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Section 6.0....AFTER MARRIAGE - ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS

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Frequently Asked Questions:

6.1)...How soon after we get married should we apply for Adjustment of Status?
6.1.1)....When we file for adjustment of status, what do we need to do about the child's K2 status? Are we required to file the adjustment for him too and pay the fees for each application?
6.2)...What forms and other items are required for Adjustment of Status?
6.2.1)...I am asked for my Nonimmigrant visa number, is this the one under the control number or is it the one at the bottom of the visa ??
6.2.2)...Will I need to take another medical exam since the K1 medical report is only good for one year??
6.2.3)....How can we file for Adjustment of Status "immediately" if we have to wait several weeks or more to get a certified copy of the marriage certificate?
6.3)...So where do we send the Adjustment of Status application package?
6.3.1)...I read somewhere that October 1st is a bad day to go visit a USCIS (INS) office. Why?
6.4)...I thought we were also supposed to submit fingerprints as well?
6.5)...Why is the FBI looking at my fingerprints?
6.6)...Why is the I-864 Affidavit of Support now used for the Adjustment of Status application when we used the I-134 Affidavit for the Fiance(e) petition?
6.7)...Can my spouse leave the United States, and then re-enter, before receiving the Green Card (conditional permanent residency)?
6.7.1)....Well, my wife received her advance parole documents today. I had thought maybe we would receive some instruction on how to use them properly from USCIS (INS), but no such luck.
6.8 and 6.9)...(These items deleted...see section 7.0)
6.10)...We never received the 90 day work authorization, and we could not take the I-765 to a local office. When do we finally get the EAD?
6.10.1)...Correct me if I'm wrong (as I haven't gotten married yet), but don't you have to officially "change" your name at the Social Security office?
6.11)...What should we do during the time we are waiting for the Adjustment of Status interview?
6.11.1)...What should we do if we move before the interview happens?
6.11.2)...How will we know when the interview is scheduled? What *evidence* do we need to take?
6.11.3)...What kind of questions will they ask in the interview?
6.11.4)...When do I get the green card?
6.11.5) ..(This item deleted. See Section 7.0)
6.11.6)..Can I travel abroad after becoming a permanent resident?
6.11.7)..OK, so my K-1 wife will file I485 for AOS.....Question is, what will her immigration status be from the date she files the AOS paperwork until the interview where she receives (conditional)green card?
6.11.8)..Can I go get a "normal" Social Security card after AOS?
6.12)...Taxes. How do we find out about taxes?
6.13)...What happens if we do not get married within the 90 day validity of the K1 visa?
6.14)..Finally I received the green card. Unfortunately my first name is misspelled!




Answers:

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6.1)...How soon after we get married should we apply for Adjustment of Status?
A..Right away, or at least right after your honeymoon. You should make every effort to get the Adjustment application filed within 90 days of the fiance(e) entering the United States as indicated on the I-94.

Filing for Adjustment of Status within the 90 days protects your legal status. Your legal status expires after 90 days, married or not. The only way to protect your legal status is to apply for Adjustment of Status, and the only way to maintain continuous legal status is to file for AOS within 90 days or arriving. On the practical side, it is often difficult to arrange for the marriage, and get all the paperwork ready in time to file for AOS within 90 days. Many couples have filed for AOS a few days or weeks after the 90 day limit with no problems. Thus far, many experiences have shown this is not a major issue with local USCIS (INS) offices.
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6.1.1)....When we file for adjustment of status, what do we need to do about the child's K2 status? Are we required to file the adjustment for him too and pay the fees for each application?
A..You will file an application for Adjustment of Status for the child as well. Prepare the application the same way (as a separate pile of paper), but mail them together. Also send a separate I-765 application for work authorization if the child is old enough to seek employment. You will pay fees for each application.

In August, 2002, the "Child Protection Act" was signed into law by President Bush. What the act does is remove the "age out" limitation, so if the AOS application is accepted prior to the child's 21st birthday, the child can still AOS even after they turn 21. Before this, the newsgroup experienced a handful of cases where extreme measures had to be taken by a family to get the child's case adjudicated before the child turned 21. (this text is under review and will be updated soon as of 10/2007)
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6.2)...What forms and other items are required for Adjustment of Status?

