Marrying a U.S. citizen not only speeds up the process of becoming a lawful permanent resident, but it also makes applying for citizenship a little easier. However, there are still specific requirements for citizenship or naturalization.
Many people applaud this country's citizens and permanent residents who decide to serve the United States by joining the Armed Forces. Permanent residents may receive the opportunity to become citizens through their military service.
Unfortunately, a fair number of marriages just don’t work out. However, for those whose marriage also facilitated their immigration to the United States, divorce can be even more challenging. How divorce impacts someone’s immigration status depends mainly on where they are in the process when they decide to end their marriage.
“Consular processing” refers to the process of applying for a visa while outside the United States, through an embassy or consulate. Some go through this procedure before entering the U.S., while others who have been in the United States for a time must go back to their home country for consular processing.
Those who come to the United States seeking permanent legal residency generally have two options: