I applied for a green card in April 2012 , as my wife is American , but I have not received any communication from the NVC since I paid my affidavit of support fee in July . I have not sent in any AOS forms , but fear that I should have done this . . I have applied for medical residencies , and I might land a job within the next month ( start - up in June 2013 ) . Through this I would be eligible to apply for a J - 1 visa , and I am therefore wondering if I can apply for that while my green card application is being processed . Or should I try to speed up the green card process ? I read somewhere that I have to end my green card application before I apply for a J - 1 visa . .