He came here illegally 9 years ago. We are married and I am a US citizen. He graduated high school, and now is a hard worker and pays taxes. He is supporting me and my grandparents financially.
Please do not confuse US citizen with legal permanent resident. Confusing those two terms can lead to an immigrant's deportation and permanent bar from the US.
What needs to be done for your spouse to become a legal permanent resident depends on whether on not he qualifies for 245(i). If he does, you petition him, and he files for adjustment of status with the additional fee for 245(i). If he does not, he will need to process abroad for a visa after he obtains the necessary waivers.
You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer, whether myself or one of my colleagues, to review all the facts, advise you, and handle the case.
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Talk to an attorney. If he is less than 31, he might qualify for Deferred Action.
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I agree with my colleagues. Since he came only 9 years ago I suspect he may not qualify for 245(i). Therefore he may not be able to adjust his status in the U.S. however due to several variables in your case you need to obtain very specific legal consultation.
Seek the advice of a QUALIFIED Immigration lawyer in your area. If your husband is under 31, and otherwise fulfills the requirements, he might qualify for Deferred Action relief starting August 15, 2012.
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