Can I get a green card by marrying my girlfriend who will become an American citizen?

I’m Italian but live in the U.S. I came to America because my girlfriend lives here and after 4 years of being in our relationship, I decided to reach her in America. In July, we will be married. My visa has expired for 6 months, and she will become an American citizen in october, after 5 years of green card. It will be possible for me to get a green card through marriage? If yes, how long time will be necessary?

Asked on May 14, 2016 under Immigration Law, Connecticut

Answers:

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Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

As long as you entered the US lawfully and can prove that lawful entry 4 years ago and you are lawfully married and the marriage is bona fide, if your spouse is a US citizen will be able to petition for you and at the same time you will be able to apply for adjustment of status.  The process should take about 4-6 months and you will not need to leave the US.


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