One of the fastest and most common ways for a foreign national to become a lawful status adjustment through marriage to a United States citizen in a process known as adjustment of status. At Herman Legal Group, our Austin immigration lawyers can guide you through this process and help ensure that it goes smoothly.
To apply for a green card through marriage, you must meet the following requirements:
A foreign national who enters into the United States with a K-1 fiance visa can file an adjustment of status application within 90 days of admission into the country if they intend to marry their U.S. citizen fiance. In this way, the couple can go from K-1 to lawful permanent resident (LPR) without having to leave the country and wait for a green card through consular processing.
Status Adjustment Through Marriage: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Immigration Process
This is also the option for a foreign citizen who has entered the United States in another manner than as a lawful visitor, such as a B-1 or B-2 visa, and wishes to remain in the country after their marriage to a U.S. citizen. However, they must prove that their marriage is bona fide and that their relationship was not solely for the purpose of migration.
The couple will also need to submit documents, such as evidence of financial support, proof of assets, valuations of liquidated assets, contracts or loan agreements, account statements, and letters from a bank or financial institution that show liabilities and debts. They will also have to undergo an interview with a USCIS officer. If the marriage-based adjustment of status application is approved, you will obtain a two year marriage green card that must be renewed once every two years.