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Per the USCIS (formerly the INS), if your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) has less than six months of remaining validity, you must renew your Green Card prior to filing an application for naturalization (Form N-400). You must submit a photocopy of your replacement Green Card when you apply to become a citizen.

You can renew your Green Card by filing Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. If your Green Card will not expire for at least another six months and you meet the requirements to apply for citizenship, then you may choose to apply for citizenship instead of renewing your Green Card.

Lost Green Card

Per USCIS, if you have lost your Green Card which is not expired, then you must apply for a replacement card by filing Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. However, you do not need to wait to receive the new card before filing for naturalization. You should, however, wait until you receive the I-797 Receipt Notice for Form I-90 before you file the N-400 application.

Once you submit the I-90 application to USCIS, you will receive an Application Receipt Notice with a receipt number and all other details regarding the interview and fingerprinting. As soon as you receive the Receipt Notice for the Form I-90, you can proceed to file your N-400 application. You should include a copy of the Receipt Notice with the N-400 application.

On receipt of your application with the supporting documents and fees, USCIS will take up your application for initial processing.

On acceptance, they will mail you a Receipt Notice on Form I-797.

Once you receive the Notice of Action from USCIS you can make an “Info Pass” appointment with your local USCIS to obtain an I-551 stamp in your passport.

The I-551 stamp in your passport serves as a temporary proof that you are a permanent resident of the US.

You can use this stamp for all practical purposes that you would be able to use your plastic “Green Card” for: employment, travel, and evidence of status. This stamp is valid for one year.

Renew Your Green Card Before Travel

Re-entry into the United States from abroad: To the extent possible, apply for your new Green Card before you travel and bring with you on any trip the temporary documentation you received. If, after traveling abroad, you try to reenter the United States with an expired Green Card, you may experience a delay during the inspection process at the port-of-entry. So it is always better to travel after you file the I-90 application to replace your green card.

 

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How to Adjust Your Status and Get a Green Card https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-to-adjust-your-status-and-get-a-green-card/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-to-adjust-your-status-and-get-a-green-card/#respond Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:52:28 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=6059 How to Adjust Your Status and Get a Green CardThe Immigration and Nationality Act lets nonimmigrants who are living in the U.S. change their temporary status to become a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) without having to leave the country. This process is known as adjustment of status.

There are two ways to get an immigrant visa that would let you permanently live and work in the U.S. People who are living abroad must go through consular processing to get an immigrant visa. But nonimmigrants who are living in the U.S. can go through an adjustment of status to get their green card. Before you apply for adjustment of status, you need to learn how this process works.

Ways to Immigrate to the U.S.

There are a few ways to get a green card:

* Through Family: A relative who’s a U.S. citizen or green card holder can petition for you to get a green card.

* Through a Job: A U.S. employer that would give you a job in the U.S. can petition for you to get a green card.

* Through Investment: You would make a large business investment in the U.S. that would create or protect at least 10 full-time jobs.

* Humanitarian Programs: You entered the U.S. as a refugee or asylee.

Through Family: Your U.S. relative citizen or green card holder who’s living in the U.S. can sponsor you for a green card by filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for you.

U.S. citizens can file for their husband or wife, parents, children, brothers and sisters. Green card holders can only sponsor their husband or wife or children.

Through a Job: A U.S. employer can sponsor nonimmigrants for a green card if the employer is willing to give them a job in the U.S. They can do this by filing Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker. The employer also needs to file applications for labor certification.

Through Investment: You can also get a green card by making a $1,000,000 USD business investment in the U.S. (or a $500,000 business investment in a high-unemployment or rural area in the U.S.) that will create or preserve at least 10 permanent, full-time jobs for U.S. workers. To do this, you don’t need a sponsor. Instead you file Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, for yourself.

Humanitarian Programs: You don’t need someone to sponsor you for a green card if you’ve been legally allowed into the U.S. as a refugee or asylee. But to get a green card through humanitarian programs, you must meet certain additional requirements such as be from a country that the U.S. offers Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Concurrent Filing of Adjustment of Status Applications

Some nonimmigrants can file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, to apply for a green card at the same time as someone sponsors them if they’re already legally in the U.S. This is called concurrent filing. However, not everyone is allowed to file Form I-485 at the same time as their sponsor files their immigrant petition.

The immediate relatives of U.S. citizens (the citizen’s husband or wife, parent, or child under 21) who are already in the U.S. can file Form I-485 at the same time as their U.S. citizen relative files From I-130 for them.

Most nonimmigrants need their sponsor’s petition to be approved before they file their Form I-485 application to adjust their status.

Filing Form I-485

Form I-485 comes with form filing instructions that will help you fill out and file the form correctly with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It’s important that you don’t make any mistakes while you’re completing the form.

