Love Across The Globe: How To Get My Spouse To America
Love knows no borders, and in an increasingly interconnected world, couples often find themselves separated by geography. If you are in a committed international relationship and eager to reunite with your spouse in the United States, the immigration process can be complex.
At HAWM Law in Orlando, Florida, our seasoned immigration attorneys are here to guide you through the intricacies of bringing your spouse to America.
Understanding the Basics of Spousal Immigration
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers various avenues for U.S. citizens to sponsor their foreign spouses for immigration. The most common path is through the marriage-based immigration process. This process involves obtaining a family-based immigrant visa, ultimately leading to permanent residency (Green Card) for the foreign-born spouse.
The Marriage-Based Immigration Process
- Filing the Petition: The U.S. citizen spouse must file a Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130) with the USCIS. This form serves as the official request to establish the qualifying relationship between the petitioner and the foreign spouse.
- Approval of the Petition: Once the USCIS approves the petition, it is sent to the National Visa Center (NVC), where additional documentation is processed. This includes visa application fees and supporting documentation.
- Consular Processing: The NVC forwards the case to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the foreign spouse’s home country. The foreign spouse attends a visa interview, and if approved, they can travel to the United States.
- Adjustment of Status (if applicable): If the foreign spouse is already in the United States, they can apply for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) to obtain their Green Card without leaving the country.