I am an Indian woman, my marriage is arranged with a US Naturalised Citizen (NRI). What is the process for me to achieve a status and how soon can i move to my spouse.
Well there are two different ways. One involves a fiancé visa that once approved allows you to travel to the US where you get married and file all papers there. The other process involves filing papers after your marriage and while you wait in India for approval. Either process can take a year or two before completed.
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The process differs if you are in the US or outside of the US. Generally, once married your husband must file a family based petition on your behalf. That is but the first step. After that you are either adjusting status or applying for a visa. Please contact a US attorney for specifics in relation to your set of facts. If you are outside of the US you can have a Skype consultation with an attorney.
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If you are outside the U.S., your spouse files an I-130 visa petition for you. Ultimately it will be sent to India for you to get the visa and be admitted to the U.S. Takes about one year or more.
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3 lawyers agree
While arranged marriages are common among Indian couples, you face a unique challenge in proving good faith due to the short 'courting' period. Nevertheless, it is certainly doable with the help of an immigration attorney familiar with the issues. I highly suggest your fiancé, if he's in the US, contact an immigration attorney for a consultation. Best of luck!
Dhenu Savla, Esq.
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