I am a Norwegian man who has an American wife. We have been married for a year now.
I am currently with her in the US now, on my B1/B2 visa, which I entered on in March. When I arrived, the officer told me that I should have her petition for my Green card.
We were not planning that I would stay this long, but because of C-19 then I am still here. My I-94 expires September 20th.
I now have two optins:
1: Try to get an extension on the I-94 before it expires, and file AOS. Then I will have to file the I-131 parole document in order to travel again, since my job in Norway requires that I go for work before I will eventually get the Green card.
2: The other option is to leave, and go through the consular process, through the embassy in Stockholm.
I have concerns related to both options.
If I go with AOS, it seems that obtaining the I-131 parole document for travel is uncertain with C-19 and the process time. It says online that the office in Houston (where I am) has a process time of 4 weeks - 5 months. Not being able to leave for 5 months, would make an impact on my work back in Norway. I am also not confortable with not knowing whether my I-94 extension will be approved by last exit date. Since so many are applying now it might not be comfirmed prior to current expiration. I am also aware that filing for AOS might be frowned upon since I arrievd on B1/B2.
My conern about the consular option is that because of C-19, I am not really sure if they even process Green cards in Stockholm now. From reading other posts, it seems that they most likely will let me back in on B1/B2 although she has petitioned, if I document that I am still tied to Norway and will return on a return ticket. However, not knowing how long the Green card application will take is a concern. Not sure how many times they would let me enter.
Any thoughts would be highly appreciated?