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Spouse Visa

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NVC Transitioning to Electronic Immigrant Visa Application Form

As of September 3, 2013, the NVC is transitioning to an online immigrant visa application process. Immigrant visa applicants will submit their immigrant visa applications online using the Department of State electronic application form, DS-260. The Department of State will continue to process the old DS-230 Immigrant Visa Application for cases submitted and accepted prior […]

Common Mistakes in Applying for a Spouse Visa to the U.S.

The process of obtaining a U.S. spouse visa and immigrating to the U.S. from abroad is complex and rife with complications for the inexperienced. Some of the most common pitfalls to be aware of in applying for a U.S. spouse visa and immigrating to the U.S. include: • Never provide incomplete, inaccurate, or untruthful information […]

The Immigrant Spouse Visa

U.S. Spouse Visa Eligibility Requirements  To qualify for a marriage visa to the United States, the foreign national spouse must meet the following requirements: Must be a legally married; Must intend to reside permanently in the United States; The U.S. citizen spouse must be 18 years of age and maintain their primary domicile in the […]

Retirement Visa to the U.S.

    Currently, there are no provisions available under U.S. visa law that would allow a foreign national to qualify for immigration to the United States based on retirement to the United States. Immigration to the U.S. is primarily family, employment, or investment.  

Spouse Visa Interview – Medical Examination FAQs

Are children required to have chest x-rays or blood tests? Chest X-ray and blood tests are not usually required for children under the age of fifteen. What if the applicant is mentally retarded or has a learning disability? Applicants with mental retardation or learning disabilities must present a report of their condition and any special […]

I-864 Affidavit of Support Requirements: Establishing Domicile in the United States

A U.S. citizen or permanent resident petitioner must have a U.S. domicile before the U.S. consulate will issue a spouse visa to the sponsored spouse. If the petitioner has not maintained a U.S. domicile, then he or she must take steps to establish a U.S. domicile prior to issuance of a spouse visa to the […]

Helpful Supporting Evidence for Military Spouse Visas

U.S. service members seeking to obtain a spouse visa for their foreign national spouse will often have available military-specific evidence that helps to establish the bona fides of the spousal relationship. Such documentation is  often viewed by the USCIS as strong evidence of the the bona fides of the spousal relationship and, where available, should […]

Expediting A Spouse Visa Petition

Expedite Criteria for I-130 Spouse Visa Petitions For spouse visa petitions to be filed or currently pending with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service, the service will review all requests to expedite a particular case on an individual basis. The USCIS will grant expedite requests only at the discretion of the USCIS Director. The requestor […]

Using Married Name on I-130 Spouse Visa Petition

Should I use my married name for I-130 spouse visa petition? If you intend to take on your U.S. citizen spouse’s last name and use your married name once you become a U.S. lawful permanent resident, you may list your married name as your last name on the I-130 spouse visa petition. However, you must […]

Matter of Kodwo (BIA 2008)

Cite as 24 I&N Dec. 479 (BIA 2008) Interim Decision #3606 Matter of Francis KODWO, Beneficiary of a visa petitionfiled by Idelle Monique Hamilton, Petitioner File A99 245 589 – Fairfax, Virginia Decided March 26, 2008 U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review Board of Immigration Appeals While a court order remains the […]