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Beginning Immigration Process for Wife.

To begin we married 6 years ago in the US and promptly moved to my spouse’s home country. We had no real plans to move back to the US but this might be the case in a few years when my spouse will retire. I would like to now start the process of getting her a green card(I think thats what we need). She has a PhD. and we also want to begin looking for PostDoc jobs or jobs in general. What we really want is for her to be able to travel back and forth if needed with us eventually settling back in the US but this might not be for a few more years. She currently has a B1/B2 visa. We also have a child that was born here and has a Cert. of Birth Abroad.

As a long time lurker I have read many post and gone over the website many times but still worried about how exactly to start. I am on a VA disability compensation and the country I live exchange rate is really bad so if I make mistakes I would hate to lose fees and really cant afford a lawyer (not even sure that cost of a lawyer to help the process or if its worth it)

To my understanding I should apply for I-130 and a I-485. Is this correct? Do I do the I-130 first wait for the result and then the I-485? Should I be looking at anything else?

Thank you in advance.

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