When a couple gets married, they expect to spend the rest of their life living with one another. Many California residents who have married individuals from foreign countries impacted by the president's travel ban in effect since December 2017 have yet to fulfill this dream however. It is not just spouses who are living in limbo because of it, but also siblings, children and parents who were legally going to join family members through family immigration.
While people born and raised in California may not think of it often, there are a number of immigrants who are waiting to get their green card and become residents of the country. A green card gives three important rights to those who have it: the right to live in the country permanently, the right to work legally in the country and the right to enjoy the protection of civil and federal laws.
Among the relatives of U.S. citizens that are generally eligible for a green card are spouses. It is important to note though that, sometimes, the permanent resident status granted to spouses of citizens is conditional. Generally, this status is conditional if, at the time it was given, the marriage was less than two years old.