Can you please share addition details about what category are you filing under? Marriage based? Whether both you and your spouse are currently present in the U.S.? This will ensure members are providing you with the right information.
Also, is there any particular reason why you’re not filing concurrently?
Marriage based and my wife is in mexico. I thought there were steps like first u file I-130 then u get approval and file the 485 after… That what i was told after file u have to wait a six month period to file the 485 and pay 1000 dollars.. Also i was told it would take me about a year before she gets her appt at juarez.. Thanks for your help
Sounds like your wife would fall in the IR1/CR1 visa category which are immigrant visas issued to foreign spouses of US Citizens. Currently, we do not have instructions on our website for this category, but plan on adding them soon.
At a high level, the process goes like this:
– U.S. Citizen files paperwork i.e. Form I-130, G-325a, G-1145 (optional)
– Upon approval of I-130, your application is forwarded to National Visa Center (NVC)
– NVC then sends a package requesting forms to be filled out, and additional documents that must be furnished, in order for an interview to be scheduled.
– Depending on the location of the U.S. Consulate where the intended immigrant (non U.S. Citizen spouse), these forms may need to mailed back or obtained to be carried in person for the interview
– After the interview, the intended immigrant is granted a IR1/CR1 visa
Once the intended immigrant passes through Port of Entry in the U.S. they will become Permanent Resident and the Green Card is mailed to the U.S. Address on file, a few weeks later.
Obviously, this is at a very high level, and a bunch of nuances come into play along the way.
Regarding other question, I-485 doesn’t have to be filed in your case. Regarding the timeline, average time for the entire process is around 10-12 months, but this can vary depending on several factors, and location.
Disclaimer: We’re not lawyers and this isn’t legal advice. We highly encourage you to contact an immigration attorney if you feel the need to discuss your case.