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I have a small case to inquire about. My friend has barely got her Green Card. She has been in a relationship with her man for a long time. Does her situation permit applying for a fiance visa or is it better for her to marry him? and if she happens to apply in her home country, must she stay 6 months with him first?

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Ghana
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I have a small case to inquire about. My friend has barely got her Green Card. She has been in a relationship with her man for a long time. Does her situation permit applying for a fiance visa or is it better for her to marry him? and if she happens to apply in her home country, must she stay 6 months with him first?

I dont quite understand your question...what do you mean by she barely got her Green Card?? If she's in a realationship with this guy then she can file for K-1 (fiance visa) or they can get married and file CR1.


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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Jamaica
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I dont quite understand your question...what do you mean by she barely got her Green Card?? If she's in a realationship with this guy then she can file for K-1 (fiance visa) or they can get married and file CR1.

She can get married however K-1, CR1/IR1 visa can't be sought since she isn't eligible.


Current cut off date F2A - Current 

Brother's Journey (F2A) - PD Dec 30, 2010


Dec 30 2010 - Notice of Action 1 (NOA1)
May 12 2011 - Notice of Action 2 (NOA2)
May 23 2011 - NVC case # Assigned
Nov 17 2011 - COA / I-864 received
Nov 18 2011 - Sent COA
Apr 30 2012 - Pay AOS fee

Oct 15 2012 - Pay IV fee
Oct 25 2012 - Sent AOS/IV Package

Oct 29 2012 - Pkg Delivered
Dec 24 2012 - Case Complete

May 17 2013 - Interview-Approved

July 19 2013 - Enter the USA

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I have a small case to inquire about. My friend has barely got her Green Card. She has been in a relationship with her man for a long time. Does her situation permit applying for a fiance visa or is it better for her to marry him? and if she happens to apply in her home country, must she stay 6 months with him first?

What do you mean when you say she "has barely got her Green Card?" Has she immigrated to the US? Is all she have is an immigration visa and she is still in her home country?

A green card holder cannot file for a fiance visa, K1. Only a US citizen can petition for a fiance.

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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Jamaica
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I have a small case to inquire about. My friend has barely got her Green Card. She has been in a relationship with her man for a long time. Does her situation permit applying for a fiance visa or is it better for her to marry him? and if she happelyens to apply in her home country, must she stay 6 months with him first?

She barely got her green card = she just got her green card.

Your friend CannoT obtain a Fiance/K1 visa for her now man. Why? Because ONLY a US Citizen can request such a visa.

She WILL have to marry him.... No way around this sorry. She isn't required to live with him for six months how ever MUST show pooof that a relationship is in existence.

Based on the current visa cut off date (jan 2008) it will be approx. 3 years for him to get into the United States.


Current cut off date F2A - Current 

Brother's Journey (F2A) - PD Dec 30, 2010


Dec 30 2010 - Notice of Action 1 (NOA1)
May 12 2011 - Notice of Action 2 (NOA2)
May 23 2011 - NVC case # Assigned
Nov 17 2011 - COA / I-864 received
Nov 18 2011 - Sent COA
Apr 30 2012 - Pay AOS fee

Oct 15 2012 - Pay IV fee
Oct 25 2012 - Sent AOS/IV Package

Oct 29 2012 - Pkg Delivered
Dec 24 2012 - Case Complete

May 17 2013 - Interview-Approved

July 19 2013 - Enter the USA

"... Answer when you are called..."

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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Jamaica
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yes, what i mean she's won the DV Lottery. She lives in U.S. so she didn't get there through marriage.

Doesnt change anything once the status is changed from say TPS to LPR THEN she can marry right away....!


Current cut off date F2A - Current 

Brother's Journey (F2A) - PD Dec 30, 2010


Dec 30 2010 - Notice of Action 1 (NOA1)
May 12 2011 - Notice of Action 2 (NOA2)
May 23 2011 - NVC case # Assigned
Nov 17 2011 - COA / I-864 received
Nov 18 2011 - Sent COA
Apr 30 2012 - Pay AOS fee

Oct 15 2012 - Pay IV fee
Oct 25 2012 - Sent AOS/IV Package

Oct 29 2012 - Pkg Delivered
Dec 24 2012 - Case Complete

May 17 2013 - Interview-Approved

July 19 2013 - Enter the USA

"... Answer when you are called..."

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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Jamaica
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but what's best way to apply after marriage? consular or from the states? which is the quickest?

She has to be a us citizen and meet strict residency requirements for this to be possible. Also- the consular section should also offer this service (dcf).


Current cut off date F2A - Current 

Brother's Journey (F2A) - PD Dec 30, 2010


Dec 30 2010 - Notice of Action 1 (NOA1)
May 12 2011 - Notice of Action 2 (NOA2)
May 23 2011 - NVC case # Assigned
Nov 17 2011 - COA / I-864 received
Nov 18 2011 - Sent COA
Apr 30 2012 - Pay AOS fee

Oct 15 2012 - Pay IV fee
Oct 25 2012 - Sent AOS/IV Package

Oct 29 2012 - Pkg Delivered
Dec 24 2012 - Case Complete

May 17 2013 - Interview-Approved

July 19 2013 - Enter the USA

"... Answer when you are called..."

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Looks all of these answers touch the subject but may be confusing. Let me try to tie them up into one nice package.

A lawful permanent resident, which is a Green Card holder, can only petition for a spouse, which in her case would be a husband, or a minor child. She cannot petition for a fiance. In order to petition for a fiance, she would have to be a US citizen. The earliest she can become a US citizen is exactly 5 years after becoming a resident. The exact date is in front of her Green Card where it says: Resident since/ xx/xx/201x.

She could marry her fiance, either in his country or any other country on planet Earth, or, in case her finance has a visa to the US, they even could get married right here in the Land of the Brave and Free.

After they got married, your friend files an I-130 petition, which is a "petition for an alien relative" from the US of A.

Once that petition has been approved, it will be send to the National Visa Center (NVC). These folks take a bit of time and then will eventually contact her to provide an Affidavit of Support via form I-864, basically showing that her income is sufficient to support her foreign husband. Once that's taken care of, her petition will be put into a big ice box and will sleep until her Priority Date becomes available. That will be a few years. Once the PD becomes current, the petition will be send to the US consulate in her husband's country of residence. Basically that's an okay for her husband to apply for an IR-1 visa.

Once the paperwork is done, an interview has taken place, and the fees have been paid, her husband will receive an IR-1 immigrant visa which he will use to travel to the USA. The moment he is "admitted" to the US (arrives there), he will have the status of a LPR, as your friend has it now.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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3 totally off topic posts have been split off and made into their own thread here: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/294181-citizenship-oath-what-does-it-really-mean/

This thread now closed at the OPs request.


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