Can I bring my wife to the United States if I am a green card holder? 4 Answers as of January 20, 2011

I am a green card holder and my wife live in Africa; can the US Immigration allow me to send for my wife so we can live together in the United States to have family?

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William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law
William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law | William C. Gosnell
After two years of marriage file an I-130.
Answer Applies to: Tennessee
Replied: 1/20/2011
Nicastro Piscopo, APLC
Nicastro Piscopo, APLC | Louis M. Piscopo
You have to petition your wife by filing an I-130 petition. Since you are a legal permanent resident it will take 3 to 5 years for her to be able to immigrant to the U.S. If you were married at the time you got your Green Card you wife may qualify as a derivative beneficiary. If so, it would take 6-12 months for her to immigrant to the U.S.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/20/2011
Law Office of Immigration & International Trade Law
Law Office of Immigration & International Trade Law | Linda Liang
Yes, you can.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 1/20/2011
Hugo Florido ESQ.
Hugo Florido ESQ. | Hugo Florido
You can petition for her immediately as a resident .

Regrettably she is considered a 2nd preference and it would take several years for her to legal enter the U.S. Consult an attorney as there may be other options including apply for your citizenship.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 1/20/2011
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