In today’s episode of Law Talk, Trent and Andrew discuss the basics of the family-based visa process, from filing the I-130 to adjusting your status after entering the United States!
Filing for a family-based immigrant visa can be a long and expensive road. Before you choose to file, make sure you understand the basics of the process.
Your expected total cost may be higher or lower depending on your particular situation and whether you’re already in the country.
If you are married to a U.S. citizen spouse, they may be able to sponsor a green card petition for you depending on the specifics of your relationship.
Some children of naturalizing American citizens automatically become citizens while others do not. For this reason, you should check whether your children are eligible.
If you’re married to a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States, your husband or wife can sponsor your green card application.
If you choose to marry your alien spouse outside of the United States, there are several ways for you to legally bring them into the country on your return.
The inherent complications of accommodating a military schedule can make the marriage and fiancé visa process difficult.
If the alien fiancé is lawfully present in the U.S. when you meet and fall in love, you may want to simply get married and apply for permanent residency.
The K-3 Nonimmigrant Visa was created to provide a faster process for spouses of U.S. citizens, but that is not always the case.
The location of your engagement, as well as where you are currently residing, can have a major impact on your ability to file for a U.S. fiancé visa.
The K-3 visa allows spouses of U.S. citizens to enter into the country while waiting for the approval of their Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative.