Marriage Visas in the USA If you are married to a US citizen, you are eligible for a Green Card. However, in case the marriage took place abroad, you have to wait for sometime before you can actually get the Green Card. In that case, you have to file a petition to the US Consulate. The problem is that the whole process takes some time (about six months) and many couples hate the idea of staying away from each other for such a long time. In case you apply for the Green Card while you are abroad, you have to wait until the whole thing is settled. However, if you apply while in the US, it takes about twelve months, but the couple can at least work together in the country before the red tape is cut. In case the INS comes to know of the fact that you are a non- immigrant and still you want to stay in the United States permanently, they are likely to reject your request. However, one thing that you can do is, come to the country as a non-immigrant tourist or a worker, then get married and apply for a Green Card. Owing to the fact that a lot of people lie to the government about their immigrant status, the US Congress tried to find a way out in 1970. They started the K-1 Visa category. With the K 1 Visa, you can enter America with your fiance and stay there until you are married. However, you must get married within three months or ninety days of entering the country. Once you are married, you can apply for a Green Card form I-130 and the adjustment of status form I -485. This helps the applicants a lot because once you have the K-1 Visa; the time required for the processing of the Green Card will be much less. This is because the information that you submit for the K-1 Visa is close to the information required for the Green Card. Procedures You have to fill form I-129F from any of the four INS centers, in case you want to get hold of the Green Card. You need to fill in certain basic information and declare that you have met your partner at least two years ago and you really intend to get married within 90 days of entering the United States. However, you can also get away with this particular thing if you are able to prove that there is a custom of arranged marriages in your family. The INS is quite sympathetic in this regard and makes special allowances for arranged marriages. Once your petition is cleared by the INS, it will be sent over to the next stop - the Consulate closest to the alien fiance's residence. The security verifications will be then done and this will be followed by an interview. You have to go through a medical examination and provide all the data and pictures required by the INS. However, if you have been through the K -1 interview, it should not be very difficult for you to go through the Green Card interview because the two are somewhat similar. The fiancee, after this, has to apply for a K -1 Visa within four months. The marriage has to be undertaken within 90 days. In case the fiancee leaves the United States within the 90 days and then comes back, only the remaining days will be allowed as a time limit for them to get married. The fiancee dependents are given a K-2 Visa which entitles them to attend school. However, employment does not feature here. You can use the K -1 Visa as a means to enter US and get a Green Card. However, if you have no intentions of marrying a US Citizen, you can go for the B-1 or B-2 non-immigrant work Visa. Ryan Gilbert is an established writer on immigration issues. My Visa USA offers first-grade Florida immigration lawyer services as well as Miami immigration attorney services.