Love in the Time of Lockdown: A Green Card Romance

Our team strung together the pieces for this blossoming romance, leading to a green card journey that transcended the challenges of the times! Learn how our attorneys crafted a compelling legal strategy and presented it to USCIS so that these lovers could be reunited in the U.S. 


Love knows no bounds. This sentiment reigns true, particularly in stories where oceans separate a couple yet their love ultimately triumphs. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our clients’ unique love story began to unfold! Our elementary school teacher client found herself unexpectedly laid off in 2020 due to government shutdowns. Faced with loneliness and uncertainty, she decided to dip her toes into online dating. Fate smiled upon her as she matched with her now-spouse, and their daily conversations became a source of comfort and connection.

The Case

After some time, our client took a leap of faith, packed her bags, and set out to meet her online match in the United Kingdom. In-person, their connection flourished, leading to a couple of months of shared experiences in the UK. As they ventured into the world together during the lockdown, they quickly realized that their connection was more than just a digital spark. Soon, the idea of spending their lives apart seemed unbearable. Before our client was able to travel back to the United States, they got married as a commitment to their relationship.

Three months after our client’s return to the United States, the realization struck that she couldn’t bear to live without her spouse. She decided she wanted to file a green card application for her spouse to come live with her in the U.S.

Typically for consular marriage cases, they take around 18-24 months to get approved. In our client’s case it took 19 months.

We put together a comprehensive package detailing the:

  • Spouse’s adequate means of financial support
  • Shared travel experiences
  • Intentions of living together in the U.S.
  • Documents to demonstrate a bona fide relationship

marriage green card success story timeline

The Verdict

The case had no complications, and once the petition was received at the National Visa Center, it was approved and sent to the U.S. Embassy in London to begin the final processing. Consular processing took approximately 7 months, but it’s important to note that this timeframe can significantly vary at different embassies due to potential backlogs in the country. This success story is a reminder that love, determination, and commitment can indeed conquer all obstacles, even in the midst of challenging times.

Another VisaNation Law Group Success Story

Marriage green card cases often have challenges that are exacerbated by the physical distance from your loved one. When time and resources are of the essence it’s critical to trust your case with an experienced legal team of immigration professionals. Get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.