How to Get a Green Card Through Marriage: Step-by-Step Guide

Green Card Through Marriage

 

Are you married to a US citizen or lawful permanent resident? Are you planning to marry a US citizen or lawful permanent resident?

 

If so, you should know that you are eligible for a green card based on your marriage to a US citizen or lawful permanent resident.

 

In this guide, I will explain everything you need to know about getting your US green card through marriage.

 

If you have any questions or if you need help preparing and filing your green card through marriage petition, feel free to email me at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.

 

I’m a US immigration lawyer, I’m very responsive via email, and I would be happy to help you.

 

Overview:

 

1. Introduction to Getting a Green Card Through Marriage

2. Benefits of a Getting a Green Card Through Marriage

3. Process of Getting a Green Card Through Marriage

4. Requirements to Get a Green Card Through Marriage

5. Documents Required to Get a Green Card Through Marriage

6. What are the Fees to Get a Green Card Through Marriage?

7.How Long does it take to Get a Green Card Through Marriage?

8. What Questions will I be Asked During the Marriage Interview?

9. Conclusion

 

1. Introduction to Getting a Green Card Through Marriage

 

As the spouse of a US citizen or permanent resident, you are eligible to apply for your green card. The basic idea is that through a valid and legitimate marriage to a US citizen or permanent resident, you may qualify for a green card.

 

To get a green card through marriage, your US citizen or US permanent resident spouse is required to file a Form I-130 on your behalf (there are additional steps as well that we will discuss below). Your spouse is the petitioner (person filing the petition) and you are the beneficiary (person benefitting from the petition).

 

With a green card, you can live and work in the United States, freely travel in and out of the US, attend US schools, and eventually apply to become a US citizen.

 

Getting a green card through marriage is not as simple as you might think. There are multiple requirements and steps that must be carefully followed. Failure to properly file your case or to follow each of the required steps can result in your case being delayed, or even worse, denied.

 

The requirements for getting a green card through marriage are slightly different depending on whether you are marrying a US citizen or a US permanent resident. I will make these differences clear throughout this guide.

 

2. Benefits of a Getting a Green Card Through Marriage

 

There a several benefits to getting a green card through marriage. Here are just a few:

 

  • Ability to live and work anywhere in the United States

 

  • Eligibility to adjust status in the United States, even if you have overstayed your visa or are out of status.

 

  • No need for a US company to sponsor you through a job offer

 

  • Ability to freely travel in and out of the US

 

  • Your unmarried children under 21 years old can also qualify for green cards as derivative beneficiaries to your case

 

  • Ability to sponsor your relatives once you become a US permanent resident

 

  • Access to US schools

 

3. Process of Getting a Green Card Through Marriage

 

There are multiple steps to getting your green card through marriage. Here’s a quick outline:

 

  • Marry a US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
  • File Form I-130
  • Marriage Interview
  • File for Adjustment of Status/Consular Processing
  • Conditional Permanent Resident Status
  • Removal of Condition to Become Unconditional Permanent Resident
  • Naturalization (Optional)

 

1. Marry a US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident

 

The first step to qualify for a green card through marriage is to marry a US citizen of lawful permanent resident. The marriage must take place before any immigration paperwork is filed.

 

Must be a valid marriage:

 

  • The marriage must be legally valid and recognized in the place where the marriage took place.
  • The marriage cannot be fraudulent (just to get immigration benefits).
  • If the marriage ends within 2 years, it is presumed to be fraudulent.
  • The marriage cannot violate federal or state laws or public policy (incestuous marriages, polygamy, etc. are not allowed).
  • The key factor in determining whether the marriage is valid is whether the couple intended to create a life together at the time of the marriage.

 

2. File Form I-130

 

Once married, the next step is to File a Form I-130. The I-130, also called the “Petition for Alien Relative” is the first form that is filed with the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS).

 

The Form I-130 is filed along with several evidentiary documents including the marriage certificate, copies of passports, pictures together, documentation proving the validity of the marriage, etc.

 

Basically, the Form I-130 proves that requirements for a marriage green card are satisfied.

 

3. Marriage Interview

 

After the Form I-130 is filed, USCIS may schedule an interview or investigate your case. USCIS will usually schedule an interview or conduct an investigation where there is a greater concern that the marriage is not legitimate.

 

When USCIS schedules a marriage interview, you should be prepared to prove that the marriage is legitimate. You should provide documentation, including photos and signed statements from friends/family affirming that the marriage is legitimate.

 

At the interview, the immigration officer may keep you in the same room or separate you.

