We have a lot of information on our website about how to get a green card for your spouse. A lot of people are using Google to find help with this issue. You see popular search phrases like “marrying a green card holder,” “US citizen marrying foreigner, ” “green card marriage process,” “marry an American citizen,” “how to get a green card through marriage” etc. Seeing how many people are searching prompted me to write this post to tie together our articles on Green Card Process Steps topic. We have articles on every aspect of the green card through marriage process.
US Citizen Marrying Foreigner
Let’s start with the simplest scenario, a US citizen marrying a foreigner, but that person did not enter the country illegally. If that situation fits you, we have an article, green card through marriage, which explains the process and what you need to do.
If this is your scenario you are probably eligible for adjustment of status through marriage. We have an article on that as well. It describes how you can use adjustment of status to get your new status as a lawful permanent resident here in United States.
Marrying Someone outside of the United States
Sometimes a US citizen might marry someone in a foreign country and leave that person there to return to the United States. When the US citizen arrives in the US, they start the process of petitioning for their foreign spouse. If that is you, we have an article about this process as well, consular processing.
We also explain why the K-3 spouse visa doesn’t work anymore to help you bring your spouse here. Sometimes your foreign-born spouse will be able to enter the United States. If this happens your spouse may be eligible for the adjustment of status process.
Process for Marrying an Illegal Immigrant
A lot of foreigners in the United States are not in status, and a lot of them entered the United States without inspection, illegally. If you marry someone who went to illegally, it is not possible for that person to receive a green card in the United States.
They will need to use the consular processing option. But, it is very important that they get the necessary waivers before leaving. Our article about the Green Card Application Process when marrying an illegal immigrant will help you understand the challenges you face.
Marrying a Green Card Holder
What about when a lawful permanent resident, a green card holder marries a foreigner? This situation provides special challenges. Usually, visa is not immediately available. We have an article about family immigration that covers this circumstance.