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Spousal Sponsorship USA

Marriage Based Green Card

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If you are married to an American citizen or green card holder, you may be entitled to become an American permanent resident

More information about the process for Marriage Based Green Card

You are eligible for permanent residence in the United States if you are married to a US citizen or green card holder. If this is the case, you will simply need to file a spousal sponsorship application to get the process started. Accurately documenting your relationship is key to the spousal sponsorship application in order to demonstrate that you are, in fact, in a genuine marriage. The relationship can be evidenced through a variety of documentation, including, but not limited to, your valid marriage certificate, as well as sworn affidavits or letters from family and friends. It is also important to include as much other evidence as possible, such as proof of engagement and or wedding ceremony activities, photos, joint bank accounts, copies of written correspondence between you and your partner, emails, phone records showing texts and calls, receipts from joint travel, receipts from gifts, joint leases, shared finances, joint insurance policies, joint memberships and other documents.

As part of the American spousal sponsorship application, it is also necessary to prove intent to reside in the US and your family’s ability to financially support itself in the US without requiring public assistance. This requires an affidavit as well as supporting documents such as an employment letter, tax returns or other documents. If you file a spousal sponsorship application that is approved, you will receive American permanent residence, and can reside, work and study permanently in the US.

Frequently asked questions about (Spousal Sponsorship) Marriage Based Green Card

1. Can I be either in the US or overseas?

Yes. Generally, spouses who reside abroad and wish to join their spouses in the US can be sponsored through consular processing. Prior to approval, the spouse attends an interview at a local consulate where the validity of the relationship will be assessed, along with the applicant’s admissibility and other factors.

Alternatively, if a spouse is already in the US in lawful non-immigrant status, the couple may apply for an “adjustment of status” in order for the spouse to remain permanently. The spouse must remain in the US while the application is pending, but he or she may apply for advance permission to work and travel.

2. Do I have to earn a minimum amount of income in order to sponsor my spouse?

Yes, and it is necessary to demonstrate that the household income is at least 125% of the U.S. poverty level for the household size. Households generally include the sponsor, applicant and any dependents or relatives living with the family. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website publishes poverty guidelines each year to use as a reference. If you are unable to meet this requirement, it may be possible to use cash value of assets of the sponsor, spouse or, in some circumstances, related family members in the household.

3. What if my spouse and I live together but are not married?

For immigration purposes, the US only recognizes legal marriage, which now includes same-sex marriages too. This is different from Canada, where married as well as common-law spouses can sponsor each other.

4. Can we file as soon as we get married?

Yes, as long as it is a genuine marriage. However, if you have been married for less than 2 years, your spouse will be granted permanent resident status on a conditional basis. A separate application is required in order to remove the conditions within 90 days of the expiration of the conditional permanent resident card (green card).

5. How long does the application process take?

While processing times do vary, the application process can take up to a year and a half or longer. Well-prepared documentation can help avoid unnecessary delay.

Why should you hire Mamann, Sandaluk & Kingwell to represent you?

Our firm has experienced U.S. immigration lawyers who have helped spouses from around the world obtain their US permanent resident status (green cards). We would be happy to assist you by providing advice and handling applications to help achieve your short and long-term US immigration goals. Spousal Sponsorship applications require extensive documentation as well as preparation for an in-person interview. Contact us today to book a consultation or fill out the assessment form.

