You definitely will need proof of your lawful entry in December 2012. If you cannot find your I-94, you could check to see if it is online by using https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html ... More likely your entry was prior to the use of this system. You could file a FOIA request to CBP, specifically requesting the I-94 information for the specific date and airport/border where you entered.
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To be able to adjust status, you must prove that you entered the US legally. For that, you need either a stamp in the passport or the I-94. You will need to file form I-102.
The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has stated that "federal immigration laws are exceedingly complex"
You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts, advise you, and handle the case. You can find one through http://www.ailalawyer.com.
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You should, as my colleagues mention, BOTH file an I-102 and go online to see if you can find a record in the www.cbp.gov/i94 system.
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You'll need to prove lawful entry, either by the I-94 or in another way. Obviously, the I-94 is the easiest if you have any way of tracking it down.
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Yes, you will need your I-94 to adjust status.
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