Even though you are separated, you have a child together. Your husband can sponsor you for a green card.
Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
"USCIS may dislike us living apart for 4 years" does not provide you with a bona fide proof of a requisite marriage to seek an immigration benefit for AOS. You truly need a counsel.
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What I think you meant to say is that he wants to file I-130 petition for you, inasmuch as you have a bona fide marriage and a child in common. Circumstances change, and immigration will look at the totality of your evidence to determine your relationship, so do not be afraid to proceed with the family petition if your relationship is in good faith. Please consult with experienced immigration lawyer to determine your options.
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You mean I-130, right? Work with counsel. Shouldn't be a huge issue if you can prove the legitimacy of the relationship.
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Since you are married to a US citizen, you could be sponsored for a greencard by your husband. You will need to collect evidence to show that you have a real marriage, despite living apart for years. You might find it difficult to get your F1 status since you are married to a US citizen, as it might look like immigrant intent. Talk to an immigration lawyer directly to discuss your situation. Many of us offer free initial consultations, and I urge you to take advantage of that.
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