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I have tried reading everything I can find on the Internet and I am literally drained of all the information I've read and still not comprehending or feeling satisfied enough to proceed with filing.

I got married in February of 2015 to my husband who is a US citizen by birth. We are both hearing impaired and met online on a deaf community website. He found me years ago online but we lost contact with each other for several years until we finally found each other again and it was perfect, the distance between us meant nothing because we utilized all applications that allowed us to chat face to face and it worked for us until I started to travel to visit him in Las Vegas where he lives now on my tourist visa.

When we got married, we agreed I would travel back and forth for a month at a time as we both worked and we are finally at a place where I can relocate so that we can be together fully. I am here now and have been here for almost two months on my travel visa that expires in December and we are wondering what exactly we should do first. He would like to file for me now and have me stay here while everything is being processed as we just signed a new lease to rent a house.

We are under the impression that we should file the i130 and the i485 together since he wants me to stay here while everything is being processed. We are doing this alone and can't afford for any mistakes and would honestly like at least one person to try to understand and explain to us fully and clearly what we can do to ensure everything goes well.

Seeing that my visa travel expires in Decemver, should we file both of the above forms together? What are the risks that come along with filing them together and staying here while they are being processed. If this is not the best approach, what is?

I appreciate any and all help and thank you guys so much in advance.

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Yes, that is what you should do. Follow this guide: http://www.visajourney.com/content/i130guide2

You cannot leave until you get your temporary travel permission (Advance Parole, form I-131) or your case will be denied for abandonment. Good luck.

AOS for my husband
8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

5/23/12: Sent out package
2/06/13: APPROVED!

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Moved from K3 Process & Procedures to Adjustment of Status from Work, Student, & Tourist Visas forum.

Our journey:


September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*


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OP, the information provided by Harpa is correct. It's not really that difficult, it just seems overwhelming at times. Read the link to the guide already provided and ask whatever questions you have here.

Good Luck!

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