I am currently a Legal Permanent Resident. I am aware that a legal permanent resident can petition to bring over their spouse/get them a green card. I know that I have to file the I-130 form. Now, what else will be needed after this? If it makes any difference, my husband is Zambian by birth, though is a legal permanent resident in the UK.
How long will the total process take before my husband can get his green card and come to America to be with me.
Please get back to me as soon as possible on this.
Kindest Regards :)
Priority dates are changed every month, so it is hard to predict exactly how long it will take. Presently, the category for spouses of lawful permanent residents is currently at October 8, 2011. This means that only those individuals who started their case on or prior to that date are just now eligible to apply for the last step in green card processing, which is called an Adjustment of Status if the beneficiary is in the United States, or Immigrant Visa Processing if the beneficiary is outside of the United States.
Therefore, roughly, you are looking at about 2 years, beginning to end, give or take a couple of months in either direction. If you qualify for Naturalization, you should apply as this will significantly shorten the wait for your husband.
Nothing urgent here. It will take however long it takes for either you to become a US citizen, or for his priority date to become current, plus processing time.
However long it takes for the priority date to become current. The movement of priority dates cannot be predicted.
For the latest visa bulletin see http://www.engnishimura.com/priority-dates/current
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