 

You should be ready to answer questions regarding the following topics:

 

  • Spouses upbringing and family information (how many siblings does your spouse have?)
  • Your relationship with your spouse (where did you meet?)
  • Current events in your relationship (what did you do together yesterday?)
  • Miscellaneous (how many televisions are in your home?)
  • Personal Information (spouse’s favorite food?)

 

4. File for Adjustment of Status/Consular Processing

 

The next step in the green card process is to either adjust status or apply for an immigrant visa abroad. The Form I-130 does not by itself give you any immigration rights. Instead, the I-130 provides the basis to apply for your green card. This can be done in 2 ways: an adjustment of status or consular processing. Each of these options has different requirements. The option that you select will depend on your particular circumstances. I’ll explain both options below.

 

Adjustment of Status

 

An adjustment of status is the process of converting whatever status you currently hold in the US to permanent resident status. This process is handled entirely in the United States and is done by filing a Form I-485 with USCIS. The Form I-485 is the “Application to Register Permanent residence of Adjust Status.”

 

In many cases, you can file the Form I-485 at the same time as your Form I-130; this is called concurrent filing.

 

Requirements for Adjustment of Status:

 

  • You must have entered the United States legally
  • You are physically present in the United States at the time the I-485 is filed
  • You cannot be inadmissible for immigration. There are 10 categories of reasons why someone may be inadmissible to the United States (based on criminal convictions, health-related issues, etc.). You cannot fall within any of these categories.

 

If you are marrying a US lawful permanent resident (non-US citizen) there are also some additional requirements to adjust status:

 

  • A visa number must be currently available. There are limits to the number of visas that are issued to the spouses of US lawful permanent residents. To adjust status, you must make sure that there is a visa number currently available at the time you file the Form I-485. You can check whether a visa is currently available using this link.
  • You must have never worked in the US without work authorization (no illegal employment)
  • You must have always maintained lawful status in the US. This means that you cannot have overstayed the length of time you were authorized to be in the US as shown on your Form I-94.
  • You cannot have entered through the visa waiver program.

 

Once your Form I-485 is approved, you are a conditional permanent resident or “unconditional” permanent resident, depending on your particular situation.

 

Consular Processing

 

If you are living outside of the US, or if you do not meet the requirements for doing an adjustment of status, then you must apply for an immigrant visa at a US consular office abroad.

Consular processing (also called “visa processing”) is the process of applying for an immigrant visa at a US consulate or embassy abroad. To apply for an immigrant visa, you must complete and submit a Form DS-260. The DS-260 (called the “Immigrant Visa Electronic Application” is completed and submitted online. You can visit the US Department of State website here to learn more about the DS-260.

 

Requirements to apply for immigrant visa:

 

  • Your Form I-130 must be approved.
  • You cannot be inadmissible to the US based on any of the 10 categories of inadmissibility (criminal convictions, health issues, etc.).
  • A visa must be currently available for you. You can check the visa bulletin here, to see if a visa is currently available.
  • You must undergo a medical examination by a qualifying doctor.
  • You must attend an interview at a US consulate or embassy. At the interview, the immigration official will review the documents for your marriage case, your medical examination results, and other such evidence. They may also ask you questions about your marriage to determine that it is legitimate.

 

Upon successful completion of the consular interview, an immigrant visa will be affixed to your passport within about a week. You can use the immigrant visa to seek entry to the United States. Upon entering, your classification becomes either conditional permanent resident or “unconditional” permanent resident depending on your situation.

 

5. Conditional Permanent Resident Status

 

If you become a permanent resident within the first 2 years of marrying your US citizen or permanent resident spouse, then you are considered a “conditional” permanent resident for a 2-year period.

 

If you have already been married for 2 years or longer at the time you become a permanent resident, then you directly become an “unconditional” permanent resident.

 

As a conditional permanent resident, you have the same rights and privileges as other permanent residents. You will be issued a permanent resident card (“green card”).

 

During this 2-year period, USCIS can terminate your conditional green card if it discovers that the marriage was not legitimate, or if the marriage terminates within the 2-year period (through divorce or annulment).

 

6. Removal of Condition to Become Unconditional Permanent Resident

 

At  the end of the 2-year period of conditional permanent residence, you are required to file a joint petition to have the condition removed from your permanent resident status. To become an unconditional permanent resident, you are required to file a Form I-751 with USCIS. You can access the Form I-751 here.  You are eligible to file the Form I-751 within 90 days before your 2-year conditional resident status expires.

 

The Form I-751 is required to be jointly filed. This means that both parties are required to sign the petition and declare that the marriage was legitimate. However,  in certain situations, you may be able to apply for a waiver of the joint filing requirement. This would allow you to file your Form I-751 without your US citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse.

