Herndon, VA asked in Immigration Law for Virginia

Q: How long does it take to hear from USCIS after you start the naturalization process?

I attended U.S. universities and currently working through the Optional Practical Training - OPT. However, I don’t have much left and my fiancé suggested that we should just get married so I won’t have to worry about my status in the country. I’m worried about the time it would take to USCIS before they get back to me. I do not want to loose my current job.

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Nareshwar Singh Virdi
Nareshwar Singh Virdi
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: I will start with a word of caution: Marrying a US citizen with an intent of getting immigration can have adverse consequences. In terms of the generic timeline, Employment authorization can take few months in processing. I usually recommend my clients to keep at least 6-months.

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