I entered the us illegally 14 years ago. My wife is filing an I-130 and my adjustment of status. we are scared of getting it denied if immigration finds out I've been working unauthorized for so long. Please help.
If you entered the US illegally, working without authorization is likely not your big issue. Generally speaking, working without authorization is "forgiven" by the USCIS in an adjustment of status case when the beneficiary is being filed for as a spouse of a US citizen. But your issue is that you entered illegally. People who entered without a visa/inspection at an airport or border/illegally, are NOT eligible to adjust status. A person in your situation would generally require a waiver of your illegal entry, and would then need to leave the US and go their home country and attend an interview at the US consulate abroad in order to get lawful status here. You would do well to meet with an immigration attorney and go over your situation before your wife files any paperwork on your behalf.
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Your unauthorized work is not the issue but your manner of entry is. You would not be adjustment eligible and would need a waiver even after an approved immigrant petition. Consult with an attorney for guidance.
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