When a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident marries a non-U.S. citizen, the new spouse is eligible to apply for a green card. This process is not automatic. In fact, to obtain a marriage-based green card for your spouse, you will need to file specific documents and comply with numerous requirements. Many applicants find it helpful to work with an experienced immigration lawyer.
The Law Offices of Robert M. Bell, P.A. employs immigration and nationality attorneys who help clients obtain marriage-based green cards for their spouses. An immigration lawyer from our firm can assist in the process of applying for a green card through marriage.
Get Help with U.S. Immigration Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
Our immigration attorneys can help you fill out and file all the important forms and supporting documents to obtain a marriage-based green card for your spouse. We will also ensure you meet any deadlines for these benefits so your process continues forward.
Here are some of the forms that our office prepares for our clients:
- U.S. Immigration Form I-130 “Petition for Alien Relative.” This form is the first step in helping an eligible spouse obtain a marriage-based green card. U.S. citizens and permanent residents must file this petition on behalf of their spouses.
- U.S. Immigration Form I-485 “Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.” This form, also known as the Adjustment of Status or AOS form, allows a foreign spouse to apply for lawful permanent resident status while in the U.S. In other words, the spouse will not have to return to his/her home country while the green card is processed.
- U.S. Immigration Form I-864 “Affidavit of Support.” This form helps family-based immigrants such as spouses to show that they will not need to rely on the U.S. government for financial support.
- U.S. Immigration Form I-601 “Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility.” This form can be used by the foreign spouse to apply for a waiver of certain grounds of inadmissibility. The application will require evidence to support the case, so it can be helpful to work with an experienced immigration attorney to complete this form.
Some or all of these forms will be needed to obtain a marriage-based green card for your spouse. Because mistakes or incomplete applications could result in substantial delays or a denial of your application, it is important to seek representation from an immigration attorney from The Law Offices of Robert M. Bell, P.A.
Marriage-Based Green Card Timeline
The quickest and most efficient way to obtain a marriage-based green card for a spouse is to work with an experienced immigration attorney who can help comply with deadlines and requirements for filing. However, there are some general guidelines regarding these two processes for obtaining a marriage-based green card for your spouse.