Green Card for Spouse of a U.S. Citizen – Complete Do it Yourself Kit




Use this kit if you are a U.S. Citizen, and your Spouse is outside the US, and you wish to bring him or her to the US to live as a permanent resident.

This kit will take you step by step through preparing and filing your I-I-130 petition with USCIS, the National Visa Center process, and the U.S. Embassy Interview.

Published: June 8, 2017.

Table of Contents:

– Who Qualifies
– How the USCIS Determines which Applications it Accepts and Rejects
– Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: I–130 Petition

– Completing the USCIS Form I–130
– Required Supporting Documents for the I–130 Petition
– Sample Cover Letter to USCIS – I–130 Petition
– USCIS Addresses for the I–130 Petition
– Filing the I–130 Petition with USCIS
– Receiving the I–797 Filing Receipt for the I–130 Petition
– What to do while you are waiting for the I–130 Petition Approval
– Receiving the I–797 Approval Notice for the I–130 Petition

Step 2: National Visa Center (NVC) and Consular Process

– National Visa Center (NVC) Process Overview
– Paying the I–864 Affidavit of Support (AOS) Fee Bill
– Gathering the Required Supporting Documents
– Birth Certificate Issues
– Marriage Certificate Issues
– Previous Marriage Termination Documentation Issues
– Passport Photo Requirements
– How to Obtain Police Certificates
– Photocopy of Passport Biographic Data Page
– How to Complete Form DS 260
– How to Complete USCIS Form I–864 – Affidavit of Support
– Definition of a Sponsor
– Definition of Domicile
– Using Income to Qualify
– I–864P – 2017 HHS Poverty Guidelines
– Using Assets to Qualify
– How to complete USCIS Form I–864-EZ – Affidavit of Support
– How to complete USCIS Form I–864 – Affidavit of Support
– How to complete USCIS Form I–864 – Affidavit of Support – Joint Sponsor
– Sample Employment Verification Letter
– Sample Self Employment Verification Letter
– Sample Letter From Sponsor – Did not pay taxes
– Sample Letter from Self Employed Joint Sponsor
– Sending the Package to the National Visa Center
– How to take the Medical Examination
– What to bring to the interview
– Sample Embassy Interview Questions
– Receiving the CR–1 Visa

Sample Completed USCIS / DS Forms:

– I–130 – Petition for Alien Relative
– I–864 – Affidavit of Support
– DS–260 – Application for Immigrant Visa
– Sample Affidavit of Support Fee Bill Invoice
– Sample NVC Document Cover Sheet

Fillable / Editable USCIS / DS Forms:

– I–130 – Petition for Alien Relative
– I–864 – Affidavit of Support
– DS–260 – Application for Immigrant Visa

