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I came in US like a tourist and I meet here my best friend from high school,we had feelings before and now we want to get marryed.he is green card holder waiting to apply for the passport.Can I marry him in US and then can we apply together for passports ? Can I stay in US while he is just a green card holder?
Is this marriage a problem for him to apply for the US passport?

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Hi Abra,

You can get married, but sponsorship by a permanent resident (also known as a green card holder) will not allow you to remain in the U.S. legally; you must maintain independent nonimmigrant visa status (such as such visitor or student or other nonimmigrant visa status) until the priority date becomes current (also known as when a visa becomes available).

There is no particular advantage in this instance of being sponsored based on marriage to a permanent resident at this time. The sponsorship should wait until your husband becomes a U.S. citizen, since sponsorship by a U.S. citizen has the advantage of allowing you to remain legally in the U.S., and to receive employemnt authorization, etc., until the marriage interview by the USCIS, at which time you become a resident of the U.S. The following article from our website is helpful: www.H1B1.com/sponsor.htm

Regards,
Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
www.H1B1.com

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) full member since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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