My family had several US visa application rejections and a very complicated immigration case during my Canadian PR application. Daniel and his assistant Linda were very helpful, knowledgeable, and always patiently answer every question I had. Most importantly, families' PR got approved. I know their fee is higher than other company but it is totally worthy in my case. The US attorneys in this firm, Catherine and Kelly, help my parent US visitor visa extension and my US visa application. They always response my question quickly and explain in detail step by step. I highly recommend this firm.
Stephen Li
20:48 24 May 18
One of the best Law firm I ever found, I had some critical issues of my PR ,there were some days were lapsed. After concerning with couple of law firms I was misled as well as downhearted. One of my colleague referred me and advised about this Law firm and finally I was lead to a right direction . Mamann, Sandaluk & Kingwell LLP, service is up to the standard . Certainly want to highlight my great Barrister Cheryl Robinson, she is an angel, who guided me also advised me how to deal with my case and Mini ( Legal Assistant )who was always communicating with me time to time about my paperwork in professional manner , every time she welcomed me with warm wishes what gave me moral support in my difficult situation , also Sarah( Legal Assistant) she was excellent too. Last but not least I want thank to Barrister Joel who made this great team .This firm was perfectly adequate for my needs. Thumbs up to all! You all did a great job and helped me to overcome my agitation.
sharmin ahmed
21:50 13 May 18
Wow. Where can I start?, First I want to say a BIG thank you to Peggy for doing an amazing job. Hosay you have done well in filling the slots for Peggy - As an assistant- Keep up the good job guys These guys were on top of things, quick on emails and follow ups. Hats off to MS&K; the best I have came across. Blessings and more blessings to all the staff at MS&K..😍🤗😍
Dian Douglas
19:50 07 May 18
Had such a great experience here. Always responded to my questions in a timely manner. Any issues I had with the immigration process were dealt with immediately. Would recommend them to anybody with immigration needs.
Ross Bushnell
14:42 06 Apr 18
My partner and I spent a significant amount of time searching for a lawyer and could not find anyone that gave us the confidence and trust we were looking for. After stumbling across Adam Hummel's blog, we knew we finally found someone who could relate to our circumstance. His writing alone instilled a sense of confidence in us and after an initial phone conversation, we knew we wanted him to represent us. Adam was able to share his insight from his experiences working on cases similar to ours and even provided us with a predicted timeline that was much faster than we had expected. We submitted our case in January 2018 and within a month received a positive response. Throughout the process, Adam was quick to answer our questions and we had many! We highly recommend him if you are looking for an immigration lawyer.
Gurpreeth Singh
06:04 13 Mar 18
My brother and I retained the services of the firm to sort out an issue regarding sponsoring our parents. I initially went to the firm because of the Google reviews. I am glad that I did. We met with Joel Sandaluk, and from the get-go he was very professional, organized and methodical. Trust me when I say professional. On our first meeting Joel laid down the plan on how he would like to approach our case that would lead to more chances of success and take less amount of time. Joel knows his stuff and I am not afraid to recommend him to my friends or anyone looking for top-notch immigration lawyers.
Adeeb Kabir
17:10 01 Mar 18
This firm is the gold standard when it comes to immigration. I've dealt with other immigration law firms before, and the quality in communication, transparency, professionalism, and dedication is absolutely right up there. I had the pleasure of working with Daniel and Linda, and I never had to visit the office more than once - when signing the retainer. We regularly communicated via email, and the occasional phone call, and the quality of communication and feedback was phenomenal to say the least. What stood out about Daniel and Linda was that they took a deep interest in my application and displayed their deepest levels of dedication and conviction to ensure that we got everything successfully sorted. Everything was successfully completed, submitted, and accepted - all in record time - and I've never seen my lawyers more than once. That's success right there!
Mir Ali Khan
16:28 01 Mar 18
Natalie Domazet was conscientious, thorough, and incredibly helpful. I was blown away by her patience and ability to communicate processes in a digestible manner that made everything feel seamless. I would highly recommend her - If there were more than 5 stars available, she'd get 6!
Madi Chambers
22:30 16 Feb 18
This firm greatly assisted our son with an immigration issue in a most expedient manner. The lawyers including Joel Sandaluk and Natalie Domazet were very skillful and understood the governmental process quite well. As parents we appreciate their compassion and understanding.We would highly recommend this firm.
Joe Rabun
17:52 11 Feb 18
