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What to Expect After the Petition and the Adjustment of Status Application Have Been Submitted: Interview for Adjustment of Status Based on Marriage to U.S. Citizen

After properly filling out all the forms and gathering the supporting documents, the foreign national and her spouse can submit the package to USCIS with the appropriate filing fees. Once USCIS receives the package, USCIS will issue a receipt with a specific case number. The couple can check their case status online through the USCIS […]

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Removal of Conditions on Permanent Residence

When a couple submits the immigrant petition and the application for adjustment of status based on a marriage that is less than two (2) years, the permanent residence that the foreign national spouse receives is, what’s referred to as, “conditional residence.” The conditional residence is valid for two (2) years. The conditional residence has all […]

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Step-by-Step Guide to Permanent Residency (Green Card) Through a Marriage to a U.S. Citizen

Obtaining permanent residency, commonly known as green card, through a marriage to a U.S. citizen might be the easiest way to gain permanent residency in the U.S. But don’t be fooled by the appearance of simplicity. One misstep can mean months of delay or even a denial. So, let’s go through the procedure step by […]

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Applying for U.S. Citizenship After Obtaining Permanent Residency Through a Marriage to a U.S. Citizen

When a foreign national obtains permanent residency through a marriage to a U.S. citizen and she is still married to the same spouse, the foreign national can apply for U.S. citizenship after being a permanent resident for three (3) years (including the period she was a conditional permanent resident). In all other cases (other family-based […]

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Immigration Status NOT Visa Status

Avoid using the term ‘visa status’ when ‘immigration status’ is meant. People who are required to do so make application for a “visa stamp” from the US Department of State at a US Consulate or Embassy OUTSIDE of the USA. This visa stamp is like a movie theatre ticket. It’s required to get in, but […]

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Marrying a US Citizen When You’re Out of Status

“What’s love got to do with it?” you might ask. Apparently, love has a lot to do with whether or not an alien will receive immigration benefits. Let’s walk through a possible scenario as an example. Ana, a 35 year old single lady from South Korea came to the U.S. for a three-month vacation. After […]

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Nonimmigrant Visa

The United States offers many nonimmigrant visa options. In fact, most foreign nationals can qualify for three or more nonimmigrant visa options. However, the type of visa you initially choose may have a direct impact on your ability to subsequently immigrate to the United States. All people who enter the United States on nonimmigrant visas […]

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