 

Here are the reasons why USCIS may grant a waiver of the joint filing requirement:

 

  • US citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse has died
  • The conditional permanent resident suffered battery or extreme cruelty at the hands of the US citizen
  • The marriage has ended through divorce or annulment
  • Extreme hardship

 

Documents to submit with Form I-751

 

  • A lease agreement or mortgage showing a shared residence
  • Evidence of shared bank accounts (commingled funds)
  • Birth certificates of children that were born during the marriage
  • Signed statements from friends and family that have personal knowledge of the legitimacy of the marriage

 

Once the Form I-751 is approved, you are officially an unconditional permanent resident.

 

7. Naturalization (Optional)

 

Naturalization is the process of applying for and becoming a US citizen. While you are not required to naturalize to become a US citizen, as a permanent resident, you are eligible to apply for naturalization.

 

You are eligible to naturalize after being a permanent resident for 5 years. Your conditional permanent resident status counts toward the 5 years.

 

Here are some of the requirements to naturalize:

 

  • Must be 18 years or older at the time of filing your naturalization application.
  • Must have your green card for at least 5 years.
  • Must have lived in the state you are applying for naturalization in for at least 3 months.
  • You must have been physically present in the US for at least 30 months within the 5 years immediately preceding the filing of your naturalization application.
  • You must have good moral character.
  • You must have a basic understanding of US government and history.
  • You must have continuously resided in the US for at least 5 years prior to filing your naturalization application (no continuous absences for 180 days or longer)

 

4. Requirements to Get a Green Card Through Marriage

 

The requirements for getting a marriage based green card are slightly different depending on whether you are marrying a US citizen or a lawful permanent resident. Where there are differences, I will make clear indications.

 

1. Must be in a Legitimate Marriage with a US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident

 

  • The marriage must be legal, valid, and recognized in the place where the marriage took place.
  • To determine whether the marriage is valid, USCIS looks to see whether the parties intended to build a life together at the time of the marriage.
  • The marriage cannot be a sham (to get immigration benefits).
  • The marriage cannot go against US law (incest, multiple spouses, etc.).

 

2. Minimum Income Requirement

 

  • Your US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Spouse must have income that is at least 125% of the federal poverty level.
  • Your spouse must sign an affidavit stating that they will support you.
  • If they do not have income that is at least 125% of the federal poverty level, they can use a joint sponsor.

3. You cannot be inadmissible for immigration

 

  • There are 10 categories of inadmissibility which are based on health, criminal background, prior removals, etc.
  • You cannot fall in any of these categories

4. You Must File a Form I-130 with USCIS and get approved

5. You Must Complete an Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing

 

Adjustment of Status Requirements

 

If you are Marrying a US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident:

  • Must have entered US lawfully
  • Must be physically present in US at the time of I-485 filing

 

Additional Requirements Only if you are Marrying a Lawful Permanent Resident:

  • Visa must be currently available. (feel free to contact me at Michael@AshooriLaw.com and I’ll check whether a visa is currently available)
  • Never worked unlawfully in the US
  • No unlawful presence in the US
  • Cannot have entered through the visa waiver program.

 

Consular Processing Requirements

 

If you are Marrying a US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident:

  • Must attend a medical examination
  • Must attend a consular interview

 

Additional Requirements Only if you are Marrying a Lawful Permanent Resident:

  • Visa must be currently available

 

5. Documents Required to Get a Green Card Through Marriage

 

There are many documents that can be included with your petition for a green card through marriage. The documents that you include with your case will depend on your particular situation and the evidence that you have available based on your relationship. For example, if you’ve gone on vacation with your spouse, potential documents for you to include are pictures of you and your spouse together while on vacation. If you and your spouse have a child together, your child’s birth certificate should be included with your petition.

 

All documents that are in a foreign language should be submitted along with a certified translation.

 

Here is a general list of documents you should expect to provide for your green card through marriage case. This is a general list. Your immigration lawyer should review your case with you  and create a specific list of documents based on your particular case.

