I live in the UK with my US wife and we're making steps to come back to the States. If I file I-130 and it gets approved, can we then travel to the USA and apply for the I-485 while there?
No, you will need a nonimmigrant visa to enter the U.S. (and then you could file the I-485 but beware of conflicting intents) or await for an immigrant visa to be issued at the consulate.
Lynne R. Feldman, Attorney at Law
Concentrating in Immigration and Nationality Law
2221 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 201
San Diego, CA 92108
phone: (619) 299-9600, facsimile: (619) 923-3277
Formerly Adjunct Professor -- Immigration law
University of Illinois College of Law
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