How long does the process take for a green card holder to sponsor a new spouse who is in India?


A GC holder generally can file an I-130 petition in the family-based, second preference “A” category for a spouse. The timing of this process depends upon the priority date movement. The case cannot be finalized until the PD is current. If the category wasn’t backlogged, the paperwork processing time would typically take 10-12 months or so. Add extra time based on the visa bulletin cutoff date in this category. (17.Aug.2015)

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