Hey everyone. I have a quick but very urgent question.
I am a USC. I m looking to petition my parents (who would not be presently in the US).
I know that since they are not in the US I can file the I-130 (consular process). But let s say that after I have filed it, they enter with their tourist visa which they already have. Once they have entered, would I be able to then file the I-485 to adjust their status OR would they have to go back to the country they were in when I filed the I-130 and wait for the process to be finished there? (and basically never file the 485)?
In other words, are petitioning from abroad and the AOS process mutually exclusive? Like once you choose one way you can t do the other? Or can a person change their mind throughout the I-130 Consular Process route and Adjust Status with the I-485?
Simply put, do you have to pick which route to go with (either I-130 or I-130 + I-485) from the very beginning?
I would really love some insight on this question. Please let me know if I should rephrase it or if I didn t explain myself clearly.