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Old 26.09.2012, 11:06
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How long to take a marriage green card ( USA )

Hello,
I am Italian and my wife from Usa. We got married in december 2010.
We lived 1 year in Italy after that (she has a 5 year visa to live in Italy) then we moved in CH, where she obtained a visa through me.
Now we are thinking, among other possibilities, to go live in the Usa, but I would need a green card through marriage. How long does it take to get one from the moment she applies for one?
Are we talking 90 days or a year?
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Old 26.09.2012, 13:03
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Re: How long to take a marriage green card ( USA )

If all your paperwork is in order - then it should be more along the lines of a few months. It is also best if you do it as officially as possible - for example applying in your country of residence and not entering America until you have your visa.

I know people who have gone to America first and applied from within America. It is doable, but is more complicated, takes longer and you may have to leave to collect your visa and then come back.
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If all your paperwork is in order - then it should be more along the lines of a few months. It is also best if you do it as officially as possible - for example applying in your country of residence and not entering America until you have your visa.

I know people who have gone to America first and applied from within America. It is doable, but is more complicated, takes longer and you may have to leave to collect your visa and then come back.
Thank you for the reply.
We'll be here until Dec 31 for sure, so we could start the process from the American consulate here in Zurich.
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Old 26.09.2012, 14:01
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Hello,
I am Italian and my wife from Usa. We got married in december 2010.
We lived 1 year in Italy after that (she has a 5 year visa to live in Italy) then we moved in CH, where she obtained a visa through me.
Now we are thinking, among other possibilities, to go live in the Usa, but I would need a green card through marriage. How long does it take to get one from the moment she applies for one?
Are we talking 90 days or a year?
Thanks
I think ours (well, my husband's) took about 8 months but the company took care of everything so maybe it was slower that way?
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Old 26.09.2012, 17:21
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I think ours (well, my husband's) took about 8 months but the company took care of everything so maybe it was slower that way?
8 months, eh?
In the meantime you were outside the US I guess?
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I think ours (well, my husband's) took about 8 months but the company took care of everything so maybe it was slower that way?
When we first got married (20 years ago) my husband filed for a Green Card via his company - we were engaged at the time but he had a job offer in America and thought that would be the easier route.

The work visa was taking what seemed very long to us (about 3 months had already passed) so we filed for the fiance visa. That only took about 6 weeks.

Going the work route was longer because they had to verify all his work experience and education, getting letters from past employers, university, etc...
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8 months, eh?
In the meantime you were outside the US I guess?
No, we were in the US, hubby had an H1-B visa, I believe. Also sorted out by company
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