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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07:58 11 Feb 20
As, I have some problem to apply reentry permit. I am very serious in my case because it was denied for the first time. When, I saw Ashoori Law website. I believe in Mr.Michael who can help me in this case. I got the great support from Mr.Michael... and his team. Finally, my reentry permit was approved. I would like to say Thank you very much. I hope who have the immigration's problem. Please contact to him. He expert for the Immigration law. He can suggest you until finish. Again, Mr.Michael, thank you very much for your help.read more
Arian Shahidi
22:44 10 Feb 20
It was a great experience working with Michael. Before starting to file my documents for my case he explained every detail step by step and guided me. During the process he updated me every time and answered every question accurately. I’m very... satisfied and looking forward to work with him in the future. If you’re looking for an excellent attorney, I strongly recommend Michael Ashoori.read more
Robert Cook
05:47 08 Feb 20
Prompt , efficient , and reliable , a very professional service ..
frederic khoury
11:07 06 Feb 20
The team was very responsive, available to chat on the phone and very responsive to my emails and questions. I would recommend Ashoori's service above any large law firms with whom I had dealt previously. I got exceptional service with Ashoori.
Joao Castro
01:20 06 Feb 20
Michael and his team deserve more than a five star rating. I hired Mike already based on a recommendation from a friend of mine, who also requested his services. My friend gave him five star as well, and this could simply not be different.Since my... first contact with Michael, I've perceived his solid ethical principles, responsive professionalism and personal attention to all details in US immigration complex process. In my case, he was key for me to obtain I-131 permits for three Green Cards - and the documents were shipped after just six weeks after the process initiation. In another process, he has been immediately responsive to replace Green Cards. And all my contacts were online - which is a testimony of his great online reputation.If you are looking for US Immigration lawyer assistance for true delivery, great value and avoid risks and potential problems, the answer is Michael Ashoori Law, with his fantastic team, that really and personally takes care of your immigration needs.JCread more
J V
06:39 03 Feb 20
Erase any doubts about this law firm. Michael Ashoori’s team delivers. The 5 star rating says it all! I know that it is a tough decision to choose a lawyer who you can entrust your immigration concerns but his law office’s services are backed by... several outstanding reviews. I can attest to their excellent services based on my own experience. Michael and his team were able to explain the whole process clearly. The expectations, time line, costs were defined at the very start. This gave a boost of confidence to a first-time client like me. I appreciated that they are very prompt with their responses. Michael and his team made themselves available for whatever concern I had with my case and no question for them is too simple to ask. The most important thing is that the team is able to deliver!read more
Pranay Agarwal
00:01 22 Jan 20
Michael is extremely professional and really knows the details of the complex US immigration law. I recently hired his services for my travel permit document (1-131) and from the day we first spoke till the end of the process he was very responsive... and attentive. In my situation in particular, I needed take several trips being a frequent traveler and he carefully planned that in the process to avoid any complications. I highly recommend Michael for any US immigration needs.read more
Phong Si
03:17 15 Jan 20
I used Michael's immigration law firm to help renew my wife's reentry permit. It was her second time, and we were living out of country. First time was with a different lawyer. His team made everything smooth and communicated quickly and clearly.... Our permanent residence is in Georgia, but we found out about Ashoori Law through google. I had several worries since it was a renewal, and was with a different lawyer in a different state. But this was really a satisfactory experience with no problems.read more
Kate Ruiz
11:45 02 Jan 20
We came across Michael by chance on the net but after reading his reviews we were confident that he could help us with the re entry permit application. And he did just that!! Not only was Michael patient and understanding to the numerous questions... and doubts we had, but he was also very professional and knowledgeable about immigration law. He made us feel at ease through every email explaining our options and timelines and another thing we very really appreciated was his prompt responsiveness in communication. In the end, everything went better than imagined for us and the application was approved way faster than expected. We owe that all to Michael. We definitely will be using him for any future services and we would highly recommend using Michael and his firm for any immigration services needed. Again, thank you Michael.read more
Oliver Solomon
05:52 23 Dec 19
Eman has been the most supportive and communicative attorney for my Green Card application. I did a lot of research on who to work with and he was so knowledgeable, took the time to build personal rapport with me and explained everything so clearly.... I felt at ease throughout what is a stressful time. The process was incredibly smooth, got my Green Card in just 3 months. He was honest and transparent, a breath of fresh air! He made himself available 24/7 on text and email, and Stefany in the office was also a huge support in preparing the correct documentation. Eman was even able to educate the USCIS officer in my interview! Honestly, can’t praise him enough. And did it all for a very fair price! Will 100% work with him again to lift my conditional PR / citizenship in the future.read more
Jennifer P.
