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What Is Marriage Immigration?

Marriage immigration occurs where a noncitizen marries an American citizen who is living in the U.S. If the noncitizen spouse wishes to obtain a visa to live and work permanently in the U.S., they can apply to enter the U.S. either on a fiancé or marriage visa.

How I Get a Marriage or Fiancé Visa?

  1. Marriage Visa – To apply for a marriage visa, the citizen, American spouse must file form I-130 petition to sponsor the noncitizen spouse at their local BCIS office. Once the I- 130 is approved, the immigrant spouse must then file documents and interview at the nearest American consulate. Lastly, the noncitizen spouse will later be approved for a visa to enter the U.S.
  2. Fiancé Visa – To apply for a fiancé visa, the American spouse must file form I-129F, a petition for a foreign fiancé, and form I-130. The noncitizen spouse will be called for an interview at the nearest American consulate and then be approved for a fiancé visa. After the I-130 is approved, the noncitizen spouse can file for permanent residency (a green card) while in the U.S.

In many cases, filing for a fiancé visa will allow the foreign spouse to legally enter the U.S. sooner than filing for a marriage visa.

Do I Need an Immigration Lawyer?

Immigration is a complicated process. An immigration lawyer can advise you on how best to proceed in obtaining your visa, and may even help your application be processed quicker.

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Last Modified: 01-13-2015 12:03 PM PST

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