The immigration lawyer working for your H-1 employer should be able to give you the information you need.
It will probably include:
1. copy of your employer's I-797
2. your I-94 showing H-1B status
3. letter & pay stubs confirming employment
4. marriage certificate (translated if necessary)
5. proof that he obeyed his F status (this varies from case-to-case .. transcript, I-94 & I-20 forms at the minimum)
6. Filing fee & other information/documents listed on the instructions
See ,,, it isn't as simple of a process as you assumed.
Meeting with an attorney is a very, very, very wise thing to do.
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The list and advice by Attorney Capriotti is good. Your spouse should be meeting with an immigration attorney. Your spouse may also stay in the US while the application is pending if it is filed while in status at the time of filing.
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I agree with my colleagues.
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