Please see the K1 & K3 Adjustment of Status Guide. In short though you will require the following forms:

1. Payment(s) as required by USCIS. Be sure to include the payment for both the I-485 and the biometrics fee*. Use a money order so you can track the payment. If a personal check is allowed, use that instead. >> The fee for I-485 applications filed on or after July 30th 2007 inlcudes the cost of the I-131 and I-765 (no need to pay for them if filed with or while your I-485 application is pending adjudication -- as long as you paid the "new" rate for the I-485 effective July 30th 2007).
2. Cover Letter. Should include a description of what your are petitioning for (I-485), a table of contents (list everything in the packet). If you need additional room to explain your case, attach a separate sheet (list the attachment on the cover sheet). Make sure to sign and date the cover sheet.
3. Form I-485: Petition for Alien Relative
4. Copy of the non US Citizen Spouses Passport (biographical page as well as entry stamps).
4a. Copy of the non US Citizen Spouses K-1 or K-3 Visa from Passport
5. K-1 Visa Holders: Submit Copy of NOA2 "Approval" for I-129F **
K-3 Visa Holders:
Submit Copy of NOA2 "Approval" for I-130
6. Non US Citizen Spouse's Electronic I-94 Copy or (for older entries) a copy of a valid paper I-94 (front and back of form)
7. A copy of the intending immigrant's birth certificate along with English translation. (If in any language other than English)
8. A certified copy of your marriage certificate. (If filing for your spouse)
9. Two passport-type photos (see specification) of the Non US Citizen Spouse. Write the full name on the back. Place in a plastic bag and label the bag "Photo of <Insert Name>". Attach the bag to a sheet of paper and place behind the corresponding G-325a.
10. G-325A filled out, signed and dated.
11. I-693, Medical Examination of Aliens Seeking Adjustment of Status. If you are a K-1, K-2, K-3 or K-4 visa holder the I-693 instructions state that you are not required to have another medical examination as long as your Form I-485 is filed within one year of your overseas medical examination. Regardless of if you are exempt from a medical exam, you are still required to complete certain portions of the I-693 and have a Civil Surgeon certify the form (and seal it in an evelope). Specifically, you will complete Part 1 (Information about you) of the I-693 and provide both the form and your DS-3025 (if you have it, proving your vaccination history) and any proof of required vaccinations that were completed prior to entering the US. If you do not have a copy of your DS-3025 you will need to provide sufficient evidence of your vaccination history to the Civil Surgeon (talk to the civil surgeon's office to discuss what vaccination records they accept as proof). If you do not have proof of your vaccination history the Civil Surgeon may insist on re-administering all the required vaccinations prior to completing the I-693. Once the Civil Surgeon has has verified that all required vaccinations have been performed, they will complete form I-693 Part 2 (the vaccination section) and Part 5 (the Civil Surgeon's Certification). They will then seal the form in an envelope and return it to you.
12. I-864, Affidavit of Support (see poverty limits here)
>> Include any additional required supporting documentation
13. I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, if you want to work while your application is processed (optional)
>> Include any additional required supporting documentation or photos.
14. I-131, Application for Travel Document, if you need to travel outside the United States while your application is processed (optional)
>> Include any additional required supporting documentation.
* Fingerprint fee not needed for applicants under 14
** Should this document be misplaced/lost/never received you can file an I-824 to receive a duplicate copy via mail.



As with the fiance(e) visa package, the "best" way to get these forms online via the USCIS (INS) site on the internet. You may also get the forms via the USCIS (INS) toll free number (given in the references section). You can also find links to the required AOS forms here.

Applicants are required to mail applications to a national mailbox (Chicago) as stated on the form (not your local USCIS office).

Be sure to mail the package with return receipt requested / delivery confirmation. Send via USPS.

By reading the forums, you can get an idea of what things you need to know. You may also want to read the K-1 AOS filing Tips Page and use the example forms page as a guideline to filling out the forms.