 

Documentation from US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Spouse

  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of Form I-551 (Permanent Resident Card)
  • Passport photos
  • Income tax returns for last few years
  • Proof that all prior marriages have been terminated such as a final divorce decree (if applicable)

Documentation from Foreign National Seeking Green Card

  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Passport photos
  • Proof that all prior marriages have been terminated such as a final divorce decree (if applicable)

Joint Documentation

  • Photos of you are you spouse in various settings (your wedding, with friends, parties, on vacations, etc.)
  • Marriage certificate
  • Any documentation with both you and your spouse’s names on it
  • Joint lease agreement or mortgage
  • Evidence of a joint bank account
  • Joint health insurance policy
  • Birth certificates for any children you’ve had together
  • Joint credit card statements
  • Joint car insurance
  • Letters from friends addressing both of you

 

6. What are the Fees to Get a Green Card Through Marriage?

 

Here is a breakdown of the fees you should anticipate throughout the process:

 

  • Immigration Lawyer Legal Fee: This is the fee your immigration lawyer will charge to prepare and file your green card through marriage case. This fee will range depending on your immigration lawyer.

 

 

 

 

  • Document Translation Fees: All documents that are in a foreign language, such as a foreign marriage certificate, must be translated to English by a certified translator. The fees for certified translations range depending on the company you work with.

 

Depending on your particular case, there may be other fees as well. Contact me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com to discuss the specifics of your case with you.

 

7. How Long Does It Take to Get a Green Card Through Marriage?

 

Here is breakdown of each step and the estimated processing time:

 

Step 1: Filing I-130

 

  • USCIS typically takes anywhere from 6 to 12 months to process an I-130 for a green card through marriage case.

 

Step 2: Adjustment of Status/Consular Processing

 

  • An adjustment of status or consular process takes anywhere from 6 to 8 months to complete.
  • In order to adjust status or consular process there must be a visa currently available.
  • If you are petitioning as the spouse of a US citizen, visa numbers are always current.
  • If you are petitioning as the spouse of a US permanent resident, there are numerical limits to the number of visas available each year. You should check the visa bulletin to see if a visa is currently available or you can email me and I’ll check for you.
  • If you are petitioning as the spouse of a US citizen, you may be able to file your adjustment of status concurrently with your Form I-130.
  • If you are petitioning as the spouse of a US permanent resident, you can only file your adjustment of status concurrently with your Form I-130 if a visa is currently available.
  • These concepts can be pretty confusing. If you have any questions, email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.

 

8. What Questions will I be Asked During the Marriage Interview?

 

There are a multitude of different questions that an immigration official may ask you during the marriage interview. Rather than list every possible question type, here’s a list of the 4 categories of questions you may be asked about, along with sample questions in each category.

1. Spouse's Background and Basic Knowledge About Spouse

  • Which city was your spouse born in?
  • What is your spouse’s birthday?
  • List your spouse’s residences over the last 10 years.
  • How many siblings does your spouse have? What are their names?

 

2. Basic Information Relating to Your Relationship with Your Spouse

  • How did you meet your spouse?
  • Where and how did your spouse propose to you?
  • Where did you get married?
  • Where was your honeymoon?

 

3. Household Information

  • What are the color of the walls in your home?
  • Do you have a television in your bedroom?
  • What type of flooring do you have in your home? (wood, tile, etc.)

 

4. Spouse’s Personal Information

  • What is your nickname for your spouse?
  • Does your spouse have any distinct birthmarks or scars?
  • What cologne/perfume does your spouse wear?

 

9. Conclusion

 

As you have now reached the end of this guide, you should have a much stronger understanding of how to get a green card through marriage. You should now understand the basic process of getting a green card by marriage, the requirements to get a green card by marriage, and the documents required throughout the process.

 

This is quite a bit of information and much of it is highly complex. Do not be discouraged if you do not fully understand everything in this guide. Much of the information in this guide is intended for your informational purposes. Working with an immigration lawyer can make the process much easier and much less confusing.

 

If you need help filing your marriage green card case, please feel free to email me at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I am very responsive via email and would be happy to help you.

 

Resources:

 

  • Immigration Law and the Family: A Practical Guide to Family Sponsored Immigration (4th Edition)

 

