Filed I-102 and got a I-797 in the mail, can I use this receipt to file I-130 or should I wait?
I've been out of status for 13 years ( thanks to my mom) and I just got married to a us citizen.
You are very confused about the forms. IF you do this on your own there's a good chance you are going to make mistakes that result in long delays or denials. if you read the I-797 it tells you that it is just a receipt and means nothing. The I-102 also has nothing to do with the I-130, but just because you filed the I-102 doesn't mean you will get the document you are looking for, and if you file, you may regret it. Do yourself and your spouse a favor and consult with an immigration lawyer before you make a mistake you regret for a long long time.
More information is needed.
Are you planning on filing the I-130 and I-485 as part of a one-step application package?
If so, you should have filed the I-102 as part of that kit.
None-the-less, it was a minor mistake on your part and, with the help of an attorney, you can still file everything ... with the receipt.
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