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Can Permanent Resident file CR1 for wife? One of my friend is a permanent resident. He's been in US for 2 years now. He's got the 10 years green card. We were just talking and he asked he cannot get married now. Because he cannot bring his wife until he becomes a citizen. Someone told him that he has to live in America for 5 years before he can become a citizen. So I have the following questions.

1. Can a PR apply for CRI visa for wife? If yes, how long will this whole process take?

2. Can a PR apply for citizenship after living in US 2 years? If yes, how long does this process take?

Thank you for your replies.


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He can apply for citizenship after 5 years of residing in the US. He can, however, petition for his wife now. He can also upgrade the petition once he becomes a US citizen and this will substantially cut down on the wait time

Good luck


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Can Permanent Resident file CR1 for wife? One of my friend is a permanent resident. He's been in US for 2 years now. He's got the 10 years green card. We were just talking and he asked he cannot get married now. Because he cannot bring his wife until he becomes a citizen. Someone told him that he has to live in America for 5 years before he can become a citizen. So I have the following questions.

1. Can a PR apply for CRI visa for wife? If yes, how long will this whole process take?

2. Can a PR apply for citizenship after living in US 2 years? If yes, how long does this process take?

Thank you for your replies.

1) Yes, about 2.5- 3 years except for residents of DR & Mexico which adds another year or so (preference category F2A)

2) No, must be a resident for 5 years before sligibility is attained.


YMMV

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Can Permanent Resident file CR1 for wife? One of my friend is a permanent resident. He's been in US for 2 years now. He's got the 10 years green card. We were just talking and he asked he cannot get married now. Because he cannot bring his wife until he becomes a citizen. Someone told him that he has to live in America for 5 years before he can become a citizen. So I have the following questions.

1. Can a PR apply for CRI visa for wife? If yes, how long will this whole process take?

2. Can a PR apply for citizenship after living in US 2 years? If yes, how long does this process take?

Thank you for your replies.

1. He can apply for his wife's and it will be in a line for the I130 approval and NVC processing... NVC processing will be slow because in this category, there is a cap on number of visa issued.

2. No, he has to stay in 5 years to apply for US citizen?

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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He can apply for citizenship after 5 years of residing in the US. He can, however, petition for his wife now. He can also upgrade the petition once he becomes a US citizen and this will substantially cut down on the wait time

Good luck

In many cases yes, but not "substantially" in this case... the 2 year alien plus 2.5 - 3 year wait for an available visa number, puts him/her right on the citizenship appliation "bubble"... In this case, applying for citizenship would virtually have zero positive impact.


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I'm sorry to have taken away your time. Had I read the instructions pages of N400, I would've known from the very first page that he had to wait 5 years before he can apply for citizenship to US. What's more is that I found CSC takes about 27 months to process CR1/IR1 of a permanent resident.

Lessons learned. Will convery to friend. He won't be happy.


N400 CITIZENSHIP STAGE

23-DEC-2016 -:- N400 form mailed to Dallas, TX Lockbox (USPS EXPRESS)

27-DEC-2016 -:- N400 form delivered/picked up by USCIS

01-JAN-2017 -:- N400 form fee check cashed by USCIS

04-JAN-2017 -:- N400 form received per NOA1

09-JAN-2017 -:- N400 form NOA1 notice date

14-JAN-2017 -:- N400 form NOA1 on hand through USPS

30-JAN-2017 -:- N400 fingerprint taken

01-FEB-2017 -:- N400 interview schedule process started

26-JUL-2017 -:- N400 interview date set (01SEP2017)

29-JUL-2017 -:- N400 interview letter on hand

01-SEP-2017 -:- N400 interview date - Interview passed

10-OCT-2017-:- N400 oath ceremony letter on hand (oath on 26OCT2017)

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I'm sorry to have taken away your time. Had I read the instructions pages of N400, I would've known from the very first page that he had to wait 5 years before he can apply for citizenship to US. What's more is that I found CSC takes about 27 months to process CR1/IR1 of a permanent resident.

Lessons learned. Will convery to friend. He won't be happy.

I think that its pretty ridiculous that permanent residents and children of permanent residents cannot bring their children to the US faster...I mean everyone knows that it is going to happen once a green card is given out. Allowing spouses and children of permanent residents to move to the US faster will lesson hardship, increase assimilation and help keep money in the US because the amount of money being sent overseas will probably diminish.

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Pardon, why can he NOT get married now? Is some barrier to marriage? Woman's parents against him ?


