Micol Mion GordonImmigration Attorney
The validity of the approval notice depends on the kind of I-130 that was filed (petition for parents of USC, spouse or child, etc.) and depending on whether the petitioner had selected whether the beneficiary was going to adjust status in the US or consular process. If the petitioner indicated that the beneficiary was going to consular process USCIS sent the approval to the National Visa Center and if the beneficiary did not contact the NVC within a year then the case would have been deemed abandoned and the underlying I-130 petition would have been revoked. Your best option is to contact USCIS either via its website or by phone and inquire whether the I-130 is still valid. You will need to share the receipt number. If you do not have the receipt number, then you should file a Freedom of Information Act Request.