Applying for Consular Processing means that analien has reached the final step in getting his/her Green Card. Once the Consular Processing application is approved, the alien is able to gain permanent resident status in the United States. The primary advantage of Consular Processing is its speed in the adjudication process. The time frame for Consular Processing is on average between 5 to 13 months as opposed to the 1 to 2 years required to gain a Green Card through an Adjustment of Status.
(Updated 10/4/2012 by AG)
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