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Hello.

I'm LPR recently married abroad to an Israeli citizen. I'm going back to US to file I-130 while he stays abroad for consular processing. I have few questions:

1.Realistically how long are we looking at before he comes to US with his GC packet?

2.Can he visit me in the meantime on a tourist visa that he already has?

3. If my US income is above 125% poverty guideline do we still need a co-sponsor for I-864?

I'm going to file I-130 in about a month.

Any and all insight is much appreciated.

Thank you.

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1 hour ago, Asaurus said:

Hello.

I'm LPR recently married abroad to an Israeli citizen. I'm going back to US to file I-130 while he stays abroad for consular processing. I have few questions:

1.Realistically how long are we looking at before he comes to US with his GC packet?

Probably around 2 plus years for the spouse of an LPR.

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2.Can he visit me in the meantime on a tourist visa that he already has?

Yes, he should have evidence of his ties back to Israel when he attempts to enter in case he is asked.  Shorter more frequent visits are usually better IMO.

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3. If my US income is above 125% poverty guideline do we still need a co-sponsor for I-864?

Hard to say, some folks from some countries are being requested to produce a co-sponsor even though they meet the guidelines.  A lot of that has to do with how close the petitioner might be to the minimum, but the CO can take into account other factors that are known only to them.  If you are comfortably above the guideline minimum, I would not worry too much at this point.

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I'm going to file I-130 in about a month.

Any and all insight is much appreciated.

Thank you.

Good Luck!

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4 hours ago, Asaurus said:

Thank you.

Visa bulletin states this category is current - what makes this process last so long? Is it time between filing I-130 and transferring it to NVC? Is there any way to expedite this process?

Processing time yes, and no re expedite.  Although historically processing has been around 2 years, since the category has been current I have seen a number of people reporting under a year processing time. Current estimated times at CSC 11-14 months, others are longer. So expect two years but it may be less if you are lucky. But ....Be aware that USCIS has been warning this category is expected to retrogress from being current at some stage (though it has been warning this for a while and it hasn’t happened yet).
 

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