I am an LPR and got my green card in december 2010 and looking to get married. My understanding is that If I get married today,I will have to file in f2A category which is severly backlogged.But given the face that I would be able to apply for citizenship after 9 months,I can always upgrade my petition to IR1 category once I get my citizenship.MY question is,how long does it take for my wife to get her GC assuming her I130 has been approved when I apply for change in category
It really depends on the US consulate abroad. Once the I-130 has been approved (which could take from 3-6 months), the process generally takes about 4 to 6 months. When you petition for a family member, you need to deal with two government agencies (1) USCIS and (2) Department of State. USCIS and the National Visa Center (agency that prepares the documents for the US Consulate) sometimes take long and the process gets delayed if you don't file the proper documents. So, it really depends on how well you prepare the file and the agency workload.
First of all, the current priority dates are not severely backlogged. You are correct that after you naturalize, which in itself will take about just as long as the current priority dates, you can notify the NVC of your citizenship and your wife's priority date will be eliminated.
I am currently seeing I-130 processing times varying between 3 months to a year. Consular processing times depend on the local consulate, and vary widely.
In my experience the best way to speed up the approval of immigration petitions and applications is to have them submitted correctly and professionally. Make an appointment to discuss your case with a competent immigration attorney.
If your F2A I-130 petition is approved and the case is with the National Visa Center, once you complete your naturalization and notify the NVC of the upgrade of your I-130 to the immediate relative category, your spouse should receive the immigrant visa fee bills within a few months thereafter and once the fees are paid your spouse will submit her visa application and civil documents and you will submit your I-864. Right now it is taking the NVC 60 days to review these materials after receipt, and if all is acceptable the NVC will schedule a visa interview within another month or two (or more depending on the consulate).
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