Episode 114

Published on:

10th Aug 2021

Green Card Consular Processing For Marriages

Quite often immigrants want to know, “What’s consular processing?”

In many cases, the question is followed up with another question.  “What’s the difference between consular processing or adjusting status in the United States?”

In a nutshell, the inquiry is focused on where the interview for permanent residence will take place.  In the U.S. or in an immigrant’s country of birth?

The most typical situation in which these questions are asked – pertain to a U.S. citizen - who wants to help his or her immigrant spouse win a green card. 

The U.S. citizen spouse may have heard about the adjustment process from a neighbor, or friend, or family member who sponsored a loved one for immigration benefits. That person’s husband or wife was allowed to attend their interview inside the United States without leaving the country.

The U.S. citizen does not understand why his or her spouse has to leave the U.S. to attend an interview abroad.

Recommended Links For More Information:

Consular Processing For Permanent Residence Through Marriage

How To Understand Visa Preference Categories: Green Cards From Abroad

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The Immigration Mastermind
The Immigration Mastermind is a podcast for immigrants and their families that shares tips, insights, and tidbits to help guide the quest for permanent residence and citizenship in the United States. The podcast strives to build knowledge, while dispelling myths in short bite-sized, easy-to-understand snippets of pull-no-punches information.

Designed for both immigrant families who have already started the immigration process and those just starting to think about their journey, the Immigration Mastermind provides a mix of expert tips about legal rules, insights about breaking news, and tidbits to help immigrants and their families to keep their chin up, even when the road to success seems to be a never-ending road.

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Carlos Batara

Carlos Batara is an immigration lawyer, author, educator, public speaker, and online talk show host. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he has cared for, protected, and guided immigrants from over 100 countries on their journeys to the United States. His goal is to help at least one family from every nation in the world before he calls it quits.

With family roots from Mexico, Spain, and the Philippines, as well as Native American, Greek, and Turkish ancestry, he brings a broad multicultural background to the practice of immigration law.

Combined with knowledge gained from advanced studies in international relations and constitutional politics, Carlos is always willing to speak his mind openly on immigration issues.