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Pardon, why can he NOT get married now? Is some barrier to marriage? Woman's parents against him?
He lives in America alone and he cannot marry in America. He'd have to marry in Bangladesh. He would like to get married soon but his parents are telling him to not marry now. Wait till he gets his citizenship in 3/4 years. Then he can bring his wife within a year of marriage to America. As a PR, if marries now it will take him 3 years to bring his wife. I feel for him. He's lonely. Most girls who live in America are marriable, won't marry him. Though he's highly qualified, he works at a gas station. Sad that an engineer has to work at a gas station. He can't any job with his Bangladeshi engineering certificate. He has to certify in America.

N400 CITIZENSHIP STAGE

23-DEC-2016 -:- N400 form mailed to Dallas, TX Lockbox (USPS EXPRESS)

27-DEC-2016 -:- N400 form delivered/picked up by USCIS

01-JAN-2017 -:- N400 form fee check cashed by USCIS

04-JAN-2017 -:- N400 form received per NOA1

09-JAN-2017 -:- N400 form NOA1 notice date

14-JAN-2017 -:- N400 form NOA1 on hand through USPS

30-JAN-2017 -:- N400 fingerprint taken

01-FEB-2017 -:- N400 interview schedule process started

26-JUL-2017 -:- N400 interview date set (01SEP2017)

29-JUL-2017 -:- N400 interview letter on hand

01-SEP-2017 -:- N400 interview date - Interview passed

10-OCT-2017-:- N400 oath ceremony letter on hand (oath on 26OCT2017)

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1. Can a PR apply for CRI visa for wife? If yes, how long will this whole process take?

2. Can a PR apply for citizenship after living in US 2 years? If yes, how long does this process take?

Thank you for your replies.

1. It would be an IR-1 rather than a CR-1 as they would certainly be married for over 2 years when the visa was finally issued.

2. No. In this case the application for citizenship can be made 90 days prior to the 5th anniversary of his permanent resident status.


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07/18/2005 Consulate Received package from NVC

11/09/2005 Medical

11/16/2005 Interview APPROVED

12/05/2005 Visa received

12/07/2005 POE Minneapolis

12/17/2005 Wedding

12/20/2005 Applied for SSN

01/14/2005 SSN received in the mail

02/03/2006 AOS sent (Did not apply for EAD or AP)

02/09/2006 NOA

02/16/2006 Case status Online

05/01/2006 Biometrics Appt.

07/12/2006 AOS Interview APPROVED

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05/02/2007 Driver's License - Passed Road Test!

05/27/2008 Lifting of Conditions sent (TSC > VSC)

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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He lives in America alone and he cannot marry in America. He'd have to marry in Bangladesh. He would like to get married soon but his parents are telling him to not marry now. Wait till he gets his citizenship in 3/4 years. Then he can bring his wife within a year of marriage to America. As a PR, if marries now it will take him 3 years to bring his wife. I feel for him. He's lonely. Most girls who live in America are marriable, won't marry him. Though he's highly qualified, he works at a gas station. Sad that an engineer has to work at a gas station. He can't any job with his Bangladeshi engineering certificate. He has to certify in America.

Why does he have to stay in the US?

Sounds like he would be better going home?


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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Check this out, if you haven't, yet.. --> http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/205062-anyone-lpr-who-file-i-130-for-spouse/

Good Luck !


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

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Whoa Nelly ! Want NVC Info? see http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_Process

Congratulations on your approval ! We All Applaud your accomplishment with Most Wonderful Kissies !

 

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Why does he have to stay in the US?

Sounds like he would be better going home?

He came to America to earn more money. Even a low level engineer in America earns more money than a senior engineer in Bangladesh considering the ungodly exchange rate of 1 USD = 68.55 BDT. He's working at a gas station and studying to re-certify in America. It will take couple of years and meanwhile he has to work very hard. Maybe having a wife would be beneficial to his moral. I don't know.

N400 CITIZENSHIP STAGE

23-DEC-2016 -:- N400 form mailed to Dallas, TX Lockbox (USPS EXPRESS)

27-DEC-2016 -:- N400 form delivered/picked up by USCIS

01-JAN-2017 -:- N400 form fee check cashed by USCIS

04-JAN-2017 -:- N400 form received per NOA1

09-JAN-2017 -:- N400 form NOA1 notice date

14-JAN-2017 -:- N400 form NOA1 on hand through USPS

30-JAN-2017 -:- N400 fingerprint taken

01-FEB-2017 -:- N400 interview schedule process started

26-JUL-2017 -:- N400 interview date set (01SEP2017)

29-JUL-2017 -:- N400 interview letter on hand

01-SEP-2017 -:- N400 interview date - Interview passed

10-OCT-2017-:- N400 oath ceremony letter on hand (oath on 26OCT2017)

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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From a practical point of view importing a wife is not cheap and in this case very lengthy. Sounds like he would be much better waiting until he is earning decent money and benefits.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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