Marriage Green Cards

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A Marriage Green Card, also known as a Spouse Visa or a Marriage-based immigrant visa, is a type of visa that allows foreign nationals to enter and live permanently in the United States with their U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) spouse. Obtaining a marriage based Green Card is one of the most popular ways for couples to live and work together in the U.S.

Eligibility for a Marriage Green Card

In order to apply for a marriage based Green Card, the foreign national must be married to a U.S. citizen or LPR. The couple must be able to provide evidence that they are in a bona fide marriage, meaning that their marriage is based on love and not solely for immigration purposes. The U.S. citizen or LPR spouse must also meet certain income requirements in order to sponsor their spouse for a Green Card.

The Marriage Green Card Process

The process of obtaining a marriage based Green Card involves several steps, which can be complex and time-consuming. The following is a general overview of the process:

  1. Petition for Alien Relative: The U.S. citizen or LPR spouse must file a Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130) with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to establish the relationship between the spouses.
  2. Adjustment of Status: If the foreign national spouse is already in the U.S. and is eligible to adjust status, they can file an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485). If the foreign national spouse is outside the U.S., they must apply for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy in their home country.
  3. Biometrics Appointment: The foreign national spouse will need to attend a biometrics appointment to have their fingerprints and photograph taken.
  4. Interview: The couple will be scheduled for an interview with a USCIS officer to verify the validity of their marriage and assess whether the foreign national is eligible for a Green Card.
  5. Approval: If the USCIS officer approves the Green Card application, the foreign national spouse will receive their Green Card in the mail.

The Marriage Green Card process can take several months to a year or more, depending on the specific circumstances of the couple’s case.

The Marriage Green Card application process can be complex and stressful, but a knowledgeable immigration lawyer can guide you through the process, ensure that your application is complete and accurate, and accompany you to the interview at the USCIS.

At Glenn Immigration, we have extensive experience helping couples obtain Marriage Green Cards and other family-based immigration visas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you and your spouse successfully navigate the immigration process