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Fire Thread Its complicated: B1 marrying green card holder, and applying for match this year!

Okay so can someone with good visa knowledge solve this for me?
I'm an IMG, with B1 visa, valid till 2017. I'm applying for the match this year. I''m engaged to a guy who is a green card holder, stil has 2-3 years to get a citizenship (This is a total family pressure, I'm not into the guy to give up things for).
So, I'm getting married in January 2016.
I want to ask, once I apply for green card too, what happens to my B1? And then will I be able to get sponsored a J1 once I get matched? What are my options, how do I deal with this situation?
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I would like to know the same thing. As far as i have found out you wont be eligible for J1 if u apply for GC. If u apply for GC i dont even know if u r allowed to legally stay in US till ur GC actually is issued which can take upto 3 years. That means u may have to wait out the period in ur home country. I think u can apply for H1b visa if ur GC is in processing. So giving step 3 and being eligible for it is one option. EAD is not an option because unlike citizen sponsoring spouse you donot get GC so easily. U'l likely get EAD towards the end of ur 3 years GC processing. In my opinion if u are really dedicated to starting residency early u should not apply for GC and try ur luck with J1 and H1b. But thats just my opinion. If anyone else can shed light on this topic it'l be great.

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I would like to know the same thing. As far as i have found out you wont be eligible for J1 if u apply for GC. If u apply for GC i dont even know if u r allowed to legally stay in US till ur GC actually is issued which can take upto 3 years. That means u may have to wait out the period in ur home country. I think u can apply for H1b visa if ur GC is in processing. So giving step 3 and being eligible for it is one option. EAD is not an option because unlike citizen sponsoring spouse you donot get GC so easily. U'l likely get EAD towards the end of ur 3 years GC processing. In my opinion if u are really dedicated to starting residency early u should not apply for GC and try ur luck with J1 and H1b. But thats just my opinion. If anyone else can shed light on this topic it'l be great.
Please do correct me if I am wrong but I want to clear something. I did some research and found out the following:

If a US citizen guy applies for a a nonUS girl on a B1 visa currently residing in the US too, she can easily get an EAD within 3 months max. This basically means if she gets married to the guy in say November 2015, she will get the EAD by Feb 2016 max (unless there is a grave error in the application). And since she is eligible to apply for residency on an EAD, she can apply this Sept 15 as an IMG applicant WITHOUT visa requirement.

Please correct me if this is wrong?
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That is probably applicable if you marry a US citizen. However this does not apply to green card holders.
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If you marry a citizen you'll get your EAD within 3 months. I'm not sure if it's different if you marry a green card holder.
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Thanks Volkmann and Brain15. As far as a GC holder applying for someone is concerned, my research tells me it will take much, much longer.
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Hi,

The B1 visa person marrying the GC person, I am assuming you marry in your home country. The GC holder then applies for spouse visa for you but it could very well take 3- 4 years. So if you are applying for the match you would need the program to sponsor the visa for you. Then when your spouse becomes a citizen you can easily become a GC holder.

Unfortunately spouse having GC is the worst situation to be in with regards to immigration.
so your option is to apply for residency programs and hope they sponsor you.

Good luck!
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