Green Card Based on Marriage Approved for San Clemente Client
At an interview this morning, my San Clemente client was approved for a green card based on his marriage to a US citizen. The client is originally from Germany and he entered on a student visa several years ago. While living in Orange County and studying at Chapman University, he met his wife and the couple married a few years later. She petitioned for him to become a lawful permanent resident with a green card. Today, the I-130 visa petition and I-485 were approved along with the other necessary forms. Now, the couple is living in Orange County, California. He is very happy that he will be able to live and work in the United States indefinitely.
Generally if an alien marries a US Citizen, s/he is eligible to become a lawful permanent resident. The alien must have entered the United States legally in order to adjust status and obtain a green card without leaving the country to consular process. If the alien entered the United States legally, s/he can generally become a lawful permanent resident under INA 245 without leaving the United States. Exceptions include a significant criminal record, entry as a K-1 visaholder, or entry as a foreign national crewman among others. The petitioner must be financially able to sponsor the beneficiary spouse. If the petitioner’s income does not qualify, a joint sponsor must agree to help.
The adjustment of status process can be complicated in some cases, and it is best to consult with an experienced immigration attorney. If you are considering the adjustment of status process based on marriage to a US citizen, contact The Nunez Firm to schedule a free consultation. Managing attorney Jay Nunez will personally discuss your case with you and help you understand your options and the process.