I applied to adjust status after I got an approved I 130. I'm a J1 visa holder with the 212 (E) 2 year home requirement. In march I applied for the I 485 not knowing that I needed an approved waiver before hand. I had filed for one around the same time though . IN september uscis just denied my case on grounds that I should Have applied for the waiver and have it approved then file. They said that I was not eligible to adjust status but I never received no notice requiring additional evidence nor an intend to deny etc... I feel like they knew that I had made a mistake and should have returned my file and money but just took advantage of me? I'm wondering at this point whether I could get this decision overturned once I get my final J1 waiver approval.
This provided you a valuable lesson. Retain a skilled immigration attorney. Go over your situation and make sure the applications are done with the advise of your own attorney. You can miss and say the wrong things if you are not represented by an advocate as your attorney.
You need a lawyer. Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details.
Good luck to you.
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