Originally Posted by Tatiana
ok, thank you much!
but I do not need to apply through I-140 first, right?
Sorry, just trying to make sure that I understand everything correctly.
You cannot apply for I-140 even if you want to. Only an employer can file I-140 for employee (when I said I know people who applied I-140 i meant employer filed on their behalf) whom they are going to hire on a full-time basis. Since you are married to U.S citizen apply for I-130 & 1-485 immediately (before your EAD expires in May' 2012) and you should be good (even if you don't get greencard by end of May' 2012)