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How can I take my child (16yrs) to the U.S if my immigrant visa is approved? My husband, a US citizen, filled out form I 130 for me and mentioned this child as migrating in future.
Just petition using a I-130 yourself. Read the instructions very carefully. I am not sure but it’s possible that the affidavit of support will need to be filled by your husband since he is the citizen and he filled one for you - again, check the instructions very carefully. It should be a pretty clear, straightforward process.Your child is still well below the age limit and should be fine. If there are any problems, do the same thing you did with your own process - use the numbers you are given to check on the process and if you see it stuck call to make sure they have everything they need early.It is my understanding that the age limit of the child is based on the petition date, so go ahead and do it.You still have plenty of time at 16, just don’t delay.
How do I go about getting my husband a spousal visa in the US? He is British and I am American. Also, where do I even go to start that process?
It’s a while since I went though this myself but the process doesn’t seem to have changed a lot in the intervening yearsAs you are US citizen you can file a petition to have your husband join you or accompany you if you are both outside the US.If you are in the USA and your husband is in the UK then you need to file from I–130 with CIS, you can download the form along with the instructions and some other forms here - Petition for Alien Relative. You need to fill out and mail the form to a Chicago address with the appropriate supporting documents and fees.If you are both in the UK you should file the forms and documents and fees with the CIS London field office (details are here: - United Kingdom - USCIS London Field Office).Either way the rest of the process is described here - Consular Processing. What happens now is a lot of waiting - the process from filing to issuing an immigrant visa seems to take somewhere between nine months and year.If you are both in the USA now - if he is visiting for example - then you need to file form I-485, which is an application for adjustment of status when you send in the I–130. There may still be quite a long wait before he is finally approved but he may be issued employment authorisation documents (EAD) while you are waiting, which will let him get a social security number and find work.From memory this process involved a trip to the local office about two months after filing for some preliminary processing and interview (which seemed simply to confirm that this was a genuine marriage and not one intended to get around immigration rules). After the interview I was issued the EAD and then about seven months later returned for a further slightly more detailed interview and the green card was issued after that trip. The interview doesn't need to be scary but is necessary - both officers that I dealt with were extremely professional and very pleasantNow my situation may not be fully representative, the fact of having lived with my wife in the UK for some years before coming to the US might have meant that the questioning about our marriage was less intrusive and intense than it might have been if we had only just got married, or if we had come from a community where there is perhaps a perceived history of sham marriages.
Do I receive an adjustment of status I-485 priority date when filing the I-130, or once it's approved?
The “priority date” for determining whether a visa number is available for a family-based petition is the date the I-130 was filed.
How much time does it take to get an I-130 approved for Bangladeshi citizens who got married to a US GC holder and are living in the USA and maintaining a legal status?
The approval process varies depending on workload. Find an expert immigration lawyer and ask what current processing times are. You can cheaply and quickly find one by looking up companies who use them regularly and asking who they use. This is how my wife and I found our own lawyer. She was interviewing for a medical residency and when I could I would give her a ride. Three NYC programs in a row all named the same lawyer as the one they used when I asked. So we went to him and he did a very good job.When you file your I-130 seeking an adjustment of status, if you can afford to, file for an advance parole at the same time. If tragedy strikes and you have to go home for a funeral, having one of those already should allow you to leave and return when under normal circumstances, you would have a very difficult legal situation and just no time to get everything done absent extraordinary circumstances.
How long would I-485 and I-130 take to be processed and approved?
From the time you mailed your application to the day you receive your permanent residence, generally it could be around 8–14 months! Every case is different though.Here’s a basic timeline to give you an idea: DIY I-485 Adjustment of Status (2019 February)
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