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  •  I don't understand (4.00)
    Did you get a K-1 before she immigrated to marry you? The background check should have been taken care of then.  My husband and I took less than a year (granted, this was pre-9/11) to get our K-1, but (after 9/11) it only took a couple of months to get his conditional permanent residency after we were married.  And the conversion to permanent residency (2 years after granting of conditional status) took well under a year, even though additional background checks were required. You might want to consult with an immigration attorney to find out why you're on hold.  Paperwork does sometimes get lost, and an attorney might be able to shake it loose.

    By the way, my husband immigrated from Canada, but don't assume that means he got any special breaks.  Our friends to the north have to go through the same hassles every other immigrant has to suffer.  

    •  Yes, that's the way my friend did it... (none)
      and after his fiance arrived, they got married.

      Then they filed for a change of status which made his fiance a conditional lawful permanent resident.  (The condition here is that the marriage must last two years and prove not to be a sham marriage...or something like that.)

      Conditional lawful permanent residents are allowed to work in the US and can obtain green cards without exception.

      Maybe the poster needs to clarify where/when he got married and what type of visa his spouse entered the US on?

      Immigration is a maze, and by friend did use an attorney to help smooth the bumps in the road.  His fiance came from Ireland.

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