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From my experience, it could take up to a year. The Immigration process is slow now due to post 9/11. This includes waiting on a work permit. Always keep contact with them and make sure they don't make mistakes. It is possible because they have to many immigration issues to process.

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Q: How long would it take for an illegal alien to get a work permit after getting married to a greencard holder?
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Can an illegal alien get married to a green card holder and get a status?

They will be just married to the card holder; that will not help the illegal in any way, and could have a bearing on whether the card holder can get citizenship (assisting a person they know to be committing a crime, for example).

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What happens if a person with a green card marries someone with a student visa?

As a US resident(a.k.a. LPR -Legal Permanent Resident), you can sponsor him as your spouse. But for the student to get greencard as a spouse of LPR, it will take 4 to 5 years. Contact an immigration attorney, and have him or her file a petition. And then wait. While waiting, the student MUST stay as a student, or change visa and stay valid. The student must keep a valid visa status while waiting. If the student wants to stay as a student, he or she must keep on studying. If graduation nears, he or she needs to change visa. No matter what happens, keep the valid status. Once the student becomes illegal, by not going to school, or not having changed visa before graduation, he or she cannot get greencard, even if the time comes. That is, unless the greencard holder(LPR), becomes a citizen. If LPR becomes the citizen, then everything changes. A US citizen's spouse doesn't have a waiting period. Also even if citizen's spouse over-stayed his or her visa, that's no problem, if LPR spouse becomes citizen. As soon as LPR spouse becomes the citizen, the student can get greencard, even if he or she over-stayed. If the student leaves US and comes back illegally by crossing border without inspection, all is lost. Even if married to US citizen, illegall entry will get you deported. So, you can get married now, and file a petition for the student as a spouse of LPR. If the LPR spouse doesn't get citizenship, you have to wait 4-5 years and during that time, the student must keep a valid visa, student or otherwise. For the LPR to get a citizenship, he or she must have stayed in US for the past 5 years, and no crimes. If the LPR has a foreign trip longer than 6 months, 5 year counts from the end of the trip. It does not matter whether the LPR(greencard holder) had greencard for 20 years or 20 days, if she or he goes to Greece from September 2005 to April 2006, 5 year counts from April 2006 when he or she comes back to US. If the greencard holder stays in US without long foreign trip, only in 2011, the greencard holder can apply for a citizenship. As soon as getting a citizenship, file a new petition and get greencard for the student. Or get married, file a case and student can quit school. Mostly people quit school for financial reasons. But this is very risky. A lot of people quit school, thinking that when the greencard holder gets citizenship, everything will be okay. But it's not a good idea. First, it takes time for greencard holder to get a citizenship (depends on individuals, 1-6 years). Second, the greencard holder may not pass the citizenship test or have reasons for not getting citizenship, sush as crime he or she didn't think much about. Third, you can break up, leaving the ex-student illegal. For all these reasons, it's good idea to get married, file a petition, keep a valid visa status. In the mean time, if the greencard holder gets a citizenship, good. Refile the case, and get greencard sooner for the student. If the greencard holder has not left US for the past 5 years, and have no criminal record, file a petition for citizenship now. It will only take about 9 to 18 months to get it depends on where you live. If that's the case, get married now, file for citizenship ASAP, keep the student status, and file for greencard for the student when the greencard holder becomes a citizen. If you are sure that greencard holder can pass the citizenship test without problems, then you don't have to file for the student twice, just file for the student when the greencard holder becomes a citizen. Of course if he or she doesn't get citizenship, you would have wasted one year for nothing and file it as greencard holder's spouse and awit for 4-5 years. One thing you should remember. Having filed a petition as a spouse of a greencard holder does not mean that you don't need a visa. You must keep the student status, or other long term visa status, until you get the greencard. That's 5 years. Keep valid visa status at least until you get Employment Authorization Document. You can get it after your number is up in about 5 years. At any rate, you will need an immigration attorney. So seek an advise from an immigration attorney. Many offer 15-30 minute free consultation. I would personally seek an immigration attorney who is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Do a few free consultations and shop around. Then you will get an idea who's good.

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No. It will take many years. Spouses of greencard-holders do not automatically have a visa number available. They have to be put on a waiting list.

If you to tour in Dubai UAE and you are greencard holder do you need a visa in Dubai?

Yes, you do need a visa even if you are a greencard holder. At the same time, it is quite easy to get a visa for Dubai. You can go through any of the hotels (requires at least one night stay there) or through Emirates. Hope this helps.

As a green card holder do you need a passport to travel to the usa without a Jamaican passport?

If you are a legal permanent resident of the US ("greencard holder") and wish to travel to Puerto Rico, you must carry the greencard in order to board the return flight from PR to the mainland US. A passport is not necessary. A greencard is not required to enter PR, but is required to return to the mainland US. Immigration officials check for the greencard before you are allowed on the plane for the return flight. There is no need to carry a passport. Some people suggest that a driver's license is all that you need - not true for permanent residents. Take your greencard!

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If you marry an illegal immigrant and have children can you lose benefits such as Medicare and food stamps?

No, in fact, the illegal alien becomes legal. Anyone who marries an American citizen OR green card holder will become legal. No questions asked. If you receive government benefits, marrying an illegal alien will not stop that. The illegal alien himself cannot receive those benefits but his US citizen spouse and/or US citizen children can as long as they qualify. This could hurt the process of getting him his greencard in the future, however, since the US citizen spouse has to prove that she can support the alien. If she has been on welfare, she obviously hasn't been supporting him and this could make it so he can't get his greencard. Do not use government benefits unless they are absolutely necessary to feed your children. Try to maintain your family on your own. When I married my husband they told me I had to sign papers that my family would not be eligible for food stamps. I I think it is an attempt to keep families from working the system which I completely agree with and I was actually quite happy that the government was doing something about the people coming here just to live off the money that we work so hard for.

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You do not need a transit visa, if you do not go out of the airport to see London or change airports at London.

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For Mexico if you travel further than the border cities you need to get a visa and they will stamp your passport

If one is a green card holder and marries an illegal alien does this make it harder for the green card holder to later apply for US citizenship?

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