FAQ

After a US green card holder files the petition for his wife, how long does it take for her to get into the US?
A spouse of a US Greencard Holder is not considered an immediate category, meaning there is a line for getting the immigration visa.According to the May 2016 Visa Bulletin, the applications currently processed were filed in Nov 2014 (August 2014 for those born in Mexico). Add 6-12 months of bureaucracy on top of that, and you get something around two years.
How long does it take for a Green Card holder who is married to a foreign citizen to bring his/her spouse to the US?
Foreign spouses of U.S. green card holders (people with lawful permanent residence) are eligible for immigration under the family second preference category (2A). This is true for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples, so long as the marriage is legally recognized in the state or country where it took place.The number of visas issued each year under the family second preference is limited to approximately 114,200, plus some unused visas from other categories. This allotment is not for spouses alone: Category 2A also covers unmarried children of lawful permanent residents.As a result, there are never enough visas to give to the number of people who apply for them each year, and a long waiting list has developed. A spouse’s place on the waiting list depends on his or her “priority date” which is set by the date that you file the initial visa petition on your spouse’s behalf (on Form I-130, issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or USCIS).Reality? It’s better to complete your naturalization because then the spouse becomes what's known as an "immediate relative." That means the person is not subject to the waiting list, but can move forward with a green card application right away. { I have known people who went from their swearing in directly to file the paperwork] As a further benefit of being an immediate relative, if the spouse is in the United States after a legal entry (such as with a visa), he or she can go ahead and apply to adjust status, regardless of any prior visa overstay.Somethings to remember, an overstay or illegal entry can throw the whole thing off the rails and may make it difficult to file. The “aw they’ll never catch us” has screwed a lot of people. If you want to maintain your relationship while waiting for your citizenship, if you can afford it, file for a B-1/B-2 and honor the dates religiously.
How long does it take a green card holder to bring his child to the US?
If the child was the green card holder’s child at the time his or her own green card was awarded (and that green card was not awarded as the result of an “immediate relative” petition), and the child was and is unmarried and under the age of 21, the child is a derivative beneficiary of that original petition and can obtain a green card at any time thereafter as a “follow-to-join” beneficiary. There is no time limit on when a follow-to-join beneficiary may avail themselves of that status, but a child must still qualify at the time a visa is sought: the child must still be unmarried and under 21 (or at least deemed to be under 21 through the operation of the Child Status Protection Act).If the child is over 21 years of age, is or has been married, or the immigration petition by which the child’s parent immigrated was an immediate-relative petition, the child will have to qualify separately under some other provision of immigration law. There’s a lot of different scenarios here, the possibilities range from “essentially immediately” to “not until the parent naturalizes and then possibly a several year wait after that”.If the child was born outside the United States to parents, one or both of whom were green card holders at the time of the birth, there is a special immigrant category that may in some cases allow the child an immediate green card.Consult an immigration attorney for advice relevant to your particular circumstances.
How much time will it take for a spouse’s visa for a green card holder?
It’s less than 2 years.You can regularly check from what date motions are processed.I wrote a little script and parsed all available data from page : Visa BulletinY axis shows difference in number of months between current bulletin and processing motions in category F2A and X axis shows date of bulletin publication.Sorry that legend is cropped, I created those ( just yesterday :) ) in my native language.
How long does it take for a green card holder to bring his wife to U.S from Pakistan if he files her petition in 2018?
The spouse of a permanent resident is in the F2A category. According to the current visa bulletin, visa numbers are currently available for F2A petitions filed just under 2 years ago, so you can expect that if you file now, a visa number will be available in about 2 years.Note that if you married before you became a permanent resident, you might (depending on the category you immigrated on) be able to have your wife immigrate as your derivative beneficiary instead of you petitioning her from scratch.
How long does it take to bring the spouse to the USA? I am a US Green Card holder and my spouse is from India.
According to the current visa bulletin, the priority date for F2A category green card seekers (which is what spouses of green card holders fall under) is 15-MAY-2017 for Indian born people. So, it is about 2 years. Expecting a few months of retrogress, you can say, if you file today, your spouse can be here by the end of 2021.
How long does it take for a DV Green Card holder to bring kids over 21 to the US?
With current trends in visa number issuance:For an unmarried child, 8 years (but greater than 25 years if the child was born in Mexico and cannot be charged to another country).For a married child, never. You will have to naturalize first, once you naturalize, the anticipated wait is 20 years (but greater than 25 years if the child was born in Mexico and cannot be charged to another country).
How long does it take for a green card holder to bring his wife to the U.S from Ethiopia if he files her petition in 2018?
The spouse of a US Permanent Resident is in the F2A category. The USCIS Visa Bulletin- December 2018 shows a wait of about 2 years for that category.File I-130, Petition for Alien Relative for your wife.I write free information and articles on long distance relationships, navigating the US visa process for fiancé and spouse, and adjusting to new life in the USA. See my website and blog on my information page.