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Bringing a foreign spouse to the U.S.

On Behalf of | Jan 23, 2024 | Immigration Law |

Bringing a foreign spouse to the United States is a journey that requires patience, meticulous documentation and an understanding of U.S. immigration laws. The primary goal is to obtain a visa for the foreign spouse. This will allow them to legally enter and reside in the United States.

The process typically starts with the U.S. citizen spouse filing a petition on behalf of their foreign spouse. This petition establishes the marital relationship’s legitimacy to the U.S. immigration authorities.

Visa application and processing

Once the petition is approved, the foreign spouse can apply for a visa. There are two main types of visas for spouses: the K-3 visa, which is for those who are already married, and the K-1 visa, which is for fiancés who plan to marry within 90 days of entering the U.S.

The visa application process involves submitting various documents to prove the marriage’s legitimacy, the U.S. citizen’s ability to financially support the spouse and the spouse’s admissibility to the U.S. This process can be lengthy and requires careful attention to detail to ensure all requirements are met.

Adjustment of status

Once the foreign spouse enters the United States, the next step is to apply for an adjustment of status to become a lawful permanent resident. This process involves another set of forms and documentation, including proof of a bona fide marriage and financial stability.

During this phase, a couple may be required to attend an interview with immigration officials. This interview is designed to verify the authenticity of the marriage and ensure that all the information provided is accurate and truthful.

Bringing a foreign spouse to the U.S. isn’t easy. Working with someone familiar with immigration laws in this country may make it a bit less stressful and more likely to be successful.