Green Card Through Marriage

Consular Processing versus Adjustment of Status for Spouses For many foreign nationals married to U.S. citizens (USC) or lawful permanent residents (LPR), the ultimate goal is to obtain permanent residency in the United States. However, the process of achieving this status can vary significantly depending on whether the individual pursues Consular Processing or Adjustment of...

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Securing a green card via a family sponsor entails the Petitioner, either a US Citizen or US Permanent Resident, initiating a petition for their spouse, parent, child/son/daughter, or sibling. This petition is filed using Form I-130, known as the Petition for Alien Relative. Regardless of the relationship basis for the petition, the following list highlights...

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When it comes to immigration cases, proving a bona-fide marriage can be critical. In fact, U.S. Citizenship, and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires evidence that the marriage is not fraudulent and entered into for the sole for the purpose of evading U.S. immigration laws. USCIS takes marriage fraud very seriously and has implemented various measures to...

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Financial sponsorship is a crucial aspect of the immigration process, especially in family-based cases, e.g., spousal, parent, and sibling petitions. This form is used to establish the relationship between a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and their foreign relative who is seeking to immigrate to the United States. Here are the key points to understanding...

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The Visa Bulletin is a critical resource for anyone seeking to immigrate to the United States. This monthly publication, issued by the US Department of State (DOS), provides valuable information on the availability of immigrant visas for individuals from various countries and categories. Understanding the Visa Bulletin and its complex system of priority dates and...

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Once you are a green card holder you need to be careful not to lose it.  Obtaining a green card and maintaining permanent residence requires an individual to spend most of their time in the US. When COVID hit a lot of green card holders got caught outside of the US and were forced to...

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So having filed your immigration paperwork with USCIS and after enduring the prolonged processing times USCIS has now sent you a notice asking you to appear for an interview. So, what can you expect? Clients often ask me how they can prepare for an interview and want a set list of questions; however, there is...

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Obtaining a green card through marriage is often described as one of the easiest ways to obtain lawful permanent residency.  However, what happens if after obtaining the green card you get divorced?  Can you get remarried and sponsor your new spouse? While this is certainly possible, if an individual received a green card through marriage,...

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