Hi Allan, my husband is a green card holder in the state of Virginia and will apply for U.S. citizenship in 2014. I live in Pakistan. Can he bring me to the USA through a marriage immigration visa?
Hi Allan, my husband is a green card holder in the state of Virginia and will apply for U.S. citizenship in 2014. I live in Pakistan. Can he bring me to the USA through a marriage immigration visa? Amber
Amber, Yes, your husband can petition to immigrate you to the U.S. even though he is not yet a U.S. citizen. However, there will be a 3 year hold placed on your case simply because he is not a U.S. citizen, only a green card holder. In addition, there is normal case processing separate and apart from the 3 year hold. The added delay for a green card holder is to limit what is called, “chain migration”.
In your case, you might wonder whether it makes sense for him to simply wait until he becomes a U.S. citizen to avoid the 3 year hold. The answer is, “No”. It is better to get things moving now and then upgrade your filings after he becomes a U.S. citizen. Let me explain.
Right now, normal marriage processing by a U.S. citizen immigrating a foreign spouse to the U.S. is currently taking approximately 1 year through the U.S. consulate in Islamabad. Timing is different at each U.S. consulate, but they all take many months to complete. Islamabad is slower than average.
By starting case processing now for you, we can partially process the spousal visa while he is waiting to apply for U.S. citizenship. Once he obtains it, we should be able to complete case processing through Islamabad in about 6 months (half the time). Overall, this is the quickest way to bring you to the U.S. When he applies for U.S. citizenship in 2014, then you should likely be able to complete marriage visa processing and arrive in the U.S. sometime in 2015 with good planning.
Please discuss with your husband and let me know if you would like assistance in coordinating your immigration to the U.S.