You cannot file I-485 until your priority date if current. Whether you will have to leave the country to obtain a green-card when your priority date is current depends on whether you will be in status then or not. If you have to leave the country to go through the consulate, then you will not have to file I-485. You need to consult with an attorney individually.
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I-485s can only be filed when there is a visa immediately available. i.e. the priority date is current or you are the spouse, minor child, or parent of a US citizen.
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Unfortunately, you cannot file an I-485 in that situation since it is not an immediate petitioning category
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Had you talked to an immigration attorney prior to acting, you would have known that you cannot file I485 until several years from now or your spouse becomes a citizen or the reform kicks in, whichever comes first.
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