01:17 21 Dec 19
Michael & Fred were fantastic lawyers. They were very patient and friendly throughout the whole process: from the consultation, to collecting all my needed information, to all of the back and fourth editing of my visa application. They are NOT about... taking your money, rushing you through the process, and not caring about the end result. They ARE about getting you approved, taking the time to meet your needs, and making sure your money was well spent.read more
Ricardo Surpris
01:14 19 Dec 19
At first I was very skeptical because everything was done online. After calling Michael and having a conversation with him I felt more comfortable going forward with the process. Michael and his team were very responsive via email and telephone and... answered every question me or my wife would have. I would definitely recommend using his services because everything could be done from the comfort of your house and not be overcharged by other lawyers where you would have to physically go to their office and pay $100 just for a consultation fee. Thanks to Michael and his team, my wife and I were able to go to Japan after the fingerprint appointment and he is going to mail us the Re-Entry permit to Japan.Thanks for the hard work, we greatly appreciate you and your team! Domo arigatogozaimashitaread more
Nadia Mesika
11:50 10 Dec 19
Excellent service! Professional and polite. Ashoori Law followed up on my case all the way and I received approval on my re-entry permit application. I chose this firm based on the good reviews I read on the net and in the beginning I was unsure if... all was true! But, as soon as I started talking to Michael Ashoori I felt relieved and secure. Our communications were done mainly virtually and over the phone, but he always answered me promptly and patiently explaining all my options. I would for sure recommend you chose this firm's services and have your peace of mind that somebody is taking care of all your application process. Good Luck!read more
Saket Chauhan
08:46 10 Dec 19
We are very pleased with the service and guidance provided by Michael and his team for re-entry permit applications for myself and family members. Ours was a bit tricky as we were planning to come especially for this task. Michael's guidance on the... timelines really helped us plan the trip and get the fingerprinting done. Michael and team were very responsive and thorough over email on all the queries that I asked throughout the process. I would highly recommend them.read more
JACOB STEPHEN
06:29 07 Dec 19
Micheal is a professional and reliable lawyer. I interacted with him since Jun 2019. He answered all my quires as and when I approached him. With the help of Micheal background as an immigration attorney, we got our re-entry done for a period of 2... years without much hassle. Micheal is very prompt, professionalism and efficient communicator. I would highly recommend his service to anyone in the globe.read more
Lilian Leanyuy
08:21 03 Dec 19
Very professional. Whenever I had questions it was answered politely. If you are looking for professionals to handle your travel documents...look no further...this is the place to go. Excellent service. Thanks
Popal Habibi
05:41 03 Dec 19
I am greatly inspired by the attitude and time dedication to my case, the Ashoori law is one of the best law consultancy to consult with, they are very good and quick in providing response to any query, i am strongly recommending Ashori law to... those seeking legal advice and need legal firm for being their representative in legal process.read more
Brandon H
06:07 01 Dec 19
If I need any help regarding immigration, I will 100% come back to Michael. He is very communicative and takes excellent care of his clients!
Andy Murdaah
03:35 28 Nov 19
Michael and his team did an extraordinary job in finalizing my sister’s re- entry permit in 5 weeks( yes you are reading correctly - FIVE weeks). He was able to professionally submit the application timely and kept my up to date with the process .... This is beyond any one could imagine . This is you only stop if you are seeking any legal immigration consultation and would highly recommend him with no doubt .read more
Fayrouz Mordaah
08:53 27 Nov 19
Michael provided excellent service for my reentry permit application.I highly recommend on Michael Ashoori law office.Thank you Micheal.
