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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16:53 30 Sep 21
Talked to Rohit Srinivasa from Ashoori Law. He is incredibly knowledgable about US immigration laws and is quite freindly. Highly recommended if you are a student on F-1 (OPT, STEM) or are looking to file H-1B.
Kristina Karalic
18:56 29 Sep 21
We accidentally found Ashoori Law online, but we're so happy we did because they have been nothing but outstanding! Ashoori Team has been helping us with multiple cases, including B, L visas and green cards. Their portal is very user friendly, and... their staff is always responsive, caring and detailed. I'd like to give a special shout-out to their Director of Legal Operations, Lahaina Araneta, who has been an absolute delight to work with. I am highly recommending Ashoori Law to anyone seeking immigration services!read more
Zulfa Sultana
18:18 29 Sep 21
I am glad I chose them. Above everything, they are friendly and work closely with you. Owner of the law firm himself is available to talk if needed. Highly recommending them.
Joao Castro
00:31 29 Sep 21
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
Ahmad Jawid
01:45 28 Sep 21
Ashoori Law, Michael and his team are very professional , helpful and great people for their clients . i am very glad that i had Ashoori Law team for my paperworks . I recommend everyone Ashoori Law especially for Immigration purposes ask for... Michael .read more
Ariel 0054 Realty
01:43 28 Sep 21
Extremely professional teamWithout any doubt, they can handle with knowledge and expertise any caseYou are in good hands with them
Mittal Patel
20:29 27 Sep 21
Have worked with many immigration Lawyers. Ashoori law was very affordable and got back to me in timely manner. Made sure I was on time with my fillings and that we responded to our RFE with adequate info. Lahaina is one of their E2 lawyers and was... expert with these kinds of cases. Will hire them again for renewals.read more
Pragalath Mohandas
20:30 25 Sep 21
Amazing experience. Ashoori Law firm gave me hope and prepared a strong case & I got my E2 case approved in one week. I spoke to other immigration lawyers & i was not satisfied. its easy to communicate with everyone! I highly recommend them to... anyone looking to get immigration help!read more
bhakti savai
12:26 21 Sep 21
I had great experience with Ashoori Law. Professional, knowledgeable, responsive, client-centric, and timely! Highly recommended!
William & Heather Oon
01:17 20 Sep 21
We are grateful and thankful to Ashoori Law and its team. They are very understanding, patient, responsive with all our enquiries and prompt in providing updates to our status. We highly recommended their service.
Kaushik Kuila
19:43 17 Sep 21
I have used Michael Ashoori's Law Firm for my mother's Green Card processing. I have found them very professional and responsive along the way, answering all my queries in a timely manner. I'll readily use them for any immigrations needs in future.
Hyunwook Shin
07:45 10 Sep 21
Michael Ashoori and his firm helped us navigate the complex filing process, answer any questions we have with care, and eventually attain successful approvals. Highly recommended!
Sharon Shanaya
21:53 05 Sep 21
My case was a bit complicated due to my ex-husband and his family but this firm dealt with my I-485 case so nicely and professionally. I was given only 2 weeks to lodge my application due to my messy divorce. This firm made sure my case was filed... before my conditional green card expires. Got my green card in 5 months even during this Covid time when everything takes ages to process. I Will recommend them to anyone who is having difficulty with immigration. Absolutely the best. Don't waste ur time with other attorneys.read more
H. George
02:10 01 Sep 21
Very professional, they have a very good system to prepare your case and make proper follow ups.My case was a little bit complicated and other places they were taking advantage trying to charge me a lots of money but Michael never did... that.Recommending 100% best lawyer ever.read more
Linda Bradley
06:06 25 Aug 21
Very happy with your services 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
jarka sakacova
01:08 24 Jul 21
I have a very pleasant experience with Rohit from Ashoori Law , he was very patient, professional and had a strong knowledge and answered all my questions in detail. I would recommend highly to use Ashoori Law service.
samah elwakkad
15:36 23 Jul 21
I would like to thank Ahoori law office and all the team who was helping us to obtain our L1A approvalThis office Law is truly dedicated to clients, very responsive and professional, they helped me get through so many obstacles.Can't thank them... enough for their effortsIt's really amazing how they guide their clients until they achieve their goals.Thank you Michael for the amazing dedicated team and a special thanks for Lahaina who is really an amazing person and very knowledgeable and really helpful and supportive, also Christina who has helped me a lot through this.You're the best guysKeep it upread more
raechel schofield
22:07 22 Jul 21
Highly recommend Ashoori Law. My adjustment of status was a smooth and easy process. They are always happy to answer any questions you may have along the way.
