Before answering the question, I would need to know if he came in legally or illegally?
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You can petition him as soon as you are married. What needs to be done depends on how he entered the US.
You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts, advise you, and handle the case. You can find one through http://www.ailalawyer.com.
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The main question that needs to be answered here is how did your boyfriend enter the U.S.? (did he enter without inspection by an immigration officer?; did overstay his visa?) That, along with other relevant factors, will be determinative of the course of action to follow towards achieving the goal of permanent residency.