Marriage is a very important concept and establishment in the United States and as such Congress has determined that a foreign national who marries a United States Citizen spouse has the immediate ability to file for a permanent residence under a first category preference.
Make sure you have the proper documents to assist you in the process
It is not necessary to have an attorney to file for your marriage petition. However, having a good immigration attorney helping you in the process can make the difference between an approval and a denial. This legal guide will give you some tips and checklist of few of the necessary documents that you would want to put in your case to make sure the process goes smoothly. Note that this list is for general use only. Each case is particular, and it will be advisable to act or refrain to act basely solely on this list.
PETITIONER (U.S.Citizen) – Documents usually required from the Petitioner
__ Petitioner’s most recent tax returns __ Petitioner’s W2 or 1099 __ Letter from employer stating annual salary, job title and date you started working __ 3 most recent check stub __ Original petitioner’s naturalization certificate, U.S passport or certified copy of birth certificate of petitioner if born in the USA. __ Applicant entry documents (passport, I-94, I-20s, IAP-66, etc) __ Airline ticket for marriage trip __ Miscellaneous: anything regarding a bona fide marriage __ Phone bills of calls made between the two of you __ 6 passport size photographs. (2X2 inch and white background)
BENEFICIARY (Foreign National) – Documents required
__ Certified copy of birth certificate with translation, if applicable __ Medical Examination* __ applicant only (form and list of doctors attached) __ Miscellaneous: anything regarding a bona fide marriage __ 6 passport size photographs. (2X2 inch and white background) * You will be asked about your vaccination history. If available, bring immunization records to your appointment. Note that if you are a beneficiary of INA 245(i) candidate, you will need to bring more proofs such as presence, copy of petition filed, etc.
Documents required by BOTH Petitioner and Beneficiary
Certified copy of marriage certificate with translation, if applicable __ Engagement pictures, wedding pictures, photos of couple with family/friends, family photos (please label as to date, location and names of individuals in the photographs) __ Bank accounts, property registered in both names __ Insurance policies (medical, life, auto, etc.) with both names __ Any documents with both your names on them, e.g. Letters, bills, statements, etc. __ Lease or mortgage showing joint signatures/tenants
The List above is for informational use only.
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