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Video instructions and help with filling out and completing Who Form 8815 Spouse

Instructions and Help about Who Form 8815 Spouse

My name is Karen Lee Pollak. I'm often asked how I can bring my husband or wife to the United States or, if they are already here, how to get them a green card. Well, the answer is, it depends. There are different procedures depending on various factors such as whether your spouse is located inside or outside the United States, and whether you are a US citizen or a permanent resident. If you are a US citizen, there is no waiting period for your spouse to come to the United States and obtain a green card if they are already in the United States in lawful status. You can simply apply by filing what's called a Form I-130, petition for alien relative, and the second phase of the application, Form I-485, adjustment of status application. I also recommend concurrently filing an application for advanced parole, which will allow your spouse to travel outside the United States during the process, and an Form I-765, work authorization form, which will allow your spouse to work while they are waiting for the green card to come through. Currently, it takes about six months for a US citizen to sponsor their spouse for a green card while they are in the United States. You will need to submit all of these forms, along with an affidavit of support showing that you earn sufficient income to sponsor your spouse and that they will not be a burden on the United States. It is also a contract with the federal government, stating that you will reimburse the federal government if your spouse obtains federal benefits. In addition to completing all of these forms, you will also need to submit both of your passports or proof that you are a US citizen, birth certificates, divorce decrees (if applicable), and...