  • Law Office of Fred Voigtmann

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m very happy I choose Ashoori law! They have been so helpful and very quick with responding! Whenever I have questions they really take their time to explain, and my case has been processed quicker expected! Everything has been going very smooth... without any issues. I strongly suggest Ashoori Law!read more
Hiitokiri
00:13 12 Oct 22
Milena she will take care of you in your case of the Mater. Experience and excellent service she explained everything in to easy detail...I give her 💯 top notch service if you have any questions she respond back fast efficient...quick and... easy process....and make it easy for you to process your paper work....thank you so much Milena OUSTANDING Work!!! Thanks Ashoori Lawread more
Guru
19:36 11 Oct 22
Excellent service extended by Lorianne & team @ Ashoori Law. Kudos.
Brian Tetreault
02:37 06 Oct 22
Fantastic experience with Ashoori Law. Michael and his team were methodical in their handling of our E2 case. Communication with the firm was excellent and all queries were responded to in a timely manner. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law.
Karen Brizuela
01:04 06 Oct 22
Michael and team thankyou very much!! Right and professional answers. you guys did the the job as we agree.. and we did get our E2 visa status.Abe Brizuela.
Winston Stewart
13:50 27 Sep 22
ashoori law took my case in April 2021. They made sure that everything was done correctly before fileing. upon receipt of the case we awaited uscis decision. our petition was approved august 2022. during this time period ashoori law was always... available for my concerns or questions. therefore without reservation I recommend ashoori law to anyone seeking professional legal services in the immigration field.read more
Allen Gibbons
20:02 24 Sep 22
They were informative and very professional. Got the case done smoothly and on time. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law Firm.
Christian Rodriguez
18:23 23 Sep 22
I am incredibly thankful for this law firm. Ever since day 1 they have made things clear and have answered every question that has come to mind along the way. Their way of making sure that all information is correct and up to standards is a main... reason why I am happy with the service. For anyone having doubts...DONT! You will not be disappointed!read more
Shyam Chandrasekharan
17:05 22 Sep 22
Team Ashoori did a great Job on my Visa Approval.
ash yousefi
21:19 20 Sep 22
Ashoori law supported my case for the re-entry permit and they have a very supportive staff. Everything moves very organized.
Callen Schaub
18:20 09 Sep 22
The Ashoori Law team helped secure my USA O-1 Visa (Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement). Looking forward to making the world even more colorful! Thank you Ashoori Law.All the colors,Callen Schaub
Kubra Cingirlar
17:57 06 Sep 22
Because of the location, I couldn’t hire them but they were so fast to response
Malla R
23:31 01 Sep 22
Ehsan Mari is very patient and respectful while working with him . I highly recommend him for Immigration related services
Kanwarbir Singh Minhas
22:32 29 Aug 22
Highly recommend law firm.Thanks to Ashoori Law firm.I have used their service for my E2 visa as well as E2 change of status as i needed both of them.I just got my E2 change of status approved.Great service by the Michael Ashoori and his team.... Very professional ,easy going and helpful. If you are looking for one, this is the place. I will be using their service for my E2 visa also and later on with future applications also.read more
marjan f
23:20 25 Aug 22
I had some immigration questions regarding my application, so I booked a free consultation time with their office. I received a call an hour later from Mr. Ehsan, a consultant of the office. He helped me with all my questions patiently and I have to... say that he was so professional and knowledgeable.I want to thank him for the time and consideration.read more
Sari Sari
22:04 25 Aug 22
Very informative videos and blog post! Very Easy to understand! Great customer service! Kudos!!
Rovie Sayson
21:21 25 Aug 22
Michael provided excellent service. Highly recommended!!!
Alan Kryemadhi
05:54 23 Aug 22
I called ashoori law firm after I watched their very helpfull videos on YouTube for an e2 visa application (most informative e2 videos on YouTube in my opinion).Hands down they are the BEST emigration attorneys! Although applying for the e2 visa... was completed, the whole process went very smooth. I was impressed by their quick responses! They are very responsive and informative. Cannot recommend them enough! Thank so much guys!read more
Bob Edge
15:05 20 Aug 22
They helped me applied for my mom's green card and provided guidance and assistance through the whole process and more!
Adam Weston
18:25 19 Aug 22
Although I am halfway through the immigration process with my wife, it has been an excellent experience so far. Ashoori Law is very responsive and gets back to me quickly when I have a question. They made everything very easy which is key. Highly... recommend.read more
Chel Onates
17:42 18 Aug 22
I would like to Thank Ashoori Law team specially to Jeser I really appreciated the updates and follow ups. I highly recommend this firm.
Martha Castrejon
17:52 17 Aug 22
I just got my E2 visa renewal,thank you for the great team of the best immigration Michael Ashoori law company,thanks Lahaina,james,Michael for your help,and would like to give you more than 5 stars,sure will continue to work with you.
Mahesh Lal Rawat
14:56 14 Aug 22
महेश लाल जिला फतेहपुर भारत
Sweta Bharodia
18:23 12 Aug 22
