The consular officer was, unfortunately, right. You had to be younger than 18 at the time of your dad's marriage to your step-mother.
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Your father will need to petition for you. Your step mom could do it only if the marriage took place before you were 18.
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As my colleagues have explained, your step-mother could only include you on the petition when she petitioned for your father if you were under age 18 at the time of their marriage. If you were over age 18 at the time of their marriage, your step-mother could not petition for you. In that case, your father, whose petition is now approved, should petition for you at this time. Good luck.
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I agree with my colleagues.
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Officer was correct. Speak to an attorney about what needs to be done next and by whom on your behalf.
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