Effective May 23, 2022, the National Visa Center (NVC) has permanently suspended the public inquiry telephone line. You are no longer able to call the NVC to inquire about your pending applications. Find out how the suspension of the NVC telephone line impacts your ability to contact the NVC.
If you are lawfully in the United States, you may qualify to file USCIS Form I-485 for adjustment of status. After you file USCIS Form I-485 for Adjustment of Status, there are several things to keep in mind while you wait for your final interview. It is important to keep copies of any submissions and I-797 notices for your records and to respond in a timely manner to any USCIS requests. We review the adjustment of the status process and what to expect below.
If you received your green card through marriage to a US Citizen within the first 2 years of your marriage, you will receive a conditional 2-year green card. At the end of the 2-year green card, you must file USCIS Form I-751 Removal of Conditions to receive a 10-year permanent green card. Unfortunately, sometimes marriages end in divorce and the foreign national spouse is left to file USCIS Form I-751 on their own merits. With a divorce, the process can get messy. We have helped many individuals obtain a permanent 10-year green card after divorce and even a Notice of Intent to Terminate.
Most people are familiar with the K-1 fiancé(e) visa or 90-day fiancé(e) visa used to enter the United States to marry a US Citizen. A fiancé(e) visa is not the only way to enter the United States for purposes of marriage. In fact, a fiancé(e) visa is only required if your intent is to marry and remain permanently in the United States. Learn about how you can enter the United States to marry a US citizen as a temporary visitor.
For most family-based immigration I-130 petitions the sponsor is required to complete USCIS Form I-864 Affidavit of Support. Form I-864 is used to verify that the sponsor meets the financial requirements to sponsor their family member for US permanent residence. See how to determine if a sponsor meets these income requirements.
We often help TN visa holders to go from their nonimmigrant TN visa to US permanent residence (Green card). This can be done in several ways one of the most common is through marriage to a US citizen. Find out about going from a TN visa to a green card through marriage to a US Citizen.
When you apply for a green card for a spouse inside the United States through adjustment of status, the final step of the process is an in-person interview with a USCIS officer. The purpose of this interview is to verify the facts of the case and the bona-fides of the marriage. In other words, was the marriage entered into for love or for a green card. We discuss the marriage-based green card interview and the types of questions you should expect here.
If you have a pending I-485 Adjustment based on an underlying I-130 Petition or I-140 Petition and the wait time for the preference category you field under has changed, you may be able to transfer your pending I-485 to another preference category with a shorter wait time. This is commonly referred to as “interfiling.” We discuss how to transfer your I-485 to a different preference category here.
Once you have submitted all the requirements documents to the National Visa Center (NVC) and your case has been documentarily qualified, you will be scheduled for the next available interview at your US Consulate or Embassy. You are required to appear in person for the interview and must bring the required supporting documents. Read here for what to expect at the immigrant visa interview here.
All immigrants to the United States are assigned a unique registration number for identification purposes. This number is commonly referred to as an Alien Registration Number, Alien Number, A-Number, A#, or USCIS number. Find out more about your A-Number or USCIS number here.