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2.14.2008

Marriage Considerations for Foreign Nationals Awaiting a Green Card

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It’s timely on Valentine’s Day to remind foreign nationals in H-1B and other nonimmigrant classifications who have found someone to love and to marry, that the timing of when they choose to marry may affect the immigration status of their prospective spouse. The considerations are particularly important for those with an application for adjustment of status to permanent residence pending, or those who plan to file one. Due to immigration quotas and anomalies of immigration law, marrying before receiving a green card can enable the spouse to join in the process, but waiting until after receiving a green card can prevent the spouse from joining the applicant in the United States for years. View full article (PDF).