For Iranian couples seeking to obtain a green card in the United States, the process can be both exciting and challenging. One of the most critical aspects of the journey is gathering and submitting the necessary documentation. It is essential to pay close attention to the required documents, as any missing or incorrect information may lead to delays or even denials of your application. This comprehensive guide will outline the crucial documentation for Iranian couples pursuing a green card through marriage.
Proof of Identity and Citizenship
The U.S. citizen and the Iranian spouse must provide valid proof of identity and citizenship. This typically includes:
Proof of Relationship
To establish the legitimacy of your marriage, you must provide ample evidence of your relationship. Some examples include:
Proof of Termination of Prior Marriages
If either spouse was previously married, you must provide proof that the prior marriage was legally terminated with evidence such as:
The Iranian spouse must undergo a medical examination by a designated civil surgeon in the United States or a panel physician outside the United States. The examination is required to ensure that the applicant has no medical conditions that would make them inadmissible to the United States. You must submit the medical examination results (I-693) in a sealed envelope along with proof of required vaccinations and any additional medical documentations (if requested by the examining physician).
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident’s Financial Paperwork: Affidavit of Support
The U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident spouse must demonstrate that they have the financial ability to support the Iranian spouse without relying on public assistance. You must submit a completed Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, along with the following supporting documents:
Employment Authorization and Advance Parole (If Applying Within the United States)
If the Iranian spouse is applying for a green card from within the United States and wants employment authorization or wishes to travel abroad while their green card application is pending, they should file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. You must submit these forms forms along with the required supporting documents, such as:
The Iranian spouse will be required to attend a biometrics appointment to have their fingerprints, photograph, and signature taken for background checks and the eventual green card. USCIS will send the appointment notice after receiving your green card application, and it is essential to follow the instructions and attend the scheduled appointment. Ensure that you bring the following items to the appointment:
Additional Required Forms (If Applying From Within the United States)
Along with the above mentioned documentation, Iranian couples pursuing a green card must also complete and submit several forms to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). These forms include:
Consular Processing (If Applying for Green Card Abroad)
If the Iranian spouse is applying for a green card from outside the United States, they will go through consular processing at a U.S. embassy or consulate which involves submitting additional forms and documentation, including:
Preparing for the Green Card Interview
Once all the required documentation has been submitted and the background checks are complete, the Iranian spouse will be scheduled for an interview with a USCIS officer or consular officer. It is crucial to prepare for this interview by gathering and organizing all original documents, including:
Navigating the green card process for Iranian couples can be a complex and time-consuming. However, by understanding the crucial documentation requirements and following the steps outlined in this guide, you can increase your chances of success and avoid potential delays or complications. Remember, it is always recommended to consult with an experienced immigration attorney familiar with the unique challenges Iranian applicants face. An experienced immigration attorney can provide valuable guidance and assistance throughout the process, ensuring you have the best possible chance of achieving your dream of building a life together in the United States.
--Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, Esq.
Najmeh is the Founder and Lead Immigration Attorney at ImmigraTrust Law (www.ImmigraTrust.com), an immigration law practice in Orange County, California, representing individual and corporate clients in all 50 U.S. States and internationally. Najmeh can be reached at Najmeh@ImmigraTrust.com.
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