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Under what circumstances is it necessary for a dependent applicant of I-526 to file an I-824 application?

My wife and I filed an I-526 application as a family, I have recently gotten my I-485 approval in the U.S. My wife needs to proceed with a DS-260 application. Do we need to file a Form I-824? I want to avoid any extra waiting time caused by I-824 processing.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Unfortunately, it is needed if she is processing at the consulate rather than an adjustment.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If your wife did not file for I-485 with you in the U.S. and is processing via consular processing, then you should file the I-824 to notify USCIS of her consular processing.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Yes; you, not your wife, need to file an I-824 to ask USCIS to notify the Department of State (U.S. embassy or consulate in your country) regarding the I-526 approval and your I-485 adjustment of status. In that way, your wife can begin the immigrant visa processing part of her immigration to the United States. USCIS currently is taking 6.5 to 19 months to process an I-824, with most of the I-824s being processed at the earlier range of that processing time.

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    Jimena G Cabrera

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Yes. You do need to file the form I-824 in order to notify a U.S. consulate through the National Visa Center about your adjustment of status to permanent resident in the United States, so that your spouse and children may accompany or follow to join you.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Is the National Visa Center of the State Department processing the case already? If so, you might not have to file the I-824. If not, you should file it.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If your wife is abroad, you need to file an I-824. You should have filed it together with your I-485.

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