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6.2.1)....I-485 - Adjustment of status.... I am asked for my Non-immigrant visa number, is this the one under the control number or is it the one at the bottom of the visa ??
A...On the adjustment of status forms, there is a box for the visa number. This is the red number printed on the K-1, not the visa control number. I know this because the interviewer went over the forms in front of us, and crossed out what I wrote in there (the visa control number) and replaced it with the red number.(Note: this is on the lower right side, under the "expiry date". It is not the long number written along the bottom edge of the visa.)
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6.2.2)....Will I need to take another medical exam since the medical report is only good for one year??
A...If you are a K-1, K-2, K-3 or K-4 visa holder the I-693 instructions state that you are not required to have another medical examination as long as your Form I-485 is filed within one year of your overseas medical examination. Regardless of if you are exempt from a medical exam, you are still required to complete certain portions of the I-693 and have a Civil Surgeon certify the form (and seal it in an evelope). Specifically, you will complete Part 1 (Information about you) of the I-693 and provide both the form and your DS-3025 (if you have it, proving your vaccination history) and any proof of required vaccinations that were completed prior to entering the US. If you do not have a copy of your DS-3025 you will need to provide sufficient evidence of your vaccination history to the Civil Surgeon (talk to the civil surgeon's office to discuss what vaccination records they accept as proof). If you do not have proof of your vaccination history the Civil Surgeon may insist on re-administering all the required vaccinations prior to completing the I-693. Once the Civil Surgeon has has verified that all required vaccinations have been performed, they will complete form I-693 Part 2 (the vaccination section) and Part 5 (the Civil Surgeon's Certification). They will then seal the form in an envelope and return it to you.
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6.2.3)...How can we file for Adjustment of Status "immediately" if we have to wait several weeks or more to get a certified copy of the marriage certificate?
A...Make sure to ask the priest/rabbi/judge who marries you to let *you* take the marriage certificate to the recorder's office yourself (You have to do this within 4 days of the marriage). Then, you can get certified copies right then and there while you wait. Otherwise the priest/rabbi/judge *mails* it to the recorder's office, where it sits for weeks without being opened and recorded, which is why it can take up to two months to get a certified copy of the marriage certificate.

(FAQ Note: This is a great idea, but not all folks will be able to do this. As one emailer wrote "A quick note on an experience we had here in Los Angeles. We were married at the Office of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk by a court commissioner. The ceremony was great, but afterwards I discovered that they are unable to issue the marriage certificate then and there. It takes at least a few weeks for the certificate to be generated, copies generated, and then sent out to those married."
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6.3)...So where do we send the Adjustment of Status application package?
A.. The current policy requires that all I-485, I-765, and I-131 applicants mail these forms to the same national location (this was done to streamline the processing of these very common benefits).

No matter where you file your application, send it "return receipt". Once they receive the application(s) you will be sent an offical receipt. For the 99% of people who filed at the national address per the current filing requirements you will receive an official looking receipt for all your forms that you filed. KEEP THESE FORMS as they are your only proof of having filed and you will need them later.

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6.3.1)...I read somewhere that October 1st is a bad day to go visit an USCIS (INS) office. Why?
A..NEVER, EVER GO TO AN USCIS (INS) OFFICE ON OCTOBER 1st!!!!! Why? It's the first day of the new fiscal year and all those folks who've won in the various visa lotteries are there!

A..Here's how it works. If you win (the lottery) and you are in the US and choose to adjust status you do this through your local office by applying on October 1st or later (obviously one year later than you originally applied for the lottery). Note that it doesn't take much to swamp the local USCIS (INS) offices - when I filed at Arlington there were just 11 other AOS applications ahead of us in line and we didn't get seen until 12.45!

