Immigration FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about marriage green cards and the U.S. immigration system

What is the “Public Charge” Rule?

Sep 20, 2018

The “Public Charge” policy is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposal aimed at reducing the number of people who are eligible for green cards and other types of visas, by redefining what makes those people dependent on public-assistance… View Article

What is Form I-693?

Oct 4, 2018

The green card medical exam ensures that the spouse (or other family member) seeking a green card has all necessary vaccinations and does not have any medical conditions that could make them ineligible. Inside the United States, the medical exam… View Article

What is an Affidavit of Support (form I-864)?

Oct 4, 2018

Most green card applicants must have a U.S. sponsor who accepts financial responsibility for them. An “Affidavit of Support” (Form I-864) is essentially a contract between the financial sponsor and the U.S. government, where the financial sponsor demonstrates that they… View Article

When Can I Visit my Spouse in the United States?

Nov 8, 2018

Before obtaining a green card, the spouse of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is living abroad must demonstrate their intention to visit the United States only temporarily before returning to their home country.

How Do We Prove Our Marriage is Real or “Bona fide”?

Oct 1, 2018

A “bona fide” marriage means two people who intend to build a future together, and who did not get married only for immigration purposes. Evidence of an authentic marriage can include joint financial documents, evidence of living together, tickets and… View Article

How should I prepare for my marriage green card interview?

Oct 10, 2018

The final step in the marriage-based green card process is the interview, where the interviewing officer’s primary goal is to assess the authenticity of the marriage. Marriage green card interview questions can focus on the history of the couple’s relationship,… View Article

How Much Does it Cost to Get a Green Card?

Oct 3, 2018

The total cost for each type of green card application can vary. Government fees for marriage-based green cards are $1,760 if the spouse seeking a green card lives in the United States and $1,200 if the spouse lives abroad, but… View Article

What is a K-1 Visa?

Oct 1, 2018

The K-1 fiancé visa is available to fiancés of U.S. citizens who are living outside of the United States and intend to get married within 90 days of arriving in the United States.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Green Card?

Sep 20, 2018

There are many ways to get a green card, and the timeline for each pathway is different. Depending on the situation, the marriage-based green card process can last as little as ten months or over three years.

What Documents Do I Need For a Marriage Green Card?

Sep 12, 2018

The required documents for a marriage green card can vary by situation, but in general the couple must provide evidence such as: proof that the sponsoring spouse is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; a copy of the marriage certificate;… View Article

How Long After Marriage Can I Apply for a Green Card?

Aug 15, 2018

Right away! As long as you have a legally valid marriage to a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident (“green card” holder), and an authentic relationship with your spouse, you should generally be eligible to start applying for a marriage… View Article

What is a Marriage Green Card?

Aug 16, 2018

Most U.S. citizens and U.S. green card holders are entitled by law to sponsor their spouses for a green card, also known as permanent residence status. The total cost, waiting time, and other details of the marriage green card process… View Article

What is a Biometric Screening?

Aug 8, 2018

During a biometric screening, a government representative records an individual’s fingerprints and takes photos, in order to check government records for any serious criminal record or relevant prior immigration violations. The biometrics appointment is typically short and simple.

What is the Visa Bulletin?

Aug 1, 2018

The visa bulletin, issued every month by the U.S. Department of State, shows which green card applications can move forward, based on when the I-130 petition that starts the green card process was originally filed. The visa bulletin exists because… View Article

Why Would a Green Card Application be Denied?

Jul 20, 2018

A green card application may be denied by the government for several reasons, including but not limited to mistakes on the required forms, missing documents, insufficient financial resources, or failure to demonstrate eligibility. More details about possible reasons for green… View Article

What is Conditional Permanent Residence?

Jul 6, 2018

A conditional green card is only valid for two years, and the designation “CR1” on the physical card stands for “conditional resident.” A conditional green card holder must file Form I-751 to “remove the conditions” and obtain a permanent green… View Article

What is a Lawful Permanent Resident?

Jul 4, 2018

A lawful permanent resident, also known as a green card holder, is a foreign national who is authorized to live and work anywhere in the United States, sponsor certain relatives for their own green cards, and ultimately apply for U.S…. View Article

What is USCIS?

Jun 11, 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is the government agency that oversees legal immigration to the United States. USCIS is primarily responsible for approving green cards, naturalization, work permits, travel permits,… View Article

What is a Green Card?

Jun 1, 2018

A “green card,” issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), provides proof of lawful permanent resident status, with authorization to live and work anywhere in the United States. Most green cards must be renewed every ten years, but some… View Article

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