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How late can i-130 be filed?

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  • How late can i-130 be filed?

    I'm currently on my H1-B and I got married to a US citizen last week and I would like to apply for marriage based green card in the future. Is there a time frame within which the application has to be filed? Is it ok if we start the process after 6-7 months?

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    You can apply whenever you want.

    Some people wait so the process is finished after being married for 2 years, that way they get a 10-year green card instead of a conditional 2-year green card.
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