Michael Ashoori and his team were very helpful and guided us through each and everything in getting our E2 visa. I highly recommend Ashoori Law firm.Initially when were looking for E2 visa lawyer, we had been in contact with many lawyers, but we... are fortunate we made a correct decision by making Ashoori Law firm as our lawyer. For any visa application documentation is very important. Ashoori Law team gave us a very clear and easy to understand step by step application process, which made it very easy for me to collect the relevant documents and submit. Starting from setting up a new company for the business till getting visa, Ashoori law firm has been always there, they have always answered to all our questions to the best of their abilities. We are very satisfied by choosing Ashoori Law firm as our lawyer.They are very approachable and will answer all your questions quickly. Special thanks to Lahaina, Chris, Elaine and all the team members with whom we interacted during the visa application process.Sincerely,Sweta Bharodia.read more
Michael - David
12:45 11 Aug 22
It is my pleasure to testify to my extremely positive experience working with the Ashoori Law Team in regards to the recent renewal of my O-1 Visa. This Visa renewal was complex as it involved factors such as a patent I hold, the relationship with... the company that I am working with, as well as an arts and entertainment component. The members of the team were professional and attentive and were able to secure the renewal within a surprisingly short amount of time. I would highly recommend their services for anyone who is seeking the right immigration solution particularly where the petition has a business component.Sincerely,Michael-Davidread more
Jessie Vasquez
17:47 10 Aug 22
Ashoori Law made sponsoring an employee's visa very easy and free of stress. They explained everything in detail and were very prompt with their responses and action items. It was a very fast and smooth process that was not outrageously expensive. I... would definitely recommend them and use them again.read more
mubashir ahmed
01:56 10 Aug 22
Thank you so much Michael Ashoori for all your help regarding my wife's work Authorization as an E2- dependent. We truly appreciate your honesty and making this whole process very easy and straight forward for us from the time of the application... till getting the EAD card. Your whole team was exceptional in providing the great advice. Thank you for responding to our emails and phone calls promptly. Our special thanks to James and Lahaina, both were very active and efficient. This was our first experience with any immigration lawyer, and it was very pleasant.We highly recommend Michael Ashoori Law office for any immigration services.read more
Ritesh Chutani
19:11 09 Aug 22
Michael has been very helpful with my reentry permit application. He has been very prompt in answering all the questions I had. He explained how I should go ahead with my application and has supported all along in last few months since the... application process started. I highly recommend his services.read more
Junko Iizuka
22:43 28 Jul 22
From the bottom of my heart, I would like to express my gratitude to the Ashoori Law team, especially Kelly Raposa. Much of my time & energy was needed to go to the hospital daily to take care of my very sick mom. Thanks to Kelly’s genuine kindness... & willingness to answer even the smallest of questions, I was able to focus more of my time & energy on my mom, & was able to be by her side during her last final week. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone - from the moment I started working with them, it was evident that they deeply care about all their clients.read more
Travis Steinke
20:23 27 Jul 22
The team at Ashoori law were helpful throughout the entire visa experience. Would, and have, recommend to anyone looking into the E2 visa route. Thank you!
Pradeep Sharma
14:35 27 Jul 22
Great attorney and very impressed with the professionalism. Highly recommend this place for E2 visa needs.
Osaid Abuelnasr
01:23 22 Jul 22
I have worked with many immigration attorneys for my personal and business needs. I have never had the pleasure of working with someone as helpful, genuine and professional as Ashoori Law.The attorney which handled both of my cases was Rebecca... McCarthy. She’s diligent, fast and an all around amazing attorney. She left no questions unanswered and was always on top of my case. Huge thanks to her and Michael for all their help and care.One thing I really liked about working with Ashoori Law is Michael was always available to answer any questions should no one else be able to answer them. He did not shy away from getting on the phone with me when I needed to speak to him. Unlike other firms where you feel the need to talk to 5 paralegals before getting real attention. I will definitely recommend my family and friends to Ashoori Law.read more
James Harvey
19:56 21 Jul 22
Michael and his team were extremely helpful throughout my whole visa application process.There was no other firm like it in terms of the effort that was put in to initially bring me on board, with there being numerous calls with me to answer my... queries first, and hear their recommendations on the best approach / visa for me, before giving them the go ahead to start my applicationTheir process was clear and easy, I was introduced to all team members who were working on my case. There was no limit of time from them with answering any questions or concerns that I had, which was huge for me as completing a visa application seemed like a daunting task initiallyFor anyone looking for this type of service I would highly recommend Michael and his team at AshooriA special thank you to James as well, who would of been my primary contact and helped tremendously.read more
