How to get my fiancee and her daughter permanent residency and green card

Dear Sir,
I am an American citizen.
My fiancee is from Russia, she have 13 years old daughter.
Right now my fiancee is with me in California, she have tourist visa
until October When she came in to the USA she got approved to stay
until December 2017
Her daughter have tourist visa for 3 years but she is in Moscow
right now, with family members.
What do i need to do to get the daughter to the US as soon as
possible. And to get my fiancee and her daughter permanently
residence and green cards.
What are the recommended steps to achieve that?
Thanks for the help.
Best
Gil

Asked on June 12, 2017 under Immigration Law, California

Answers:

SB Member California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

I would suggest that if the daughter has a tourist visa and can enter the US that she do that.  Otherwise, you would have to petition for her mother first and only when the mother's green card is approved, you can then request a notification of the approval to be sent to the US Embassy in Moscow where the daughter would consular process for her immigrant visa.  This can take up to a year and she would not be able to enter the US as a visitor during that time.  Of course, in order to petition both the mother and the daughter, you have to be legally married first.  Please let me know if you have any additional questions.  I am a native Russian speaker and if your fiancee has any questions or concerns regarding this, I can also assist.


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