You will need to include supporting documents that show that you’re eligible for a green card. What supporting documents you’ll need to include will depend on why you’re eligible for a green card. The filing instructions will explain what documents you’ll need to include. Make sure that you include the correct documents or the USCIS won’t be able to approve your application. Nonimmigrants who can’t prove that they’re eligible for a green card won’t be able to get a green card.

Your Biometrics Appointment

Once the USCIS accepts your Form I-485 adjustment of status application, it will schedule you for a meeting to have your biometrics (fingerprints, photograph and signature) taken at an Application Support Center (ASC) near you. The U.S. government will use your biometrics to make sure that you don’t have a criminal history. The USCIS will also use this information to create your green card and documents that you might apply for, such as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD, or work permit). You must go to this appointment or your application for a green card could be denied.

Your Interview

You might have to go to an interview after you apply to adjust your status. The USCIS would send you a letter scheduling you for your interview. This letter will let you know when and where to go to your interview. People who had a relative sponsor them for a green card might have to bring that relative to the interview.

You will need to bring your original passport, travel documents, Form I-94 and other original documents to the interview.

Final Decision

Once the USCIS decides whether to approve you for a green card, it will send you a letter telling you what it decided. People whose green card applications are approved will now be able to legally live and work in the U.S. for the rest of their lives. People whose applications are denied can appeal the USCIS’s decision or file a motion to have their case reconsidered. They have to file an appeal or a motion to reconsider within 30 days after the USCIS sent its denial notice. Information on how to appeal is on the denial notice.

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How to Become a Lawful Permanent Resident? https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-to-become-a-lawful-permanent-resident/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-to-become-a-lawful-permanent-resident/#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:16:00 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=6035 How to Become a Lawful Permanent ResidentPeople from all over the world want to settle in the U.S., but many of them don’t know how. The U.S. allows thousands of people every year to get a permanent resident card (green card), which allows them to permanently live and work in the U.S. However, it’s not easy to get a green card. There is a process that you must follow.

There are several ways that you can immigrate to the U.S. The most common ways are:

  • Through a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) relative
  • Through employment
  • Through the Diversity Visa Lottery

Foreign nationals who are sponsored by their relative or employer will be classified in a preference category. The U.S. government gives out a limited number of visas each year to immigrants in the different preference categories. You’ll have to wait until you can get a visa before you can get a green card. However, this doesn’t apply to the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens. Immediate relatives don’t have to wait to get a green card.

Green Card through Your Relative

You might be eligible for a family-based green card if you belong to one of these categories:

Immediate relative of a U.S. citizen: Immediate relatives are the parents, husband or wife and children of U.S. citizens. Only U.S. citizens who are at least 21 years old can sponsor their parents as an immediate relative. U.S. citizens can sponsor their children as immediate relatives if their children are unmarried and less than 21 years old.

Other relatives of a U.S. citizen: U.S. citizens can sponsor their brothers and sisters, children above age 21 and married children of U.S. citizens for a green card, but these relatives will have to wait until a visa becomes available.

Relative of a green card holder: A green card holder can sponsor their husband or wife and unmarried children for a green card, but these relatives will have to wait until a visa becomes available.

Members of special categories: K visa holders, V visa holders and children of foreign diplomats in the U.S. can also get green cards. Depending on the visa type, they might have to wait until a visa becomes available before they can apply.

To get a green card, your relative would have to file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative with the USCIS. An immediate relative of a U.S. citizen who’s living outside of the country will get a visa soon after the USCIS approves the Form I-130 petition. The National Visa Center will let them know that the petition has been approved, then they can apply for an immigrant visa. They will get their visa after they complete an application and an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country.

Immediate relatives who are in the U.S. when their U.S. citizen sponsor files Form I-130 can file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, at the same time. They don’t have to go back to their home country to get a green card.

All other family-based green card applicants who are living in the U.S. legally as nonimmigrants need to wait until the I-130 petition is approved until they can file Form I-485.

Green Card through Your Job

These are the different ways to immigrate to the U.S. based on employment:

  • Through a job offer: You can get a green card through an employer who is willing to sponsor you for a green card and give you a permanent full-time job in the U.S.
  • Through investment: People who make a $1 million business investment in the U.S., or a $500,000 business investment in a high unemployment or rural area in the U.S., and plan to create or preserve at least 10 permanent, full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers can get a green card. They don’t need a sponsor. They can file Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, to apply for a visa that would allow them to come to the U.S. and apply for a green card.
  • Through extraordinary ability: People with extraordinary ability don’t need a sponsor either. They can apply for an immigrant visa for a visa that would allow them to come to the U.S. and apply for a green card.
  • Through special categories of jobs: There are certain specialized jobs that allow foreign nationals to get green cards if their employer files Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant. In some cases, they can file Form I-485 to apply for a green card at the same time as their employer files Form I-360:
    • Afghan or Iraqi who translated for the U.S. government
    • International organization employee
    • Iraqi who assisted the U.S. government
    • NATO-6 nonimmigrant
    • Panama Canal employee
    • Physician with a national interest waiver
    • Religious worker

Green Card through Asylee or Refugee Status

Foreign nationals with asylee or refugee status in the U.S. and some of their relatives can apply for a green card one year after they got their status.

