I am a US permanent resident. My wife and I have 4 Children together. we filed for her green card back on Dec 2017, but it looks like it could take another 18 months before it gets to her.
Can she file for a student visa in the mean time?
The F-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa. The i-130 petition is for an immigrant visa. You are asking for two contradictory things. You can apply if you want but you will undoubtedly be subject to greater scrutiny. Ultimately, the decision rests with the consular officer who interviews you. In one sense, you may have a better chance of getting your F-1 approved since you clearly have family in the US that can help pay and support you. Just be honest and upfront about everything.
Before you file for the F-1 I would consult with an experienced immigration attorney to review your specific set of facts.
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