Written by attorney Emily Reber-Mariniello

Ten Things to Know Before Getting Married to a US Citizen and Applying for a Green Card

Trying to decode the immigration information you see on the internet, hear from friends (not to mention the voices in your head) can be crazy-making. Here are the top ten things you should know before getting married and petitioning for your spouse sponsored green card from inside the US.

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You can find all the forms and directions to each form at You can also track your case there, once you have filed. You can also call the USCIS helpline, 1-800-375-5283. But remember, they are not attorneys and although they aren't "out to get you" they also are not "on your side" so be careful and be sure to protect yourself by using an attorney. Always be sure you are working with a licensed immigration attorney (not a notario) who is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association. More questions are asked and answered at Good luck on your journey!

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