J W
07:02 11 Nov 19
I worked with Eman from Ashoori law on my partner's visa. Eman was very fast to reply to my emails and took calls and was very helpful and answered questions even after hours.
Ilya Z.
21:43 09 Nov 19
Worked with Michael Ashoori, and I am super grateful for his services! He was very patient at the beginning with my questions (first time leaving the U.S. for a long period of time) regarding the process details and the timeline. I found Michael... understands all the nuances of the process and very thorough with his advice. I received my travel document within 5 months, as expected, most of the time we were just waiting for feedback from USCIS. The detailed timeline is provided down below. I would recommend Michael's service (from a re-entry permit applicant point of view):1) Michael is a great professional. He made the entire process very straightforward and easy for me. By the way, his blogis a perfect source of information about the importance of the re-entry permit for the U.S. residents, the whole process of getting the travel document and processing times.2) Michael keeps me updated. Getting re-entry permit is a multi-stage process and every step in it is equally important and requires some coordination. Michael kept me informed and provided the full information on how to prepare for each step.3) Michael responds to my queries in a timely manner.On multiple occasions I raised questions about my process status, message received and how to behave during the border crossing. Michael makes sure that my queries are answered in a timely manner and I can't stress how important this is… I mean people always say "oh, I will get back to you on that" but most of the time they don’t… Well, at least in my experience.  At the end of the day, I wanted my re-entry permit be approved and great customer care service and Michael Ashoori has met/exceeded my expectations. Great work Michael! I would highly recommend Michael and his law firm if you have any immigration question that needs to be resolved! PS My process timeline for those who interested:- Forms sent over to Michael 5/13/2019 and submitted to USCIS 5/14/2019 - Appointment for biometrics received 6/11/2019 and passed 6/20/2019- Travel document approved 9/29/2019 and received the document via FedEx 10/3/2019read more
Batman
00:35 07 Nov 19
Michael’s service is awesome, fast, and precise. I’m glad that I found him before filing cases myself.
Faysal Bakka
01:28 05 Nov 19
Michael is a professional and dependable Lawyer. He knows what to do. I found him online. He was very patient with answering all my questions. He used to reply to my emails quickly and even on weekends. Before I got in touch with Michael, I called... many immigration lawyers but they made things complicated and difficult. I was confused but Michael made the process clear and easy to understand. I'm glad I have chosen Michael's service. It's very easy to work with him. My family was very happy because they were able to attend the biometric appointment within 5 weeks and before their flight back to Morocco as Mikael promised. I would highly recommend this service for other people. Definitely I will use his service again!read more
Petra Werner
10:04 29 Oct 19
Michael Ashoori is probably the best immigration lawyer I`ve had so far. I urgently needed a reentry permit and he successfully delivered even though it was last minute. I highly recommend contacting him if you need help with the immigration law.
Frank Chen
07:40 29 Oct 19
I sought out Michael online and thought I was taking a chance with a unknown law firm. To my pleasant surprise, Michael offered a quick intro call to introduce his services and the re=entry permit application process. He was open and honest and was... very transparent with his service fees. I simply filled out an application and had Michael submit it on my behalf.. The scheduled biometric appointment went smoothly and 3 months later my re-entry permit was approved. I would highly recommend Michael for this service as it was hassle free and cost effective vs trying to do it on your own.read more
Yesha Goswami
13:45 25 Oct 19
I had a great experience working with Michael. Eventually I found his details via google search and after having a quick phone call, I decided to go ahead with him in order to apply for my parents reentry permit applications. Working with him was... pretty straight forward and easy going. I live in New jersey and he is based of California, but I never felt that distance was an issue. I pretty much sent all the required documents via email and/or post. I could call/message him if I had any doubts and he would get back to me immediately. Our process was successful and eventually we did receive the Reentry permits in the time line that he had given. I would recommend his services to anyone who wants to apply for Reentry permits or any other immigration services.read more
avner madar
12:04 20 Oct 19
I had the best experience with Ashoori law office, Michael Ashuri is so kind and professional!! got an amazing service, and felt that he really cares for me and did everything to get things done in a way that I never experienced with any other... lawyer Thank you very much!!read more
Bruno Casas
16:18 07 Oct 19
Great service! I totally recommend hiring Michael. He has been present every step of way. If needed further assistance, I would contact him again. Keep up the good service!
