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Can someone explain this pertaining to the I-797 Notice of Action, which I received in regard to my ex-husband's approved I-130.

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He received his conditional green card and left the country, and a month later, I received a I-797 Notice of Action where it says the following things, which I am confused about. Actually, this was received more than a year ago, but I just found this letter/notice and reads the whole thing. Please keep in mind that I am divorced from that person and I have reported his green card fraud to immigration as he scammed me and abandoned the marriage.

"The above petition has been approved. The petition indicates that the person for whom you are petitioning is in the US and will apply for adjustment of status. He or she should contact the local U.S.C.I.S. office to obtain Form I-485, Application for Permanent Residence. A copy of this notice should be submitted with the application.

If the person for whom you are petitioning decides to apply for a visa outside the United States based on this petition, the petitioner should file Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, to request that we send the petition to the Department of State National Visa Center. The NVC processes all approved immigrant visa petitions that require consular action....." I am confused about a few things: 1) He or she should contact immigration for I-485 form Application for Permanent Residence, what is this and was this necessary for him to do because nothing was done about this. 2) Why does it say that "if the person decides to file for visa outside of the US etc..." he got his I-130 approved based on this letter, so what does a visa have to do with it if he already got his green card. They are also saying that he should file I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition.

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This notice was the first phase of approval. He did file the next phase as you said he received his conditional green card

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Not the situation actually....we applied, he was approved the work permit, the social etc, and then we were waiting for the actual card to arrive, which it did and he took off from me with the conditional green card. This notice I am talking about came at the very end (a month after the card arrived to him) so this was actually the very last notice received by immigration, not the first phase you mentioned. The notice, again, was basically saying that the petition was approved and then the rest of the paragraphs included what I have written above, which I noticed after more than a year and not sure what the form they are referring to mean or if something had to be's lat to do anything as we are divorced and he scammed me but I still need to understand what exactly they wanted besides notifying of the approval of the petition. So I am still confused about that paragraph.


The Notice you have is the approval for the visa petition that you filed on his behalf. Based on that approval his application for Adjustment of Status was approved, after which he received his conditional green card.

Samuel Ouya Maina, Esq. 415.391.6612 Law Offices of S. Ouya Maina, PC 332 Pine Street, Suite 707 San Francisco, CA 94104

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Hi! The above answers are correct. The letter that you have in your hands is merely one that was sent to you during the first phases of his petition. Good Luck!

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