Application denied! looking for answers...
I am a U.S. citizen who married a Chinese girl last year. She was (and is) studying here on an F1 student visa. We got married last september and filed an I-130 then I-485.
We just got a notice yesterday that our petition was denied. She left the country in January for a 3-week visit home, and I sent the application package in at that time - not realizing that she had to physically be in the country when they received the application.
She used her F1 visa when departing and coming back.
Now the I-485 is denied, and the bottom of the letter says that her immigration status is now unlawful and she has 30 days to leave the country. This came as a shock to both of us.
Is it possible that somehow her F1 status was affected by the application denial?
I appreciate any information I can get, because calls to USCIS and the State department have been very unenlightening.