U.S. immigration laws require refugees to apply for a green card one year after they were allowed into the U.S. as refugees if they want to remain in the U.S. However, asylees can choose to live in the U.S. as an asylee if they don’t want to apply for a green card.

Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

Fifty thousand people get immigrant visas through the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery program every year, which is also known as the Green Card Lottery. People from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. can take part in this program.

To take part in the green card lottery, you must be a high school graduate or have two years of work experience within the past five years. This work experience must be in a job that requires at least two years of training or experience.

In all these cases, you must show that you don’t have a criminal history and are eligible to enter the U.S. You will need to send documents to the USCIS that proves you are eligible.

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How to Complete Form I-130? https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-to-complete-form-i-130/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-to-complete-form-i-130/#respond Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:34:04 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=5979 How to Complete Form I-130?

If you are a US citizen or a permanent resident and if you seek to bring your family member to the United States, you can do so by sponsoring that relative for lawful status in the country. To sponsor a family member and get him/her a Green Card, you will have to start the application process by filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. This form along with the required fee and supporting documents must be filed with the USCIS.

If you are a US citizen, you can petition for your spouse, child, parents and for your siblings. But a Green Card holder can file this form only for his/her spouse and children and not for other family members. Form I-130 must be filed by the sponsor to establish that a family relationship exists between him/her and the beneficiary. You need to file separate applications for each family member who seeks to become a Green Card holder and who you wish to sponsor.

This form includes 6 parts, A to F and all these parts must be completed. However, you can write N/A beside a question or an option that does not apply to you. The following instructions will help you to easily complete the form and remember that you can complete Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, online.

Part A

Information about the relationship between you and the beneficiary, the family member who you seek to sponsor must be entered in the first part. Under Section A, you need to check the box beside the option that best describes the relationship between you and the beneficiary. For example, if you are filing Form I-130 for your spouse to get him/her a Green Card, you will have to check the box beside “spouse”.

Part B

Personal information about you including your name, address, birth date and place of birth, must be provided in this section. You will have to enter your Social Security number, Alien Registration Number and the name(s) of your spouse(s), in the spaces that have been provided. If you are a US citizen, you will have to answer the 13th question and the other 12 questions. Permanent residents must answer the 14th question along with the other questions and leave out the 13th question.

Part C

This part covers information about your relative who is seeking permanent resident status in the United States. Personal information about the beneficiary must be provided. Questions 13 through 16 require information about the beneficiary’s previous trips to the United States. If your relative is currently in America, you need to answer question 14. If your relative was placed in immigration proceedings, information about it must be provided.

You need to provide more information about the relative and you will have to list the names of the beneficiary’s spouse and children, if applicable. Followed by that you will have to enter the address in America where your relative will live. Your relative’s permanent address also must be provided. Complete questions 21 and 22 if those questions apply to your relative.

Part D

If you are filing immigrant petitions for more than one family member, you need to provide information about the other relatives you are sponsoring in this part. The names of the other relatives you are sponsoring and your relationship with them, must be listed in this part. For example, if you are filing Form I-130 for your spouse and your parent, at the same time, you need to provide information about your parent in the form you file for your spouse and vice versa.  If you have signed Form I-130 for some other relative in the past, you need to provide information about that relative as well.

Part E

This is where you must affix your signature. Prior to signing, you will have to read the “Warning” and “Your Certification” above this part.

Part F

If this petition was completed by someone else on your behalf, the person who completed the form for you must sign here. The name of the person who completed must be entered in this part.

After completing the petition, you must check the application at least once to make sure that you have not left out information or left spaces blank. You also need to make sure that there are no errors.

 

 

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How to Complete Form I-485? https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-to-complete-form-i-485/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-to-complete-form-i-485/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:20:20 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=5964 According to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), a non-immigrant can change his/her temporary status to permanent resident status, if he/she meets all the requirements for a US Green Card, in a particular category. This process, of adjusting non-immigrant status to permanent resident status, is known as adjustment of status. Form I-485 must be filed by a non-immigrant living in the United States who seeks to adjust his status to permanent resident status.

You have two options to file this form.You can either file the paper form or file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status online. There are 6 pages in this form and all these pages must be completed. Completing this form is pretty simple.

