received my Green Card about 2 months ago, based on an employment-based
Immigration of the 2nd preference (EB2). Four months before my I-485
was approved, I went back to my home country and married my girlfriend.
How can I bring her into the U.S.?
A Green Card holder who married or had children
before the date of
obtaining permanent residency (Green Card ) can get
“following-to-join” benefits for his or her family
members. Through this process, the spouse and children will be able to
receive U.S. Green Cards quickly.
“following-to-join” is not family based
immigration, but it is similar to spouse and/or child
receiving derivative immigration benefits based on a primary Green Card
holder's immigration petition.
legal permanent resident must first have adjusted status or
obtained an immigrant visa through a preference category, and
the permanent resident should married
before becoming a U.S. permanent resident, and the relationship between
the permanent resident and spouse/child is intact at the time of
filing. Children of permanent
resident must be unmarried and under the age of 21.
following-to-join is convenient because it allows primary
beneficiaries to avoid filing a separate Form I-130 for their spouse or
child, greatly expediting the green card approval process.
This means that
the Green Card holder do not have to submit a separate
Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for spouse and child, and the
spouse will not have to wait any extra time for a visa number to become
available. The Green Card holder can file a Form I-824 with the USCIS
and let it notify a U.S. Consulate that you are a lawful permanent
resident so that your wife
and/or child can apply for an U.S. immigrant visa and receive Green