Maybe. There are two requirements so that you can immediately apply for a green card based on marriage to a U.S. resident. First, you must enter the country legally and still have legal status at the time your spouse submits an immigrant petition. The second requirement is an immigrant visa to apply for residence. Even if you can’t apply for a green card now, one day you’ll be able to seek permanent residence in the U.S. We worked with many clients who wanted to obtain permanent residence on the basis of marriage with a permanent resident. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.
You will need to show that your marriage is valid, that is, a love marriage. These could be photos, joint bank statements, evidence that you live together, cards, and possibly statements. We can help you gather the documents needed for your petition. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.
Eventually, your case will be sent to the local immigration service – the office closest to your place of residence. This local office will set up a time for an interview with you and your spouse to verify the validity of your marriage.
It will depend on where you live. If you live in an area with a large number of green card applicants, the waiting time for an interview is usually longer than in an area with fewer applicants. You should estimate approximately 18 months from the date the officer received the dossier until the time of the interview.
Officers usually ask questions about your marriage, where you met, when you met, etc. The officer will also ask questions about you and your spouse’s extended family, any trips you’ve made, and other questions to determine if you have a marriage. In the past, we’ve worked with many clients to prepare them for this immigration interview. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.
You will be able to apply for a work permit when you apply for a green card. Once the work permit card is approved, you will be able to work for any company in the U.S. as long as the work permit card remains valid.
You will be able to apply for a travel permit when you apply for a green card. When the travel permit is approved, you will be able to travel outside the United States. There are other questions related to whether you should travel outside the U.S. Contact us to discuss your travel plans.
Having received a green card, you will be able to freely travel outside the United States.
If your spouse becomes a U.S. citizen at any point during this process, you will be able to apply for a residence permit immediately if you entered the country legally. This is true even if you are no longer in status and have overstayed your visa. For more information on this, go to the page dedicated to marrying a U.S. citizen.