What happens if I go out of status before I get my green card?


Independent attorneys in the Boundless network answer common U.S. immigration questions

Jun 9, 2021


What happens if I go out of status before I get my green card?

Sometimes, the spouse of a U.S. citizen enters the United States on a valid visa, then applies for a marriage-based green card, but their immigration status expires while they are waiting for green card approval. Generally speaking, the expiration of that spouse’s immigration status will not affect their green card application process.

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It’s important to note, however, that spouses of U.S. green card holders (not U.S. citizens) generally must maintain legal immigration status to be eligible for a marriage-based green card approval from within the United States.

Learn more here about visa overstays and related issues.

How do I compress my files to meet the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) requirement of under 2MB?

The simplest option is to re-save your file as a reduced-size PDF. In the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Pro, open the PDF you wish to re-save as a smaller file, choose File, Save as Other, and then Reduced Size PDF. You’ll be prompted to select the version compatibility you need and then you can click OK to save. Otherwise, applicants will need to use a trusted service provider to compress their files.


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