I'm currently an int'l student in medical school here in the US. Been here since 2006, finished my undergrad 2010, did OPT for about 2 years (STEM extension) and now in medical school. I'm planning to marry my fiance who is a GC holder and the wedding ceremony will be in India next January.
My questions are:
Firstly, given the current status of the F2A visa application, I was thinking about doing a court marriage here in the US maybe in the next couple of weeks so I can then start my GC application process. My question is whether the 'current' status for the F2A visa are only for those with an approved I-130 application only or will it also make it quicker for me since I'm living in the US and can thus file my I-485 concurrently? In other words, is the 'current' status only helpful to those with an approved I-130 because if that's the case, then it will have no impact on my application and might in fact risk my re-entry in January when I return from the wedding ceremony
2. If I can file my I-485 application along with the I-130 application, given the fact that I am in the US and the 'current' status of the F2A visa application, is it then true that I can also apply for an Advance parole card so that I can travel even with a pending I-130 and I-485? Can the AP application also be done at the same time or do I need some kind of acknowledgment that my I-130 and I-485 are already in process ?
3. Also according to the USCIS Vermont Center website, the wait for an AP card seems to be about 3 months, so I just wanted to find out if this seemed accurate to you. And if I were to let's say file for everything in August and don't get the AP card by December, then what are my other options if I have to travel ? Will my I-485 be considered invalid if I then left the US for approx. 2 weeks for my wedding ceremony?
4. I would also appreciate it if there is a checklist that you could provide me regarding all the documents that I will need in order to complete these 2 forms so I can get an idea and also maybe start organizing them for the filing process?
Thank you so much for all your help and time. I really appreciate and look forward to your responses.
P.S. Should I avoid all these issues by having my fiance apply for a citizenship (she's eligible) and do the court marriage next year after I come back from the wedding ceremony ? Thanks again.
Sorry for the extremely long post.