Applying for Spousal Visas in El Paso
If you have citizenship or permanent residence in the United States but your spouse does not, they can apply for spousal visas to live with you and vice versa. The spousal visa application is typically rather lengthy and there is a chance it won’t be approved. To make the process easier, it’s in your best interest to work with an immigration lawyer. Cynthia R. Lopez is an immigration lawyer in El Paso who can help you when going through the spousal visa process.
What Do I Need to Do?
Depending on your status, there are certain steps you and your spouse will need to take to apply, including:
- If you are a U.S. citizen: You will need to gather the necessary documentation to prove your status. This can be a passport, birth certificate, naturalization certificate, certificate of citizenship, or your copy of your consular report of birth abroad. You will also need to fill out the necessary documentation; an I-130 form and two G-325A forms.
- If you are a green card holder: You will need to show a copy of your green card or your passport for the stamp of permanent residence and fill out form I-130 and two copies of the G-325A form.
Regardless of your current status, you will need to bring a copy of your marriage certificate, a photo of both you and your spouse, and copies of divorce decrees, annulments, death certificates, as well as proof of name changes, if applicable.
Once you have this information gathered and completed, you can submit it and await the results. If you and your spouse have been together for less than two years, they will be granted permanent resident status on a conditional basis and you must apply to get the conditional status removed later on.
What to Do if the Petition is Denied
Sometimes, unfortunately, your petition is denied. Usually, when this happens, the letter notifying you of the denial will also give you instructions on how to conduct an appeal. Following those instructions and filling out the necessary information will be your best bet at having the petition appealed. Another thing you can do to help your case is work with an immigration lawyer.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me?
When going through this process, you will encounter a lot of legal jargon and possibly a few hiccups in the road. A lawyer can help you navigate all of the legal vocabulary, overcome any obstacles you may face, and help you if your petition is denied. If you or your spouse is looking to apply for a spousal visa, Cynthia R. Lopez, Attorney at Law, has the expertise you need. Contact us today for more information.