    Client Reviews

    I've had the pleasure of conducting business with this law firm for the last 10 years. They have been nothing but the best for every aspect of immigration need I had. From F1 all the way to citizenship. They're probably the most affordable, knowledgeable, and most efficient immigration law firm out there. Plus, they always provide responses to questions in a very timely manner. Trust me, other immigration law firms will cost you an arm and a leg for the same or less of a service compared to this law firm. Give them a call, check out their website. You will not regret it.
    Andy Glasgow
    Andy Glasgow
    17:26 27 Mar 17
    Because of John and his team my wife and I were able to travel back to the states, get married and have a Green Card without any headaches. John’s efforts were amazing and it shows because my wife and I didn’t have to go to the Green card interview. We had a strong enough case to receive the Green card in the mail. If you’re seeking a Lawyer that will be impartial, he’s your guy.
    T M
    T M
    19:18 23 Feb 17
    Me & husband went through immigration process which thankfully was made easy with the help and services of Marc Tyler Inc. Our direct contact was John which i want to personally say Thank You ! The service provided was efficient, fast, affordable prompt answers in a timely fashion. I would recommend Marc Tyler Inc to anyone who need immigration done fast, easy, friendly & with no hidden charges.
    Aleksandra Stoycheva
    Aleksandra Stoycheva
    15:27 26 Jan 17
    I could not have asked for better service. I will definitely be coming back to get the green card process done. The fees are extremely reasonable and they stick with their clients the entire way. I had so many questions during this process, and each one of them were answered very quickly and with out most professionalism. This firm is a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend them to anyone.
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    bryan mowrey
    06:41 25 Nov 16
    Marc and John Dorer worked on our case to file for AOS after our L1A was approved.Marc and John are professionals and extremely reasonable-priced. The reason they are able to cut the price is because they don't spend time consulting you or guiding you and will never get on call.All communications are email only, so if you know precisely what you want they will do all the paper-work, follow the trail and get the job done. If you are confused and need advice and consulting, they may not be the right lawyers.But since we were doing our AOS, it worked out perfectly well and they did their job extremely professionally.Would recommend them every time to get the work done.
    hardik parikh
    hardik parikh
    01:58 08 Feb 17
    At first I thought I could have very well gone through the green card application process on my own and saved all lawyer fees. Its funny how some lawyers can charge in excess of 2K for this. However at Taylor and Associates the price seemed more reasonable and felt it made sense to go with one at that price. There were some doubts that arose in our mind which they cleared in a timely manner and seemed very knowledgeable in this area. Its for moments like these when having a professional around helps. While we can get busy with our lives and with laws constantly changing, I would definitely recommend them - a small price to pay for peace of mind.
    Callistus Pereira
    Callistus Pereira
    17:51 06 Jun 17
    I am US citizen. We hired Marc's firm for my wife's Green Card process, We are extremely happy with their services.They are one of the best service providers in the country. Price is very affordable. John is awesome. He responded to our queries on time with very useful information. We highly recommend this firm to anybody looking for affordable and the best immigration services. it was an awesome experience working with this team.
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    Narsimha M
    13:57 04 Aug 17
    Mark and team went above all my expectations of an 'online' service agency I went in with very low expectations to match the low cost of the service and was amazed that the experience was no different than going through an expensive attorney. They were very prompt on responses, very patient and also very knowledgeable on every facet of the application (including a follow up checklist). I would highly recommend them considering the low cost they charge and the high risk we take by doing this ourselves
    First Dhalsite
    First Dhalsite
    22:27 01 Sep 17
    USVISANOW streamlined the paperwork which saved us so much time. This also reduced the stress involved in filling out the paperwork. They also are very understanding and respond very quickly to questions and emails. Jackline is now a US citizen which took less than 5 months. Thank you Mr. Taylor and your team. From Brian and Jacky.
    Jackline Osero
    Jackline Osero
    17:32 12 Sep 17
    The best law agency I have ever worked with. Very responsive, experienced. I trusted my green process to them and it was done perfectly without and issues in minimum possible period. Thank You Very much Marc, John and others!!!
    Hrach Gyulzadyan
    Hrach Gyulzadyan
    16:38 30 Sep 17
    My husband and I worked with John Dorer from Marc Taylor's office, and his services exceeded our expectations. He was very knowledgeable, responsive, and our Green Card process and interview from start to finish went smoothly. Thank you so much, John, for your dedication to our case and all your help. I would highly recommend USAVISANOW to all!
    Sophia Nguyen
    Sophia Nguyen
    17:26 09 Oct 17
    Marc and John helped me apply and get my green card. They are very specific about needed documents and other details. Also, they are very responsive when you have a question. I know I emailed them several times just to ask questions that I could have found answers online myself. They are very patient and professional. If you want to get great services with reasonable fees contact them!
    Amin Bagheri
    Amin Bagheri
    11:54 12 Oct 17
    Used the services of this office for Green Card through AOS and was mainly in contact with John Dorer. I was unsure about their services at first, considering the unusually affordable cost but was pleasantly surprised by their prompt responses to all our questions and their timely preparing and handling of our documents! Will be using their services again when filing for removal of condition! Definitely recommended!
    Lisa Lorentzon
    Lisa Lorentzon
    22:56 10 Dec 17
    my wife and i worked with John Dorer from Marc Taylors Associates. He's services were awesome and amazing. i would recommend him to anybody applying for their permanent resident to work with them.
    Seun Olanrewaju
    Seun Olanrewaju
    15:33 22 Dec 17
    I was very pleased with their professional service from the beginning to the end for my citizenship application. I am a professional working in the higher education and somewhat familiar with the immigration process. For that reason, I was thinking of applying it by myself but I found Taylor and Associates whose service fee is very affordable and worth of my time. Indeed, they found some of minor mistakes in my application, which could have delayed much longer for my application process. Luckily, they caught and fixed them immediately. Their communication was excellent. In fact, everything was very smooth. Even after I had the approval notice, they followed up with valuable advices. I strongly recommend their service if you need immigration services. Thank you Marc and John for your excellent services.
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    Dominic Choo
    17:12 23 Dec 17

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