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Filed: F-1 Visa Country: Brazil
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I am green card holder living in US.

I want to bring my girlfriend to live with me in US.

Is it better get marry? If yes in US (if it is possible) or at her home country?

Thanks


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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There is no fiancé visa for a greencard holder to sponsor a girlfriend or fiancé. You must be married. Whether you marry in the US or in her/your home country does not matter, but if she is able to get a visa and come to the US to marry you, since you have decided to bring her, she will have to return home to her country to wait. You are looking at about a two year wait to have her live with you, take or give a few months to a year. I believe you want to look up the requirements for an F2A visa, which I'm pretty sure is the spousal visa for a spouse of a permanent resident.


Met in 2010 on a forum for a mutual interest. Became friends.
2011: Realized we needed to evaluate our status as friends when we realized we were talking about raising children together.

2011/2012: Decided we were a couple sometime in, but no possibility of being together due to being same sex couple.

June 26, 2013: DOMA overturned. American married couples ALL have the same federal rights at last! We can be a family!

June-September, 2013: Discussion about being together begins.

November 13, 2013: Meet in person to see if this could work. It's perfect. We plan to elope to Boston, MA.

March 13, 2014 Married!

May 9, 2014: Petition mailed to USCIS

May 12, 2014: NOA1.
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November 18, 2014: NVC receives our case (22 days after NOA2)

December 17, 2014: NVC generates case number (50 days after NOA2)

December 19, 2014: Receive AOS bill, DS-261. Submit DS-261 (52 days after NOA2)

December 20, 2014: Pay AOS Fee

January 7, 2015: Receive, pay IV Fee

January 10, 2015: Complete DS-260

January 11, 2015: Send AOS package and Civil Documents
March 23, 2015: Case Complete at NVC. (70 days from when they received docs to CC)

May 6, 2015: Interview at Montréal APPROVED!

May 11, 2015: Visa in hand! One year less one day from NOA1.

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Hi,

As an LPR, you cannot petition for a fiancé, only for a spouse as mentioned above. The wait is about 2 to 3 years to receive the visa, although it may be a little less since the PD's seem to be moving a little faster.

Best way is for you to travel to Brazil or you both can travel to another country to get married. She may have a hard time getting a tourist visa approved so I would't risk $160 on that. I don't know if you're Brazilian also, but if you aren't you may also need a visa to enter Brazil.

Brazilians can travel to all of Europe, SA and I think Australia and many others without a visa so you can consider these countries as places to get married as well.

Edited by Ian H.

This does not constitute legal advice.

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