Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 16, 2008
GreenCardWeddings.com has posted a new article on its website regarding qualification for permanent residence through a green card wedding and how family members may be affected in the process. Getting a green card through marriage may improve the immigration status of other relatives waiting for a visa from the United States. However, the new article from Green Card Weddings suggests that there may be unintended consequences that you should be aware of before you book the justice of the peace.
Qualifying for American citizenship by marriage is a well-documented, established practice. However, determining the immigration status of other relatives is slightly more complex. Since the number of visas available is strictly limited, improving a relative's status can mean the difference between a family staying together or being torn apart.
Although spouses are always given high priority status, other immediate relatives can be left behind in the immigration status shuffle. Children are often given priority status, but the article cautions that the age of the child as well as custody and adoption status can affect the child's immigration priority. For example, if a father gains a green card through marriage and has a non-citizen child from a previous marriage, that child may not be given high immigration priority unless the child was younger than 18 at the time of the marriage and the father has legal custody of the child.
The article also deals with non-intuitive situations covered by immigration law. For example, siblings of foreign men and women who obtain a green card through marriage are not given preferred immigration status. According to United States immigration laws, siblings are not considered immediate relatives and are therefore not eligible for priority status. To read the new full article that has been added to the Green Card Weddings website, please visit:
Immigration laws are set up to be as reasonable as possible, but sometimes odd situations arise because of legal necessities. Knowing in advance the consequences of getting citizenship through marriage can have on relatives back home allows for better planning and the best chance for a happy life together.
Green Card Weddings is a Boston-based company that guides you through the process of obtaining a green card through marriage, from the initial applications through the naturalization process. To learn more please call Green Card Weddings at 617-999-9439 or visit http://www.greencardweddings.com.