Falling in love with an American and moving to the world’s richest and most powerful nation is an incredibly exciting (not to mention, romantic) prospect. However, under the Trump presidency, which is notoriously hostile to immigrants, the process of applying for a marriage-based Green Card can be anything but dreamy. One essential document your application must include is an Employment Verification Letter relating to the sponsoring spouse. This will prove to the authorities that they a) have a job (whether through employment or self-employment) and b) have a regular income and will, therefore, not be reliant on the public purse.
Before we discuss the Employment Verification Letter, let’s briefly look at the requirements of obtaining a Green Card as an immediate family member.
A Green Card means that you have permanent residence in the United States of America. Holding a Green Card does not make you a U.S. citizen; spouses of U.S. citizens must wait three years before they can apply for naturalisation. However, a Green Card does allow you many benefits, including receiving social security, being able to travel freely, being able to work for a company without the need for sponsorship, and being able to sponsor immediate family members yourself.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration website, if you are currently in the United States, in order to be eligible for a Green Card as an immediate relative, you must meet the following requirements:
It can take between 10 and 38 months to obtain a Green Card as a spouse, depending on whether you are married to a U.S. citizen or a Green Card holder (the latter taking longer than the former).
The Employment Verification Letter should not be confused with the Employment Authorization Document (commonly referred to as a Work Permit). The former provides evidence of your current income and can also be requested by banks when you are applying for a loan or mortgage. The latter is issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and authorises you to work in the U.S. for a period of time, usually one year.
Most countries, including the U.K., have strict income requirements relating to spouse immigration. This is because it is highly undesirable to have citizens marrying foreigners and bringing them into the country to be supported by public funds.
The Employment Verification Letter is not an essential document. USCIS officers evaluate forms such as Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, and Form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency, to determine if the sponsoring spouse has sufficient income to support their loved one and any children that may be accompanying them. However, whilst tax returns can show past income, an Employment Verification Letter is invaluable for showing how much you earn at the present time.
An Employment Verification Letter is provided by your employer and will include:
The Employment Verification Letter should be included with the other documents supporting your application. It should be short and to the point (no more than a paragraph or two).
It is not necessary to have an Employment Verification Letter notarised. However, notarising does give weight to the document as there can be no doubt of its authenticity.
A notarised document is a document that has been certified by a Notary Public. This is a person appointed by the State Government. Their primary role is to serve as an independent witness when certain documents are signed.
Notarisation is particularly important if you are self-employed as more attention is likely to be paid to the claims you make regarding your income. Notarisation will provide the USCIS with confidence that the statements you have made are completely truthful.
If you work for a large organisation, it is likely that they will have a template for an Employment Verification Letter. If not, a template can be obtained online; however, care must be taken to adapt it to your company’s specification (for example, by adding the company letterhead).
There are specialised Employment Verification Letter services that will contact your employer to discover the details about your employment needed in the letter and create it for you.
Applying for a Green Card as a spouse is a complex process and investing in expert legal advice can save you and your husband/wife much frustration, stress, and, should the application be rejected, heartbreak. It is estimated that almost 50 o;f Green Card family-based denials are made up of spouse applications. Often, a rejected application can be remedied with a new application which is properly prepared or requesting the USCIS to review the application and rectify any administrative errors. Instructing an immigration lawyer to assist you with your marriage-based Green Card application can save you time and money in the long run, and ensure you and your spouse can begin your new life together in the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave’.
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