Possible Divorce - Need Advice
Q: I am a British citizen married to a US citizen. We have been married since Sept. 2002. I have filed AOS in Orlando, FL, on October 25 and have not yet had AOS interview. There is a possibility that my husband and I will be divorcing. I need to know what my options are. If he decides to file for divorce, how long does the divorce process take to finalize? Is it possible for me, based on our two year marriage, to obtain AOS to a permanent resident and what are the chances of this being approved? Is it worth getting a good immigration lawyer or is it a long shot? He has not filed yet, but I want to be prepared in case he does. What is the outcome if he does file - do I have to leave the country immediately? How long can I stay? Should I apply for a Visitor's Visa? I have a work permit that expires on Feb. 10, 2005. Should I apply for extension on Nov. 10 even if we are getting a divorce? What if my husband and I are called for an interview while we are in the process of getting a divorce? What do I need to tell immigration?
A: -Your questions are best answered in a personal consulation with a competent local immigration lawyer, not an internet NG. -Thank you, Folinskyinla, I gathered that much. However, I was hoping someone would share experience or give me advise in more detail. I can't really afford a lawyer, but will find a way to get one if I know it would be worth it. This forum may not be the best place to seek answers, but I haven't got that many options. I am going through an extremely stressful time right now and need help to make a very important decision. -Please keep things in perspective. If you spend $1,000 on a lawyer, you've just about bought a roundtrip plane ticket or a couple weeks in a cheap hotel -- both possibilities that could really, really stink. Heck, I spent $1,200 in gas and truck rental to move within the states. -Further on that, a consultation can be done for far less than $1,000.00. Check the yellow pages and make some calls, ask an immigration lawyer what a half hour consult would cost. Some years back I paid a lawyer 75.00 for a half hour consult, it was worth it. Also Catholic Charities may be of some help to you. Good luck.