Erdal Caba
18:27 05 Oct 19
“I hired Michael Ashoori to help my mother submit a re-entry permit form so that she could stay in Turkey for an extended duration. This process can be confusing and Michael made the process so much easier. What started out as a routine submittal... for which we were charged a very reasonable amount turned out to be much more involved due to our specific circumstances. Michael and his firm bent over backwards to resolve issues until we finally got our re- entry permit without any additional charges. I would recommend Michael and his firm to anyone.”read more
Mostafa Hilal
15:43 23 Sep 19
Michael is a very good lawyer. He took care of me throughout the process, he answered all my questions and provided me with all the information i need. He was very patient and professional with me when i had many requests. I would totally recommend... him as your immigration lawyer and definitely would hire his services again in the future. Thanks Michael!read more
Majken Karoline Jensen
12:05 23 Sep 19
Michael Ashoori has handled my case very professionally and quickly. After one quick phone call he grasped my situation, beyond what I even felt able to explain, and quickly set up the necessary steps to initiate my travel permit for green card. It... has worked seamlessly with Ashoori Law and working with Michael made me feel safe to know that everything would be handled the right way. Highly recommend them and would work with them in the future again.read more
Sajan Varghese
09:33 19 Sep 19
Michael is a highly professional immigration lawyer dependable for any sort of immigration work. His dedication and passion in his work is highly appreciable. He was ready to answer for any of my queries without any hesitation. Whenever I wrote to... him a reply will be in my inbox instantly. I have approached him for my re entry permit processing and it was done it meticulously. As an immigration lawyer, his passion and professionalism is exemplary. A very easily accessible gentleman at any time round the clock. I wish him all the best and recommending you for any sort of immigration work.read more
Smitha Sivakumar
01:58 19 Sep 19
I approached Michael to apply for my reentry permit, He was very professional and fast at replying all my questions with expertise. He had explained the timeframes and never gave any false promises. I am very happy with his services and got my... reentry permit approved within 2 months. I would highly recommend Michael and his law firm and I would definitely use his services again.Thank you Michael for all your help.read more
Paul Aleo
22:41 09 Sep 19
Michael is a professional and dependable Immigration Lawyer who was a pleasure to work with. He took the time to answer any questions I had through the process and was readily available. I hired Michael to help me obtain a TN Work Visa in the United... States and my application was successfully approved. I highly recommend Michael as an Immigration Lawyer.read more
Umang Kumar
16:14 14 Aug 19
I stumbled upon Michael Ashoori's law firm (and its online presence) via a google search. Some finds are lucky finds. Michael attends to each communication personally - he is prompt, professional and clear. All expectations, timelines, costs are... spelled out ahead of time. He filed my Reentry Permit in a thorough and professional manner - and he was exacting about details like the resolution of a scanned document, say. I saw the form he filled out on my behalf and I realized he put in just the right amount of information required - I had given him a slightly more (emotional) verbiage to utilize, if needed. He kept me updated about the progress of the filing and in the end sent me a cheery email I was waiting for announcing the USCIS approval of my filing. He also will ship the approved document to wherever in the world you may be, which is a big help. Highly recommended, just for sheer accessibility and affability - and efficiency! Umang Kumarread more
Mudassar Jawad
08:20 04 Aug 19
Thanks Michael for all your help and assistance. Really appreciate your prompt replies to all my inquiries as well, It was pleasure working with you. I strongly recommend Michael for his professional services.
