulletin that lets you know what immigrant visas are currently being processed. In order to determine if there is a visa number currently available for you, you should check the Visa Bulletin each month. To read this month’s bulletin, simply locate the preference class for your [...]

How much does it cost to get a green card through adjustment of status?

The costs involved in getting a green card through the adjustment of status process can be viewed in three groups: the required government filing fees, other required costs and attorney fees. The required government filing fees are: $420     Form I-130 filing fee $1,070   Form I-485 adjustment of status filing fee The other required costs that [...]

Withholding of Removal Granted Based on Religious Persecution in Pakistan

A Schaefer Immigration client recently learned that his withholding of removal application was granted by the judge in his immigration court case. His case involved the threat of persecution on account of his religion. He had converted to Christianity and feared that he would be seriously harmed or killed if he returned to his home [...]

Visa Bulletin – January 2012

Each month the Department of State publishes a Visa Bulletin that lets you know what immigrant visas are currently being processed. In order to determine if there is a visa number currently available for you, you should check the Visa Bulletin each month. To read this month’s bulletin, simply locate the preference class for your [...]

Who is the best immigration lawyer in Virginia?

Who is the best immigration lawyer in Virginia? If you are in Virginia, you will have many good immigration lawyers to choose from. The difficult part will be in finding one that is a good match for you and your case. Because of how many different factors need to be considered in selecting the best [...]

Visa Bulletin – December 2011

Each month the Department of State publishes a Visa Bulletin that lets you know what immigrant visas are currently being processed. In order to determine if there is a visa number currently available for you, you should check the Visa Bulletin each month. To read this month’s bulletin, simply locate the preference class for your [...]

What is a Request for Evidence or RFE?

A Request for Evidence or RFE is a tool that USCIS can use to ask for more information from you. For example, if more information is needed to make a decision on your green card application, you may receive an RFE asking you to submit the information that is needed. Receiving an RFE is typically [...]

Visa Bulletin – November 2011

Each month the Department of State publishes a Visa Bulletin that lets you know what immigrant visas are currently being processed. In order to determine if there is a visa number currently available for you, you should check the Visa Bulletin each month. To read this month’s bulletin, simply locate the preference class for your [...]

Are tax returns needed to file an I-130?

You won’t necessarily need to include copies of your tax returns with your I-130. In some types of family based immigration cases, the I-130 petition is filed first. You then need to wait for a visa number to become available before you can move on in the process. When a visa number does become available, [...]

What is USCIS?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. USCIS employs 18,000 government employees and contractors who work at 250 offices across the world. USCIS will likely play a role in the process of obtaining your green card. For example, the petition to request a family [...]

How do I get a fiancee visa?

If you are a foreign national and are engaged to a United States citizen, you probably have questions about how to get a fiancee visa so that you can get married in the United States. If you are successful in getting a fiancee visa, you will be able to travel to the United States in [...]