The excitement of a new love can be quickly overshadowed by the complexities of immigration law when you’ve obtained your own green card through a prior marriage. The question, “Can I sponsor my new spouse for a green card?” looms large, shrouded in uncertainty and conflicting information.
Lawful permanent residents (a.k.a. green card holders) who divorce and remarry another person after getting a green card through marriage must wait at least five years after they get their green card before petitioning for that new spouse.
There are three exceptions to this rule for green card holders petitioners:
If you received your green card through marriage less than five years ago, sponsoring your new spouse becomes significantly more challenging. USCIS, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, will want evidence of the prior marriage. This evidence could include:
Immigration law is complex and nuanced, with specific requirements and potential pitfalls. Consulting an experienced immigration attorney is crucial to navigate your unique situation and maximize your chances of success. They can:
U.S. immigration officers may be concerned that the sponsor’s previous marriage was not bona fide if they believe it was entered into solely for immigration purposes. Marriage fraud is a big concern, and it’s important to have documentation and evidence that the original marriage and the current marriage are bona fide.
If you need help sponsoring a sibling or other family member for a green card, call an experienced green card lawyer. United States immigration laws are complex and are updated frequently. If you have a question about immigration, contact Mario Godoy and the immigration attorneys at Godoy Law Office in Chicago, Illinois at 630-345-4164.
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