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Lee2:
For those thinking about bringing a spouse or relatives to the US, thought you should know.

--- Quote ---The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency charged with handling immigrant applications, said in a statement the proceeds will help cover detecting fraud, processing cases and a range of other administrative costs, in what USCIS called a "weighted average" price hike of 21 percent. http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/23/immigration-fees-jump-for-the-first-time-since-2010-making-it-tougher-for-would-be-americans.html
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JoeLP:
Wonder if it will affect those military members who use the setup through their system to get spouses American Citizenship.  Only one of my ex's sisters went through the process of becoming an American Citizen and that was because she was married to a member of the USAF and it was free.  Also it was expedited.  She went through the whole process in 2 or 3 years and it was mostly covered by the USAF. 

bigrod:

--- Quote from: JoeLP on February 17, 2018, 08:58:05 AM ---Wonder if it will affect those military members who use the setup through their system to get spouses American Citizenship.  Only one of my ex's sisters went through the process of becoming an American Citizen and that was because she was married to a member of the USAF and it was free.  Also it was expedited.  She went through the whole process in 2 or 3 years and it was mostly covered by the USAF.

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Yes the process can be 2-3 years for spouses of Active Duty military, but normally is utilized to grant the citizenship of the spouse so they can accompany the military member on an overseas assignment.  Much easier traveling on the US passport than a foreign passport.

In the early 80s a group of us military guys and are foreign wives were taking a tour from our base in Germany by bus.  Germany/Switzerland/ Lichtenstein/Austria/Italy a couple of the wives had foreign passports and was a big hassle trying to cross one of the borders, if they had US passports it would have been no problem.

Chuck

UNGGOY:

--- Quote from: bigrod on February 17, 2018, 09:24:28 AM ---Yes the process can be 2-3 years for spouses of Active Duty military, but normally is utilized to grant the citizenship of the spouse so they can accompany the military member on an overseas assignment.  Much easier traveling on the US passport than a foreign passport.

In the early 80s a group of us military guys and are foreign wives were taking a tour from our base in Germany by bus.  Germany/Switzerland/ Lichtenstein/Austria/Italy a couple of the wives had foreign passports and was a big hassle trying to cross one of the borders, if they had US passports it would have been no problem.

Chuck

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It is 3 years for a spouse of any USC.

bigrod:

--- Quote from: UNGGOY on February 17, 2018, 09:35:13 AM ---It is 3 years for a spouse of any USC.

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Yes USC spouse can apply at 3 years.  My point was Military spouses can get it prior to 3 years.

Chuck

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