This form requires personal information about the applicant and information about his identity. The answers the applicant provides will help the immigration officers to determine that the applicant is admissible into the country. The following instructions will help you to easily complete the application for adjustment of status.

Part 1 – Information About You

Personal information about you must be provided in the first part of Form I-485. You need to give your permanent address. See to it that you enter your name and your birth date in the correct format. “Date of Last Arrival” is the date on which you entered into the United States. This refers to your most recent entry into the country.

You can find the I-94 Number on your Form I-94, Arrival/Departure record, issued by the Customs and Border Protection. Your Current USCIS Status, is your current status in the country. For example, if you hold a student visa, you are a student. Remember that, if you have overstayed your non-immigrant visa and if you are currently out of status, you cannot adjust your status. Provide your Social Security number and your Alien Registration number, if you have one.

Part 2 – Application Type

The reason why you are filing this form must be entered in the second part of this form. There are 10 options in this part. You need to check the box beside the option that applies to you.

In case you are applying for adjustment of status based on family sponsorship and if a visa number is available, you need to check box “a”.

Part 3 – Processing Information

You need to provide information that is needed to process this form. In Section A, you will have to enter the names of your parents, your occupation, your visa number, the date on which a non-immigrant visa was issued to you and your name as it appears on your arrival/departure record. This part of the form is self-explanatory.

In the next section, Section B, under Part 3, information about your marriage(s) must be provided. You must enter the names of your spouse and children and their birth dates. You need to provide information about all your children and your spouse, even if they are not immigrating with you.

Questions in Section C are to make sure that you are not connected to any criminal organization. If you are/were a member of any organization, make sure that you list the name of the organization in which you are/were a member, in the space that has been provided.

Followed by that, there are 18 questions. You need to check the appropriate box beside those questions. If your answer to any of those questions is “yes”, you need to provide explanation and you need to do this on a separate sheet of paper. Do not try to conceal information and do not provide false information. This will lead to the denial of your petition.

Part 4 – Accommodations for Individuals With Disabilities and/or Impairments

This part of the application is meant for the applicants with disabilities or impairments. The ones who need special accommodations for their interview, need to fill out this part of the form. For example, applicants who are deaf, can request sign-language interpreters. Applicants need to explain what kind of accommodation they need.

Part 5 – Signature

This is the last part of the application where you need to affix your signature. If you had sought the help of an interpreter to fill out this form, the interpreter will also have to sign the form. If the form was completed by someone else on your behalf, the person who completed the form must complete Part 6 and affix his/her signature.

After you complete the application, you may go through it once to ensure that there are no errors and that you have provided all the required information.

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Green Card Renewal Cost https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/green-card-renewal-cost/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/green-card-renewal-cost/#respond Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:33:37 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=5785 Permanent resident cardPermanent resident cards, commonly known as Green Cards, are issued by the USCIS to the foreign nationals who become permanent residents of America. This status, though is known as permanent resident status, is not a lifetime status. To remain in America as a permanent resident forever, a foreign national who holds a Green Card must maintain his status. He must not let his card to expire and must not abandon his status.

Green Card Renewal Form I-90

Green Card Renewal Form I-90Permanent resident cards come with expiration dates and are valid only for a decade. Therefore, permanent residents must not forget about the renewal process. They need to remember to renew their cards every ten years. If you hold a Green Card and if your 10 year limit is coming up, you need to immediately apply for renewal. This process is relatively simple. You just need to file Form I-90 with the USCIS to go through this process.

Remember that you need to start the renewal process six months before your card expires. Don’t apply for renewal too early either. Permanent residents need not file paper forms to get their cards renewed, they can file Form I-90 online. This can be done even from your home, if you have a computer. You have two options to file this form – you can complete this form on your computer or file the paper Form I-90.

You need to fill out this form completely as incomplete forms will not be processed by the USCIS. Hence, it is better to complete the form online as the online form guide will help you to complete an error free form.

Green Card Renewal Cost

Currently, the fee for Green Card renewal is $540 and it is subject to change. This fee includes the form filing fee, $455 and the biometric services fee, $85. You may use American Express, Visa, Mastercard or Discover cards to pay the fee online. In case you file the paper form, you will have to send a money order or check along with you application. Remember that you must not send traveler’s checks or cash.

Application Receipt Notice

You will be issued an application receipt notice only after the USCIS receives the payment. If you file this form electronically, you will receive this receipt immediately after you file the form. The address to which you must send your supporting documents will be listed on this notice. If you submit the paper form, you will receive this notice within a week. In both the cases, USCIS will send you Form I-797C, or Notice of Action and this document will help you to prove that you have started the Green Card renewal process.

