Q: Adjustment of Status
I am international student in United State. I am in love with American girl, I came in united state in Texas state but we both met and she's from Ohio, So I took transfer in one of the Ohio’s University. What is the procedure to adjustment of status? Can you please tell me exact procedure to follow. I dig through Internet and found out that we need to file i-130, i-145 and some other documents. Also we don't have any proof as I read that it will ask by consular office., I has been in Ohio since December-2014. Can you please tell me what to do in this matter? How can I file for adjustment of status? What document I need to prove our marriage. Also I am but frighten that if I fail consular interview it will convert into immediate deportation. Please advice me. What to do and what type of proof required proving our marriage? Also I am Indian and she has American black ethnicity. Does it create any trouble?
A: You should get an immigration lawyer to help you with this. There are a lot of steps that all need to occur in the proper order and any screw-ups can cause unbelievable delays. We can't teach you how to this in a Q&A forum. The race of your intended should have absolutely nothing to do with anything.
A: Given the facts that you provided, I strongly advise you to contact a local immigration attorney who can personally meet with you and your wife and prepare you for what to expect. Most of us immigration attorneys will prepare you from start to finish - from preparation of the filing and supporting documents, to the preparation session(s) for the interview, to the supplemental packet for the interview, and even representation at the interview. Furthermore, while I respect my colleague's response, the unfortunate reality is that race actually does play a role in what you are about to face. When you are at an interview, the immigration officer has a great amount of discretion (which is often abused) and that officer will often place higher scrutiny (give you a harder time) to prove the merits of your relationship when you and your spouse come from different cultural and/or religious backgrounds. That is just how it is and you should be prepared accordingly.
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