I am in US on H1B visa and my green card application just became current. I haven't done anything after that (e.g. I still need to get vaccinations from USCIS approved doctor and my immigration attorney has not filed i-485, but told me that this is the next thing to do).
Unfortunately, I have emergency back in my home country and I plan to go there in 5 weeks for a total of 3-4 months. Though, I would prefer to get my Green Card as soon as possible before traveling.
Assuming that I go to USCIS approved doctor tomorrow and there is no delay on my side gathering copies of other documents (birth certificate, copies of payrolls etc), then how much time would it take to get past this travel blackout period so that I could safely go back to my home country? Is this something doable in 5 weeks from the state I am in right now?
Would I also need to apply for the Advance Parole? I am not sure that I fully understand its purpose.
P.S. In the mean time I also sent an email to my immigration attorney. Haven't received an answer yet, but based on past interaction with him I think he will say it depends on various factors. So I would like to hear what folks that have went through this process have to say about their timelines.