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.
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 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.
Any time there has been denial, excessive wait time, the need for a waiver, or any other complication, we highly recommend that you speak with an attorney.
USCIS reviews immigrant visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.
United States Permanent Residents may apply for a green card for their fiancé, but only after they are formally and legally married.