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My wife (American Born Citizen) and I (Canadian born citizen) have been planning on filing K3 or IR-1 after my next visit in september. We got some info about F2A today, and how it is current and allows spouses of US LPR's to get a visa immediately.

I can't seem to tell if we would qualify for that, or if it's only for family members of those who have immigrated themselves.

As a long time lurker on these forums i thought i'd be able to get a quick answer instead of continuing to bust my brain searching the internet far and wide.


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F2A is for spouses and children of Legal Permanent Residents (aka green card holders). Your wife is a USC and as such F2A is not available for her. It is not instantaneous and beneficiaries DO NOT get a visa immediately. They usually have to wait for over a year for their I-130 to be approved and then some more months before a visa number is available (total wait time up to 3 years).

Forget about K3 - that visa is obsolete and rarely obtainable after 2006.

File I-130 and expect to be able to immigrate in around 10-12 months time.

Here's the guide for you: http://www.visajourney.com/content/i130guide1

Removal of Conditions Journey

3/3/2009 - Removal of conditions - sent off packet to CSC

3/5/2009 - I-751 received in CSC

3/9/2009 - Check cashed

3/20/2009 - Biometrics notice received (no NOA1)

4/2/2009 - Biometrics

4/9/2009 - NOA1 date (first undelivered one is 3/5)

4/3/2009 - Touch?

5/6/2009 - ROC Approval - 65 days

6/22/2009 - CRIS Card production ordered email

7/7/2009 - GC arrived!

Naturalization Journey

3/03/2010 N400 sent to Arizona Lockbox

3/15/2010 Check cashed

3/17/2010 NOA1

3/18/2010 - Biometrics notice sent

3/26/2010 Early biometrics done at an ASC different from the one assigned to (Original BIO date was 4/15)

4/30/2010 Yellow letter received and info from USCIS mil line they are working on my interview letter (6/17 appt)

5/1/2010 Text and email interview letter sen

5/6/2010 Interview letter received - scheduled for 6/17/2010 at 10:05am

6/17/2010 Interview appointment - PASSED

6/29/2010 US Citizen

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Every immigrant petition is 2 parts. The petitioner submits the papers and they validate that you meet the requirements for filing. I130 take about a year normally Part 2 is the visa issuance. Here there are different lines depending on USC petition vs LPR For spouses of USC the petition is immediately acted on , LPR's have a limited number of visas so they have a que, however at this rare moment it seems to be a rainy day at the que and the wait is 0 days instead of the normal 2-3 years. So for the moment LPR spouses are also immediately processed once the petiton is approved.

This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this.

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