Green Card marriage (formally known as Adjustment of Status) is the process that you can use to apply for a Green Card when you marry a U.S. Citizen.
You must: Be physically present in the U.S. (If not, there is an option called "Consular Processing"). Have been inspected and lawfully admitted into the U.S. And not have a record that renders you inadmissible. (Although, you may apply for a Waiver).
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Why hiring an immigration lawyer?
You and your spouse are starting your new life together in the US and have enough to worry about! An experienced attorney will assess your case and make sure everything is done and filed correctly. No unnecessary risks, no headaches, just an approval notice. Have the peace of mind of knowing your application is done correctly and your future here is secure.
What documentation is needed through the process?
2 of the primary forms are:
– Form I-130: Petition for Immediate Relative, which is necessary for the validation of the marriage.
– Form I-485: Adjustment of Status, which determines whether or not the applicant is admissible and qualifies for permanent residency status.
Timeline of the process
– Submit form I-130 and I-485
– Receive receipt notice.
– Bio-metrics appointment.
– Check if USCIS submitted an RFE.
– Receive EAD (work permit)
– Interview with an immigration officer.
– Receive your Permanen Resident Card.
What happens after you receive your Green Card?
When the application is approved, the applicant spouse receives a conditional green card (CR1), which is valid for 2 years if the marriage is less than 2 years when the green card is issued. It’s important that 90 days before the end of this conditional period, the couple files together the form i 751 (“Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence”) in order to obtain a green card through marriage valid for 10 years.
What happens when the foreign spouse is not in the US?
If the foreign spouse is living abroad, he or she can still apply for a green card through marriage, but this time the process is called “Consular Processing”, as part of it will take place at his/her home country’s consulate.
Linda Lee is the Managing Attorney of the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles. She has been practicing immigration law for the past 20 years.
She has successfully represented and received approvals on more than 4,000 immigration cases, including marriage cases, fiancé visas and naturalizations.
Government fees payable directly to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security:
– i-130 filing fee: $535
– i-485 filing fee: $1,140
– Biometrics service fee: $85
If you have overstayed your visa in the United States, you might still be eligible to apply for an adjustment of status through marriage if you are married to a US Citizen. If you have overstayed, don’t hesitate to contact our office at (213) 460-1877 to speak with an experienced attorney who can advise you on what your options are.
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