My husband and I got married while I was in removal proceedings. Then we have applied for I -130 and now its been more than 6 months since we applied. We got receipt number and every time we check it says ' initial review', for the last six months. I have called USCIS yesterday and they couldn't provide me with any information regarding my application besides they said it is still in Missouri at benefit center and they don't have processing time. My question is how much longer do I need to wait , I am afraid it might be over two years by the time i get my I 30 approved. And my individual hearing is in September 2013. Thank you !
Have your lawyer request an expedite ... don't try to do this yourself.
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Six months is about the average processing time. If it goes beyond that, I would recommend that a representative on your behalf perhaps create a service request.
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You should notify the court and DHS that you have a pending I-130 and they will give you time. Geeting I-130 approved is not all that is required to terminate your removal. You should retain an attorney to help you.
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I recommend that you retain an immigration attorney. He/She may be able to file a motion to terminate and remove you from the removal proceedings and file for the adjustment of status if granted. That way even if you are waiting for the adjudication of the I-130 your spouse's adjustment is getting processed. My experience is the process gets better. But you cannot do this alone, you really need someone to help you. Lawyers are worth the investment!
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