I am a US citizen and I have submitted an I-130 (petition for alien relative) application for my daughter who is married and over 21. I understand it takes many years(not sure how many) for the application to become current but can anyone tell me how to help her prepare for what's coming. I am just afraid the application will be denied due to her illegal status. She is married and has 2 children born in the USA. One of them is 15 and the other is only 4 years old. She's always been a hard-working and responsible person and does not have a criminal history other than she was caught one time like 15 years ago illegally crossing the border.
The I-130 will not take into account legal status or criminal history. Rather, it shows that you are a US Citizen, that the relationship exists and that she is over 21. It is when it becomes current that all of the issues of status and criminal history come into play.
The issue is whether she can adjust her status in the United States, or whether she would be subject to a bar for illegal status. Please, privately consult an immigration attorney. It is good that you filed, but under current law it will take over a decade and she might not qualify then. Please see an attorney. Best wishes.
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