MARRIAGE AND FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION OPTIONS
- Marriage based green card, (this also applies for same-sex marriages )
- 601-A provisional waiver for spouse or children of US citizen
- K-1 visas for fiancee
- K-2 visas for children
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A MARRIAGE-BASED GREEN CARD
- You must be legally married (if you are not, we may be able to help you with a K visa for fiancees).
- The Immigration Service will check to make sure your relationship is real. Immigration has always scrutinized marriage cases to stop fraud.
- Domestic partnerships and civil unions aren’t recognized as marriage under federal law, so you won’t qualify for a marriage green card unless you’re officially married.
- Polygamy is not legally recognized in the United States. Even if legal in your country, it will not be upheld in the US.
WHAT ARE THE SPONSORSHIP REQUIREMENTS For THE US CITIZEN WHO IS BRINGING IN A SPOUSE OR FAMILY?
- The sponsor must be age 18 or older.
- The sponsor will need to file an affidavit of support pledging to provide for their spouse.
- The sponsor must prove that he or she has the means to support their spouse (or family). If they cannot prove this they may get a joint sponsor to help.