I marriaed to a U.S.
Citizen. What is the primary
immigration process for the Green Card application?
If you marry a U.S. citizen,
you would not be eligible for U.S. citizenship right away. But you
might become eligible for a U.S. green card, which can lead to U.S.
citizenship. However, there are certain requirements that must be met
before you can apply for a green card, and ultimately for U.S.
citizenship after marriage to a U.S. citizen.
As the spouse of a U.S. citizen, you are what is called an immediate
relative in immigration law. There are no annual numerical limits on
the green cards issued under this category, and therefore no waiting
lists before you can apply.
The U.S. citizen spouse must start the process for the spouse, by
submitting a visa petition on Form I-130 to United States Citizenship
and Immigration Services (USCIS). The form must be accompanied by
evidence of the marriage being legally valid, namely a marriage
certificate, as well as proof that the marriage is bona fide, not
merely a sham to get you a green card.