Many fiancés and spouses of U.S. citzens, who are planning to immigrate from overseas, wonder why they cannot simply use a tourist visa to enter the United States, or enter on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). They know they will spend a long time outside the United States waiting for their proper visa,
A marriage-based visa or green card is available to any foreign-born national whose marriage to a U.S. citizen is real and legally valid, and who is not inadmissible for any other reason. Procedurally and theoretically speaking, however, you have more than one option if you are coming from another country
If you are married to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you can apply for U.S. lawful permanent residence, otherwise known as a marriage-based immigrant visa or green card. To be eligible under U.S. immigration law, you and your spouse must show: • that you are legally married • that your marriage
A fiancé visa will get you into the United States to get married. To be eligible for a fiancé visa, you do not have to intend to live permanently in the U.S. after your marriage. Whether you decide to stay in the U.S. and apply for a green card is up to you. In fact, if you know in advance that you
If you are a foreign national in the United States -- whether you are here lawfully or unlawfully -- and you are married to a U.S. lawful permanent resident, you are, at the moment, NOT immediately eligible to obtain permanent residence (a green card) right now. Only foreign nationals married to U.S.
Applicants for a U.S. green card (lawful permanent residence) based on marriage sometimes ask, “Can I avoid the Visa Preference System and long waiting period by simply waiting for my spouse to become a U.S. citizen?” They know that, as the spouse of a lawful permanent resident, in category 2A, they