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By WORLDLawDirect [January 6th, 2013]
The Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, provides U.S. citizens with two options for facilitating the immigration of future spouses to the United States: the K-1 fiancé visa and the alien-spouse immigrant visa. In many cases, the processing time for a fiancé visa is shorter than that for an alien spouse. Fiancé visa processing can take several months from the filing of the petition to the final adjudication of the visa. >> MORE
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Your most common questions answered:
- How can an alien become a legal permanent U.S. resident or green card holder?
- [April 13th 2010]
- To become a legal permanent resident, an alien must first be admitted as an immigrant. There are two basic methods for obtaining an immigrant visa: 1) through family relationship with a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, or 2) through employment. Specific information is available from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the United States.
- What is the difference between an immigrant and a nonimmigrant visa?
- [August 21st 2006]
- An immigrant visa is the visa issued to persons wishing to live permanently in the United States. A nonimmigrant visa is the visa issued to persons with permanent residence outside the U.S. but who wish to be in the U.S. on a temporary basis, for example, tourism, medical treatment, business, temporary work, or study.
- Does the fiance(e) visa automatically change to an alien registration card (green card)?
- [April 13th 2010]
- No. After the marriage takes place, the U.S. citizen must contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to change the alien spouse's status to legal permanent resident. This information is given to the alien fiance(e) upon his/her entry to the U.S.