My name is Ekaterina (“Kate”) B. Huff and I am a United States immigration attorney in Virginia. I was born and raised in Russia. There, I received my law degree from Volgograd State University, practiced law, and eventually decided to move to the United States. While in the United States, I knew I wanted to continue practicing law. I also met my husband. I had to personally go through the marriage-based green card process with my husband. While in that process, I decided that this is what I wanted to do — help others navigate through this tough time.
I received my law degree from William and Mary Law School. I am licensed to practice law in Washington D.C. I only practice immigration law. Immigration law is federal law and not state law. Because immigration law is federal law, I am able to handle immigration cases from any state or country in the world.
I concentrate my practice primarily on family-based immigration matters, which is a niche area of immigration law. Family-based immigration matters include marriage-based green cards, which is one of the most popular types of green card cases. Marriage-based green cards are especially popular where I am located because of the vast amount of military bases nearby and the amount of military personnel finding love overseas.
Because my practice is heavily focused on marriage-based green card cases, I have handled the full spectrum of marriage-based green card cases ranging from:
Marriages that were arranged by third parties;
Marriages with a significant age difference between the couple;
Marriages with a couple that does not speak a common language;
Marriages with a couple that has a vast difference in their cultural and ethnic backgrounds;
Marriages with a couple whose family and friends are unaware of their marriage;
Marriages with a couple that has not lived together since getting married;
Marriages where the foreign national spouse is a friend of the U.S. citizen or U.S. green card holder spouse’s family;
Marriages where a couple has made discrepancies in answers to questions at a green card interview they should have mutually known;
Marriages that were entered into immediately following a foreign national spouse’s “Apprehension or Departure Order”; and
Marriages where the U.S. citizen or U.S. green card holder spouse has filed a previous Immigration petition for a previous foreign national spouse.
This book is for any couple going through the process of obtaining a green card in the United States based on their marriage. I wanted to write this book to discuss the marriage-based green card process because it is lengthy, complex, and stressful.