Family Based Green Card

A green card is the common term for lawful permanent residency. Paths to green cards include employment, investment, family, asylum, or refugee status. Gay, transgender and lesbian couples are also eligible as married couples.

The most common petition for a green card is through marriage. If a person seeking to settle down or move up in their life through a marriage, foreign spouses are very popular. Thee is a marriage case process within the U.S. to follow whose time of processing has tripled or quadrupled in the last two years. The forms to fill out have also greatly lengthened. Work permits which used to come within three months like clockwork, now can take up to five months.  There is a mandatory interview.

Once the case is filed, receipts are issued right away  and are received within 10-14 days of filing. The I-485 receipt usually protects the applicant from any deportation. A foreign spouse must have entered the USA with  a visa, even if it expired, in order to file. In some cases a foreigner paroled into the U.S. can  also apply in the U.S.

The entire process is gaining great scrutiny from the USCIS interviewing officers, who greatly investigate the applicant and the U.S. citizen spouse. The marriage must be documented continuously with joint accounts of every kind, joint travel, and of course living together continuously.

Gay, transgender and lesbian married couples are recognized and are welcome to file.

See separate article on K-1, K-2, K-3 visas subject.

If at the time of the interview, the couple has been married less than two years, then the green card issued is a conditional one good for only two years and expires on its own. A second application by the couple must be filed within the last 90 days of the conditional or temporary two year green card.

If at the time of the interview, the couple has been married two years or more, then the foreign spouse receives a permanent green card. Although the permanent green card provides a 10-year expiration, that is really the piece of plastic’s expiration. A permanent resident status is permanent, until the person files for citizenship or loses his residency due to criminal cases and deportation or abandonment of residency.

A permanent resident must live in the USA 51% of all days of all years or can lose his residency.

It is this attorney’s opinion, with 37 years experience, it is almost suicide for any couple to apply by themselves without an attorney.
Clients of Alex Barak in this category are fortunate to have his decades of experience with marriage interviews, his good reputation at Immigration offices and his very-well documented cases. His clients are well-documented and his clients well-prepared.

A U.S. citizen may file for his/her spouse,  parent of child as immediate family members without any waiting period, only processing time. They may be applied for in the U.S or if they are overseas.

Why Hire Us

  • Put your case in the hands of someone like me who fights for you every day and is well known to the people who will decide your case, at the Immigration Offices and in Immigration Court before Immigration Judges.
  • When it comes to immigration Attorneys, experience counts. I have over 37 years of experience
  • When you want results and personalized Immigration Law Services, call me, Alex Barak
  • I am the son of Immigrants and so were all my childhood friends. Helping immigrants is like helping family and friends. I will personally handle your case. You will not be passed onto a younger inexperienced attorney.
  • I handle all forms of Immigration law, including green card cases from family members such as wives, husbands, children, and parents, as well as business and investor type visas.
  • Keep in mind, if you try to handle an Immigration case by yourself, it is like performing heart surgery on yourself.

There are three things in life you should never take chances with:

  1. Your health
  2. Your safety
  3. Your immigration status

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