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How long does it take to get a I-130 approved?

Rochester, MN |

I submitted an I-130 for my husband in February 2013, and wondering when it will be approved. I'm a US citizen, and been married for over 5 years.

Attorney Answers 5


  1. 4-6 months. On average. For straightforward cases.


  2. I assume you filed a free-standing I-130 due to the fact that he is either not in the US, or is in the US without having entered lawfully.

    Otherwise, if he is here and last entered lawfully, you may have made a mistake.

    4-6 months is normal for a free-standing I-130. But, that's when the SLOW process begins ... again assuming you're required to process at a US Consul outside of the US.

    Consulting with an attorney would be a wise move on your part. Many of us consult by phone/Skype.

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  3. I agree. 4-6 months.

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  4. I agree with my colleagues. You should have an approved I-130 in a few months, but the process will not end there.


  5. Estimated processing times are as posted on the USCIS website.

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