A Comprehensive Guide to Obtaining a Green Card through Marriage to a U.S. Citizen


This article aims to provide readers with a concise overview
of the process involved in acquiring a green card via marriage to a U.S. citizen.
Given the ever-evolving nature of immigration laws, especially with the
backdrop of recent political developments, it is crucial to stay abreast of the
latest changes. You can do so by regularly engaging with our informative

1. The Basics The initial step in this journey
involves establishing the current residence of the foreign spouse, as the
procedure differs based on their location — either within or outside the U.S.

A. If the Foreign Spouse is Residing in the U.S.:
This pathway is termed “Adjustment of Status.” Key prerequisites for
this include legal entry into the U.S., the absence of a deportation order, and
no history of serious criminal offenses. Supposing the foreign spouse meets
these stipulations and possesses a valid status in the U.S.:

There are a couple of pertinent inquiries:

i. Can a U.S. citizen pledge sponsorship for their
foreign spouse?

To ensure financial backing, the U.S. citizen spouse should
complete requisite forms. Their income should surpass a specific benchmark,
annually determined by the USCIS. If it falls short, a co-sponsor is

ii. When will the employment and travel permit be

Due to the considerable backlog at the USCIS, with some delays
extending beyond 10 months since 2020, patience is of the essence.

B. If the Foreign Spouse is Residing Outside the U.S.:
This route is termed “Consular Processing.” In essence, the foreign
spouse should acquire an immigrant visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate. Upon
arrival in the U.S. within the designated period and after making the requisite
payment, the USCIS is anticipated to sanction the Green Card.

To embark on this path:

It is pertinent to acknowledge that consular processing might be more time-intensive than the adjustment of status.


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