Kishore Kumar
21:13 22 Jul 21
I highly recommend Michael and his legal team for being thorough professionals. I worked with Lahaina Araneta and Kelly Raposa. Both are so helpful. They made my adjustment of status to register permanent residence a smooth and seamless process. I... definitely recommend their service !read more
Manoj Gunawardena
13:46 22 Jul 21
My experience with Ashoori Law is very good, all of my questions were quickly answered and clearly. The staff was qualified, friendly. Specially I worked with Mr. Rohit Srinivasa . I can highly recommend them.
Mohammad Ahraz Hussain
19:55 20 Jul 21
The whole process of evaluating the case, submission of RFE and then correspondence was extremely well done!
Zed Karkar
15:06 20 Jul 21
A Very helpful and professional law firm. helped us out with our application.
Inger Nicolaisen
14:57 15 Jul 21
Michael Ashoori’s professionalism and expertise is unmatched in the industry! My experience with Ashoori Law is very positive, all of my questions were quickly answered making my adjustment of status a very smooth process. The staff was... unbelievably friendly and ensured the best amount of care was taken with my case! I can’t recommend them enough!!read more
Sadaf Nadeem
00:42 09 Jul 21
I highly recommend Micheal and his legal team for being thorough professionals. Their knowledge and expertise are second to none and their work ethic is unmatched.
kvshirazi
18:28 08 Jul 21
I had a great experience with Ashoori Law. Lahaina, Michael and Ehsan helped me to get my TN visa approved in no time.Lahaina is very responsive. Being able to reach out and talk to your lawyer/attorney is exactly what you need when you apply for... your visa...I definitely recommend them for any immigration services.read more
Julien Jeanneau
17:38 07 Jul 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was great, even with the current situation, everybody always answered promptly and comprehensively to our questions. They made my adjustment of status a smooth and seamless process. I definitely recommend their service... !read more
Dispatch S
03:09 06 Jul 21
I worked with Lahaina and James. Both are so helpful. I wanna give more than five star for their excellent guidance and professional service. I must recommend their service.
Linus Verus
18:26 01 Jun 21
Hands down, Ashoori Law is a firm that you can rely on. As a greencard holder working abroad, It can be quite a struggle to do your own legwork in applying for a travel document especially in these trying times with the pandemic. I tried looking up... other lawfirms that could help me but found that they seemed more interested to engage me in a chargeable phone consultation rather than answer my questions. Then I came across Ashoori's Youtube channel with videos providing valuable information and updates on immigration laws and that's when I decided to look them up on Facebook to learn more about them. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that you can actually book a free phone consultation with them and so I did. They will explain everything clearly and answer all your questions so that you can decide for yourself and weigh out if your situation calls for their service. Sign up was so simple and the guidance with the documentations were so easy to follow. A sharp contrast to the time when I did my own filing, where I had to book an appointment with a USCIS field office only to find that they don't accept applications there. I've had to do the runs to review the tediously worded process from the USCIS website, print documents, mail them and hope that it gets through without hitting a snag (it did). With Ashoori Law, I definitely felt represented and truly was by a professional team that kept me posted and were very responsive to my questions. I've had a recent change of address which they quickly filed for me at no extra cost. All I had to do was wait until my travel document was granted which I received in the mail via express courier. Great value for professional services from beginning to end. Easy to engage with. A big thanks to the Ashoori team for getting me through this process free of stress. Folks, save yourself from pain. Get representation from Ashoori Law!read more
Steven Tadros
18:50 20 May 21
I had a very positive experience getting my TN visa as a Canadian. The firm was very helpful, quick in their replies and helped guide us in filing the right documents in order to get the approval. This was important for me in a time where the... approval for a new job was fundamental. I am grateful and would recommend their services.read more
Dean Katz
17:23 20 May 21
Michael Ashoori is an outstanding professional. He knows the details of his practice. He will get his clients through difficult times with knowledge and with care.
