What happens when a US citizen marries a foreigner?
An immigrant who marries a U.S. citizen must apply for a green card (U.S. permanent residence). This is a long process involving many forms and documents. After successfully obtaining a green card, the immigrant spouse can, after three years as a permanent resident, apply for U.S. citizenship.
Do I have to leave the country if I marry a US citizen?
After you marry a U.S. citizen, you can apply for a green card. While USCIS is processing your application, you can apply for “advance parole,” which gives you permission to travel. Then you will be able to leave and re-enter the United States without having to apply for a new visa.
How long does it take to get residency if you marry a US citizen?
The total wait time for a marriage-based green card ranges between 10 to 38 months, depending on whether you are married to a U.S. citizen or green card holder and where you currently live (not including possible delays).
Can a spouse of a US citizen get a tourist visa?
It's possible to visit your spouse in the United States while your marriage-based green card application is pending. In order to do so, you would need to apply for a tourist visa. You also must never lie about being married to a U.S. citizen or green card holder.
How long does it take to get green card after marrying US citizen?
Depending on your situation, the green card itself usually arrives 10–13 months (if you're married to a U.S. citizen) or over 3 years (if you're married to a green card holder) from the time you submit your green card application.
Can you leave the country and come back with a green card?
If you are a lawful permanent resident (green card holder), you may leave the U.S. multiple times and reenter, as long as you do not intend to stay outside the U.S. for 1 year or more. Therefore, if you are outside of the U.S. longer than the date the permit was issued, you may be denied entry into the U.S.