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Hello,

I am hoping I can get some advice from anyone who has been in a similar situation as me. A bit of background. I am a Canadian citizen.

I met my husband when we were children, my family had been visiting the US (from Canada) on visas doing volunteer work in Southern Cali, we travelled back and forth a few times. During that time I met my husband, we have pictures together when we were children etc.

Well, I left the US when I was 14 (1998), and did not return until 2009 when my husband and I met up for the first time since the last time I was in the USA. Well, sparks flew and we ended up falling in love instantly. I visited him a couple of times in WA. I had a job working as a painter in Vancouver, BC and business was slow in the winter because of the rainy weather, so I decided to go and visit him in his hometown in Southern California. I entered the USA in November 2009. Well, during that time till the present, despite preventive measures taken, I am now 4 and a half months pregnant with his child, and we got married in March, 2010. I also lost my painting job in canada due to my boss being fired by his boss. My husband works full time in NV so we have moved here and I am now trying to file for a green card but am entirely lost because there is so much information and I don't want to do anything wrong.

So far I have gathered, I need to file the I-130 form, wait for approval, then file for adjustment of status, although it will ask for the I-94. Problem is they did not stamp my passport when I entered the USA, as I drove down with my car. I did not have the intent to stay until I married my husband, something we took a few months to decide seeing as he will be able to support me here with his job and I have nothing substantial to go back to in Canada. Also being pregnant, he nor I wishes to travel far and be apart.

I am not sure, but i think I have 6 months or 180 days of visiting time, from the time I entered the USA on my passport November 16, which would leave me the month of May, which I am in currently.

Any advice would be helpful and much appreciated. Thanks!!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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Most ppl in your 'situation' file the I-130 with I-485, concurrently, in the same mailing package.

A Canadien has 180 days , unless is any stamp in passport stating otherwise (More time, or less time).

Study this -> http://www.visajourney.com/content/i130guide2


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Australia
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As Darnell said, file the i-130 and the I-485 together.

Congrats on starting the process, your marriage AND your bundle of joy :)

** moved from General Immigration Related Discussion to "Adjustment of Status from Work, Student, & Tourist Visas" as you are adjusting whilst in the US**

The people in the new forum are doing exactly what you're doing and several are from Canada with the same "no I-94 issue" so you can post any questions you have in there. Best of luck :)

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Filed: Timeline

As Darnell said, file the i-130 and the I-485 together.

Congrats on starting the process, your marriage AND your bundle of joy :)

** moved from General Immigration Related Discussion to "Adjustment of Status from Work, Student, & Tourist Visas" as you are adjusting whilst in the US**

The people in the new forum are doing exactly what you're doing and several are from Canada with the same "no I-94 issue" so you can post any questions you have in there. Best of luck :)

Thanks for the help!! :)

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