Immigration attorney and founder of the Shulman Law Group, Edward Shulman, has been interviewed by US Weekly magazine, providing an expert immigration opinion about one of the cast members of the TLC show, 90-day fiancé. The highly popular immigration-related reality show chronicles several couples involved in long-distance international romantic relationships wherein they have 90 days to marry. Utilizing a specialized visa, called a K-1 visa, which allows foreign fiancés of American citizens to come to the United States to join their partners, the show explores the relational journey towards marriage. Essentially, the couples must marry before their visas expire in 90 days or their visitor fiancés must return to their home countries. With the proverbial clock ticking, the couples are viewed in the process of acculturation, assimilation, and navigation of the challenges of an international relationship.
One couple, Larissa Dos Santos Lima, a Brazilian native, and her US citizen husband, Colt Johnson, have been publicly front and center due to several heated episodes and aggressive arguments that have resulted in police involvement and three arrests of Ms. Lima. She has been charged with battery of her husband and faces several counts of first-degree domestic violence.
At issue is whether these charges will cause her deportation. Noteworthy is the fact that her US citizen spouse recently filed for divorce, which further begs the question of whether or not she will be subject to deportation. Mr. Shulman was consulted to weigh in on the immigration consequences. In particular, Mr. Shulman answers questions about the likelihood of Ms. Lima’s removal from the United States, the timeline of the deportation process, and what immigration avenues of relief she would have in order to remain in the United States.
The US Weekly article, wherein Mr. Shulman‘s legal Immigration opinions are cited, is set forth as follows: