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Can I get my Greencard in my homecountry?

Old Jul 20th 2002, 6:43 am
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I am married to US citizen and I am here in US on f1visa. Is this possible for me to go back to my home country and get my green card after I-130 approved or Do I have to file I-485?
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Old Jul 20th 2002, 11:42 am
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You can go abroad for consular processing if you wish. There is a check box on the I-130 form to indicate the choice.

Depending on the country in question, the USC may be able to file the I-130 in person at the consulate, bypassing the US Service Center, thereby streamlining and speeding up the entire process.
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ps: you won't get your green card until you arrive in the US. What you get is an immigrant visa which enables you to get a temporary green card right in the airport.
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Old Jul 21st 2002, 3:20 pm
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needhelp wrote:
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    > I am married to US citizen and I am here in US on f1visa. Is this possible for me
    > to go back to my home country and get my green card after I-130 approved or Do I
    > have to file I-485?
    >

You can return to your home country and get a spouse visa after the I-130 is
approved. The I-130 should indicate the consulate where you will be interviewing. I
believe you will need an address in the foreign country. I don't think this would be
any different than marrying on a B-1/B-2 and returning to the home country for an
interview. When the visa is approved, your old visa is canceled. I assume you want to
do this to avoid the hassles with adjusting status and the issues with EAD and AP.
 

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