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, the details of your case, and whether your choose to adjust status or go through consular processing.
This article will walk you through Form I-130 explaining the nuances depending on your status and your relationship to your foreign relative.
If you are married to a U.S. citizen spouse, you can obtain a green card based on your relationship. The specific process you use to get your green card varies based on your individual situation.
Some children of naturalizing American citizens automatically become citizens while others do not.
If you’re a foreign citizen married to a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States, your husband or wife can sponsor you to apply for a green card.
If you choose to marry outside of the United States, you and your alien spouse still have immigration options based on your newly formed family relationship.
The United States government tries to help family members of military personnel, but the inherent complications accommodating a military schedule and deployments can make the process difficult.
If the alien fiancé is lawfully present in the U.S. when you meet and fall in love, it might be the best idea in terms of your life circumstance to simply get married and apply for permanent residency while remaining in the U.S.
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.
Where you are engaged and married may complicate or simplify your green card process.
While Immigrant Visas are sometimes issued faster it is not always the case. You can always compare processing times and choose between whichever process is fastest.