Biometrics Appointment

Biometrics AppointmentIn certain cases, USCIS requires applicants to submit biometrics information and if required, you will be sent a biometrics appointment notice. See to it that you do not miss this appointment. Along with the appointment letter, you need to bring some other government issued photo identification document to the Application Support Center. There, your fingerprints will be taken and you will be photographed. This is likely to be the last step in the Green Card renewal process as the USCIS issues Green Cards to applicants after their biometrics appointment.

You will have to wait for few more days, if you are required to appear for an in-person interview. If you are required to appear for an interview, you will be issued a permanent resident card after the interview. If not, a new Green Card will be sent to you by mail, after you submit biometrics information.

You need to keep few things in mind and you need to carefully prepare your paperwork. If you have been living as a permanent resident for more than 5 years and if you meet the key criteria for US citizenship, you can go ahead and file for US citizenship instead for renewing your Green Card.

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Getting a Green Card through Marriage https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/getting-a-green-card-through-marriage-2/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/getting-a-green-card-through-marriage-2/#respond Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:32:28 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=5809 Green Card through MarriageOne of the best and easiest ways to get a US Green Card, is through marriage.

A non-US citizen will become eligible for a US Green Card if he/she gets married to a US citizen or a lawful permanent resident. Marriage based Green Card options are based on the type of marriage and also depend on whether the applicants are spouses of US citizens or Green Card holders.

If you are a citizen of a foreign country legally married to a US citizen, you will be considered as an immediate relative of that US citizen. People who are considered immediate relatives of US citizens will not be put on a waiting list and they are exempt from numerical limitation

The spouses of permanent residents do not belong to the immediate relatives category. They belong to the 2A family preference category. People who belong to the family preference categories are subject to annual limits and they will be issued immigrant visas only after their priority dates become current. The date on which the USCIS receives Form I-130, is the priority date.

Eligibility Requirements

To get you a Green Card through marriage, your spouse must be a US citizen or a legal resident of the country.

If your spouse is a permanent resident or a citizen of America;

  • You must be legally married to your spouse and you need to prove that by providing documentary evidence, such as a legal marriage certificate.
  • Your spouse must be above age 18 and capable of signing an affidavit of support for you..

Married to US Citizen Inside the United States

If you get married to a US citizen, while in America as a non-immigrant, Form I-130 and Form I-485 for adjustment of status, can be filed together. Your US citizen spouse must file Form I-130 and you must file Form I-485.

Forms that must be filed

  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
  • Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence
  • Form G-325, Biographic Information (for both the petitioner and the beneficiary)
  • Form I-864, Affidavit of Support
  • Form I-765, Application for Work Authorization (if needed)
  • Form I-131, Application for a Travel Document (if needed)
  • Form I-693, Medical Examination Results
  • A certified copy of your civil marriage certificate
  • A proof of the petitioner’s US citizenship
  • Copies of your birth certificate and that of your spouse
  • Photocopies of your passport and medical certificates
  • A copy of Form I-94 to establish that you entered America legally

USCIS will review and consider applications that have been filled out completely and petitions that accompany all the required supporting documents. As you hold a valid non-immigrant visa and you are eligible for adjustment of status, you need not go through consular processing that is meant for the spouses of US citizens who are abroad.

You can remain in America after filing these applications and need not go to your home country to get an immigrant visa. After your petition is approved, a Green Card will be issued to you.

Married to US Citizen Outside the United States

If married abroad, you must go through consular processing. To go through this process, your spouse must first file Form I-130 and sponsor you. After this petition is approved by the USCIS, you must apply for and get an immigrant visa from a US Consulate or Embassy in your home country.

Forms that must be filed

  • Form I-130,Petition for Alien Relative
  • Form G-325, Biographic Information (for both the petitioner and the beneficiary)
  • A certified copy of the marriage certification
  • Copies of petitioner’s US Passport, citizen’s birth certificate, certificate of naturalization or citizenship
  • Copies of your birth certificate and your spouse’s

USCIS will forward the approved Form I-130 to the US Embassy or US Consulate, in your home country. The respective consulate or embassy will then require you to apply for an immigrant visa. You must undergo medical examinations and appear for an immigrant visa interview.

After being interviewed, you will be issued an immigrant visa within six months from the date of your interview. However, spouses of Green Card holders will have to wait for several years to get into the United States as they are subject to numerical limitations.

Married to Green Card holder inside the United States

If you are married to a permanent resident in America, you can adjust your status to permanent resident status. But remember that you cannot file an application for adjustment of status when your permanent resident spouse files Form I-130, on your behalf. You need to wait until your priority date becomes current and then file Form I-485.

