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Getting married as a Permanent Resident in the US?

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Hi everyone. Just needed some advice and hope someone can help.

 

I recently became a US permanent resident in the ending of October this year and am now residing in Florida. I'm a Canadian born citizen. 

 

I've been in a long distance relationship with my partner for 5 years now. He currently lives in Brazil. We had planned on applying for a K1 fiancé visa when he graduated in 2020, however I will not be a citizen by then and we do not want to wait an extra 5 years just to start our application.

 

Our only option is to get married and then apply for the IR1/CR1 visa. However, I'm unsure of where and how we should go about it. 

Would we encounter issues with our application if we were to get married somewhere in the US and then file our IR1/CR1? Where would be the best country for us to get married in?

I know there is a lot of visa fraud so I'm afraid of us getting denied because of this hastiness.

 

He plans on going back to his home country after our marriage (which will most likely take place late 2019) to continue his degree and he will live there until his visa is approved.

 

Would this be the best plan of action or do we have any other options? We would really like to get the application started as soon as possible. Money isn't an issue more so we just want this process to go as fast as possible so we can finally be together.

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Would not be a CR1 as you are not a USC but LPR's can sponsor spouses.

 

Where you marry does not matter. 

 

Takes 2 years or so, sounds like you need to get a move on for it to work for 2020. More likely 2021.


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3 minutes ago, Boiler said:

Would not be a CR1 as you are not a USC but LPR's can sponsor spouses.

 

Where you marry does not matter. 

 

Takes 2 years or so, sounds like you need to get a move on for it to work for 2020. More likely 2021.

So would the visa we apply for be the IR1? I thought LPR could apply for the CR1 conditional visa as well since we won't be married for at least 2 years like they require.

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F2A category for spouses of LPRs and it takes about two years.


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If you marry and then wait until you are a USC then and have been married 2 years yes it would be a IR1.


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15 hours ago, nadiah27 said:

Would this be the best plan of action or do we have any other options? We would really like to get the application started as soon as possible. Money isn't an issue more so we just want this process to go as fast as possible so we can finally be together.

If you want to be together as fast as possible, get married in Las Vegas or anywhere in the world that has a quick process, then file for a Brazilian spousal visa (takes one or two months), and then move to Brazil to be together--you could do all of this in as little as two or three months from now and be living together by March of 2019.  You would eventually lose your LPR status in the US if you did this.  It just depends on how much you two really want to be together, and how serious you are about getting married quickly.  Two or three months vs. two or three years.  Your call but it's an option.  You said money was not an issue, and the cost of living is much lower in Brazil.  And you'll find out if your boyfriend really loves you, or just loves the idea of living in the USA.

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15 hours ago, EM_Vandaveer said:

F2A category for spouses of LPRs and it takes about two years

You can marry anywhere you want.  The US is ok. 

 

The sooner you marry the sooner the process starts.


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1 hour ago, carmel34 said:

And you'll find out if your boyfriend really loves you, or just loves the idea of living in the USA.

A bit rude to state something like this, but okay. Thanks for your advice.

21 minutes ago, Paul & Mary said:

You can marry anywhere you want.  The US is ok. 

 

The sooner you marry the sooner the process starts.

Thank you.

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11 minutes ago, Pinkrlion said:

I thought u had to be an LPR for a certain amount of time before u can file for a spouse?

Yes 5 years 


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OP can file immediately.


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12 minutes ago, Pinkrlion said:

I thought u had to be an LPR for a certain amount of time before u can file for a spouse?

 

Just now, little immigrant said:

Yes 5 years 

Not really. I think it only applies in certain situations, like if the LPR got their GC through marriage and then divorced, they can't petition a new spouse for 5 years I think. My husband petitioned for me just fine and he has been there less than 5 years.

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Just now, sherydenise said:

 

Not really. I think it only applies in certain situations, like if the LPR got their GC through marriage and then divorced, they can't petition a new spouse for 5 years I think. My husband petitioned for me just fine and he has been there less than 5 years.

This is what I thought as well. 

 

I received my LPR status from my mother so this wouldn't apply to me.

Thank you for your insight.

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