As an Indian citizen, just wondering if its faster that I move to Denmark, stay for 9 years and get Danish citizenship. From there move to US on H1B and convert to green card.

This would be faster than waiting for the priority date for Indians

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    What's much of the point in moving to the US after living in Denmark for 9 years and becoming a citizen lol... Unless one gets some mega offer to earn tons of money one might as well stay in Scandinavia.
    – xji
    Commented Oct 22, 2018 at 21:04

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The priority date is based on the place of birth of the applicant (or spouse, if they're different and the queue for one is shorter than the other). Moving/acquiring citizenship in another country doesn't affect it. See the USCIS:

Chargeability is usually determined by country of birth. Exceptions are made to prevent the separation of family members when the limitation for the country of birth has been met.

  • Interesting.. (Not OP) does that mean if my 1 year younger brother was born in Dubai, it would be faster for him to go to US, get a green card and then sponsor me for a green card (me being an Indian born in India) compared to me applying for a GC by myself?
    – user762
    Commented Apr 5, 2015 at 10:31
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    @user762 you'll still get stuck in the line for family based petitions, but it will indeed be faster for your brother.
    – littleadv
    Commented Apr 5, 2015 at 18:48

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