Uniting Spouses with Marriage Visas
Spouses of U.S. citizens and green card holders can apply for visas to enter the U.S. and, once in the country, apply for permanent resident status. The application process that has to be followed to obtain marriage visas, however, will depend on whether the U.S. citizen or the foreign spouse is applying for the visa, as well as whether the applicant is currently within the U.S.
At the Law Office of Peter Duong, our San Francisco immigration attorney has well over a decade of experience helping people secure marriage visas and resolve other family-based immigration matters. Known for providing personalized, high-quality legal services, our lawyer and his dedicated staff can help you successfully navigate the U.S. immigration system so you can focus on the other important things in your life, like your marriage and family.
Basic Eligibility Requirements for Marriage Visas
In order to obtain a marriage visa, applicants for these visas must prove that:
- Their marriage was/is legally valid in the country or region in which it took place.
- The marriage also qualifies as valid under the terms of the Immigration Nationality Act (INA).
If these conditions are satisfied, then the process of applying for a marriage visa will typically start with completing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, as well as compiling the necessary supporting documents and filing fees.
More Important Information about Marriage Visas
- Conditional residence – When a marriage is less than two (2) years old and a foreign spouse in that marriage is granted permanent resident status, that status will be issued on a conditional basis as part of the fraud prevention protocols at USCIS. The conditions can be removed by completing Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence, within 90 days of the second anniversary of obtaining permanent resident status.
- Living in the U.S. while visas are pending – Foreign spouses can apply for nonimmigrant K-3 visas to obtain permission to enter and live in the U.S. while marriage visas are pending.
- Denials of marriage visas – If a petition for a marriage visa is denied, the USCIS denial letter will outline the options for pursuing an appeal, including details regarding how to get started and the appeal filing deadline. There are additional fees for pursuing appeals, and these cases can be more complicated that the initial visa petition process.
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Contact a San Francisco Immigration Attorney at the Law Office of Peter Duong
For experienced help applying for a marriage visa or resolving any family-based immigration matters, contact a San Francisco immigration attorney at the Law Office of Peter Duong. For nearly two decades, our trusted lawyer has been committed to providing exceptional legal services related to all aspects of U.S. immigration and naturalization law.
To discuss your situation and learn more about how we can help you, call us today at 415.231.5143 or email us via the contact form on this page. From our offices based in San Francisco, our attorneys provide superior representation and legal services to clients throughout the Bay Area, the state of California and the world.