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Green Card for Spouses of U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents

by Hamid R. Kashani, Attorney at Law
Nov 07, 2018

Immigration laws allow U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their spouses for immigration to the United States. Citizens can also petition for fiancé (K-1) visas for their foreign-born fiancés.

Family
Preference
Class
U.S. Person Relationship Description of Benefits
IR-1 / CR-1 Citizen Spouse Immigrant visa for spouse of U.S. citizen. For additional details, see Green Card for Spouses of U.S. Citizens.
K-3 Citizen Spouse Nonimmigrant visa for spouse of U.S. citizen to come to the United States while waiting for adjudication of an immigrant visa petition. For additional details, see K-3 Visa for Spouses of U.S. Citizens.
K-1 Citizen Fiancé Nonimmigrant visa for fiancés of U.S. citizens to come to the United States to marry. For additional details, see K-1 Visa for Fiancés of U.S. Citizens.
F2A Permanent Resident Spouse Immigrant visa for spouse of U.S. permanent resident. For additional details, see Green Card for Spouses of U.S. Permanent Residents.
V Permanent Resident Spouse Nonimmigrant visa for spouse of U.S. permanent resident to come to the United States while waiting for adjudication of an immigrant visa petition. See below.

The availability of the V visa has practically expired. To apply for this visa, the underlying petition must have been filed on or before December 21, 2000.

 

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