If you are married to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, now it the best time in many years to start the process of your immigration. One of the most popular and easiest ways to immigrate to the United States is through a petition from a U.S. citizen spouse. The United States wants its citizens and residents to have the right to marry whomever they choose whether they are from the U.S. or not. Once married, U.S. citizens can file a petition to allow their spouse to immigrate to the United States so the family can be together or if they are already here they will be allowed to adjust their immigration status to a permanent resident.
However, because of the popularity of this program, there have been thousands of people who have abused this process and gotten married “just for the green card.” USCIS now overcompensates and requires each married couple to not only prove they are married but to also prove that their marriage is bona fide. Essentially, the government does not believe you are married just because there is a marriage certificate and will require you to overwhelm them with other evidence. This has led to the denial of many legitimate marriages. Because of the sometimes difficult scrutiny that USCIS imposes, many immigrants now use an attorney to help them in this process.
The family petition is only the first step for many people in their quest to immigrate to the U.S. to live with their spouse. After the petition is filed there are many other steps to take. There are certain situations where the petition can be filed with the rest of the immigration applications but others that will require the spouse to return to his or her home country to finish the process. It is also important to make sure that filing the petition is a good idea in the first place.
The Law Office of Nathan Christensen focuses most of our practice in family immigration which means we are very good at this spousal petitions. Our experienced Immigration Lawyer in the Dallas, TX area will talk you through the entire process and will help you with each step that you will need to take. Our goal is to make this process easy for you.
Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation at 972-885-6625.