Forms that must be filed

  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
  • Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence
  • Form G-325, Biographic Information (for both the petitioner and the beneficiary)
  • Form I-864, Affidavit of Support
  • A copy Form I-94 to prove that you entered into America legally
  • A copy of the petitioner’s alien registration card (Green Card)
  • Form I-693, Medical Examination Results
  • A certified copy of the marriage certification
  • Copies of your birth certificate and your spouse’s
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (if needed)
  • Form I-131, Application for a Travel Document (if needed)

You may not be able to remain in the country legally until the priority date becomes current. If you need to stay in America until you file Form I-485, you will have to obtain a non-immigrant visa that would permit you to stay legally in the country until then.

Soon after the priority date becomes current, you can file an application for adjustment of status and you can remain in America legally, after filing Form I-485.

Remember that if your non-immigrant visa expires before your priority date becomes current, you will be placed in removal proceedings. Hence, you need to obtain a student visa or some other non-immigrant visa that would help you to remain in America until you adjust your status. Remember that it might take around three years for the priority date to become current.

Married to a Green Card holder Outside the United States

If you get married to a Green Card holder, in your home country, your spouse must file Form I-130 for you, to get you a Green Card. You need to wait until the USCIS approves that petition and then file an application for an immigrant visa in your home country.

You will have to wait for a long time as the spouses of permanent residents are not considered as immediate relatives. You can file an application for an immigrant visa only after you are notified by the local US Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

Forms that must be filed

  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
  • Two completed and signed G-325A’s
  • Copies of your and your spouse’s birth certificates
  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your spouse’s alien registration card
  • A copy of your marriage certificate

Conditional Green Card

If your marriage is not more than two years old, you will initially be issued a two year conditional Green Card. This card cannot be renewed and to remove conditions on that card, you and your US citizen spouse must jointly file Form I-751. This must be done prior to the expiration of your conditional status. If that petition is approved, you will be issued a ten year unconditional Green Card.

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3 Ways to Immigrate to USA https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/3-ways-to-immigrate-to-usa/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/3-ways-to-immigrate-to-usa/#respond Tue, 09 Jul 2013 07:16:43 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=5691 Ways to Immigrate to USAUnited States is one of the most popular countries and it has been drawing the attention of foreigners for ages. Many wish to relocate to the United States and it is the dream country for many. There are several reasons why foreign nationals select America when it comes to immigration.

United States is made up of immigrants and people believe that the country offers lots of opportunities. However, it is not so easy to immigrate to the United States. There are different ways to immigrate to the USA and the ones looking to immigrate, must be aware of the requirements and the options.

One can immigrate to America and get a US Green Card, by securing a job in the country. This option is open to highly skilled foreign nationals. United States is short of skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, maths and few other fields. Hence, US employers who are in short supply of workers can hire foreign workers and sponsor them for lawful status.

The other way most people choose to immigrate to the United States is through marriage. This is one of the easiest ways and foreign nationals who get married to US citizens can easily get Green Cards.

Green Card lottery is the other way through which you can get an immigrant visa and get into the United States. This is a program that the US Congress conducts every year and this program is open to people who are citizens of under-represented countries.

Do you have a family member in the United States?

Green Card through FamilyYou can immigrate to America if you are a family member of a US citizen or a permanent resident. That family member must however, be willing to sponsor you financially and for lawful status. To sponsor you, your family member must file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. You can easily immigrate to your dream country if you are a US citizen’s immediate relative as there are no annual caps on the number of immigrant visas issued to the spouses, minor children and parents of US citizens.

Married adult children and siblings of US citizens also can immigrate to the USA through family based immigration but they cannot immediately get immigrant visas. They will be put on a waiting list and the wait time for them to obtain Green Cards will depend on their home countries, the visa availability and on their marital status.

You can get an immigrant visa, if your spouse or your parent is a permanent resident of the United States. Immediate relatives of permanent residents will have to wait for few years to immigrate to the country as immigrant visas will not be immediately made available to them. If you are a permanent resident’s spouse or a child, you can get a Green Card but you need to wait and the wait time will depend on your country of citizenship.

You can immigrate to the United States through family based immigration, if

  • you are a US citizen’s spouse, parent or child.
  • you are a US citizen’s unmarried child (above age of 21), married child or a sibling.
  • you are the spouse or minor child of a Green Card holder.

Are you highly-skilled and do you have a job offer in America?

Employment Based Green CardIf family based immigration is not the best option for you, you can go for employment based immigration. But this may not be applicable to everyone. You need to possess specific job skills and a US employer must be willing to hire you and sponsor you for a Green Card. You need to hold a college degree in a specialty occupation and the US employer who is offering you a permanent job must be willing to file applications and paperwork for a labor certification. The sponsoring employer must also pay the legal fees for you. You can easily get a Green Card if a US employer sponsors you, but you may have to wait for few years to get a permanent resident card.