Ritesh Chutani
19:29 21 Jul 19
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 3 months since the application... process started. I highly recommend his services.read more
Janny Chen
01:28 17 Jul 19
Mr. Michael Ashoori represented me to apply re-entry visa. It was my first time to look for a lawyer on the internet and he happens to be at a different time zone.The reason why I did that because my local lawyer who used to represent me in the... past didn’t response to my email for more than 2 weeks. After several trials, I was forced to look for someone to help me.Honestly, I was a bit worried at the beginning. But after sending the first email request to Mr. Michael, I got a phone call and an email from him in less than 12 hours. After that, every time when I had a question, Michael always have a response in 24 hours. And all my questions always get answered immediately. I have never needed to ask the same question twice before getting an answer from him.After the biometric appointment, that waiting period felt like forever. But because of Michael’s professionalism, I had a peace of mind. I know that once he finds out the status, he will let me know right away.I highly recommend if anyone needs any professional help in immigration, Mr. Michael Ashoori is the person to go to.As always, Michael, thank you very much for your help.read more
Bluesky
14:45 02 Jul 19
re entry permit:my case has been followed from the beginning to the end.i had success, i got the re entry permitgreat job
nibbur
09:39 30 Jun 19
My immigration matter recently got resolved, and very thankful to Michael for making it happen! At the very first consultation, Michael understood the situation, provided insights based on his experience with other similar cases, and suggested a... clear plan of action. Now, a few months later, I have a successful outcome, without having to stress during the application processing time.Very appreciative of his patience, and always promptly following through. Michael understands how stressful these matters can be, and has a calming and steadying presence.My highest recommendation, and I will gladly work with him for any future matters.read more
Priyank Patel
20:37 29 Jun 19
Micheal is a great immigration lawyer - please, look no further! Not only he is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in immigration field, he is super attentive and dedicated and will treat your case/problem as his own and will never give any... false promises to take you in confidence. He is always available via email or phone, answers all the questions in details, and during meetings - he is always prepared and will spend extra time with you. He is calm even when resolving smallest of confusion while guiding you thru the whole process until full success.I am very glad I chose Ashoori Law and would highly recommend if you need help in your immigration process.Priyank Patelread more
Masoud Shahidi
07:18 21 Jun 19
I have previously worked with several immigration attorneys but the service that I received from Michael Ashoori and his law firm was exceptional. I am so grateful for his passion, dedication, and professionalism and would like to express my... profound appreciation for his assistance and prompt responses. Thank you Michael.read more
ADe Bell
12:49 15 Jun 19
Michael was perfectly ready and perfectly timely responsive. It was the easiest process ever. This is the first time I use services from Ashoori Law and I can describe the experience in one simple word- PLEASURE to deal with professionals like this.
Nick Wallingford
19:54 11 Jun 19
I was researching about how to complete an I131 travel document for my wife online and hands down the best explanation on how to do so was written by Michael Ashoori. I felt my case wasn’t clear-cut and I didn’t want to take any chances doing it... myself so I reached out to Michael and to my surprise he wrote me back that same day. I also thought his price was reasonable, especially in comparison to other lawyers in my area. He has always answered my emails quickly and most importantly my wife’s travel document was approved just as he said it would be in the timeframe he presented to us in he beginning. If you’re someone who is looking for a professional, timely, and easily accessible immigration lawyer to help you or your spouse with immigration matters, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Michael Ashoori as your attorney.read more
Sunil Timothy
13:52 11 Jun 19
Michael's advice has been truly helpful during my effort to procure an L1A visa for myself. He patiently answers the queries and gives excellent working advice for a successful result. Thanks a lot!
Elizabeth Tran
20:38 28 May 19
Michael Ashoori is an excellent immigration attorney! I was impressed with how efficient and effective he is in communicating with his clients and supporting them on their investor visa cases, as he pays careful attention to each case no matter how... complicated they could be.read more
Muhammad Naeem Ayoubzaada
21:47 21 May 19
I was so lucky to select Ashori Law and Thanks to Mr Ashori for being responsive for my all questions . Anyone who need an Immigration lawyer it is my honor to recomand Mr Ashori.
