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green card through marriage

I have recently married a US citizen and we would like to get started on the application process that will allow me to obtain a green card in this country. I am aware that we must fill out and send in both the 1-130 and 1-485 forms in order for the process to begin. Are we eligible for concurrent filling in our case? We have been in the country together visiting with his family for a few months and got married in the mean time. Am I able to, or do I have to stay in the country while waiting for approval? Is there any other important things that we should be aware of before we begin? How long would this process usually take with both forms being filed?

Asked on August 1, 2017 under Immigration Law, Florida

Answers:

SB Member California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you plan to file for the I-485 concurrently with the I-130 you will need to stay in the US for the duration otherwise the process will be terminated due to abandonment.  If you plan to do this on your own, be sure to read all the instructions very carefully.  If you are interested in an immigration attorney assisting you with the process, he/she will take care of the details and guide you.  Please let me know if you have any additional questions or need further assistance.


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