How long does it take for things to get proccessed also?
Need a lot more facts on your case. Where is the spouse? If in the US, is he/she here illegally? Legally? Do you have kids? The process involves filing a relative petition, establishing he/she is your spouse & either doing consular processing in spouse's home country or adjusting here (depending on facts). It can take between 6 months & 2 years again depending on the facts. You should see a lawyer.
In most cases the dependents of active military are expedited and in many cases may qualify for parole in place if the dependent entered the U.S. without documentation. We have handled many of these and woudl be happy to advise you.
Lynne R. Feldman, Attorney at Law
Concentrating in Immigration and Nationality Law
2221 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 201
San Diego, CA 92108
phone: (619) 299-9600, facsimile: (619) 923-3277
Formerly Adjunct Professor -- Immigration law
University of Illinois College of Law