H1B to Green Card via marriage

Oct 19, 2019 48 Comments

I'm currently on H1B and am getting married to an American citizen next month. Is it appropriate to reach out to my company lawyer to help with the paperwork to get a green card? Or is that something we're expected to handle on our own with a private lawyer?

If relevant: my previous company applied for my green card back in 2012. Due to the country waitlist situation (born in India) my priority date won't be current anytime soon. My I-797 is valid with the new company until Jan 2021. I haven't started the green card via employment process with Google, my currently company, because I figured it didn't matter because of the impending wedding.

Any other words of advice from someone who has been through the process is also welcome.

Thanks all!

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TOP 48 Comments
  • Fastmail ey12
    OP are you M or F?
    Oct 19, 2019 12
    • Google Jooglet
      OP
      Thanks!
      Oct 19, 2019
    • KPMG hitchki
      Ey2 not sure what’s funny! Indian dude here getting married to a white American dude. There you go!
      Oct 22, 2019
  • Cadence / Eng
    pretzle

    Cadence Eng

    PRE
    Intel Corporation
    pretzlemore
    How did you find your future husband?
    Oct 19, 2019 7
    • Microsoft userg7
      Is your husband Indian ?
      Oct 19, 2019
    • Google Jooglet
      OP
      Nope.
      Oct 19, 2019
  • Cisco srLa63
    You can reach out to your company attorny to expediate your GC process, you don’t need an another attorney!! Few of my friends did the same.
    Oct 19, 2019 5
    • Google Jooglet
      OP
      Great to know. Thanks Stms07!
      Oct 19, 2019
    • Cisco srLa63
      Yeah..Company attorny will take care !! For everything..
      Oct 19, 2019
  • Apple KGHP41
    Yes. They will file your family based gc.
    Oct 19, 2019 5
    • Google Jooglet
      OP
      Yeah, thanks for the advice. We're expecting to get grilled and are not worried about it. Our lives are very intertwined already and the wedding pictures should be self explanatory. I'm thinking of doing it immediately since my I797 notice of action expires in Jan 2021 and don't want to deal with the hassle of having to renew that.
      Oct 19, 2019
    • Apple KGHP41
      Go for it!
      Oct 19, 2019
  • New / Eng ronney
    How long did you guys date before getting married? Just curious
    Oct 19, 2019 2
    • Google Jooglet
      OP
      Little over 3 years
      Oct 19, 2019
    • New / Eng ronney
      Awesome! Congratulations OP
      Oct 19, 2019
  • Congratulations and blessings for the future!
    Oct 19, 2019 1
    • Google Jooglet
      OP
      Thank you!
      Oct 19, 2019
  • Google brownapkin
    Congrats
    Oct 19, 2019 0
  • SAP hxamp
    the process is super easy. everyone can do it. no need to pay a damn blood sucking lawyer. just few forms.
    Oct 19, 2019 0
  • Amazon / Eng maga69
    OP

    What forms are you filling? I130 and i485?
    Oct 19, 2019 3
    • Amazon / Eng maga69
      Are you aware of any travel restrictions during the processing time? Can you still travel to India as long as you have valid H1b status?
      Oct 19, 2019
    • Google Jooglet
      OP
      My understanding is, if you have valid H1B status you can use that to re-enter the country as long as you have the visa stamp.

      If you don't want to deal with visa stamping, you need to get advance parole approved via the I-131 and you should be able to re-enter using that
      Oct 19, 2019
  • GroupM ricecake16
    Congratulations!
    Oct 19, 2019 1
    • Google Jooglet
      OP
      Thank you!
      Oct 19, 2019

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