How long does it take from arriving in the US on a L1 visa to getting a GC?

New harley
Dec 3, 2017 11 Comments

Recently accepted a job offer at Google in Europe and I'm considering transferring to MTV after some time.
I'm not too familiar with US immigration law (only been there on a J1) and Google's policies (yet) - realistically, how long would it take me from arriving in the US to receiving a Green Card? Does Google start the process right away? How long does it take to get everything approved and issued? I'm eligible for EB-2 if it matters.

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  • Oracle
    FreshRoast

    Oracle

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    FreshRoastmore
    US GC numerical limits are based on country of birth.
    Should take about 15-24 months from the point google starts the process unless you were born in India or China (which will cause very long or longish delay respectively.)
    EB2 depends on the wording of the job description of the position you joined. Many times job descriptions are framed with EB2 in mind, but you may want to make sure that is true in your case.
    Dec 3, 2017 0
  • Deutsche Bank LPeJ52
    If you are Indian / Chinese and cannot qualify for EB1 - INDEFINITELY LONG !!!

    All other cases 1-2 yrs
    Dec 3, 2017 1
    • Deutsche Bank LPeJ52
      This is the tragedy of US immigration
      Dec 3, 2017
  • Veritas / Eng
    UGtR67

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    It depends on your nationality. Anything other than India or China, chances of getting it is sooner compared to years and years of wait
    Dec 3, 2017 0
  • Google / Eng logn
    I've got mine after 7 months in the US. EB1 from O1.
    Dec 3, 2017 0
  • New harley
    OP
    Should have clarified: I'm a EU citizen so there shouldn't be any delay (hopefully, fingers crossed).
    Dec 3, 2017 2
    • Oracle
      FreshRoast

      Oracle

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      FreshRoastmore
      Btw citizenship does not matter, country of birth (of self and spouse) is applicable
      Dec 3, 2017
    • New harley
      OP
      Good to know but in my case country of birth and citizenship are the same :)
      Dec 3, 2017
  • Amazon dhfh646
    to begin with you can only get an l1 after you've been working for the company outside the US for more than a year.
    Dec 3, 2017 1
    • New harley
      OP
      > and I'm considering transferring to MTV after some time

      I know
      Dec 3, 2017
  • Deutsche Bank LPeJ52
    If you are Indian / Chinese and come on
    Dec 3, 2017 0