For many people, obtaining a green card through marriage to a US citizen or permanent resident is the quickest and most straightforward path to lawful permanent residence in the United States. However, the process can be complex and overwhelming, with numerous forms, documents, and requirements to navigate. At Rijal Law, we understand the challenges and complexities of obtaining a green card through a spouse, and we are here to help guide you through the process.
What is a Green Card?
A green card, officially known as a Permanent Resident Card, is a document that provides lawful permanent residence status to foreign nationals in the United States. With a green card, you can live and work in the United States indefinitely, and you may be eligible to apply for US citizenship after a certain period of time.
What is a Green Card Through Spouse?
A green card through a spouse is a process by which a foreign national can obtain permanent residency status in the United States through marriage to a US citizen or permanent resident. There are two types of green cards through spouses: the Immediate Relative category, which is available to spouses of US citizens, and the Family Preference category, which is available to spouses of permanent residents.
The Green Card Through Spouse Process
The process of obtaining a green card through a spouse involves several steps, including:
Filing the Petition
The first step is to file a petition with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of the foreign national spouse. This requires submitting Form I-130, along with supporting documentation such as marriage certificates, birth certificates, and proof of US citizenship or permanent residency.
Waiting for Approval
After the petition is filed, USCIS will review it and determine whether the foreign national spouse is eligible for a green card. This process can take several months or longer, depending on the backlog of applications and the complexity of the case.
Filing the Adjustment of Status Application
If the petition is approved, the foreign national spouse can file an Adjustment of Status application with USCIS. This requires submitting Form I-485, along with supporting documentation such as medical examinations, police certificates, and financial information.
Attending the Interview
After the Adjustment of Status application is filed, the foreign national spouse will be required to attend an interview with USCIS to determine whether they are eligible for a green card.
Receiving the Green Card
If the interview is successful, the foreign national spouse will receive their green card in the mail within a few weeks.
How Rijal Law Can Help
Navigating the green card through the spouse process can be complex and overwhelming, especially if you are unfamiliar with US immigration laws and procedures. At Rijal Law, we are here to help guide you through the process and increase your chances of success. Our experienced immigration lawyers can assist you with:
Filing the Petition
We can help you prepare and file the Form I-130 petition, along with all necessary supporting documentation.
We can assist you in gathering the necessary documentation and evidence to support your application and ensure that everything is filed correctly and on time.
We can help you prepare for your interview with USCIS, including advising you on the types of questions you may be asked and what documentation to bring.
Appeal of Denials
If your green card application is denied, we can help you file an appeal and advocate on your behalf to USCIS.
Obtaining a green card through a spouse can be a complex and challenging process, but with the help of an experienced immigration lawyer from Rijal Law, you can navigate the process with confidence and increase your chances of success. Our team of dedicated immigration lawyers has the knowledge and experience to guide you through every step of the process, from filing the initial petition to attending the interview.
At Rijal Law, we understand that each client’s case is unique, and we take the time to understand your specific situation and needs. We work closely with you to develop a customized strategy that meets your goals and objectives.
If you are considering applying for a green card through a spouse, don’t go it alone. Contact Rijal Law today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced immigration lawyers. We are committed to helping you achieve your immigration goals and securing your future in the United States.