If an American citizen marries a Mexican citizen in Mexico, what is the process for the Mexican citizen to be able to come to the United States?
My first wife was a Mexican citizen, born and raised in Mexico. I met her in her home town of Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico during spring break. I was a college student in the US at the time, and had decided a Spring break in Mexico might be a lot more exciting than a crowded Florida beach. Originally headed for Tampico, I and my traveling companions got stranded in her hometown when our car broke down.She was maestra (teacher) and I would not have met her at any other time, because the school she taught at was far from her home, and she only came home on Samana Santa (Easter) and Navidad (Christmas).Anyway, I was captivated by her, and I spent all my major college breaks driving down from the US to her hometown in Mexico to see her. Two years after we first met, we married there in her hometown.So as two young clueless newlyweds we set off together for Mexico City ‡ to the US Embassy to get a green card for her to accompany me back to the US. At the US Embassy, a US consul officer advised us that there was a six-month queue ahead of us, and that we would get faster service, maybe three days, at the US Consulate in Tampico.So we headed off to Tampico. And sure enough, three days later she had her green card package to give US immigration. Five days after that we crossed the border into the US, US immigration took about an hour reviewing her green card paperwork, then sent us on our way.That was some fifty years ago. Back then we did not need passports to travel between the US and Mexico, the paperwork was less, and there was no Homeland Security to worry about.But the process has not changed a lot. I believe there is still a simplified process for spouses from Mexico. There may be more forms to fill out, the application fee is much higher, and Homeland Security likely has to do a background check and issue an approval. So the waiting period is bound to be a little longer. And I think maybe the US ConOffice may have move to Veracruz.The US immigration process is easy to find. You don’t really need an immigration attorney. Just visit the official US government website at USCIS Homepage You can download all the forms you need to fill out.If you are the Mexican national, then you have to be mostly concerned about having official/original copies on your birth certificate, police report. marriage certificate, divorce certificates (if previously married.)If you are the US national, then you are the petitioner, and you have to put the application package together. you will also need official/original copies of your birth certificate, and divorce certificates (if previously married). You will likely also have to fill out a affidavit of support. While it may not be mandatory, I highly recommend that you should be with your dearly intended for any and all their interviews.I would think your biggest issue would be whether to marry first in Mexico, or get a fiancee visa and marry in the US. If you decide to marry in Mexico first, you have to get permission from the Mexican government first. So don’t neglect to get it, or your marriage won’t be valid.