Last week we received an approval for a conditional green card for a client from Spain. She and her husband currently live in Irvine and the adjustment of status interview took place in the USCIS office in Santa Ana. The couple met in 2008 through a mutual friend, and over the next couple years they dated and frequently visited each other in California and Spain. They also traveled to other countries together. In 2011, they decided to marry and after she arrived in the United States in Summer 2011 for a visit, they decided they wanted to start the visa petition process.
When I first met with them they intended to marry in Spain and process the case through the consulate in Madrid. I explained that they also had the option of processing the case in the United States through I-485 adjustment of status. In December 2011 they married and we filed the paperwork shortly thereafter. We included evidence of their good faith relationship including a joint 2011 tax return and photos from their extensive travels together.
When we attended the interview, we brought other evidence such as the joint lease for their apartment, health and dental insurance and other bills. The officer was satisfied with the evidence and approved the case on the spot. The couple was very happy with the result. After the interview I explained the I-751 removal of conditions process that would take place two years from now. I further explained the naturalization process, if she desired to become a US citizen in three years.
If you are considering adjustment of status, contact The Nunez Firm to schedule a free consultation. Managing attorney Jay Nunez can help you better understand the process and whether it is a viable option for you.