Mary Kambai Chimbali
18:23 14 Jul 22
Ashoori law worked really fast. I’ve already had one of my cases approved. They made the process very easy for us and gave us confidence that things are getting done correctly. And they’ve kept us up to date with email and the online tracker along... the way.read more
Matt Mulholand
18:15 14 Jul 22
Ashoori Law has a very convenient online user portal which makes uploading documents very easy. They maintain good contact via email and staff can be reached by phone easily.
Jime Caballero
00:17 14 Jul 22
I'm so grateful of how helpful Ashoori was with my visa process. They did an excellent job!!
Dev Pawar
22:16 13 Jul 22
Nice to work with and they got the job done. Will certainly recommend them for all your immigration needs.
Mohamed Hegazy
16:09 12 Jul 22
totally satisfied with the results, I contacted the law firm to apply for E2. They got it done in time. They are professional and know what they are doing. The team was on top of the case. They reply to all the emails and at all the time. I was able... to schedule a call with them whenever I needed information. Highly recommended!.read more
ker smith
09:38 12 Jul 22
I would definitely recommend this law firm and their entire team to anyone who need immigration representation. They get the job done plus very affordable
Manisha Patel
20:38 08 Jul 22
Michael and his team is excellent at providing timely services and their turnaround time is very quick. I worked with Christina Missey for my immigration petition and she thoroughly reviewed every SINGLE documents of mine and guided me through... journey. She is the best. Appreciate the above and beyond efforts of Ashoori law firmread more
Emilio D'Angelo
17:03 05 Jul 22
I’ve worked with a lot of attorneys along my immigration journey but none have come close to the ease, organization, results of Ashoori Law!I’ll definitely be referring any of my fellow ex-pats over to the extremely capable team at Ashoori... Law.Thank you guys for just a stress free process!read more
Casa Guzmania
18:11 01 Jul 22
We worked with Ashoori Law to apply for E2 status, and it was approved on the first attempt with no request for additional information or any pushback! Big kudos to Christina and Lahaina, who were incredibly responsive, supportive, and patient... throughout the process. We highly recommend Ashoori Law for any immigration process, and we can confidently say that they are experts in E2 applications.read more
Salman Rauf
16:18 29 Jun 22
Excellent team and services.Always responded to my concerns whenever i wrote to them. Would highly recommend for Immigration servicing.
Lung Lee
00:40 28 Jun 22
Great work! Professional, always willing to help and quick response.As a newcomer to the U.S., they settled me a lot of questions.They professionally advise which kind of visa is most suitable for you. And, guide you step by step throughout the... application process. Finally, I got the approval of my visa with no RFE.I'd like to special thank to Lahaina for her caring. Also, Rohit's referral to such a great team.I do highly recommend Ashoori Law to all immigrant and non-immigrant applicants to the U.S.read more
Omolola Baidoo
00:34 28 Jun 22
I had an awesome experience with this law firm. My papers was processed promptly. My phone calls was responded to promptly. No regrets. Money well spent.I will definitely recommend Ashoori law firm to friends and families who needs their services.... Thanks for everything.read more
Anja Kahn
17:28 27 Jun 22
My I-140 for the EB2 NIW has been approved!! Thank you Michael and Lahaina of Ashoori Law, and thank you USCIS!Prior to meeting Michael Ashoori, I had frustratingly worked with 3 other immigration law firms over the previous 6 years to ensure my... business, my children and I were always in authorized and lawful status. With these firms I felt not quite versed on the in-depth immigration picture, not sure of the chances of success of any particular route, uncomfortably wondering if the advise and steering was the right path for me and my family for the long term, or was it short term fixes thereby requiring further filings in the future. I paid some pretty hefty fees too, and often was left wondering if the option I was being recommended was the best option for me or was it the most lucrative for the law firm.Michael was a breadth of fresh air!Whilst researching my queries online I found Ashoori Law through the videos Michael posts - the videos were focused, informative, and dealt with pretty much the whole picture in respect of the topic he spoke on. The tone was chatty and Michael came across as very approachable, conveying the law in terms I could understand, without losing the detail. After watching the first video, I searched for more and binge watched all I could find before reaching out to Michael!During my initial consultation I felt so reassured by not only Michael's extensive immigration law knowledge, but also the way he explained options. Everything he said made so much sense, was applicable to my circumstances, and he laid out my options clearly, giving honest evaluation as to the process, the timeline, and chances of success. He didn't do it piecemeal or in isolation, he looked at the full picture as to how my application would affect my family in the long term - definitely an important factor when kids risk being aged out at 21. Michael looked at my background and was confident that I could be successful in the EB2 NIW category. His analysis of how I met the requirements and what I would need to do to evidence my experience, knowledge and expertise gave me the confidence to proceed in the belief I merited the category.The team at Ashoori Law handled the whole