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Passport Visa requirement after marrying a US citizen

One of my IMG friend who is a repeat applicant who is going to marry an American citizen next week is asking; will he need visa for residency for this year match??
Obviously he knows it takes 3 years to be eligible for citizenship, but as of now he shall move with his would be to US next week.
Please guide.
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Are you sure he can move next week?

I thought a green card took like 6 months (depending on where you're applying from), and therefore he WOULD need a visa.
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Marrying a US citizen doesnt automatically grant a green card.
Good he gets married, then the following happens...
He would have to apply and get all the forms and corresponding docs, financial support, police document from his country and all. Then pay the fees and apply. If its not complete, there'll be a delay. Then it goes into processing, fingerprinting, IV and all. It can take 3-6 mths, depending on everything at the very least. Thats assuming everything goes well, and he has all the document and evidence that they require, incl enough info showing an ongoing relationship (letters from fam/friends, joint bank statements, joint insurance info, bills and all of that), so they dont think he is applying just to get a green card. Sometimes it can take a year+ from date of submission to actually getting the green card approved.

He needs to do his own research, and not make assumptions.
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