How soon can I get Residency and how long do I have to leave the country?

Asked over 1 year ago - Redondo Beach, CA

I came illegal but I've never had any problems with immigration. I'm married to a Citizen and we started our paper work in november 2012 and was wondering, since things in immigration are changing, by the time I have to leave my country how long should I have to leave? I have a 3 weeks old baby now and Im afraid to have to take her to my country El Salvador and have to leave my husband ( who doesn't speak spanish) for a long time.

Attorney answers (4)

  1. J Charles Ferrari

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . Depends on how long it takes you to get an approved I-130, obtain the provisional waiver, make travel plans, do the medical exam, and get an immigrant visa appointment in that order.

    You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer, whether myself or one of my colleagues, to review all the facts, advise you, and handle the case.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more
  2. Inara Khashmati


    Contributor Level 13


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . Please speak to an attorney in person. You matter is rather complicated and one will need more information to give you proper advice. Good Luck!

  3. Samuel Patrick Ouya Maina

    Contributor Level 19

    Answered . If you have the assistance of an attorney you may only be abroad for a few days at the most.

    Samuel Ouya Maina, Esq. 415.391.6612 Law Offices of S. Ouya Maina, PC 332 Pine Street,... more
  4. Veronica Tunitsky

    Contributor Level 18


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . Hopefully you qualify for the provisonal waiver and will only have to remain abroad for a short while. Your chances of having that outcome would be strengthened if you work with an attorney experienced in waivers.

    Feel free to visit my site for more information;

    The information offered is general in nature and not meant to be relied upon as legal advice. Please consult an... more

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask a Lawyer

Get free answers from experienced attorneys.


Ask now

22,733 answers this week

2,628 attorneys answering

Ask a Lawyer

Get answers from top-rated lawyers.

  • It's FREE
  • It's easy
  • It's anonymous

22,733 answers this week

2,628 attorneys answering