I recently attended an interview with one of our Irvine clients, and the USCIS officer conducting the interview approved the case on the spot. The I-130 visa petition and I-485 application to adjust status were both approved, and our client should receive her conditional lawful permanent resident card (green card) within a few weeks.
The couple has known each other for six years, and they first met while attending school in the Midwest. They were friends for a few years, then they began dating. The husband was a US citizen and the wife was from South Korea. They had a long distance relationship for many years. In late summer 2013, the wife came to visit the US, and the couple decided they were done with long distance. They came to see me and we discussed the options available to them. They originally planned to pursue a fiance visa, but I advised that since the wife was already in the US, we could help with adjustment of status and avoid the added cost and time of the fiance visa process. I explained that, every year, we handle several adjustment of status cases involving visa waiver entrants.
We advised them on the process – when to do what, and which documents we would need. We filed the paperwork in late October and the interview in Santa Ana took place in early March.
At the interview, the officer asked many questions about their relationship. I had prepped them thoroughly before the interview, so they knew what to expect. The process went smoothly and the interview took less than ninety minutes. The couple was excited to have the case approved, and they look forward to moving forward with their life together.
If you are considering the marriage-based green card process, contact The Nunez Firm. Each case is different and there are several options available for couples planning to marry and live in the US. Managing attorney Jay Nunez will personally meet with you and help you better understand which path will work best for you.