my daughter married a canadian citizen 4 years ago. they own a business there and plan to move here at some point. how would you suggest they go about moving here?how does the process work / how long does it take etc? also is there a way for her to "own" the business and he works for her while they wait for approval? thanks
State/Country relating to question: Washington
Is your daughter a U.S. citizen?
Your daughter would begin by filing an I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for her husband. The I-130 would be accompanied by a number of other forms
These forms would include: I-1485, I-693, and G-325, among other forms. This is called a One-Stop. I suggest that you seek the help of an experienced attorney who will direct you as to the exact steps that must be taken.
This process should take anywhere between 9 months to one year, per my experience.
Once this process is complete, your son-in-law will have a Green Card.
As for the business route, they can set up a subsidiary or sister company in the U.S. and file an L-1 visa, i.e. inter-company employee transfer. What that means is that your son-in-law would be transferred to the U.S. in order to render his expertise to the newly created company. This is a much more arduous process than the One-Stop and, as always, I recommend that you seek the help of an experienced attorney.
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