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Helping You Through All Steps of the Immigration Process Serving Families in Orange County & Surrounding Areas

Green Card Through Marriage

If you and your spouse plan on living your life in the United States, but one of you is a foreign national, you would need to apply for a marriage visa. If your spouse is a permanent resident or a United States citizen, your spouse will need to file an I-130 petition on your behalf. This petition will typically include evidence of a bona fide marriage relating to your relationship. It will also include but is not limited to other important documents such as your marriage certificate and evidence of your spouse’s status as a permanent resident or U.S. citizen.

How to Get a Marriage-Based Visa

To obtain a green card through marriage, you can go about it in one of two ways. First, if your spouse is a permanent resident, your spouse will file a petition for you, with evidence relating to your relationship--including but not limited to important documents such as your marriage certificate. Next, you will apply for an adjustment of status in the U.S. or a green card if you are out of the country. You can only do so once you have received a marriage visa.

Adjustment of Status: Out of Status

The other option is to apply for adjustment of status even if you are out of status. If you have previously been lawfully admitted to the country, you will be eligible for adjustment of status. To become finalized as a U.S. citizen, you must remain married and wait three years after obtaining your green card. If you and your partner divorce, you must wait five years.

Immigration is now harder in the current political climate, so green card interviews will be conducted with great detail. These are to be taken seriously, as they can severely impact your status as a future citizen. It is essential you remain honest no matter the circumstances, as you will be asked a number of extremely personal questions regarding your marriage.

Contact Our Irvine Immigration Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one want to obtain a marriage visa, you will need the help of a skilled and knowledgeable Irvine immigration lawyer. Our team at Yekrangi & Associates is dedicated to helping keep families together because we have a unique immigration perspective. Attorney Yekrangi’s personal passion behind helping immigrants is an asset to all clients he serves. Don’t take on this situation on your own--let us help you acquire the results you deserve.

To schedule an initial consultation with us today, don't hesitate to contact us at (949) 478-4963!

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