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I am us citizen i want to apply for immigration I-130 for my father in law. how long does it take to get him into usa?

Detroit, MI |

his age around 52 years, and married.

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Unfortunately, you are not eligible to file an I-130 for your father in law. You are only eligible to file for your father, mother, spouse, child, brother, or sister. In-laws, unfortunately, are not included.

Perhaps if your spouse is a US Citizen or permanent resident, your spouse could file. Or perhaps your father in law has another relative who might be able to file for him.

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I'm sorry. I misstated something. Your spouse would need to become a U.S. Citizen to become eligible to file for parents.


One cannot file an I-130 for one's father-in-law. However, your spouse can file an I-130 once your spouse has become a US citizen. It currently takes from 6 to 10 months until the beneficiary of an I-130 can travel to the US with an immigrant visa.


You cannot petition your father-in-law for a green card.


You cannot file for your father-in-law.

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Right. Only adult citizens can petition for their parents. Parents-in-law don't count. When your wife becomes a U.S. citizen, then she can petition for her father.

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