If you are a citizen, you can file for her I-130 and adjustment application once you get married. If you are a green card holder, you can still get married and file her 130. The entire process will take time to explain. Suggest you talk with an attorney to answer all your questions.
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First of all she will be applying for residency not citizenship. The fact that she has done everything legally will not speed up her processing except for the fact that she can adjust and will not require a waiver. Once you petitioner for her, after retaining an attorney, you file for work authorization which will take 90 days. Once she receives that she can keep on working. Also file a firm I-131 so that she can travel as well while the petition is being processed. Processing times can vary from 3-6 months.
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Assuming you are a U.S. Citizen, you can file for her green-card as an immediate relative YES. You can still file even if you are a green-card holder, but there are wait-times. She will get a GREEN-CARD not U.S. Citizenship. Consult with a experienced immigration lawyer to help you out.
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I agree with my colleagues.
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Preuming that you are a US citizen, you can petition for her to adjust status. This is a multistep process that requires documentation for your relationship and to file for her adjustment of status and an interview. Please get a full evaluation. I have handled many such cases.
Based on your stated mistaken beliefs the case requires an immigration attorney to ensure evrything is prepared and filed correctly.
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Assuming you are a U.S. citizen and assuming that you want her to continue to follow the law to a tee, then as your wedding gift to her hire an immigration lawyer to help her get her green card. She will get a 2 year green card based on her marriage to you, and this green card will need to ne renewed to get a 10 year green card.
You will changer her life by sponsoring her in good faith. I wish you the best of luck and a happy future together.
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I agree with my colleagues; your question shows a lot of misunderstandings of the immigration process. That is understandable as immigration law in general is very confusing. The process for petitioning for your spouse is a little more complicated and I highly suggest you contact an immigration attorney to help you out.
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