Marriage-Based Immigration

If the spouse of U.S. citizen or permanent resident resides overseas, it applies to the Spouse Immigrant Visa Process; If the spouse resides in the U.S., it applies to the Spouse Adjustment of Status Process.

Spouse Immigrant Visa Process 

Step 1: Immigrant visa petition
The U.S. citizen or permanent resident submits a Form I-130 on behalf of their spouse. The spouse of U.S. citizen will be classified as an “immediate relative” and move on to the consular processing stage as soon as the petition is approved. The spouse of a permanent resident will need to wait until an immigrant visa number becomes available before moving on to the consular processing stage.

Step 2: Affidavit of Support
The immigration petitioner will pay the immigrant visa fee and the fee for processing the affidavit of support, and will submit all supporting materials for the affidavit of support, to the National Visa Center.

Step 3: Consular processing
After the National Visa Center receives all of the required documents, the spouse will be scheduled for an immigrant visa interview at US Consulate General In Guangzhou,China. Assuming that all goes well at the interview, your spouse will be issued an immigrant visa and will be able to join you in the United States as a lawful permanent resident.

Our services include but are not limited to:
(1) preparing and filing the I-130 petition
(2) assistance with the National Visa Center processing
(3) and guidance for the immigrant visa interview.

Spouse Adjustment of Status Process 

For U.S. citizen:
Both the I-130 and the I-485 are submitted in a single step of the process. In addition, other forms such as the affidavit of support are normally included in the initial submission. The spouse will be able to apply for an employment authorization card or work card while the adjustment of status application is being processed.

For permanent resident:
Step 1: I-130 petition
If the spouse is not in a lawful immigration status, please consult us before filing an I-130 petition.
Step 2: I-485 adjustment of status application
After the I-130 petition is approved and an immigrant visa number becomes available, the spouse can then file an adjustment of status application. Please refer to the monthly Visa Bulletin published by the Department of State for the visa availability.

NOTE: Not everyone qualifies for adjustment of status based on marriage. For example, a person who did not enter the United States lawfully normally will not be eligible for adjustment of status. A spouse of a United States citizen who entered lawfully and has overstayed their visa, however, may still be eligible for adjustment of status. The spouse of a permanent resident may not be eligible for adjustment of status if he or she has not maintained a lawful immigration status or has worked without authorization.

Our services include but are not limited to:
(1) preparing and filing the I-130 petition
(2) preparing and filing the I-485 application and related forms
(3) and guidance for the adjustment of status interview.

How do we differentiate SAM from American Law Firms: 


SAMAmerican Law Firms
Retainer FeeLowHigh or Normal
LanguagesChinese, EnglishEnglish
Documents Preparation for American Spouse or Fiance(e)
Documents Preparation for Chinese Spouse or Fiance(e)X
Paperwork Filing in USCIS
Facilitate the Affidavit of Support in NVC
Paperwork and Visa Interview Training for Consular ProcessingX
Refund Policy
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