MY FRIEND IS MARRIED TO A PERMANENT RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. HIS WIFE JUST SUBMITTED THE I-130 AND RECEIVED THE APPROVAL NOTICE. HOW LONG WILL THE WHOLE PROCESS TAKE CONSIDERING THAT SHE IS ONLY RESIDENT AND NOT CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES?
IT will take several years, unless the permanent resident can become a citizen sooner than that. consulting with an immigration lawyer to make sure you are filing the right forms and check eligibility is a good idea.
The priority will become current in about 2.5 years from filing of I-130 depending on country of origin.