My immigration process.
It’s been a little bit over 5 years since I immigrated to the USA from my country, Mexico.
To be honest, I never thought that I would ever leave Mexico, I was really happy there, I had a good job as an IT professional, my whole family was there, I wasn’t rich but I had all that I needed.
But everything changed when at work I got assigned to a project in Helena, MT. Hence my employer had to sponsor my for a TN visa because I had never gotten a work visa for the USA before.
After a couple of years in the USA, I met my now husband and we decided to get married in the winter of 2015. Of course, we had to do a lot of investigation in order for me to get all my paperwork.
Finally, we found a lawyer in Helena, MT who helped us and guided us during the entire process. My husband and I had to apply for what is called an Adjustment of Status (I-485).
Along with the Adjustment of Status form, we also submitted the Petition for Alien Relative (I-130) to establish my relationship with my husband due to my Green Card process was based on my marriage to a US Citizen who was considered my sponsor.
Finally, we also submitted the following documents:
- Application for Travel Document (I-131) (in case that I needed to go out of the country).
- Biographic Information (G-325A).
- Application For Employment Authorization (I-765).
- Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the INA (I-864).
Along with all the mentioned forms, we also attached to the applications other documents like tax returns, W-2, medical checkup records provided by an authorized institution, our marriage license, birth certificates, my passport, I-94, previous TN visa stamps and a letter from our lawyer.
About 2 months after submitting my application, I got a letter from the USCIS department with my appointment schedule for Biometrics and after 3 months of submitting my application, I got the notice with the schedule for my interview. (I guess for Montana the processing time is shorter).
When it was the time for our interview, my husband and I showed up at the USCIS office along with our lawyer and we took with us documents that will prove that our marriage was a bonafide marriage.
The interview was pretty short and easy and at the end of it, we got notified that I was approved for my Green Card and after about 3 weeks or so I got it on the mail.
Sadly, at that time as my marriage was too recent, I got approved only for a Conditional Permanent Residence and after 2 years I would have to apply to remove that condition in order to get my residence.
Now, I am in the middle of the process to remove such condition but that would be another post.
Note: If you want to check the average timeline for this process you can do it visiting this link.