How can I keep my wife in the US once her visa expires?

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How can I keep my wife in the US once her visa expires?

Me and my wife got married in the US 4 years ago. I was in the military and finally got her back to the US on a visitors visa. How do I get her to be able to stay in the US with me? Her visa expires on the 9th and I don’t want to lose her again.

Asked on May 2, 2012 under Immigration Law, Massachusetts

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SB, Member, California / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Did you ever file for her green card after you got married?  If not, you can do it now and she will be able to legalize her status within the US if she entered the US lawfully.  As long as you file, she will be able to remain in the US even beyond the expiration date of her visa, if you are a US citizen, the marriage is bona fide and she can prove a lawful entry.


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