The United States of America is known as the Land of the Free. As such, it’s easy to see why so many foreign individuals and families long to become American citizens. The process of becoming an American citizen is long and arduous. It’s not as simple as marrying someone who’s already an American citizen. Those who require legal assistance regarding marriage and family-based immigration in the Border region must team up with an experienced immigration lawyer. The Perales Law Firm has provided sound legal counsel to individuals and families in the Border region for nearly a decade. Our bilingual team is ready to assist you on your journey towards becoming an American citizen!

Marriage and Immigration: How it Works

Immigration Lawyer
There’s a common fallacy that comes up when discussing marriage-based immigration. Marrying an immigrant doesn’t automatically make the immigrant an American citizen. Instead, immigrants must apply for a green card. This process is time-consuming, requiring individuals to fill out many forms and documents. Entry can still be refused if the immigrant is found to be inadmissible. Issues such as medical conditions, criminal background, or previous immigration violations can lead immigration authorities to deny entry. In the event where the green card is approved, you’ll have to wait three years before you can apply for U.S. citizenship. This three-year waiting period applies only to individuals who remain married and continue to live with their spouse. If the immigrant and the U.S. citizen separate and don’t live together, the waiting period changes to five years.


If you’re in need of guidance, the Perales Law Firm will guide the way.

Family-Based Immigration

Family-based immigration relates to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who are able to petition for foreign relatives to immigrate into the United States. You must prove your relationship to the immigrant. Spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, siblings, and parents of American citizens fall under the category of family-based immigration. Green card holders can also petition for relatives such as spouses and children. The details of family-based immigration may appear confusing and convoluted at first but this is where Attorney Marcos Perales can help. As a bilingual immigration attorney, Mr. Perales has the ability to concisely articulate the most complicated immigration processes.

Whether you require assistance in regards to marriage or family-based immigration, the Perales Law Firm can help! Give us a call today to schedule a consultation.