I have entered US on family based immigrant visa issued by US Embassy in London 3 weeks ago and waiting for my Green card and SSN to arrive.
On entry my immigrant visa has been endorsed and I also received by post 2 I-797C welcome notice and Receipt notice.
I am planning to get married to my girl friend in UK in 10 days. My Question is should that endorsed immigrant visa be considered a green card or do I have to wait for green card and SSN to arrive before I can get married and file I 130.
You can marry and file an I-130 petition as soon as you get married.
(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
You are already a permanent resident, you can marry and file the I-130
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You can, and will want to, apply for the I-130 as soon as you are married.
However, as a greencard holder, there is going to be a significant wait time for a visa to be available. You may want to explore other options, such as employment based visas, for her to cover the next few years.
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