My wife (US citizen) submitted I-130 online in Dec for me (currently living and working in Canada). Today we received I-797 that the I130 petition is approved. YAY!
According to everything I had read before, the next step for me would be filing DS-260 at the embassy in Canada.
However, the received I-979 reads:
The above petition [I-130] has been approved. The petition indicated that the beneficiary is in the United States and wishes to apply for adjustment of status to that of a lawful permanent resident. He or she should submit a copy of this notice, along with a Form-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. [...]
If the beneficiary decides to apply for an immigrant visa outside the US based on this petition, you should file Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, to request that we send the petition to the U.S. Department of State National Visa Center (NVC)
The NVC processes all approved immigrant visa petitions that require consular action. It also determines which consular post is the appropriate consulate to complete visa processing. The NVX will then forward the approved petition to that consulate. The NVC will then contact the beneficiary concerning further immigrant visa processing steps.
However, this is not true. The I-130 petition clearly stated that I am living and working in Canada (along with my Canadian address etc.).
- Is this normal? Did we file I-130 somehow wrong? Clearly if I would have been in the US we would have filed I130 together with I-485 to save time
- According to https://www.boundless.com/immigration-resources/marriage-based-green-cards-explained/, DS260 is $445. However, I-824 is yet another $465! The above link never mentioned I-824 so I wonder why we need to file this.
- I would like to take action as quickly as possible. What is the best way to proceed? Can I already start DS-260 to save time?