Marriage to a 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, a beneficiary of a green card petition based on a marriage to a permanent resident is subject to a numerical visa limit. Due to the availability of a limited amount of green card, there is usually a wait time between the approval of the permanent residence applications and the granting of the actual green cards.
Marriage Green Card Requirement for Marriage to a Permanent Resident
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.
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Marriage based green card petitions are 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. Our immigration law firm is located in Chicago and our immigration lawyer have over 25+ experience representing married couples and their permanent resident spouses for their marriage based green card petitions.
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