Dawit Gezaw
01:35 07 May 21
I recommend 100%
Sofia Malferrari
22:32 05 May 21
Amazing service. I had a conversation with Karla who helped me get the big picture of my situation. She's a smart and lovely person to talk with. I 100% recommend their service!
Harsh Patel
19:34 04 May 21
They guided me really well through the process for my mom's travel document. Prompt response and processing of application. Ms. Karla helped me really well. I just explained my mom's situation to her and she guided me based on that really well. The... youtube video updates on new immigration stuff from Mr. Michael are really helpful too. Ms. Milena helped me really well to get my mom's travel document delivered to my address. Very reliable service.read more
Liza Macaspac
17:14 03 May 21
Just recently we got our E2 approval by the help of lawyers and staff of Ashoori Law office. They been very responsive with all my queries, full of knowledge and advance technology that can easily upload my documents without going to their office. I... would not hesitate to recommend to my relatives and friends who will be needing help to process their visa. It is also been help that Attorney Michael Ashoori who always sending updates about immigration policies and changes through his vlog that can watch in YouTube and now tiktok. It's a big help for us to be updated and learn about US immigration law and policy. Thanks to my laywer Lahaina Araneta, Atty Michael Ashoori and the rest of the staff and manager in this office. You are all such a big help and very professional in handling our case. Thank you!read more
Alexander Simpson
22:06 29 Apr 21
Exceptional service, professionalism and respect towards their clients!
LINDA NHAMBU
05:08 23 Apr 21
I had the privilege of being represented by Ashoori Law in filing for a re-entry permit. They were highly exceptional, professional, detailed and well versed with immigration law. I was extremely pleased with their services especially how they... followed up with USCIS and gave me constant feedback. Ashoori Law works diligently on your behalf , and I truly felt like I was their only client.Thank you for the outstanding service .read more
Nupur Dave
02:36 10 Apr 21
I used Ashoori law for my permit application. What I loved about working with them is the care that they took of me and my case. They were genuinely interested in helping me. They were responsive and give me almost personalised attention by... answering all my questions in detail.I also loved the way they manage the cases Through a dashboard where you can see the latest status of your case. It really helped me access the status of my application at any time I wanted.Their fee was very reasonable. Their understanding of the legal implications of my application was comprehensive. I intend to continue to use their services in the future. 👍read more
Ricardo de Santiago
22:44 02 Apr 21
Ashoori Law firm provided outstanding service to my immigration need. Lahaina Araneta, Esq. helped me obtain the highly sough-after TN Visa as a Management Consultant and I couldn't be more grateful. The staff is very friendly, responsive, and... knowledgeable. I highly recommend this firm.read more
Zohir Berkane
16:14 25 Mar 21
Miss Karla was really nice and very helpful. She was answering all my questions and gave me many advices. Miss Karla, thank you so much, you made my day.
Jane Lopez
17:08 19 Mar 21
The best Law Firm I have ever called. Very friendly Staff. Was able to answer my inquiries right away. And was able to solved my Problem. Thank you so much Ashoori Law.
Elsha Shaju
22:01 11 Mar 21
I would highly recommend the firm Ashoori Law for any immigration cases or concerns and had a great experience with, Mr.Rohit Srinivasa. I am very much satisfied and will look forward working with them in future for any related cases. Best Wishes to... the entire team and sincere thanks for all your efforts.read more
Ravil Sharma
04:25 11 Mar 21
Ashoori Law were able to accommodate me quickly enough to meet my deadlines. They have been helpful throughout the entire process, answered many questions and always got back to my emails or voice messages in a timely manner. Michael and his team... are professional. I came across them after not completely satisfied with the work of my previous immigration law firm as they were cheaper. I then teamed up with Ashoori law and saw a huge difference from the first consultation and continue to see that standard throughout. I highly recommend to anyone to chose Ashoori law, it can be a daunting experience if not handled properly. However Michael’s team have done so many times before will manage to take the stress out and take care of business at hand.read more
Donna Hua
23:59 10 Mar 21
The team has all the right ingredients to success: Knowledgeable, responsive, efficient and informative. What more could you ask for?
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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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