Difference between I-140 approved and I-485 status pending

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Hello Friends,

I was wondering as to what is the difference between I-140 approved and I-485 status pending? My I-140 has been approved. My company lawyer told me that the next stage is to wait for the PD to be current and then apply for the I-485. Is this correct or should I-485 be applied as soon as I-140 has been approved? In many places on the web I-140 approved and I-485 pending is used together. So does this mean that if my I-140 is approved then I am automatically in I-485 pending stage? Or I-485 pending means that you have your priority date as current and have applied for I-485?

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Very simple: approved I-140 only approves your petition to be considered as immigrant and gives you a priority date and an immigrant number. I DOES NOT MAKE YOU LEGAL IN THE USA, IF YOU DO NOT HAVE:

an unexpired H visa,

unexpired F visa,


pending I-485

Thus, pending I-485 makes you legal in the United States.

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