Suresh Ravi
09:36 21 May 19
I had to apply for a travel document, and in perusing the web for information, I came across Michael's Blog post, which was very detailed in explaining the intricacies of the travel document process and how best to approach each situation. I... contacted Michael and he was very forthcoming with information regarding the process and was able to answer all my questions. I applied for my travel document, I-131, through Michael and am thoroughly satisfied with his professionalism, availability and knowledge of the entire process including the timing for each step of the process that paved the way for my I-131 to be approved.I would highly recommend Michael Ashoori for your immigration needs.read more
Swati Jain
20:26 16 May 19
We spoke to Michael regarding some advice on the naturalization process. He was a pleasure to interact with, patient with our questions, and very thorough with his advice. He is extremely responsive and flexible in accommodating his clients. I would... recommend him to anyone who needs advice regarding immigration matters.read more
Mirza Baig
06:54 16 May 19
What an exceptional experience I had with immigration attorney Mr. Michael Ashoori. The way and in a very short time of period Mr. Ashoori prepared and even submitted my application for my reentry permit to immigration, is amazing and unbelievable... , but the fact is, he did it! Just in one day ! My wife and two young kids , a boy 2 years and a girl 4 year old currently live in Canada I need to spend sometime with them as my boy was sick for long time getting cold badly and I needed to be with for longer time so I needed the reentry permit and hired Mr. Ashoori. Mr. Ashoori had given me a timeline on how the process would take place , and 100% correct he was! I did get my reentry permit last week and every thing happened just as he had explained. He is very efficient and quick in response . He answerd my all emails, messages and calls in a very short time . I would say he does work 24 hours! I highly recommend Mr. Michael Ashoori for any immigration need. Thank You Michael for your help . Mirza Baigread more
Admin Admin
23:33 15 May 19
Michael was quick, extremely easy to work with, professional, and always reachable. The entire process was straightforward. Thank you for making it so easy for me, Michael!
Miguel Lozano
14:45 02 May 19
If you want a world-class, take-you-by-the-hand service (and results), search no more…And let me explain real quick the 3 reasons why I say this about Ashoori Law:1. Clarity. At first, I wasn’t even sure if the service was the right fit for me.... Heck, I didn’t even have the slightest idea of how the whole Visa process worked… NOT a problem.Michael had me on a call where he took his time to explain in detail everything I needed to know about how the process worked, my eligibility for the Visa, and every other question I had that I threw at him.BIG Bonus for me: there were some questions Michael didn’t have the answer to right there and then and he simply took some time to research and got back to me later on with the answers… instead of just coming up with BS (like some do).2. Communication. NEVER did I have a single call or email I didn’t receive a response to in less than 24 hours.You don’t want someone you have to be constantly chasing working on your case, do you?I can’t even imagine how frustrating that would be…With Michael, communication was ALWAYS clear and fast, just as you would expect from an expert.3. Certainty. There was absolutely no point during the process where I felt an ounce of doubt about whether I was doing the right thing or not.You know those buying decisions you start regretting the second after the purchase is made? Know that feeling?Well, this is not one of them.Michael and his team are so knowledgeable in their field that they have fool-proof systems in place that help you complete your paperwork and applications quickly and with ease.Since our first interaction, I felt I was dealing with people who knew their stuff.And those are the reasons why I feel comfortable recommending Ashoori Law…They took care of me as a mother takes care of her newborn.Thank you, Michael!read more
Ali Kasa
21:09 28 Apr 19
Mike is competent, prompt and diligent immigration attorney. He worked on our E2 case and what appeared to be a difficult case, he and his team got it approved. Thank you Mike for the great work.
Ilya Krasik
18:25 23 Apr 19
Michael is very diligent and responsive, was pleasantly surprised by the latter-- his email replies were quick and on point on any given day. Got my documents faster than expected, 5 star service!
Zahra Baharloo
21:11 09 Apr 19
Mr Michael Ashoori is very knowledgable, he was always available to answer my question, his fee was very reasonable.I highly recommend him and promise that You don’t regret.