Our experience with this firm was beyond amazing. Sandra is the most professional, hard working, organized, helpful person to work with. My husband and I have worked with 2 other law firms over the last 5 years and we never got close to submitting our application because they were so disorganized. Sandra worked tirelessly to make sure we had the appropriate forms filled out correctly and all of the supporting documents in place to get our application submitted quickly. We are so grateful to have found her.
Sarah Dyer
13:11 02 Feb 18
I am forever grateful to Joel Sandaluk and his team for their help in my parents complicated immigration matter. They were extremely professional, kind and helpful during the whole application process and now my parents have received a positive decision after having multiple refusals in past.I would strongly recommended this firm for any type of immigration related issues and I thank them once again for being there for me during every step of my parents Immigration process.
Amer Syed
02:31 28 Jan 18
Cheryl Robinson was my lawyer when she was still at her old law firm office and due to her high cooperation and professionalism, I have chosen to transfer my file from the previous law firm to keep Cheryl my lawyer. She have done great work for my refugee case and I had obtained the approval even without hearing. I do recommend Cheryl for any immigration case.
Fawaz Shaya
19:08 19 Jan 18
Sometimes you pray to God for a Direction and you never realized that your prayer has been heard by leading you to the right, friendly, wonderful people who know what they are doing, when and how it is supposed to be done. Thank you Mamann, Sandaluk & Kingwell for your hard work and Dedication .May God be with you all. 🙂
Bright osahon
11:07 13 Jan 18
The best law firm I and my husband met, especially Daniel Kingwell Lawyer, gave me great help and comfort. Our immigration case was a really complicated and hard journey, and yet it is a blessing to meet Daniel Kingwell Lawyer in a time of much pain. He made thorough preparations and responses to legal help and Appeal. At attorney's fees, It is also considered reasonable. My family is very grateful. If you need to be honest and professional, I strongly recommend this Lawfirm.
Eunmee Yoon
02:41 11 Jan 18
Very good, professional and helpful lawyers!! I have never seen better lawyers than Daniel Kingwell who saved our life and made to stay here forever!! Very reasonable prices!! We worked with Daniel Kingwell of our H&C application and Federal Court application, and we also worked with Ali Esnaashari with detention review and release from detention. Best lawyers I recommend them for all types of Immigration cases!!
Michael Ivancsik
04:15 09 Jan 18
I feel grateful that I was able to use the fantastic service, skills and eloquent knowledge provided by this law firm. Ms. Anikka Hammett immediately and kindly responded to my call when I lost my student status in summer 2017 and could not continue my PhD because of it. Together with her colleague Ms. Daphne Wong they not only gave me excellent legal advice, but also took care of the whole case in a reliable and professional manner. My status was restored fast and successfully with their help. It reassured me that I will use their valuable work even in the future when I am applying for work permit and permanent residency.
Andrea Prajerova
10:36 05 Jan 18
Our case is still on-going and it is rather peculiar. But, having been introduced to Daniel Kingwell at a later stage in the process, we have had nothing but outstanding, professional help in all our legal matters. The knowledge of Mr. Kingwell regarding immigration matters is second to none, and his team of para-legals and assistants, truly is amazing. Not only is Mr. Kingwell's knowledge and experience extremely extensive, but the manner in which he makes his clients at ease is beyond anything that we have had the experience of dealing with (Having met a whole tranche of lawyers - I can safely testify to that).I would definitely reccomend Mamann, Sandaluk & Kingwell for all immigration related matter.
Haseeb Virk
18:11 04 Jan 18
He is the best lawyer I ever met. He helped us in our refugee case. He is very talented at what he does. In two weeks he changed our status from illegal to legal!!! Im very happy I found him. Without his help our family would seperated and deported for now. So I cant explain how me and my family feel thankful to his work. He did what we thought its impossible and other lawyers said they are not able to help. He was charging very reasonable prices. He took his time and sit with us to explain everything for us to understand proper. I recommend him for everyone who need a responsible, talented and honestly lawyer.
Ivancsik Virginia
16:17 03 Jan 18
Our immigrant application's whole process is a long story. When we were despairing of our case, we knew Cheryl, Sarah and their office. With their professional knowledge and experiences, they helped us getting what belong to us. Thanks for their help and hope they can give legal aid to more ane more people!
Leon Lee
02:15 08 Dec 17
