Hi, my wife and I are US Citizens. We want to sponsor her parents for a green card. They are currently here in the US legally on a tourist visa. Does any one know the following answers?
1) When we submit the 1-130/I-485 concurrent application, are her parents allowed to remain legally in the US while waiting for the application to be approved? If so, is there additional paperwork that needs to be filed, or are they still tied to the 6-month stay that they were granted upon their arrival with their tourist visa?
2) Is it advisable to also submit I-131 "Application for Travel" along with the application? From what I read, it sounds like that is the only way they will be allowed to travel back home after we submit their application. Am I correct that if they go back home after it's submited, it will "abandon" their application?
3) Can we also submit I-765 "Application for Employment Authorization" with their application, does this allow them to start working? How long does it take to get work authorization using this form?
Thanks so much!