Fort Dodge, IA asked in Immigration Law for Iowa

Q: Can I apply I-485 through my wife NOW while still in J-1 visa waiver or do I need to WAIT till when my waiver finishes?

I started my J-1 visa waiver (as H1B since 2019). I am currently doing my J-1 visa waiver.

During my time in the waiver, I got married. My wife is a US citizen.

I got my I-130 approved.

Can I apply I-485 through her NOW while still in waiver or do I need to WAIT till 2022 when my waiver finishes?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Gunda Yohanna Brost
Gunda Yohanna Brost
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Cedar Falls, IA

A: You can apply now but you will not get a green card until the waiver is approved, possibly requiring you to request delaying adjudication of the pending I-485. I hope you have a reputable immigration attorney handling your case as these types of waivers are highly complex.

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