|You are here:||About>News & Issues>Immigration Issues> Green Cards/AOS & Lottery> Family-based> Marriage to an American: Immigration Options|
Immigration 101Immigration in the NewsAll Forms, Fees, KitsNonimmigrant Visas, WaiversGreen Cards/AOS & LotteryU.S. CitizenshipBorders, Ports, CustomsCase Status & ProcessingLegal ConcernsOfficial Help, ResourcesTips: Life in the U.S.Cultures & AssimilationFamous ImmigrantsU.S. Immigration HistoryStudent, Teacher Resources
Marriage to an American
Green Card and Visa Procedures
Existing Marriage to an American
If you are living outside the U.S., you have two options:
1. Immigrant Visa for a Spouse of a U.S. Citizen
2. Nonimmigrant (K-3) visa for Spouse
If you marriage to an American citizen took place in the U.S.:
1. You must file for an Immigrant Visa for a Spouse of a U.S. Citizen (green card). There is no actual deadline, but sooner is better; and
2. Either file for an Advance Parole (travel permission) to travel outside the U.S., or not travel outside the country until the green card is issued.
Important Note! - If you married within 30 days of entering the U.S. on a temporary visa or visa waiver, or if you married while on an expired visa, or in illegal status, you should not apply for Advance Parole, and should not travel outside the U.S. until your green card arrives. (You could be approved for the Advance Parole, leave the U.S. without incident, but then be refused re-entry at the border.)
Planning Marriage to an American from Afar:
1. The K-1 fiance visa allows the foreign fiance of a U.S. citizen to enter the U.S. and marry here. In most cases, this route is much faster than marrying abroad and then filing for a K-3 (temporary visa for spouse) or green card.
2. Once in the U.S., you must marry your U.S. fiance within 90 days to remain in legal status. You should then start the green card process.
Legal permanent residents (green card holders) may not file for a fiance visa. Instead, LPR's should marry abroad, then file for an Immigrant Spouse Visa.
|All Topics | Email Article | Print this Page | ||
|Advertising Info | News & Events | Work at About | SiteMap | Reprints | Help||Our Story | Be a Guide|
| Calorie-Count | UCompareHealthCare|
|©2008 Born Abroad Foundation. All rights reserved.|