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How long will it take for an illegal alien to get their green card if they marry a legal alien?

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2005-11-10 07:35:47
2005-11-10 07:35:47

I don't know for sure, but I think that it's harder and takes longer than if he/she married an actual US citizen.

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las Vegas or Mexico. Go for it. :)

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