visa and passport have expired we would like to know what we need to do to get his papers he has been here for 12 years
If there are no other issues, you can file for his papers, assuming when you say you are "american" you mean you are a US citizen. The problem is that we don't know if there are any other issues based upon your small fact pattern. The best thing to do is to speak with and retain an immigration attorney to confirm your family meets the requirements for your spouse's green card. My firm handles such cases.
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in most situations where a person comes United States with a visa and they are married to United States citizen and there are no other issues the permanent resident application is permitted, through a process known as adjustment. There are a limited number of visas that do not permit adjustment of status. You should make an appointment with attorney that practices immigration to determine if your husband is eligible to adjust status.
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