You can sponsor your husband to get his green card as soon as you get your NATZ. The expiration of his visa may not be an issue. However, before you count on this I suggest you invest in a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney.
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ISince you are a permanent resident you should file for your spouse right this month as the priority dates are current and he may file for adjustment. This may change in September so do wait.
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I would not change his status to J-1 without consulting with an immigration attorney especially if he is married to a LPR who is going to be a USC and most likely going to sponsor him in the future because of the dual intent issue.
While you could certainly file for a change of status the best thing to do is to file for his residency. You can wait until January after you naturalize. Your husband will be out of status for a few months but that is not an obstacle when married to a US citizen.
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I agree with my colleagues, especially Mr. Brown ... FILE TODAY ... there is no waiting list for FB-2A
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As a broad generalization, because F-2A category is open during August, you are now eligible to file for him and should file now. When you Naturalize in January, the petition can be upgraded. The key is that your husband will be in an authorized period of stay. Absolutely do not let your husband go out of status if it can be prevented. Go over all of this with an attorney, including possible drawbacks of the J-1.
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