Have you recently gotten engaged? Congratulations! You are about to embark on an exciting journey and hopefully the best days of your life. One issue you might face is the fact that your new fiancé is not a citizen of the United States, which can lead to some complications if you intend to live together in the U.S. There is actually a legal process that helps your fiancé gain a green card that allows them to stay in the country legally.
The legal process typically begins with filing forms. It's not very romantic, but it will help you live together so you can get married. Your loved one will then obtain a conditional green card. Eventually, they will take the steps necessary to remove conditions on their green card.
Keep in mind that there are some issues that can lead to complications if not managed properly. Not sure what can affect your situation? Take a look at these common issues that arise.
Your Fiancé Has Other Immigration Issues
If your fiancé has a pending immigration application or has already been denied immigration status, the fiancé visa may pose a challenge. You may discover that your fiancé's visa is denied. Issues may also arise when your fiancé has a visa that is already expired or will expire soon, especially if they are currently in the country and will have to return home. The same applies if your loved one is undocumented.
It is important to be honest about any other immigration issues your loved one has experienced over the years. Dishonesty may work against you.
Your Fiancé Lives Outside the Country
If you marry outside the United States or your loved one does not come to the United States within the legal period, you might experience complications.
Your Fiancé Does Not Speak English
If your fiancé does not speak English, it can complicate matters. This is especially the case when your loved one goes in for an interview at the Embassy. Ensure that your loved one has some basic understanding of English to help them receive the visa and eventually a green card. It will also make their life in the United States easier.
Keep in mind that these complications do not indicate that your fiancé's visa will be denied. It simply means you may face some complications along the way.
Contact an immigration attorney for more information about visas and immigration.Share