Interesting question. Does the I-797 approval notice state that your file was mailed to the NVC or does it state that the beneficiary has indicated that he/she will apply to adjust status in the U.S? Unless the I-130 was correctly completed to show that you intended to consular process, your file may be stored at the USCIS National Records Center. If the I-797 does not state that your file was sent to the NVC, and you are not eligible for adjustment of status, you will need to file a form I-824 to request USCIS to send your file to the NVC. I suggest that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney in your area. Good luck!
You should consult with an experienced immigration attorney, whether myself or one of my colleagues, to thoroughly review your situation. Nothing in this post should be considered legal advice and no attorney-client relationship has been established.
Attorneys don't send papers to the NVC.
1. Filing a FOIA
2. Hiring a new lawyer.
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More information is required to guide you adequately. Best approach would be to take the paperwork to an immigration attorney for complete review.
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