Can someone who is underage petition an immigrant? 10 Answers as of November 14, 2011

Does being 18 affect in any way me trying to bring my husband from Guatemala to the USA? I am a USA citizen. But does me being so young affect the process or does it make it longer or harder?

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Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Reza Athari
You may petition if you are 18 years old.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 11/14/2011
Philip M. Zyne, P.A.
Philip M. Zyne, P.A. | Philip M. Zyne
You can petition for your husband, even if you are under the age of 18, provided that you are legally married to him and that the marriage was bonafide at its place of inception.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 11/7/2011
Feldman Feldman & Associates, PC
Feldman Feldman & Associates, PC | Lynne Feldman
As long as the marriage was legal in the country where you got married then your age is not a factor in an immediate relative spouse petition.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/7/2011
Joseph Law Firm
Joseph Law Firm | Jeff Joseph
You can petition for your husband as long as you are 18 years of age. The affidavit of support requires that you be 18 years of age in order to act as a sponsor. Since you are already 18, you qualify to petition for him.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 11/4/2011
Perez Immigration Law Firm
Perez Immigration Law Firm | Philip Joseph Perez
Although your only 18, you can file a visa petition for your husband. Assuming he was not in the U.S. illegally before or was not deported, he can receive residency after an interview at the consulate.
Answer Applies to: Tennessee
Replied: 11/4/2011
    Miller Conway
    Miller Conway | Ross Elliott Miller
    As long as you were legally married your age will not negatively impact your petitioning on behalf of your husband. That said, you must meet sponsor income/financial requirements.
    Answer Applies to: South Carolina
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Law Office of John Vandenberg
    Law Office of John Vandenberg | John Vandenberg
    18 is old enough to petition for a spouse, so long as you are a US citizen. Your age doesn't affect how long it will take to make a decision. It could be a positive if hardship that needs to be shown.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 11/3/2011
    Law Offices of Grinberg and Segal
    Law Offices of Grinberg and Segal | Alexander Segal
    You can petition for your husband as a U.S. citizen who is 18 years of age. The fact that you are only 18 years of age does not have a direct impact on the processing of the case. However, it may indirectly influence the case. First, the marriage must have been legal where it occurred and not in contradiction to public policy. As such, your marriage must have been legal to the law where it took place. If you were too young to marry or otherwise not allowed to marry then the marriage would not be valid for immigration purposes. Second, your youth may be a factor in determining whether the marriage is bona fide. You will have to demonstrate that you married your husband with the intent to build a life together. Third, you will be required to file an affidavit of support on behalf of your husband. This affidavit of support ensured your husband will not become a public charge. You will need to show a certain level of income and/or assets. However, if you cannot meet the requirements on your own, a family member or friend who is a lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen can be a co-sponsor.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/3/2011
    Adam B. King, Attorney at Law PC
    Adam B. King, Attorney at Law PC | Adam Bruno King
    At 18 you are an adult for this purpose. It will not delay the process.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 11/3/2011
    Fong & Associates
    Fong & Associates | William D. Fong
    You are old enough to marry and petition for your husband as well as sign the affidavit of support.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 11/3/2011
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