What If A Spouse Is A US Citizen?

Relationships are challenging without the added strain of maintaining a residence in the same country as your spouse. Even as many people adapt friendships and close relationships to long-distance communications, marriage’s realities make this less than ideal. This arrangement may be endurable in the short term, but thinking about the longer implications could be untenable for many couples.

Exploring the routes the citizenship

A US citizen’s spouse can gain permanent residence through an immigrant petition filed via the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency. It is essential for those filing for a spouse to understand the overview of how this process works:

  • A spouse could be eligible for permanent residence if they reside in the US while an immigrant petition is being submitted. 
  • A spouse living outside of the country may have to apply for permanent residence through a US Department of State consulate. This application should occur after the USCIS approves a resident’s immigration petition.
  • A spouse outside the country can enter the US through a visa, like a K-3 visa, while their petition is considered.
  • A green card authorizes its holder to live in the country as well as find work. 

The paperwork of love

Visas for the spouses of US citizens are some of those most readily obtained. There are no quota caps on these visas, like other visa sponsorships, which can endure extremely long wait times. The past year’s events have made many couples’ reunion even more difficult with added restrictions and consulate closures. The intricacies and constant changes to US immigration policies mean that couples need to do everything they can to stay informed on the most recent changes that may affect their petition. Find the support you need to keep your relationship going strong. 

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