One of the benefits of being a U.S. citizen is that you can submit a K-1 visa to allow your foreign fiancé(e) to travel to the U.S. However, to qualify for a K-1 fiancé(e) visa, you and your fiancé(e) must have met in person in the two years prior to filing the K-1 visa application. If Covid-19 has prevented you from meeting your fiancé(e) in the past two years, you may be ineligible to apply for a K-1 visa.
The sponsor can count the intending immigrant’s income in his household income if the following requirements are satisfied: (1) you have the same principal residence as the sponsor and (2) your income will continue from a lawful source even after you obtain your green card.
If your immigration application is missing important information or documents, USCIS will not immediately deny your application. Instead, USCIS will first mail you a Request for Evidence (RFE). The purpose of the RFE is to notify you of the defect in your application and give you an opportunity to correct the problem. If you timely respond to the RFE and provide all the information or documents that USCIS requests, USCIS will continue to process your application. If you do not, then USCIS can deny your application.
If USCIS requires you to attend a second interview, this means USCIS has serious doubts about the legitimacy of your marital relationship. At the second interview, USCIS will separate you and ask you a series of probing questions. You should both invest a lot of time to prepare for this interview.
If, at the time you enter the U.S. on a tourist visa, you intend to immigrate to the U.S., you may be ineligible to receive a green card. However, if, at the time you enter the U.S. on a tourist visa, you fully intended to timely depart from the U.S. and decided to immigrate only after entering the U.S., you may be eligible to receive a green card.
You must answer “Yes” to these questions and any other applicable questions. For immigration purposes, the expungement or sealing of a criminal record does not mean the criminal record does not exist. You must answer all questions on the green card application truthfully without regard to the expungement of your record.
A U.S. citizen can apply for a K-1 visa to allow a fiancé(e) to travel to the U.S. The K-1 visa application process has four unique stages. Below is a detailed explanation of each of these four steps.
If your foreign spouse is outside the U.S. and wants to immigrate to the U.S., the first step is to file Form I-130. Together with Form I-130, you must also submit supporting documents to prove that your spouse is eligible to immigrate to the U.S. Here is a checklist of the required documents:
No, your I-751, petition to remove conditions on residence will not automatically be denied. Even though you and your spouse both signed your application, you must still notify USCIS about your wife’s death. Below is a list of items you need to prepare to file with your request.
To apply for your 10-year green card, you need to provide evidence of your relationship from the time your 2-year conditional green card was approved through the time you apply for your 10-year green card. You need to submit the same categories of evidence, but you do not need to submit evidence that you previously submitted.
If you received your green card through marriage but your relationship is not going well or you have already divorced, it may still be possible to maintain your lawful permanent residency. There are several possible considerations in this regard.
If you and your spouse live far apart, USCIS will certainly be suspicious at first. But this does not mean your application will be denied. Whether USCIS approves your application depends on whether you can convince USCIS that you have a legitimate marital relationship and a plan to live together.
Whether you will receive a 2-year green card or a 10-year green card depends on how long you have been married at the time USCIS approves your application. If, at the time USCIS approves your green card application, you have been married less than 2 years, USCIS will issue you a 2-year conditional green card.
In September 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that green card applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their immigration medical examination. The policy went into effect on October 1, 2021. The new policy mandates proof of fully vaccinated status before a USCIS-approved civil surgeon can complete an immigration medical examination and sign Form I-693 (“Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record”).
You should not leave the U.S. before you receive your advance parole document. If you leave the U.S. before you have an advance parole document, your green card application will be considered abandoned. In addition, even if you still have a valid nonimmigrant visa, if you try to reenter the U.S., U.S. Customs and Border Patrol will see that you previously applied for a green card and may deny your entry into the country.