You go on www.uscis.gov and read residency through marriage article. Follow the instructions, file forms, pay the fee and make sure you are not subject to INA 212(e). I am sure you are not, but double-check just in case. Better alternative - hire an immigration attorney and enjoy legal advice and peace of mind.
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Your question is a bit unclear. How do you get married or how do you adjust status to a permanent resident after wards? As to the getting married part, you follow your state's procedure if you choose to marry in the US. Afterwards, you would both submit several applications in order to apply for you permanent residency in the US, if you qualify. Think about speaking with an attorney in your area to discuss. Good Luck.
The U.S. state laws permit both of you to get married legally as long as your meet each state age, residence, medical requirements and furnish requisite documents to initiate and record such marriage.
Now, in terms of adjustment of status for a German national after you become married you need to meet with an experienced immigration practitioner to receive an accurate and full understanding of your legal options to complete AOS properly. In my opinion, nothing tops an actual confidential meeting at the office for accurate guidance in such technical legal matters.
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The Adjustment process is a complicated one and an attorney can help you first identify any red flags and/or disqualifiers, then explain the entire process, and finally do it all for you so that you can sit back and simply follow directions to getting your green card.
Essentially you are looking at two concurrently filed applications--a petition and adjustment. (I-130 & I-485) but many additional forms are to be included.
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You apply for a marriage license and get married. I assume you want to know who to file for permanent residence in the U.S. There are a number of forms to complete and you should see a lawyer to help you.
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Getting married in Illinois is quite easy. You get a marriage license from the County Clerk's Office, and then you have the marriage ceremony of your choice, and file a marriage certificate (again, with the Clerk of Court). If you are in Chicago, most of this can be done at the "Marriage Court" down at the County building. It will not matter at all to the Clerk what your citizenship is.
If you want to get a green card after that, your new husband will need to file a petition for you and also agree to provide financial support for you. It is best to have a personal consultation with an attorney beforehand to discuss any particular issue that could arise.
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