process so smoothly and efficiently, with full disclosure at every stage, and it was a speedy filing - under 30 days!!Ashoori Law have a fantastic online portal, where the whole application is managed - you can monitor step by step what is required, there are user friendly forms for information gathering, and easy uploading of evidence documents. Messaging is handled securely through the portal, enabling the whole application history to be in one place, readily accessible for any future query.Having filed, Ashoori Law didn't go silent on me! With the delays in processing at USCIS due to Covid and post Covid challenges, Michael and Lahaina were always happy to have an update discussion and keep me reassured - and sane!I leave this review because Michael's evaluation of what was required for success in my immigration journey has made a phenomenal difference to my life, for which I am forever going to be grateful. I leave this review as an experienced immigration applicant who has tried some of the most well known firms in the country - firms that promised the world, charged the earth, and generally failed in the objective they were contracted for. Michael delivered on his promise. Thank you Michael.read more
Kely Aliny Neves
12:30 27 Jun 22
Foram ótimos profissionais, sempre prestativos e tudo deu certo sem desafios. Recomendo!
Ramneek Lamba
02:28 23 Jun 22
I would highly recommend Ashoori law to anyone who is looking for a professional advice on immigration. Right from the beginning they explained me the procedure in detail. Lahaina was super helpful at all stages of the process. They respond quickly... and professionally. Anyone looking for immigration advice will not be disappointed. Thanks again!read more
Tommy T Chai8.
06:44 21 Jun 22
Thank you very much for this advice.I thing that next month i will submit this document. 🌷🌷
Rahila Samreen
02:07 17 Jun 22
Michael Ashoori is an excellent immigration lawyer. He has a great team. His team response is so quick. My daughter is also doing her immigration case with him. And definitely I will appoint for my son next. He is a very trustworthy lawyer and you... will never feel that your money is wasted. I definitely recommend to everyone. Thanks to Michael Ashoori that you assisted me every time .read more
Marina
00:45 17 Jun 22
Very great! Love, love, love Ashoori Law and his team. They make you feel like family. This is the team that will definitely get the job done. Very friendly and professional!
Vivek Sharma
00:54 16 Jun 22
The team at Ashoori Law did a wonderful job in helping me get my H-1B Visa approved on time. Special thanks to Lahaina and James who were always communicative throughout the process and ensured all information and documents were in place before... submitting the petition. I would highly recommend their services.read more
Erika Fifield
18:41 15 Jun 22
The Ashoori Law team was awesome in providing my company with employer sponsored visa services. They guided us through the entire process, were very professional and were able to file and get us the needed approval in a timely manner. As an HR... manager, I highly recommend Ashoori Law for your business or individual immigration needs. James, Milena, and the entire team were very helpful and made the process very simple with quick results!read more
Ross Hitchins
06:36 10 Jun 22
Our E2 visa request was professionally handled to a successful outcome. I would recommend this Law company for anyone who is trying to obtain a US visa. Good Job! Thanks Steve Hitchins
Romard Palmer
15:05 08 Jun 22
I had the opportunity to work with Ashoori Law to apply for my Re-entry permit. i must say it was seamless, all the work was handle by the staff at Ashoori Law. The service they provided was extraordinary, the staff are very knowledgeable and... provides timely feedback and is willing to spend countless hours on phone calls to explain any situation/issues you might have. I highly recommend this firm for any legal matters regarding immigration services. I will be using them for all my future needs moving forward. It was a great pleasure working with Ashoori Law, I look forward to work with them again.read more
Sandeep Kaur Pannu
02:02 08 Jun 22
I have watched all your videos, they are always great…. I read your blog online and it was very informative and after reading the blog I felt, you and your teams knows in depth about immigration that’s how I approached you guys for EAD. And it all... turned out so great!Thank you for getting us EAD approval in hand! So all five stars from our side.Thank you!read more
Kevin Kovacs
21:03 07 Jun 22
The Ashoori Law team has done a tremendous job representing me and successfully putting together my application. They are very knowledgable, organized, thorough, and straightforward. The team knows what it takes to get cases approved. Ashoori Law... has earned my trust and I will engage them in future cases. Highly recommend!read more
Juan perez don
01:10 02 Jun 22
Hola! Gracias por la asesoría, mi caso salió exitoso, mi cambio de status fue aprobado Gracias por la asesoría y el acompañamiento.
Malwa Truckline
03:04 01 Jun 22
We would like to thank Micheal and Team to work on a our case.which really went smoothly and made easy by them.we highly recommend Ashoori Law Firm and it was pleasure doing business with them.
Jarson Laguerta
21:04 31 May 22
I would highly recommend Ashoori Law office for the fast and reliable visa process. The staff are also accommodating , on point and on time, they're are very fast when it comes to processing my visa.
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped hundreds of people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

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