(*Practice Limited to Immigration Law)


We respectfully salute and welcome members of the Military including those from the Scott Air Force Base in Southern Illinois. Thank you. 


MARIA SANCHEZ-LEY LAW OFFICE LLC offers an ethical professional experience and understanding of this complex process while considering and respecting the couple’s emotions, life term goals, logistics and expectations.

You may wish to contact the Attorney by phone or E-Mail to agree on an informative appointment about your interest to sponsor the K-1 Visa for your Fiancée / Fiance.

“What is a fiancé(e)?

Under U.S. immigration law, a foreign-citizen fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen is the recipient of an approved Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), Form I-129F, who has been issued a nonimmigrant K-1 visa for travel to the United States in order to marry his or her U.S. citizen fiancé(e). Both the U.S. citizen and the K-1 visa applicant must have been legally free to marry at the time the petition was filed and must have remained so thereafter. The marriage must be legally possible according to laws of the U.S. state in which the marriage will take place.

In general, the foreign-citizen fiancé(e) and U.S. citizen sponsor must have met in person within the past two years. USCIS may grant an exception to this requirement, based on extreme hardship for the U.S. citizen sponsor to personally meet the foreign-citizen fiancé(e), or, for example, if it is contrary in the U.S. citizen sponsor’s or foreign-citizen fiancé(e)’s culture for a man and woman to meet before marriage.”


Rights and Protections for Foreign-Citizen Fiancé(e)s and Spouses of U.S. Citizens and Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents

The U.S. Government created the pamphlet which is available in the following link, in several languages, based on a U.S. law, the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 (Title D of Public Law 109-162), which reaffirms and strengthens the U.S. Government’s commitment to fight domestic violence and abuse in all forms.




Main Office 

850 Vandalia Street | Suite 300

Collinsville, IL 62234

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Phones: + (618) 855-9056 | +(314) 603-1861

Fax: + (618) 551-2825


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Virtual Meetings (Evening and Weekends available) 

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