Mr. Barbosa has been an EFM since 2019, taking his immigration practice with him whenever his Spouse has taken them. Although our practice has provided advice and counseling to families around the globe, we enjoy helping other families in U.S. missions navigating immigration matters. Specially, if we can remove the headache of the administrative processes, while you enjoy your post.
We have assisted in trouble shooting spouse petitions, training diplomatic spouses for naturalization, and helping with petitions of foreign relatives to obtain residency in the U.S. In addition, visas for au-pairs, domestic staff and understanding the responsibilities when sponsoring extended families are topics of common concern.
Usually, the best resources for families posted across the globe is the FLO in D.C. and the local CLO. One of the most important benefits of EFMs is access to Expeditious Naturalizations, a service that FLO can assist with. The AFSA website indicates that FLO acts as the liaison with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in expediting naturalization for foreign-born Department of State spouses. Since 2006, more than 1,000 foreign-born spouses have been successfully naturalized. For more information, review the DOS FLO Page.
In addition to FLO’s assistance, you may also have the representation from an attorney in these private matters. It is usually best, to not bother your friends at consular affairs, considering that 1) they are not allowed to provide legal advice, and 2) you probably want to keep them as your friends. Please call us via phone, whatsapp, or send us an email.
We will be happy to assist.