If you are qualified, you should apply.
The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case.
I would strongly recommend that you speak to an attorney. I've met with numerous individuals who filed I-130's believing that their marriage to a US citizen would provide them with a green card, which is not completely true. If you qualify for a 245i exception, then you may; otherwise, your application will likely be denied.
With respect to your question about deferred action - before deciding to do so, you should sit with an attorney to discuss the risks involved. The ultimate question is, do you qualify? Seeing as to how you're about 23 years old, it's a good start. Are you in school or do you at least have a GED? Have you been in the US for the last 5 years? Any criminal history?
Best of luck!
You should meet with an attorney as your I-130 won't allow you to adjust status in the US b/c of your illegal entry unless you are covered under 245i (prior petition on or before April 30, 2001). If not covered under the above section then you will have to go through Consular Processing outside of the US and will be required to file a waiver for unlawful presence.
There is a proposal for a provisional waiver that may allow you to file said waiver while in the US but is still not in effect.
Meet with an attorney in order to discuss you different options.
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Definitely speak to an attorney because you have a few options to discuss: 245(i); continuing with the I-130 and consular processing; the new stateside waiver process; and if you qualify, deferred action has its advantages as well.
Best of luck,
-Sanjay Paul, Esq.
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