Alfred Ohanyan
21:33 01 Apr 19
Quick, simple, effective. Michale took care of everything and after 2 months I am approved. Thank you Michael. You are doing a great job. Thank you.
María Verónica Misle
16:40 26 Mar 19
I found out about Michael Ashoori Law Firm through the internet, when I started looking for advice regarding US Immigration Law. It called my attention that in its official website it was posted important, comprehensive information on different... matters, and it invites customers to ask for direct responses. I decided to write a couple of emails about my personal situation, immediately responded by Michael at no cost. After having received those responses, I asked Michael for a quotation of legal services, which I compared to three more. In the end, I decided to hire Michael because his offer inspired me to trust and it was very competitive, and I definitely made the right choice. Michael was quite diligent when analyzing my case, filed the petition quickly and kept me posted about its evolution. My case was resolved favorably! That is why I have no hesitation in recommending Michael´ services for US Immigration Law. Maria Misleread more
Temesghen Ghde
08:01 26 Mar 19
After being fed up with the lack of expertise and lack of ease of communication at the previous law office I was handling my case, I have come to know Michael when I googled "Best Immigration Law in my area". I can guarantee you, Google wasn't... misleading this time. Michael gave me a definite answer to my question and assured me that my case is possible, a question where previously I wasn't able to get an answer more than a "Maybe". And he delivered what he assured me. I am sure many lawyers also deliver, however, I am also sure that no lawyer is as easily accessible as Michael. I have never seen a lawyer who promptly responds to client messages at 11:30 pm. This guy is a pioneer in a Client-Attorney communication style. He re-invented the way how easily clients can call, text, email, and easily reach out their lawyer at any time to get a quick response. A business style other law firms should encourage applying.read more
shinobu matsumoto
03:43 19 Mar 19
Micheal is a great lawyer!I really recommend him to anyone
Myunghwan Kim
23:07 10 Mar 19
I was not certain about writing the crucial document, but most of local attorneys were not taking my case or even very hard to make appointments to get consulting.In that situation, Michael was very friendly and easily accessible through online... tools available in this era. Furthermore, he was very committed and responsive to our questions. We finally got approvals about our cases from USCIS and deeply appreciate all of his interactions with us.read more
Richard Srikureja
13:14 19 Feb 19
Michael was a great help to me and my parents. He’s very professional and very fast at replying all my questions with expertise. I am very happy with his services and if I ever needed legal consultation again, I would definitely use his services... again. Highly recommended!read more
Nasrin Nabipoor
01:17 12 Feb 19
I have a great experience with Michael. He helped to get a re-entry permit for my mother. During the process Michael was extremely attentive and offered considerable amount of his time to help us. He is absolutely professional and knowledgeable. My... mother received her re-entry permit in less than 2 months in a situation that was not promising. The fee was reasonable and I strongly recommend Michael Ashoori.read more
Mohammad Al Nahedh
17:50 21 Dec 18
We had a great experience with Mr. Ashoori. His responses were quick and professional. He was always helpful in giving updates and answers
Suparna D
19:26 11 Nov 18
Michael is a very knowledgeable and helpful lawyer. My husband and I used his law firm for an NIV US visa application, and Michael made the entire process hassle free and smooth. He was always available to answer any questions that we had, and... guided us through the entire process. I recommend him!read more
Sanjeewa Ranatunga
16:04 26 Oct 18
I came to know Michael Ashoori through one of his YouTube videos as I needed information on applying for a travel document. That was the best video or source of information I could find online. I contacted Michael 3 months ago. I was running out of... time. He was prompt to act and filled my case within a couple of days. It was easy to work with him, and he was quick to respond to any question. His fee was extremely reasonable. I contacted several other lawyers, and their fees were much higher than his. Overall, I'm impressed with his work ethic. More importantly, my case got approved within three months, and I already have my document. If you have any immigration related issue, please do not hesitate to contact Michael. Thank you, Michael, for keeping things simple and getting things done in time.read more
Emma Wallace
08:08 15 Oct 18
Michael was extremely helpful in assisting my re entry permit application. He made the whole process very easy and straightforward. As I was based overseas we mostly corresponded by email and he always responded extremely promptly. I’ve recommended... Michael to a friend and would recommend him for immigration assistance and legal advice. Thanks for your help, Michael!read more
Dawa Torbert
14:37 01 Aug 18
Michael offers exceptional customer service. He did a great job helping me with my re-entry permit. He always kept me updated on the progress both via email and by phone. The entire progress took less than 2 months. I highly recommend Ashoori Law.
