I'd like to have a general idea from when I hand the application in to when I go for the interview an estimate of how long I will have to wait.
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Go to https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplay.do and scroll to the bottom of the page, to check current processing times. Keep in mind that these are only estimates and that the time to process your petition may be different. If you are filing I-485 along with the I-130 (when your spouse is already in the US), ask for advance parole (Form I-131), which will enable your spouse to travel abroad while the process is pending.
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I agree with my colleague. You should consult an experienced immigration attorney for this matter. You may schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer in your area, my firm is handling these matters in New York. If you would like free legal updates on these immigration issues you may sign up for our newsletter at http://www.shautsova.com .
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If the foreign national spouse entered the U.S. lawfully, is present in the U.S., and qualifies to adjust status here, then in Seattle it's currently about 3-4 months. If the spouse is in removal proceedings, or does not qualify to adjust status but needs to consular process, then it's a whole different ball game.
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