Fredrick W VoigtmannImmigration Attorney
The I-485 might not take 44 months. That is what the California Service Center is projecting currently, but processing times could come down there and if you live in a jurisdiction under the Nebraska or Texas Service Centers, the processing times are much less (about 12.5 months for most cases). Also, if you wish to start the two-year conditional residence "clock" sooner, you could do immigrant visa processing at the U.S. Embassy or consular office in your home country. You might need to file Form I-824 if you originally selected "adjustment of status" as your preferred option on Form I-526.