CEDRIC PAOLO JUAN
20:59 23 Jul 18
He replies attentively and from the messages he sends, it shows how accommodating and concern he really is about any issues you have or information you need. Definitely worth every penny!
Yogesh Kandlikar
20:57 20 Jul 18
Thanks Michael for your help. It was pleasure working with Michael, i strongly recommend Michael to anyone who is looking to apply for re entry permits.
addy 2373
11:41 12 Jul 18
It was indeed an eye opening consultation I had with Michael. He was very patient and well versed with the L1 Visa option I discussed with him. I truly endorse him for his services as an immigration Attorney and I wish him success in his future... endeavors.read more
Muhammad Fahad Ashraf
00:14 26 Jun 18
Like any foreign investor to make his dream come ture, I was looking for the best yet the most-affordable Lawyer with E2 specialization to ensure the visa approval at the very 1st attempt. Not being satisfied with local legal firms especially for... E2 Visa, we were referred to MICHAEL ASHOORI; known to be a Subject Matter Expert in E2. Our whole relation with Michael was over the phone but we NEVER felt at-distance due to his professional communication and collaboration skills. We were really impressed with his subject-related knowledge and his exceptional approach.At very 1st engagement with him over the phone,he walked us step-by-step through the standard process for E2 submission and answered all of our questions till our full satisfaction. Upon his analysis of our case, he customized his approach as per our legal situation and reccommended us the best fit-solution for our investment goals. He made the preparation of business/invetment documentation super-easy for me by providing the customized and easy-to-use templates. Him and his team frequently reviewed our documents and provided professional assistance to make appropriate enhancments as needed per USCIS standards. I have never experienced anyone as prompt professional towards his clients as he was. No matter, what time (business/after-business hours) I called him, received immediate & welcoming response. Michael kept me posted with status updates till I received Approval Notice from USCIS :)I am Glad MICHAEL represented me for my case. I WOULD RECCOMMEND MICHAEL TO ANYONE WHO WANTS SUCCESS IN E2 VISA APPROVAL AT THE VERY 1ST ATTEMPT.read more
ABIJIT AJI
01:40 25 Jun 18
I took a consulting session from Michael, and he was simply spectacular. I found him very knowledgeable about the whole L1 process and about the options available for individuals who are interested to go via this option for their immigration. He... clearly highlighted the challenges and opportunities regarding my case and pitfalls that need to be avoided. He took this call on a Sunday! I would recommend these guys for any of your L1 related work. Do try out the consulting session he offers so you get first hand view of them.read more
ניסים חסיד
03:29 19 Jun 18
I would highly recommend him, he responds timely and very polite. Michael explains everything in easy to understand terms and will go over anything you do not understand. My process was taken care of faster !than I had expected. Great person to work... withread more
Guru Kalle
17:13 06 Jun 18
Mr. Michael Ashoori is a great professional and immigration lawyer. Mr. Michael is knowledgable and advised me regarding my immigration situation. He was able to understand my case and he offered to contact my employer and help with my immigration... matter. He is very professional and persistent.read more
Matthew Khalili
01:06 04 Jan 18
Outstanding law firm. The attorney Michael Ashoori helped get a TN visa approval for me very smoothly. Michael was extremely attentive and offered considerable amount of his time to help me understand the process. He is not only extremely talented... and knowledge in the field of immigration, he is also a great work ethic and integrity .read more
Arleo Dordar
18:15 27 Dec 17
Michael is thorough, patient, and puts in extra time to make sure you get approved. He works purely for results. I have a great experience with Michael and would recommend everyone to work with him.
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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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