a dv selectee. I get married after visa interview.
I have get my green card.
The interview outrside of USA (US Embassy : Paris) : October 2014
Marriage : January 2015
Arrived in US : March 2015
Got a Green card : May 2015
End of Fiscal Year September 30 th 2015
My wife is still living in france.
I want to fill the following to join benefits for spouse As a permanent resident (green card holder)
Can I fill this form (i - 824 : following to join) ??
What may i submit ??
You should talk to an attorney.
Since most people do the DV on their own, I'd need to check the rules .. I seem to recall that, for the DV, the marriage needed to have occurred before the DV visa is put into the passport.
Thus, following-to-join may not be the best route here.
You would benefit from a Skype consultation before you spend the money on the wrong application.
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It is too late now to have your wife also apply for a DV-based "green card", since it looks to me that you two were married after your application for DV-based "immigrant visa" was approved. If that is true, then it is not "following to join", but a Form I-130 Immigrant petition with USCIS that you must file, which is the first step under the F-2A spouse of a green card holder visa category. There currently is about a year and a half wait for the F-2A category to process and have a visa number available. Wife will then need to apply for an immigrant visa in Paris, the same way you did. Seek to work with an experienced immigration lawyer for this one, for it will not be as "simple", nor short as your DV was.
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No you cannot do that. You can only bring derivatives at the time of the process of obtaining you immigrant visa. You can petition for the spouse and minor children like any other LPR.
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