Family and Marriage Immigration
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I’m a U.S. Citizen and I want to sponsor my spouse for a Green Card. Can you help?
Yes, we will complete the Form I-130 Petition for you to sponsor your spouse. We use cutting-edge software which makes the collection of required documentation and completed forms very easy and accurate.
My spouse lives with me here in the United States. What else must we file?
Your spouse will file for Adjustment of Status to obtain a Green Card by using Form I-485. Along with your I-130, you will file an I-864, Affidavit of Support.
Can my spouse obtain a work permit while the Adjustment of Status application is pending?
We will file the Form I-765 simultaneously with the I-485 and the I-130 to apply for your spouse’s work permit. If approved, your spouse will be able to work prior to obtaining the Green Card through marriage.
Can my spouse travel outside of the United States while the Adjustment of Status application is pending?
Your spouse may not leave the United States with a pending Adjustment of Status application. However, we will file a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, at the same time we file the I-485 and the I-130. If approved, your spouse will be able to travel outside of the United States prior to obtaining the Green Card through marriage.
What else must we include with the Application to Adjust Status?
Our firm will guide you through the collection of all documents. These include:
- Passport photos of each spouse
- Marriage Certificate
- Birth Certificate
- Bank Statements
- Mortgage or Lease Documents
- Visas, Passports and related documents
- Proof of Employment
- Affidavits of Bona Fides of Marriage
- Marriage and Family Photographs
- Tax Returns
What if my spouse lives abroad? Can my spouse obtain a Green Card through Marriage?
Yes, you will still need to file the Petition Form I-130 but your spouse will not file for Adjustment of Status. Instead, the Green Card application is processed overseas by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. This is known as Consular Processing. Our firm works closely with the U.S. Department of State, embassies and consulates to make sure all applications are complete and accurate.
Does my spouse file Form I-485, Application for Adjustment of Status, if they reside outside of the United States?
No, your spouse will simply wait for your I-130 Petition to be approved by the USCIS. We will then work on your behalf with the Department of State and the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad to process your spouse’s application for a Green Card. We will provide them with all required documentation and forms.
What if I have a Green Card? Can I also sponsor my spouse for a Green Card?
Yes, your spouse may be eligible for a Green Card. The government imposes an annual limit on the number of marriage visas it will issue to spouses of Legal Permanent Residents. We will determine if a visa is currently available and then complete the Form I-130 Petition for you to sponsor your spouse. If your spouse lives in the United States, we will simultaneously file for Adjustment of Status and apply for work and travel authorization.
I have a Green Card and my spouse is abroad. Can I bring my spouse to the United States?
Yes, you may. If a visa is currently available, we will file Form I-130 Petition. Once approved by the USCIS, we will coordinate with the Department of State and the U.S. Consulate located where you spouse resides to complete Consular Processing.
My Spouse, a U.S. Citizen, Died Before Petitioning My Green Card. Can You Help?
Yes, if you remain unmarried and you file an immediate relative visa petition within two years of your spouse’s death, then you will qualify as an immediate relative for adjustment of status. You must have been married for at least two years and you were also not legally separated at the time of your spouse’s death.
I have been married to a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident for less than two years. Do I qualify for a Green Card?
Yes, you may be eligible for a Conditional Green Card. This will expire in two years and you and your spouse must then file a Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, during the 90 days before its expiration. If approved, you will then receive a Permanent Green Card.
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