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A friend of mine lives in Miami as a permanent resident. His fiancé lives back in the Dominican Republic, where he is from. She is pregnant, and he wishes to reunite his family at some point in the future. What are his options, if any, for bringing her and their unborn child to Miami?
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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Thanks! Very appreciated!

As a permanent resident he cannot file for a fiance, but he can file for his spouse and child.

However once he naturalizes to US citizenship, he will be able to petition for her as either his fiance or as his spouse, and for his child as well.

The processing time for the spouse of a permanent redient is around 2 years.

Whereas the processing time for the spouse of a US citizen is around 1 year - 15 months.

The processing time for the fiance visa is between 3-6 months, and as you can see is the fastes processing option.

Your friend will have to calculate the length of time between now and his naturlization, and determine which option may be the fastest route for his family.

If he applies for her as his wife now, then naturalizes before her petition is approved, her preference category should automatically be transferred to the spouse of a US citizen (there are unlimited visas available for this category) and be processed sooner.

I hope that helps!

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