Note: The "October 1st" effect will depend on the location of the local office and the makeup of its immigrant population. This extra activity only lasts a few days.
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6.4)...I thought we were also supposed to submit fingerprints as well?
A..Fingerprints are still required for nearly every K1/K2, but current processing methods take care of this in a biometrics appointment that you must attend while your I-485 is being processed. You will be contacted at some point and asked to go to a local biometrics office to have your photo and finger prints taken. The USCIS (INS) will notify you when and where to go. You do not need to do anything until this time. As a note, the "old system" where you got them to send in with your initial application suffered from poor quality control, and many fingerprint sets were being rejected by the FBI on the basis of technical errors. Note: There is a fingerprinting fee which must be submitted with the I-485 application.
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6.5)...Why is the FBI looking at my fingerprints?
A..Standard procedure. The US doesn't want people with seriously undesirable backgrounds to become Permanent Residents.
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6.6)...Why is the I-864 Affidavit of Support now used for the Adjustment of Status application when we used the I-134 Affidavit for the Fiance(e) petition?
A..This legally enforceable affidavit is a result of immigration reform legislation. Now that the foreign national spouse has indicated an intention to remain here permanently, the US wants to make sure the new immigrant does not become a burden on society. The financial responsibility for this guarantee lies on those who sign the I-864 affidavit, and lasts until the sponsored immigrant becomes a naturalized US citizen or can be credited for 40 quarters of work. Whoever signs the affidavit must also inform the USCIS (INS) when they move, using form I-865, Sponsors Change of Address, after the immigrant gets approval of Adjustment of Status.

If you do not meet the guidelines for income level (125% of poverty level...see the Poverty Level link in the references section) you will need a joint sponsor who does meet the guidelines. The US Citizen spouse must submit an I-864, and the joint sponsor will also submit an I-864. Any joint sponsors must be domiciled in the United States, territories or possessions, and must be a Citizen or Permanent Resident.

*You may also want to read the I-134/I-864 Tips Page.
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6.7)...Can my spouse leave the United States, and then re-enter, before receiving the Green Card (conditional permanent residency)?
A...The spouse cannot re-enter the US unless they have "advance parole" authorization (application form I-131). Advance parole allows you to re-enter the US before approval of Adjustment of Status. Without advance parole approval, leaving the United States is considered an abandonment of your application for Adjustment of Status. Without advance parole approval, the USCIS (INS) will consider you an intending immigrant without a valid visa, and you will be denied entry. If you do not apply for advance parole when you file for Adjustment of Status, contact your local USCIS (INS) office to find out how long it takes them to issue Advance Parole. Although advance parole is supposed to be issued to anyone who wants it for any reason at all, some local USCIS (INS) offices may take weeks or months, and may require proof of a serious emergency.

If you have left the US without advance parole approval, you will most likely have to apply for a "spousal visa" (I-130 Petition for Alien Relative) to re-enter the US. This can take months. Any other legal remedies through US Consulates will be time-consuming as well.

Current policy is that Advance Parole applications are sent to a national address for initial processing. In some cases your local office may accept these applications. It is worth calling them to check if this is possible. If so they be able to process the application faster. In emergencies a local office is able to process them locally without having to file the application with the national address. Contact them for more information.
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6.7.1)....Well, my wife received her advance parole documents today. I had thought maybe we would receive some instruction on how to use them properly from USCIS (INS), but no such luck. She got three sheets; one original with picture attached, one copy with picture attached and one copy with no picture attached.
A....When your spouse leaves the USA, she should have all three copies (of the advance parole document) and her passport. The first time your spouse re-enters the USA, the POE will forward one of the copies of your letter to the office or service center you applied for AP from. You should receive the copies labeled TO TRANSPORTATION LINE and TO ALIEN back. If you enter the U.S. on some carriers, it's possible that the "transportation line" copy may be lifted from you. (FAQ Note: another poster mentioned on Aug 17, 2000 after returning from the UK "The airline (US Airways) didn't want the "To transportation line" and the INS guy left it too so I now have the top copy with the photo and a "To transportation line" should anyone want it in future.")
The USCIS (INS) at the POE should also place a stamp in her passport like this:
        PAROLED until:



        Purpose:



        Port:         Date:     Officer:



