I am a Canadian citizen and I got married to husband who is a United States citizen in December 2010 we got married in Toronto and he filed I130 and the biography form while is was still in Toronto. I came to the United States September 2011 with my passport as Canadians do not need visas to come to the United States and I would like to now stay here with my husband. What is the next step I should take to make sure I can stay in the United States?
State/Country relating to question: Connecticut
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Has your I-130 been approved yet?
Well i just spoke to a lawyer today and she said that we need a receipt number and my husband supposedly lost the number so i have no clue as to what is going on right now. So i am in the process of having my husband retrieve that information. How long would it take for the I-130 to be approved?
If you file form I-485 here in the US after the I-130 was filed while you were still in Canada, the government could accuse you of visa fraud, as having immigrant intent when you came into the US. Normally I-130s take around 4 months for approval, then another 2 months or so for the file to get to the National Visa Center, at which point you would need to file some more forms (DS-230, I-864, etc.) and ORIGINAL documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificate, police certificate, any divorce decrees, etc. in order to be scheduled for your immigrant visa interview at the US consulate. If I were you I would go back to Canada when it is time for the consular processing. If you like this answer, please click "accept" . Good luck!!
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