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Hi all :)

I'm married to an American lady (who is an Australian permanent resident) and we're thinking of moving to the States permanently.

What are the hoops I need to jump through to achieve this? I don't intend to work there and will have more than sufficient means to support ourselves.

No criminal record etc etc.

Timelines? Checks? Pitfalls? Costs?

Any and all advice appreciated.

Thanks

Mike
 

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It'll take several months, and the process starts with her sponsoring you via a USCIS Form I-130. Australia doesn't have a USCIS office, so she needs to send that form to the USCIS lockbox in Chicago. When they send back an acknowledgement of receiving the I-130 she'd then sponsor you for a CR1 visa using form I-129F.

Those are the highlights, but there are multiple other threads explaining the process. Just do a quick search and you'll find several.
 
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