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Love, marriage and citizenship

U.S. citizens encounter true love from other countries in many ways. Perhaps you were traveling on business or vacation, the other person visited this country, or you met online. In any case, despite the obvious complications, you have decided to get married.

Arranging a wedding has its own complexities, but adding to that the need for your partner to obtain legal status in this country is likely to create many stressful moments. It is important to you and worth the effort, but it's vital that both of you understand the process your soon-to-be spouse must undertake in order to make your dreams come true.


The immigration process begins with forms to fill out and submit. If you are a U.S. citizen, the process may go a little faster with fewer complications. Lawful permanent residents will have a longer wait and may have more paperwork to submit.

Another difference between a citizen and a green card holder is that immigration laws place no quotas on the number of immediate relatives of citizens who can apply for an immigrant visa. However, only a limited number of immigrant visas are available to family members of green card holders. This means your future spouse may have to wait about five years for a visa if you are not a U.S. citizen.

Many other factors may complicate or delay the process of obtaining a visa for your future spouse, including:

  • A previous divorce or a current marriage to a different spouse
  • Lack of communication or interaction between you and your intended spouse
  • Evidence of obvious incompatibility
  • Inaccuracies or lies on applications

The most common reason for delay is incomplete or incorrect filing of essential documents. Many forms are time-sensitive, and missing a deadline or filing incorrectly can set your wedding back for months or even years.

The maze of immigration

Obtaining a green card and getting married are two important steps in your life. The process of becoming a permanent resident of the United States through marriage has many advantages. However, it is also a precise process that must be followed carefully. Making mistakes can cost you money and delay your loved one's status.

The best way to assure the most positive results is to seek the counsel and guidance of an immigration attorney. Texas attorneys carefully follow the changes in immigration law and are able to assist you so that the process of obtaining a green card for your spouse goes as efficiently and as quickly as possible. Whether your future spouse is just entering the country or is seeking to adjust his or her visa status, your lawyer will help you avoid any delays and minimize complications.

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