Family Petitions

Having Your U.S. Citizen or Green Card Holder Spouse Petition for You

If your spouse is a US Citizen or Green Card Holder, they can petition for you. There are two ways to petition for you: either through Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing. Adjustment of Status When you are in the U.S., you can pursue adjustment of status. If your spouse is a U.S. citizen, they...
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Petitioning for Your Child

Options as a Green Card holder v. a Citizen  Must be biological child, adopted child, or step child See if they meet the requirements for “child” based on the relationship and age See if marital status has impact on type of petition
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The difference between consular processing and adjustment of status

Consular processing: Beneficiary outside USCIS. After USCIS petition approved, Beneficiary applies for a visa to come to the U.S., attends interview, application approves, gets visa stamp in passport, comes to the U.S. If they are the beneficiary of an immigrant visa, they will also get Green Card after arrival in the U.S. Adjustment of Status:...
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5 top tips for a strong affidavit for a bona fide marriage

These 5 Top Tips will help you build a strong affidavit to establish a bona fide marriage to get a successful spouse petition approved. Include the full name, address, and citizenship of the author. Address how the writer of the affidavit knows the beneficiary and petitioner. Provide specific information about a shared experience or the...
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5 Top Tips for a Successful Family Petition

These 5 Top Tips will help you build a successful I-130 Petition, or the concurrent filing of an I-130 and I-485 Application, so you can avoid a Request for Evidence (RFE) and reduce your chances of getting a denial. 1. Establish the Family Relationship Submit documentary evidence of the family relationship through birth certificate, marriage...
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5 Top Tips on How to Avoid Getting Your I-485, Green Card Application, Returned or Denied

The following 5 Top Tips address the most common reasons for why an I-485, Green Card Application, is returned or outright denied, and will help to reduce your chances of getting your application returned or denied. 1. Pay the Fees  If you are including a check, make sure there are sufficient funds in your account...
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