New York, NY asked in Immigration Law for New York

Q: Hi, I am a U.S. citizen and just got married with a non U.S. citizen. I am now sponsoring him to get a GC.

How long does it take for him to get the GC? Still in the process of submitting applications to USCIS. Is there a way he can go to the philippines before his GC comes? Cause we are planning to get a church wedding nov 2018. Please reply

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Edit Stelczner
Edit Stelczner
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: It will take at least a year to get a green card nowadays- and about 4 months to get the work permit and travel document. Generally, he can travel once he has the travel document. I recommend to work with an immigration attorney so that you can get through this process without any delays. Congratulations!

Roger Carl Algase
Roger Carl Algase
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: For people who live in New York City, it is now taking almost a year from filing to get a green card interview, and it may take a few weeks, or even months, after the interview to get the green card,.depending on the situation. While waiting for the green card, your husband should be able to get a work and travel permit allowing travel outside the US, and enabling him to return to the US without any difficulty. In order to avoid unnecessary delay, it would be a very good idea to retain an experienced immigration lawyer to prepare and file the green card application.and help prepare you and your husband for the interview.

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