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How can I file a marriage-based I-485 petition with a pending I-829 petition?

I have an I-829 application pending for 45 months. It is a direct investment project. The business is not doing well and I plan to close it. Meanwhile, I got married to a U.S. citizen and my I-130 was approved in 2018. My question is, do I have to withdraw my I-829 before I can file a marriage-based I-485 application?

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    You do not have to withdraw your I-829 before proceeding with your I-485 application. Both applications can be simultaneously pursued. However, in the event that one of the applications is approved, the second application will be withdrawn, usually by the USCIS, since you are only entitled to one green card.

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    Daniel A Zeft

    Immigration Attorney
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    Since your I-829 petition is pending, you are a conditional permanent resident. A conditional permanent resident cannot file an I-485 application.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
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    A permanent resident cannot adjust status. You should indeed withdraw the application and/or seek consular processing for the I-130.

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    Robert West

    Immigration Attorney
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    More than that, you have to give up your green card. Then you can file to adjust status.

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    Phuong Le

    Immigration Attorney
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    No, you can have both filed if you qualify for both. It is not an issue.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    I just handled something similar and suggest you go ahead and file the I-130/I-485 without withdrawing the I-829. At the interview, you can bring a letter to withdraw the I-829 and I-407 to abandon your green card if the marriage-based interview goes well.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    The best way to do this is to file the I-130 marriage petition and designate consular processing and then surrender your conditional EB-5 green card and apply for a new conditional green card abroad at a U.S. consulate. It is not so easy to process this in the U.S.