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Hi all VJ friends.

I have researched my question before posting here, cannot find the answer easily, maybe you guys have some insight.

I understand that if you ar married for more than two years, the GC received is a 10 year period.

But does that apply if married for more than two years, but all that time not spent in USA ... My situation.

Married in US October 2007.

Moved to London November 2007

Returned to US September 2008.

Therefore married nearly three years, but been in US 18 months.

Note: entire time we have lived and worked together, whatever the country.

Thanks all.

Adjustment of Status

CIS Office : Phoenix AZ

Date Filed : 2010-04-21

NOA Date : 2010-04-26

RFE(s) : None yet - thankfully, fingers and toes crossed

Bio. Appt. : 2010-06-09 walk in 15 days prior.

Interview Date : 2010-07-26

Approved Date: 2010-07-26

Card Received: 2010-08-06

Employment Authorization

Date Filed : 2010-04- 21

NOA Date : 2010-04-26

Approved Date : 2010-07-26

Total process from us mailing AOS paperwork to Green Card in hand was 110 days.

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The place of residence doesn't matter.

You will get a 10-year GC when you are married to a USC more than 2 years.

Immigration Process (DCF Japan)

08/06/2008 I-130 petition at Tokyo, Japan

08/13/2008 I-130 approved


| Waited until we were ready to move back


07/13/2009 IV interview at Tokyo, Japan

07/15/2009 IV(IR-1) in hand


07/29/2009 POE at Las Vegas

08/17/2009 GC(10yrs) received

Click here for the detailed timeline.

Done with USCIS until

- naturalization in May 2012 or

- GC replacement in February 2019


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Australia

as stated, doesn't matter where you were when you were married, or where you lived while married, as long as its over 2 years it's a 10 year card.

** moved from "Adjustment of Status (Green Card) from Family Based Visas" to General Immigration Related Discussion as this isn't an AOS question specifically, more a general Immigration question**

Edited by Vanessa&Tony

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Filed: Other Timeline

You are already in 10-year territory, you lucky bloke!


There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all . . . . The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic . . . . There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

President Teddy Roosevelt on Columbus Day 1915

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