Bringing Your Wife Or Husband To Live And Work In The U.S.
Petitioning the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to sponsor a fiance or spouse seems like a natural course of action for a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. Naturally, spouses belong together — or so goes the sentiment.
Many people believe this step in family life and immigration status should be straightforward and guaranteed to be successful. Therefore, many attempt to file on their own, without the help of an immigration lawyer or another professional. This can be a big mistake. Taking steps forward in the wrong sequence or without proper documentation can lead to delays or failure. In a worst-case scenario, a spouse may be banned from the U.S. for 10 years. Even sending a check for the wrong amount can delay your case significantly.
For these and other reasons, you are strongly advised to contact a knowledgeable immigration lawyer as soon as you and your fiance or spouse have made plans to live together in this country.
First Things First: Understand Your Goals
Specific family circumstances will dictate your objectives. Does any of these sound familiar to your situation?
- You are a U.S. citizen by birth or by naturalization; you have met the person you want to marry, who is not a permanent resident or citizen. He or she may be in the U.S. on an educational, tourist or work visa. How should you and your fiancé or fiancée proceed more efficiently to achieve your goals of marriage and correct immigration status for your spouse-to-be?
- You are a U.S. citizen; the person you want to marry is abroad, still in his or her country of origin or another country. What steps should you follow to save time and money?
- You are a legal permanent resident (LPR) and your fiancé or fiancée is not. Maybe he or she has been living undocumented in the U.S., or maybe he or she is here on a school, work or family visa. What is the quickest and surest way to getting a green card for him or her?
- You are already married. One of you is in the U.S. as a citizen or permanent resident; the other is in the U.S. on a different kind of visa or still outside the country, What is the smartest way forward for purposes of immigration status for your wife or husband?
Your situation may be like one of these or it may be different. The most important thing you can do to pursue your hopes of living in the U.S. together as a married couple is to consult with an experienced immigration attorney. Discuss your goals, your hoped-for timeline of marriage and/or living together in the U.S. Talk about your or your finance’s or spouse’s immigration status and what you will need to do to get that status adjusted. Will you use a fiance visa or a spousal visa?
And once you are living together in the U.S., both of you with legal status and permission to work, what are your ideas about citizenship? Learn about your opportunities by discussing your case with a knowledgeable immigration lawyer. Call Immigration Complete LLC at 210-761-6589 or complete an online intake form to request a consultation.