I met a person from jamaica who has green card but not yet american citizenship, he have to wait 4 years to apply for it. I have tourist visa that will expire soon so my quesion is, if i will married him before or after my non immmigrant status will expire i would be able to benefit of his status thow he is not an american citizen yet? And the marriage is real so we want to do this even if i will have status benefits or not
If you marry him and he sponsors you, the line will be at least 2 years long. You will probably have to wait in abroad until your number comes up.
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You could marry him and he could petition for you to obtain yoru permanent residency but this will only give you a place in line (several years to wait) and woudl not allow you to remain in the U.S. Depending on when he is eligible for U.S. citzizenship it might make more sense to look at other nonimmigrant options before you marry. Or marry and then return home to wait until he becomes a U.S. citizenship or your Priority Date is current.
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
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