You can become a permanent resident if you are an investor and if you invest $1 million in a US business venture. This is one of the quickest ways to immigrate to the USA.

Through the following ways you can immigrate to the United States based on a job offer.

Green Card through an employment offer : In this case, a US employer must file Form I-140 and sponsor you.

Green Card based on investment : To get an investment based Green Card, you need to make a significant investment in a business venture in America.

Green Card through self petition : This is meant for “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” and for people who have been granted National Interest Waivers. Such individuals can petition for themselves and get Green Cards.

Permanent resident status through special categories of jobs : There are certain specialized jobs and if you manage to get one such job in America, you can get a US Green Card.

Green Card Lottery

Green Card LotteryAny foreign national who belongs to an under-represented country, can take part in this Diversity Visa lottery program. This program helps people who do not have job offers or relatives in America, to sponsor them for US Green Cards, to immigrate to the United States. Every year 50,000 Green Cards are being issued to people who take part and win the Green Card lottery program. If you do not qualify for a family based or an employment based Green Card, you can go for the Green Cad lottery. But remember that your country of citizenship must be in the list of countries that are eligible to take part in this program. Moreover, you need to meet other eligibility requirements to take part in this program.

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How to Apply for a Green Card for Your Same Sex Partner? https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-to-apply-for-a-green-card-for-your-same-sex-partner/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-to-apply-for-a-green-card-for-your-same-sex-partner/#respond Tue, 02 Jul 2013 08:50:35 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=5605 Green Card for your Same Sex PartnerUS citizens and Green Card holders can now petition for their same sex spouses. The US Supreme Court recently overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and stated that it violated the Constitution. A section of this act prevented the US citizens and the permanent residents from sponsoring their same sex partners. Likewise, it also denied federal and immigration benefits to the same sex couples. DOMA also prevented the federal government from recognizing same sex marriages. But now, as the Supreme court has overturned DOMA, US citizens and permanent residents can start filing applications on behalf of their same sex foreign partners and help them to immigrate to the United States.

File Form I-130 for Your Same Sex Foreign Partner

If you are a US citizen or a permanent resident and if you are legally married to your same sex foreign partner, you can file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with the USCIS, to get your partner a US Green Card. You can file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative on your spouse’s behalf. At the time of filing Form I-130, you will have to submit photographs of yourself and your spouse. Along with that, you need to fill out and submit Form G-325A for yourself and another Form G-325A for your spouse. Likewise, your petition must accompany few other supporting documents to establish that you are legally married to your spouse.

Supporting Documents

Form I-130 for your same sex foreign partnerYou being a US citizen, can file Form I-130 for your spouse who is abroad or within America. Your spouse must either adjust his/her status to permanent resident status or go through consular processing. The following supporting documents must be submitted along with your immigrant petition, Form I-130, in both the cases.

  • Copies of your marriage certificate
  • Birth certificates of your children
  • Copies of divorce documents (if any)
  • Documentary evidence to prove that you and your same sex partner have a common residence
  • Affidavits signed by people who can confirm that your marriage is bonafide.

Adjustment of Status

If your partner is in the United States, your partner can go for adjustment of status, a process that permits the immediate relatives of US citizens to adjust their status and become permanent residents, while in America. This process will not require your spouse to travel to his/her home country to get an immigrant visa. If your spouse is in America and if he/she is eligible for adjustment of status, he/she can file Form I-485 for adjustment of status while you file Form I-130, for him/her. You will have to submit the above mentioned supporting documents and establish that your marriage is genuine. You and your spouse will be required to appear for an interview and your spouse will be granted lawful status in America if the USCIS officer determines that your marriage is bonafide. Most of the questions that the immigration officers ask during the interview will be related to your marriage.

Consular Processing

Application for an Immigrant VisaYour spouse will not become eligible for adjustment of status if he/she is currently living in a foreign country and he/she must go through the process called consular processing, in order to get an immigrant visa and to immigrate to America. In this case, your spouse must wait until the USCIS approves Form I-130 that you have filed. After that, he/she must file an application for an immigrant visa, in his/her home country. Your spouse must submit biometrics information and appear for an interview at the consulate, in his/her home country. If your spouse’s application is approved, an immigrant visa will be issued to your spouse with which he/she can travel to America.

Green Card

Green CardIn case your marriage is not more than two years old, your spouse will be issued a conditional Green Card, that cannot be renewed. After living in America for two years as a conditional resident, you and your spouse must jointly file an application to get the conditions removed. If you fail to file Form I-751, along with your spouse, to remove conditions on your spouse’s status, the status of your spouse will be terminated and your spouse will be placed in removal proceedings. Hence, you need to file Form I-751, along with your spouse at the right time. If you and your spouse are still married at the end of the two year period and if the application to remove conditions is accepted by the USCIS, a ten year unconditional Green Card will be issued to your spouse.

