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Should I get a fiancée visa or spouse visa?

fiancée visa or spouse visaMy preference always is a spouse visa because USCIS takes those cases more seriously. The couple has actually taken the legal step of getting married, which is a big deal. However, marriage isn’t always an option for a couple, or it may not be what the couple wants to do. So, in some cases, a fiancée visa is the best, or only, option for getting your fiancé to the US. Remember, however, if you start a case as a fiancé case and then get married, the fiancée case is no longer approvable and you need to start over with a spouse case. Also, remember that a fiancé does not enter the US as a lawful permanent resident (meaning doesn’t have a green card). Once the fiancée enters, you need to get married, apply for the green card, and wait for the green card to get approved. 

 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of couples traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call 617-744-7919 or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

How can I use assets for financial sponsorship for a green card?

assets for financial sponsorship for a green cardIf your sponsor–generally your US citizen spouse–doesn’t make enough money to sponsor your green card, your spouse can use assets to supplement or replace income. Your spouse can use a savings account, retirement account, and other types of liquid accounts. Your spouse can use equity in a home or even a car. The assets will need to amount to three, or five, times the income requirement. So, for example, for a case based on marriage to a US citizen, if the sponsor needs to make $25,000 in income, but the spouse isn’t working, the spouse can show equity in a home in the amount of $75,000. 

Here at Cambridge Immigration Law we encourage applicants to find joint sponsors over using assets because requests to use assets almost always slows down our cases. The reason is that USCIS seems to have difficulty reading asset statements and almost always asks for additional documentation of the value of the asset, ownership of the assets, or liquidity of the asset.

 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of couples traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call 617-744-7919 or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

Green card approved without an interview

green card approved without an interview
This week, one of our clients got his green card approved. It was a long waiting period of over two years to get his green card approved. However, when his application was finally reviewed, he was approved without conducting an interview. Our firm made sure that his application was strong on paper which resulted in approval of his green card. Getting an approval of a green card without an interview is one of the best results we can achieve as an immigration firm. Congratulations to our client!

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of couples traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call 617-744-7919 or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

 

How do I get a green card at an embassy?

green card at embassyThere are two ways to get a “green card”. First, you can get one in the US through “adjustment of status”. Second, you get it through an embassy as an immigrant visa. To get an immigrant visa, you must have an approved Form I-130 based on a family-based or employment-based relationship that entitles you to a green card. After USCIS approves the I-130, your case is sent to the National Visa Center where you provide financial information and biographic information. Finally, your case gets sent to an embassy where you are interviewed on your “green card” application (or immigrant visa). Once the embassy approves the immigrant visa, you can enter the US, and that’s when the US government will mail you your green card.

 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of couples traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call 617-744-7919 or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

What should go in my immigration application?

In most cases, your immigration application will have a cover letter from your attorney, your filing fees as a check or credit-card authorization, passport-style photos, immigration forms, and supporting documents. Your supporting documents will always include your past US immigration documents, and criminal records (if any). Also, you will include, birth certificates, passports, marriage certificates, and divorce certificates for you, your spouse, and your children. If you need to prove your “real marriage” for your case, for example, for a marriage-based green card, you will submit “joint” documents such as joint leases, joint bank statements, jointly filed taxes, joint health insurance, letters of support from family and friends, and other documents that show that you and your spouse are married. For some cases, you need to prove the length of time you’ve been in the US. For those cases, you may need to submit tax documents, employment documents, and proof of dates traveled outside of the US.

 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of couples traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call 617-744-7919 or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

What are bona fides? What are good examples of bona fides?

bona fides examplesBona fides are pieces of paper that show that your relationship is real. Real means that you married each other because you wanted a life together, not because one of you paid the other to get married to get a green card. We have a long list of examples of “bona fides” that we give our clients. Sometimes it’s really easy for client to pull together lots of documents because they have years’ worth of joint bank statements, joint leases, joint health insurance, and much more. Sometimes, that’s not the case, and so we work with our clients to figure out what documents relevant to their lives tell their story on paper. In almost all cases, we help you prepare about 5 letters of support from family and friends who can attest that you got married to live a life with your loved one.

 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of couples traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call 617-744-7919 or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

How can I prepare for my USCIS interview?

Uscis interviewGoing to a USCIS interview might be nerve-racking for some people. We will help you! Preparing clients for their marriage-based green card interviews or  any USCIS interview ends up being a lot of fun. (Really!) You get to stroll down memory lane with your partner, remembering your story, brushing up on details of your history, and getting ready to present your story in words and on paper. To get you ready, we usually meet with our client once or twice for about 60 minutes. We make sure you feel as calm, confident, and excited as possible as you head into your USCIS interview. 

We prepare clients for other types of interviews as well, including US citizenship interviews and green cards not based on marriage. For those cases, too, our team works with you so that you are calm, confident, and excited as you head into your USCIS interview.

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of couples traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call 617-744-7919 or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

Can You Get a Green Card with a Criminal Background?

Green card with criminal backgroundYes, no, or maybe. This is a complicated question because there are so many types of “criminal backgrounds.” In some cases, you will absolutely not be able to get a green card, for example, if you have a conviction for drug trafficking. In other cases, you may be eligible to get a green card, but with a waiver (special permission) of the criminal violation that would otherwise make you ineligible for the green card. Finally, there are some cases when the criminal background should have no impact on your case. For all types of criminal backgrounds, you will most likely need to provide certified court dockets and police reports.

 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of couples traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call 617-744-7919 or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

Green card Approved at US Embassy in Spain

 Green card Approved at US Embassy in SpainOur client’s immigrant visa (green card) application approved at US Embassy in Spain, and bonus? The client was able to travel to the US while he was waiting for the final approval. The US citizen spouse needed to return to the US before our client was able to get an immigrant visa, aka as a “green card.” We represented the couple as they were separated for over a year and half, during COVID, waiting for his immigrant visa to process through USCIS, the National Visa Center, and the US Embassy in Europe. Many months into the National Visa Center process, the client wanted to travel to the United States to see his US citizen daughter graduate from high school. Our team prepared a strong package for our client to show to US Customs and Immigration, proving that while he wanted to move to the US with a “green card,” at that time, he just wanted to enter the US for a few days to see his daughter graduate. His quick trip was a success, and a few short months later, he had his Embassy interview and his immigrant visa approved. He wrapped up his life in Europe and moved to the US to start a new life with his wife and children.

 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of couples traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call 617-272-7980 or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

What do I do if my spouse does not make enough money to sponsor me for a green card?

Get a Joint Sponsor! You may be able to ask a family member or friend to help. That person must be a US citizen or green card holder and must live in the US. This person will be  “joint sponsor.” The  sponsor will need to complete Form I-864 and provide required documents to show his/her current income. 

USCIS requires the income from your spouse plus income from the sponsor to exceed 125% of the poverty line for your household size. In our cases, we always make sure that the sponsor’s income alone (for his/her household size) supports you. Cases become more complicated when you ask USCIS to add up the petitioner and sponsor’s incomes. 

To determine the required household income for the Joint Sponsor,  add the sponsor, his/her spouse, any dependents, anyone the sponsor-spouse has previously sponsored for a green card, and you. IIn 2022, for a family of five, your Joint Sponsor must earn $40,587. You can find the income requirements at https://www.uscis.gov/i-864p.

 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of couples traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call 617-272-7980 or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

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Marriage-Based Green Card Document Guide

We work hard to make your immigration case easy for you. Use this easy guide to help you organize the documents that you would use if you are eligible to submit an application for a marriage-based green card application. You should consult with an attorney to figure out if you are eligible for a green card before you submit any applications or documents to the U.S. government.