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Sample Permanent Residence Spouse List

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In order to initiate the permanent residence (based on marriage) process, the petitioner (U.S. citizen) must file a petition on behalf of the beneficiary (foreign spouse) with the USCIS and the foreign spouse files applications as detailed below.

The following is a sample list of the documentation required by the USCIS.

  1. Original Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130) with filing fee ($420). Learn more about permanent residence fees here.
  2. Original Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485) with filing fee ($1070). Learn more about permanent residence fees here.
  3. Original Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765).
  4. Original Application for Travel Document (Form I-131).
  5. Original Biographic Information Sheet (Form G-325A) for foreign spouse.
  6. Original Biographic Information Sheet (Form G-325A) for U.S. citizen.
  7. Affidavit of Support (Form I-864).
  8. Proof of petitioner’s U.S. citizenship.
    i. Copy of certificate of naturalization OR
    ii. Copy of biographic page of U.S. passport OR
    iii. Copy of certificate of birth
  9. Six (6) color photographs (dimension of 2”x2”) of foreign spouse.
  10. Two (2) color photographs (dimension of 2”x2”) of U.S. citizen.
  11. Copy of divorce and/or death certificate(s) of any previous spouse(s) of both foreign spouse and U.S. citizen (if applicable).
  12. Copy of marriage certificate.
  13. Copy of birth certificate of foreign spouse.
  14. Copy of passport of foreign spouse.
  15. Copy of Arrival/Departure Record (form I-94) of foreign spouse.
  16. Sealed medical examination.

*All foreign language documents must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

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