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What are the income requirements for marriage green card?

In order to obtain a green card (legal permanent resident status), the green card applicant must submit an affidavit of support by a sponsor.   The sponsor must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident, 18 years of age, domiciled in the and have an income 125% above the federal poverty line. In 2020, an income 125% above the federal poverty line for a household of 2 people is $21,550, for a household of 3 people $27,150 and for the household of 4 people is $32,750.   The income of certain household members may be included.  If the sponsor cannot meet the minimum-income requirements, (s)he may provide evidence of assets that are readily available or seek a joint sponsor.  The affidavit may not be necessary if the green card applicant already has 40 quarters of earnings in the US.     

Please note that this article does not constitute a legal advice.  We simplified the law to outline one aspect of the marriage green card process.  If you would like us to obtain a marriage green card, call our experienced marriage green card attorney at 480-425-2009 or schedule your consultation online

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Fiancé visa during COVID-19 pandemic

We started this process when a US citizen came to my office a year ago to petition for her fiancé in the Middle East.  They met online and have been communicating remotely for several years.  Last year, her fiancé traveled to the US and they met in person, which allowed us to file the petition for her fiancé.  It took only 3 months to have the petition approved by the USCIS.  Then, the case was sent to the National Visa Center and in four weeks the National Visa Center sent the case to the US Embassy in Jerusalem.  The interview was scheduled in 10 weeks and the visa was approved.  Then, the US Embassy put the case in administrative processing. At the end, the fiancé visa was issued, the fiancé entered the US and just married his fiancée and we are getting ready to file the adjustment application. 

Please note that this article does not constitute a legal advice.  We simplified the law to outline the marriage green card process and discuss the processing time of the marriage green card. If you would like to discuss if you may qualify for a marriage green card, call our experienced marriage green card attorney at 480-425-2009 or schedule your consultation online

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How long does it take to get a marriage green card?

The marriage green card process is usually a very happy process. The newlyweds are excited and full of expectations for their happy lives together. The process is different if the foreign national is already in the US or if the foreign national is still in a foreign country.

If the foreign national spouse is still living in a foreign country, the process
starts with filing of a petition for the foreign national spouse. The average processing time to have the petition approved is now 6 – 7.5 months. Once the petition is approved, it’s sent to the National Visa Center, which takes approximately 30 days. The National Visa Center will need some documents to be submitted and the immigrant visa application needs to be filed. Once the National Visa Center receives all documents, it sends the case to the US Embassy or Consulate for an interview. The time it takes to schedule the interview depends on the US Embassy or Consulate. The interview is usually scheduled within a few months. Some US Consulates take longer to schedule an interview, for example in Ciudad Juarez in Mexico it is taking 6-8 months to have the interview.

If the foreign national is already in the US and is eligible for an adjustment of status, the processing time depends where (s)he lives. For example, in Phoenix, the average processing time to adjudicate the adjustment application is now 9.5 -29. months.

Please note that this article does not constitute a legal advice.  We simplified the law to outline the marriage green card process and discuss the processing time of the marriage green card. If you would like to discuss if you may qualify for a marriage green card, call our experienced marriage green card attorney at 480-425-2009 or schedule your consultation online

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Marriage Green Card Interview Completed in 25 Minutes

We would you like to congratulate to our client who just received approval of her marriage green card application. She is from the Philippines and was introduced to her American husband through mutual friends. Her husband traveled to the Philippines twice before he proposed. He came to Juras Law Firm seeking representation in the fiancee and marriage green card process. We prepared the petition for fiance documenting thoroughly our clients’ relationship. It took less than 5 months to have the petition approved. After our client entered the US with her fiancee visa, our clients got married and we prepared the marriage green card application. At that time, we already had a note for a doctor that our client is pregnant. We created a plan for our clients what evidence we wanted them to gather while waiting for the marriage green card interview. It took 14 months before we received the notice of the marriage green card interview. We prepared all the documents that the USCIS wanted to see and the marriage green card was approved in 25 minutes. Our clients were happy that the entire process went smoothly. Congratulations to receiving your marriage green card!

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Marriage Green Card Approved in Less Than 10 Minutes

My clients met 3 years ago and got married 23 months later. The husband is a citizen of France and the wife is a U.S. citizen. They came to my office a few months after they got married seeking representation in connection with wife petitioning for her husband’s marriage green card. I explained the process and the importance of documenting bona fides of their marriage and created a plan for evidencing all aspects of bona fides of their marriage.

At the time of filing the petition, the processing time was less than a year. However, recently, the processing time has increased and it took 1.5 years for the interview to be scheduled for them. My clients followed my advice and documented bona fides of their marriage diligently exactly according to my instructions. I prepared my client for the interview and they knew exactly what to expect at the interview.

Once the officer of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) saw that we presented evidence of all aspects of their marriage and once he saw all evidence the USCIS expects to see in a marriage green card case, he approved the husband’s marriage green card in less than 10 minutes. The officer did not even ask how they met!

This marriage green card case really shows the importance of preparation, the importance of working with an experienced immigration attorney who knows exactly what the USCIS expects and wants to see in order to avoid any delays and have the marriage green card case processed smoothly. Congratulations!

If you like your marriage green card case to go smoothly and be processed without delays, call the marriage green card immigration attorney Irena Juras at 480-425-2009 for a consultation or contact us through our website. We look forward to helping you get your marriage green card!