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Basics to Know When Applying for the Spousal Green Card

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"The US immigration process requires a lot of attention to detail while submitting different forms and documents. Especially if you are petitioning to sponsor your spouse for permanent residency in the US through Family Sponsorship, then you must pay extra attention to several different things."
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Published on:  May 14, 2021
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The US immigration process requires a lot of attention to detail while submitting different forms and documents. Especially if you are petitioning to sponsor your spouse for permanent residency in the US through Family Sponsorship, you must pay extra attention to several different things.

What to Keep in Mind When Filling Out Forms for US Spousal Sponsorship?

You must read all the information carefully and gather all the documents required to complete the requested forms. The following forms are required of the US citizen when sponsoring their spouse:

  • I-130 petition for alien relative
  • I-864 affidavit of support
  • G-325A biographic information

The foreign national being sponsored must fill out the following forms:

  • I-485 adjustment of status
  • I-693 civil surgeon examination
  • G-325A biographic information

A filing fee of $1,490 is requested for spousal petitions and applications to adjust status for conditional permanent residency. This fee can change and there are exceptions for minors and elderly citizens. You can also request a fee waiver if your situation does not support it. 

What is Considered Relationship Evidence?

The most important part of petitioning your spouse for permanent residency is providing evidence to prove that your relationship is true and valid and not solely for immigration. 

This requires you to include documents such as wedding certificates, photos, utility bills in both spouse’s names, etc. 

If you have children, then you must prove that you have joint custody. 

You must declare any joint bank accounts or policies, provide records of clubs, gyms or any frequently visited locations. You are required to provide anything objective and concrete that might serve as evidence of the validity of your relationship. The more, the better!

What is the Final Process of Your Spousal Green Card Application?

Biometrics Appointment: 

You will be required to submit your biometric information to the USCIS on a date appointed by them. Your biometric appointment will be taken at your nearest USCIS field office. This information is collected to conduct a thorough background and security checks in order to clear the applicant for admissibility. 

Attend an Interview: 

You will be required to attend an interview with the USCIS after clearing all the background checks. The USCIS will inform you of the time, date and location of the interview that both you and your spouse will need to attend. This interview is conducted to assess the validity of your marriage and whether it is bona fide. You will be required to demonstrate documents to prove that your marriage is authentic. 

Receiving Spousal Green Card: 

Once your interview is successful, you will receive your Permanent Resident Card, known as a “Green Card” within 2-3 weeks. The type of Green Card issued will depend on how long you have been married:

Less than 2 years: If you have been married for less than 2 years, you will receive a conditional Green Card that is valid for 2 years. You can apply to remove the conditions of your Green Card after 2 years with your spouse. 

More than 2 years: If you have been married for more than 2 years, you will be marked as an immediate relative of the sponsor. Therefore, you will be issued a Green Card that is valid for 10 years.

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