Marriage with a Lawful Permanent Resident
A U.S. permanent resident, upon marrying his/her foreign national spouse, may petition for his/her foreign spouse to immigrate to the United States as a permanent resident. Unlike marriage green card sponsored by a U.S. citizen, beneficiary of a marriage based green card sponsored by permanent resident is subject to a numerical visa limit. Due to the availability of green cards are limited and usually require a wait time between the approval of the applications and the granting of the actual green cards, it is usually a significantly longer green card process than those petitioned by U.S. citizens.
Marriage Green Card: Marriage to Green Card Holder
To be eligible, the Legal Permanent Resident petitioner generally needs to prove the following:
- the marriage is legitimate and is a legally recognized marriage;
- all prior marriages were legally terminated;
- sponsoring spouse is able to financially support his/her spouse, if not, a co-sponsor of the affidavit of support may be an option.
- Foreign spouse is admissible to the United States. If the foreign spouse is not admissible, a waiver in some circumstances may be available.
Why hire us?
Marriage and Green cards is an extremely complex and detailed area of immigration law. If you are considering marriage or are married with a foreign residence, contact Cipolla Law Group for a consultation with a marriage green card lawyer.
You may be interested in the following pages:
- Marriage green card requirements
- Proof of Marriage
- Marriage with U.S. citizen
- Marriage with green card residence