I485 filing from outside USA

Hi Anil,

My PERM was approved under EB3 India category. I have a PD of February 2013. As per October visa bulletin, I am eligible for I485 filing but I am currently in India - waiting for H1b approval and stamping to start from January. I understand I cannot file I485 from outside of USA.

In this situation when I am outside of USA and PD becomes current as of date of filing chart, how should I prepare for I485 filing? Please advise the options that I have.

I am sure lot of folks would be in my situation and would benefit from your opinion.

Thank you.

You can file DS260 application at US embassy but its of no use until the date gets current in ‘final action’ chart.

The other option is to travel to the US and then file i-485.

HI Anil,

​I have i140 approved And I am in India can I file i485 from India?
But i don’t have approved h1b now.? Please let me know if i can still file adjustment of status from India?

i485 can only be filed only if you are physically present in the USA.

Is it possible to do consular processing? Is there any risk involved?