I am a US citizen and my husband is an international medical graduate (MD/PhD) applying to US medical residency programs. These programs typically begin in July (one year away) and he has a pending I-130 application that was received 3 weeks ago. Our USCIS processing time (Nebraska) is estimated as 8-10.5 months, and then we have to do NVC. We would prefer that he has some work status before medical residency decisions (3rd week of March) so they consider him as a permanent resident not requiring a visa.
Is there another process that is quicker that we could apply to that would grant short-term work authorization while his I-130 is pending?
It sounds like your husband is outside of the United States. If that is the case, then realistically you're just going to have to wait out the processing time for the I-130 and consular processing. If he is here in the US, you'll want to meet with an immigration attorney to discuss whether or not he is eligible to file for adjustment of status.
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