In an attempt to promote family unity, the immigration laws in the U.S. allow citizens
of the country to petition for specific qualified relatives to live permanently
in the United States. Because of this, in some instances, obtaining a green card
via marriage to a U.S. citizen can be the most expedient manner of achieving residency.
Unfortunately, approval is neither automatic nor guaranteed. In fact, such petitions
will come under heavy scrutiny in order to ensure the marriage is, in fact, legitimate,
and that obtaining immigration benefits was not the sole purpose of the marriage.
Therefore, although marriage may seem like a way to fast track lawful, permanent
residency there can be stumbling blocks along the way. Marriage to a U.S. citizen
renders the spouse an immediate relative, meaning there are no quota restrictions
on how many people can obtain their green card through marriage to a citizen of
the United States.
Should the foreign-born spouse have entered the U.S. with no inspection, it may
be necessary for him or her to apply for a green card outside the U.S., or, depending
on the circumstances, apply for a provisional waiver in the U.S.
Obtaining a green card through marriage can be a complex process which can go much
more smoothly when an attorney from the law firm of Sullo & Sullo is standing
behind you every step of the way. We are familiar with the process and the necessary
paperwork and understand the importance of a successful application. Call us today
for a consultation regarding your desire to obtain a green card for a foreign-born