Absolutely fantastic firm. My husband and I had to go through a sponsorship appeal for him to be able to join me in Canada. Our initial lawyer went on mat leave and Natalie Domazet took over our appeal. Natalie has been absolutely fantastic. Not only has she provided us with the legal advice and preparation but she has also been a fantastic moral support through what I can only describe one of the most stressful times in my life. From preparing our appeal to the smallest details and going out of her way to accommodate our busy schedules and time zone differences, to being there for us and being a fantastic moral support and encouragement and not just looking at us as just another legal matter. Through her fantastic prep work and experience, we had our appeal allowed and my husband will come to Canada within the next half a year after a very stressful 4 years. I would recommend Natalie Domazet with my whole heart for her fantastic work. We greatly appreciate all her help.
Sinziana Bratu
23:23 06 Nov 17
Me and my sister feel very lucky that we heard about this firm and we actually got to know Joel in person . Our parents got refused through the family sponsorship application . We went and spoke to Joel about our problem and we were surprised the way he talk to us and how confident he was on what we should be doing next . It didn’t feel like we were meeting him for the first time we felt like we knew him for the entire life , that’s how comfortable he made us feel . We went there with no hope and walked out of his office with the big smile . Another thing that surprised me was the way that they run that place everything organized and looked like a factory that produces solutions and hope for people that they need help . We are not finished with our application but we are more than 100% sure that we are in good hands . I will always recommend them to my friends and relatives , whoever is going to read my rivew I will tell them don’t hesitate you are in good hands because you found the right person to work with , Good Luck to everyone with their application and a big thank you to Joel , Mini and the entire firm that make things happened. Thank You !
spartak muso
04:37 04 Oct 17
This is my 1st review based upon my today's meeting, After going through few lawyers profiles and speaking to them directly, inquiring about their fees and other details, I decided to choose this firm. I met Joel, Asiya and Mini today.I was about half and hour late due to traffic and parking time, but Joel was very patience. I found Joel and his whole team very professional,compassionate, understanding and knowledgeable . Joel is very accommodating, he also offered me options for easy payment. And assured me he will look into my case personally and will try to expedite it, as it was above the average processing time . I will keep everybody posted about my future experience. But I already have a great sense of security and satisfaction that i met right people and God willing my wife and children will be here soon:)
Asim Ali
06:43 26 Aug 17
Natalie Domazet is amazing. She is very passionate about what she does, caring, realistic, and honest. Natalie has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to appeals for PR cases because she's worked on both sides. Anybody would be lucky to have her represent them because they would be in great hands. She is very thorough in the way she deals with her cases and thinks of everything that needs to be covered. She's also a really kind person and makes you feel at ease; she always answers calls, emails, and even texts promptly. Natalie really goes above and beyond for her clients and makes sure she's very well prepared. I cannot say enough positive things.
Sophia C
16:56 21 Jun 17
I needed a lawyer 6 months after I had applied for PR through Express Entry and received a request letter from Immigration Canada. After meeting a couple of lawyers, we decided Daniel Kingwell and his team to be the most professional and experienced. Daniel was calm, structured and direct which was exactly what we needed as we were distraught and anxious. His experience and Christina's organisation kept us informed at every step of the way through emails, phone calls and scheduled meet ups. Prior to the submission of the required documents to Immigration Canada, Daniel met with us to explain the response he had drafted and why he had decided on this particular approach. Thanks to Daniel and his team we received my confirmation of PR in less than a month! My wife and I couldn't be happier and more grateful for the exceptional hard work and service we received. If you are looking around for a good Immigration lawyer, Daniel and his team are grand. "Thank you very much Daniel and Christina, for giving us a chance to continue our future here in Canada."
Melwyn Almeida
16:06 15 Jun 17
I contacted migration law on a holiday weekend and immediately got a response from Ali Esnaashari. When I met with Ali he was compassionate, professional and thorough. He dealt with my spouse's detention review and hearing. Ali is knowledgeable and with his preparation he successfully won our case and my spouse was released from detention. We are so grateful for his expertise and professionalism. We definitely recommend him! In regards to migration law as a firm their employees are very friendly and helpful (we mainly dealt with Mini who was fantastic). My only suggestion however would be that migration law consider implementing a payment plan option that would afford those who would like to continue forth with other services.
Lisa Biernat
14:24 03 May 17

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