you really should schedule a consultation to discuss your case with an attorney and then it would be highly recommended to retain an attorney to actually do all the paper work
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The green card process can take a very long time for some people, so consult with an attorney to see which category that you might adjust under. Then you will know how much time you will need. For most people, it takes about 5 years to adjust, so do not wait and prepare yourself with information.
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I believe you are misinformed regarding having a physical presence in the U.S. before an employer can start your GC process. Having said that speak to a competent attorney to see under which category you would qualify for permanent residency. The time frame largely depends on the category and the country of changeability.
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