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How Can I Get a US Green Card Through Marriage? https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-can-i-get-a-us-green-card-through-marriage/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-can-i-get-a-us-green-card-through-marriage/#respond Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:25:14 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=5561 Green Card Through MarriageAs believed by many, the most easiest way for a foreign national to become a permanent resident of the United States, is through marriage to a US citizen. In order to promote family unity, United States permits US citizens to sponsor their spouses and other immediate relatives for US Green Cards. If you are a foreign national and if you marry a US citizen, you will become eligible for a US Green Card and this applies to the individuals who marry inside America and abroad. However, to qualify, you need to establish that you and your US citizen or permanent resident spouse, are legally married and that your marriage is genuine. Similarly, you also need to prove that you and your spouse are not married to anyone else. Your marriage must not be a sham marriage and you must not have entered into marriage for immigration purposes. US citizens can get married to foreign nationals in the United States and abroad. But people who get married to US citizens would initially be granted two year Green Cards with conditions and when those cards are about to expire, conditional residents along with their US citizen spouses, must jointly file applications to get the conditions removed and they must file Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence, to get permanent resident cards valid for ten years.

Application Filing Process

Green Card ApplicationIf you are married to a US citizen, your US citizen spouse must file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for you, to sponsor you. USCIS generally takes around 2 months to process immigrant petitions filed by US citizens on behalf of their immediate relatives. After the USCIS approves Form I-130 filed by your US citizen spouse, you may file a petition for an immigrant visa in your home country. After your petition is approved and after you get an immigrant visa, you can travel to the United States as a permanent resident. Immigrant visas will immediately be made available to the immediate relatives of US citizens and you will not be put on a waiting list. Hence, you will be issued a visa soon after your petition is approved. If you are in the United States when your US citizen spouse files Form I-130 for you, you may concurrently file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, for adjustment of status and become a permanent resident.

Getting Married Inside the United States

If you get married to a US citizen, while you are in America on a non-immigrant visa, you can adjust your status to permanent resident status by filing Form I-485, when your US citizen spouse files Form I-130 for you. In this case, you need not return to your home country to file an application for an immigrant visa and you need not go through Consular Processing. After your petition is approved, you will be issued a Green Card valid for two years, with conditions.

Forms that must be submitted along with Form I-130 and Form I-485

Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
Form I-864, Affidavit of Support
Form I-693, Medical Examination by certified civil surgeon

Supporting Documents

Along with these USCIS forms, you need to submit

copies of your birth certificate and that of your spouse
copies of your passport
copies of your spouse’s US citizenship certificate, naturalization certificate or US passport
Form G-325A (one for you and one for your US citizen spouse)
copies of your marriage certificate
copies of divorce certificates (if any)

Getting Married Abroad

Application for an Immigrant VisaIf you get married to a US citizen in a foreign country, your US citizen spouse must first file Form I-130 for you. You cannot enter into America until you get an immigrant visa. But you can immediately apply for an immigrant visa after Form I-130 filed by your US citizen spouse is approved by the USCIS. After Form I-130 filed by your US citizen spouse is approved by the USCIS, the petition will be forwarded to the US Consulate or Embassy in your home country. You will have the to visit the particular embassy or consulate and file an application for an immigrant visa.

You need not wait for a long time to obtain a visa as the immediate relatives of US citizens will not be put on a waiting list and so you will be granted a visa soon after your petition is approved. You will have to pay the required fees and submit the above mentioned supporting documents along with your petition. After the approval of your petition for an immigrant visa, you will be notified by the National Visa Center and you will be required to appear for a medical examination and for fingerprinting. You will then be interviewed and issued an immigrant visa. With this visa, you can travel to America and get a Green Card. Remember that, you will only be issued a two year Green Card with conditions, if your marriage is not more than two year old.

Removal of Conditions

Permanent Resident CardRemember that, a Green Card with conditions will be valid only for a two year period and you cannot renew a conditional Green Card. By the end of the two year period, you will have to submit a petition to remove conditions on your card and to remove conditions on your card, you will have to file Form I-751, along with your US citizen spouse. If you fail to file this form, prior to the expiration of your conditional status, you will lose your status in America and you will be removed from the country.

After you file this petition, you will be required to appear of an interview along with our spouse, in order to make sure that you are still living in marital union with your US citizen spouse. If the immigration officers determine that your marriage is genuine, they will approve your petition and grant you an unconditional Green Card valid for ten years. At the time of filing Form I-751, you will have to submit copies of your conditional Green Card and documentary evidence to establish that you did not get married for immigration purposes such as joint bank accounts, insurance documents, birth certificates of your children, joint utility bills or other relevant documents to prove your marriage is bonafide.

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