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  • Kumna
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    Hello Silvia,
    I assume that you are clear on the tourist visa part. That is, you are not referring to a J visa as a tourist visa.
    Under that assumption, you should be able to apply for adjustment of status. There are 2 forms you need to fill out and document(read instructions on the forms for needed documents). These forms are I-130 and I-485. Follow the instructions, attach needed documents and pay the processing fee. Additionally, your hubby will need to fill out another form. I dont think you will have to spend more than $500 for the whole thing at this point.
    Good luck.
    By the way, do you have a single sister in law?

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  • Legal citizenship
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    i'm silvia her daughter in law, i came with a tourist visa i don't have green card, still i don't send any of my paper for be legal in this country

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  • sappyconifer
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    Your information is still a bit confusing. Did she apply for a green card or not? You say she had one and it expired. Are you confusing that with the tourist visa that has now since expired?

    See this link:
    http://uscis.gov/graphics/howdoi/spouselive.htm#Info3

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  • Legal citizenship
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    1-What visa did she come with in USA?
    2-When did her visa expire?
    3-Did she get an I-94 form (this is usually attached to her passport)

    Thank you all so much.
    tourist, 04, yes i have my i 94

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  • Kumna
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    Sappyconifer explained it better. Hope everybody else gets it.
    Thank you sappyconifer.

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  • sappyconifer
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    The card itself does expire after 10 yrs, but you dont loose your permanent resident status, that's what I meant by it. You just fill out the replacement card form, that's about it as far as I know.

    Correct, expiration of the card does not mean expiration of the permanent resident status, if referring to the 10-year card.
    However, the conditional green card does expire and so does the permanent residency status, but only if the alien fails to file a petition to remove conditions.

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  • jmcdonaltx
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    thanks for setting me straight, kumna

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  • Kumna
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    jmcdonaltx,
    The card itself does expire after 10 yrs, but you dont loose your permanent resident status, that's what I meant by it. You just fill out the replacement card form, that's about it as far as I know.

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  • jmcdonaltx
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    By the way, Green card does not expire
    oh yes they do.mine expires in 2011

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  • Kumna
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    What visa does she have?
    Some visa have restrictions she will have to wave before she can apply for green card.

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  • Kumna
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    Uhm, looks like you have said it all. Caucasian born in Mobile, AL. That's enough to give your daughter in law a legal citizenship.
    By the way, Green card does not expire. She can replace the card for less than $200. If she came here with a visa and the visa expired, then yeah she may have a chance to GC. I am not sure where your son got the $2000 figure from. Either he wants to scame you or he does not want to petition his wife because he's afraid she might leave him after she gets her green card. Whatever it is, it's a good idea you came to this site to learn more about the immigration process.

    First of all, you need to have a conversation with your daughter in law and ask the following questions:

    1-What visa did she come with in USA?
    2-When did her visa expire?
    3-Did she get an I-94 form (this is usually attached to her passport)

    When you come back with that information, people will be able to help you out.

    By the way, do you have a daughter who want to marry an african (not for green card).

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  • Legal citizenship
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    P.S. she entered US june 2003
    non-immigrant visa
    What other info do you need?

    She is 23yrs old, my son is 26

    Thank you!!

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  • Legal citizenship
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    No she was here legally. Working. Her green card and visa has since expired. My son and her have been married for 1 1/2 years . They are low on funds. He is depressed because he doesn't have $2000.00 to get her papers. Does it cost that much?

    Her visa has expired. Married to my son since Apr of 2004.

    What are the steps and cost for her to become legal s=citizen. Does her being married to my son (caucasion born in Mobile, AL) enable her to get social security card etc.

    THANK YOU for any and all help suggestions you can provide.

    Jane Tipton
    just4ladejane@yahoo.com
    Biloxi, MS 39530

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  • sappyconifer
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    I don't know where SunDevil gets the idea that your son's wife entered illegally if she had a "geen card, visa at the time". Had she been married before to a US citizen or was it simply a non-immigrant visa she held? You need to provide more details on what specifically she has/had in the way of status or documentation.

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  • SunDevilUSA
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    You say that your daughter-in-law had a "green card visa at that time." It would appear, however, from your later comments that she is actually in America illegally.

    A Green Card is the informal name for a Permanent Resident Card, and enables the holder to remain in America indefinitely as a legal immigrant. Given that your daughter-in-law doesn't appear to have a Social Security Card, and has obtained an ITIN, she is evidently not here legally. Incidently, it is illegal for her to be employed at the present time (an ITIN does not grant employment authorization, and is not intended for employment purposes).

    Assuming that he is a U.S. Citizen, your son can sponsor his wife for Permanent Residency. This can be a long and difficult process, the difficulty of which depends on several factors.

    Please advise as to whether your daughter-in-law entered America legally...with a visa and after being inspected at the border or port of entry. If she entered the country legally, she should be able to remain in America while being processed for Permanent Residency. Because she is married to a U.S. citizen her illegal presence will be forgiven, as will her unauthorized employment.

    However, if your daughter-in-law entered the country without inspection at the border, she will have to apply for a Permanent Residency Visa at the U.S. Consulate in her country of origin. Given that she appears to have been in America illegally for a period of more than 365 days, once she returns to Columbia she will be inadmissible for a period of ten years. Before she is able to return to America as a Permanent Resident, assuming that her application is approved, she will have to apply for a waiver of inadmissibilty. In these circumstances, your daughter-in-law can expect to be in her country of origin for a considerable period of time.

    Once we know how she entered the country (the last time that she entered), we will be able to advise you further.

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