Hi. I am a PhD graduate from Iran and I was at Tennessee for one year as a visiting student. My girlfriend has recently got her green card and I am wondering if after our marriage can I apply for GC and got job at US or it is better to get some other kind of visa like F-1 or J-1?
It is very important for me to be able to work there with my academic degree .
Your GC holder wife can file an immigrant petition on your behalf under the F-2A family category, i.e. spouse of LPR. That will take approx. 1.5-2 year to process and have an immigrant visa number available for you, but the mere filing of it will not permit you to legally remain in the US or be able to work or study. You will need to have (and maintain) valid non-immigrant status (for instance J-1 scholar, internship, training) visa up until the date your "priority date" becomes "current" and your are able to apply for lawful US permanent residence. Unless your wife to be can quickly apply for US citizenship and obtain it within a few months (or will become eligible in a year or so). Then you wouldn't have to worry about maintaining valid NIV status.
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A green card through marriage to your permanent resident girlfriend is one option but it will likely take time. It will be faster if you obtain a J-1 visa to do a postdoc program or something similar in the U.S. This will allow you to work in your academic field. You may also qualify for a green card based on your PhD and this may be an additional option for you to immigrate to the U.S. (separate from a marriage case).
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