If you've got specific questions about marriage-based immigrant visas or green cards, chances are good someone else has been through the same thing before. Check out our series of common -- or sometimes uncommon -- questions from readers.
Over a year ago, I married a woman from Belarus. We submitted her green card application in the United States. She wants to go home for a visit but cannot because she's afraid of missing her green card interview. Is there some way we can speed up this process?
I'm married to a U.S. citizen, and my green card interview is coming up. I'm having trouble collecting documents to show that my husband and I are truly married. We have very few assets in both our names. Since we're older and don't get out much, we have hardly any photos together. Will they think we're faking it?
I recently married a man from South Africa, who I met in school. We've both graduated, but he hasn't gone home like he was supposed to. I'm a U.S. citizen, and am trying to fill out a visa petition for him on Form I-130. But what do I put for his address? He lives here with me, but if I put that down, won't I be basically telling the immigration police to come and get him? Should we just put his parents' address in South Africa?
I'm a U.S. citizen, and I recently married a Thai citizen in Thailand after knowing her for six months. Three years ago, while she was a student in the United States, she let her student status expire and overstayed her visa. I don't know exactly how long she was living in the U.S. illegally, but I think it was several months. When I file the petition for spousal immigration, will it be denied?
I am Japanese and got married to an American citizen last week. I came to the U.S. with a B-2 visitor visa that expires in three weeks. I will apply for my green card next week. But I am afraid about something: After my visa runs out, will I be staying here illegally until I get the green card?
I'm married to a U.S. citizen who mistreats me both physically and emotionally. He started the process of applying for my green card, but the application is still pending. I'm afraid he'll refuse to continue with the green card process if I call the police or leave him. More than that, I'm afraid he'll take the kids and let the immigration authorities deport me. What do I do?
I've been a green card holder for two years. I just married my girlfriend from Romania. She was in the U.S. on a visitor's visa, which expired after we got married. I sent an I-130 visa petition to the immigration service for her, but got a letter saying it will take 180 to 760 days for them to process it. Is her stay in the U.S. legal while she waits for this?
I am a U.S. citizen, but my husband is here illegally. We were always told that if he wanted to apply for a green card, he'd have to leave the United States and then he wouldn't be let back in for many years. I heard something about a law that passed in the last days of Clinton's administration, allowing illegal immigrants to pay a penalty fee and apply for their green card in the United States. Does this law help us?
Until recently, if you were the spouse of a U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder) who died before you could immigrate, the visa petition was cancelled and you were out of luck. You could no longer use that visa petition as the basis to apply to become a permanent resident yourself. In October