Immigration Issues/Visa for husband...

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I am a US citizen, and after a wonderful long distance relationship I am soon going to Pakistan to spend time together, and plan to get get married.  Our hopes are to have him come live in the US as soon as the immigration process allows, so that we can start our life together...and want to be sure that we start the process out properly to avoid complications.

Could you please give us details of, after we marry, what we need to do to begin the immigration process while I am in Pakistan? And what the first steps I will then need to do when I return home to the US? We have gotten conflicting opinions about the best way to proceed, so appreciate your expert input.

I am concerned about one issue...I am currently recovering from a long term illness, which prevented me from working for the last year and my finances are depleted. My health will be restored to the point that I will get a job when I return, but am very concerned about if, or how long, my financial situation will delay his being able to come. With the affidavit of support requirements, what is the best thing(the most expeditious)for us to do to resolve this?

So, two issues,#1. Initial steps to begin his immigration process...and...#2 How best to deal with the affidavit of support concerns.

Thank you for your help...

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Hello:

After your marriage, you will need to file an I-130 Petition for Alien Relative on behalf of your husband to get the process started.
If you do not meet the income requirements for the Affidavit of Support, you will need a co-sponsor.

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Annick Koloko

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Ms. Koloko's practice includes removal defense, political asylum, federal litigation, consular processing, criminal law, and assistance in business and family based visas. Ms. Koloko is an experienced litigator who practices regularly in courts throughout the United States.

Experience

Ms. Koloko had litigated cases before the Immigration Courts as well as the Board of Immigration Appeals. Ms. Koloko also handled successfully numerous non-immigrant and immigrant applications before USCIS, as well as US Consular Posts.

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AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) Admitted to practice in U.S. District Court, Western District of New York Admitted in New York

Education/Credentials
Ms. Koloko received a JD from the University of Paris, as well as Master of Laws (LLM) from Franklin Pierce Law Center.

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