I just returned from an adjustment of status interview with my clients from Irvine and the green card was approved. The interview took place at the Santa Ana office of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Everything went smoothly and the officer was satisfied that the marriage was entered into in good faith and not for immigration purposes.
The couple met two years ago while working at a summer camp with children. The husband was in the US on a J-1visa. They spent a lot of time together that summer and started dating by the end of the summer. Over the next year they remained in contact and visited each other when they could. In 2011, while on a ski trip in Europe the husband proposed and the wife accepted. They planned for a July 2012 wedding. He visited in the summer of 2011 and they decided they did not want to live apart anymore if possible.That’s when they came to see me.
I explained that it would be possible to obtain permanent residency while in the United States without having to travel abroad and process the case through the consulate. The couple got married in October 2011 and we helped put the adjustment of status and visa petition packet together for filing with USCIS. Within a a couple months we were scheduled for the interview.
Because the couple is young, we didn’t have much evidence to prove joint asset ownership, but we provided a lot of correspondence, photos, statements from parents about meeting the in-laws, joint lease and joint bank statements. The officer took into account the age of the couple and approved the case for conditional permanent residency.
After the interview I explained that the couple would need to file the I-751 petition jointly in order to have the conditions removed from the green card. I advised that they should save as many joint documents as possible over the next two years so that USCIS will have a lot of evidence upon which to base an approval. They stated that they intended to hire The Nunez Firm to help with that process.
I also explained that if the husband is interested in becoming a US citizen, he would be eligible to do so three years from now as the spouse of a US citizen. Most permanent residents must be residents for 5 years, but spouses of US citizens have a shorter wait time depending on other factors. The couple was very happy and said they were going to go celebrate with brunch and possibly a mimosa.
If you are considering the adjustment of status process, contact The Nunez Firm. We handle many marriage based green card cases in Orange County and managing attorney Jay Nunez will attend the interview with you to make sure you are treated fairly and with respect.