The port is the POE, the Date and Officer are obvious. The "paroled until" should indicate the expiry of your AP document (the letter). The "Purpose" may be one of either "Adjustment of Status" or "Humanitarian"...there seems to be some confusion about which one is "correct" but both seem to work.
They may also place an identical stamp on your I-94 (which is normally stapled to your passport or an Electronic I-94 Version).
Once you've been through the initial entry and assuming your AP document permits "multiple entries", you need only show the passport stamp and letter each time you re-enter the U.S..
(FAQ Note: The advance parole documents are issued on Form I-512, a U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service form. Not all advance parole documents are prepared exactly the same, some are two pages, not three. POE procedures will vary when using the AP. Don't worry. Like the newsgrouper who gave this FAQ answer noted, "Relax about the form...let them worry about it. If they hassle you, remind them that you were trusting the INS office that issued it to get it right...politely, of course."
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6.8 and 6.9)...(These items deleted...see section 7.0)

6.10)...We never received the 90 temp day work authorization (at the POE). When do we finally apply for the EAD?
A..Most EAD applications are processed between 60 and 90 days after the USCIS (INS) gets the application. Initial EAD applications can be filed at the same time as the I-485 Adjustment of Status and are sent to the USCIS National Address. You will be called to a local Biometrics office for you fingerprints and photo to be taken. Once you receive your EAD, and if it looks like you are going to have to wait more than a year for the Adjustment of Status interview, then apply for a renewal (new) EAD "well in advance" (say, 3 months) of the expiration date. You cannot legally work without it.
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6.10.1)...Correct me if I'm wrong (as I haven't gotten married yet), but don't you have to officially "change" your name at the Social Security office?
A..Yes, if you are taking a different name when you get married you will have to change your name at the social security office. Make sure, in addition to other documents, you take a copy of your proof of immigration status as well as your marriage license so they can see why you are changing you name. When I changed my name they asked for a copy of the marriage certificate as proof. (FAQ Note: You may be asked to show the original marriage certificate).

PLEASE READ: More information can be found here and also in much greater detail here (includes examples). Please read these linked pages before going to the SSA office so that you fully understand the current policies and know what to bring with you. There is no need to waste a trip!
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6.11)...What should we do during the time we are waiting for the Adjustment of Status interview?
A..Begin building your new life in the United States. Your EAD, Social Security number and passport (until you get a drivers license for identification) give you the means to get nearly anything you want, except a cup of coffee and the right to vote. Get to really know your new wife or husband. Get a job. Set up a joint checking account. Go exploring. Get a library card. Meet the relatives. Make new friends. Start up a new business. Try to shake off old ways of thinking about "how things are done", because things are going to be different.
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6.11.1)...What should we do if we move before the interview happens?
A..Changing address is a gamble; you should be prepared to follow up to make sure you recieve your notices from USCIS. The foreign spouse must complete AR-11 within 10 days of moving (which is sent to the national address change address in Kentucky). Mailing the AR-11 is to register your whereabouts, not change your mailing information.

Additionally:

--o Copies of AR-11 should be sent to any office where you have a pending case, District Office OR Service Center (this is very important as this will tell them to send your case to the USCIS office for your new address).
--o Call the 1-800# and verbally report your mailing address change.
--o Call 1-800 again 30 days later.
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6.11.2)...How will we know when the interview is scheduled? What *evidence* do we need to take?
A..Wow!! On Friday 7/10 We received our adjustment of status interview notice in the Mail from the Albany, NY USCIS (INS) office. One month after filing the I-485. The Appointment is for October 27th at 10Am. A list of things to be brought was included.
  • 1. Beneficiaries passport and Electronic I-94 Copy or (for older entries) a copy of a valid paper I-94 (front and back of form)
  • 2. current personal ID for both parties
  • 3. copies of the birth certificates of any children born to us. ( I hope they mean as a result of this union )
  • 4. copies of federal,and state income tax returns for each year, or portion thereof, during which petitioner and beneficiary have been married.
  • 5. copies of lease or mortgage contracts showing joint occupancy.
  • 6. evidence of any joint bank accounts, charge accounts etc.
  • 7. copies of any life insurance and/or health insurance policies of petitioner and beneficiary
  • 8. copies of wills and/or power of attorneys
  • 9. Statements from petitioners and/or beneficiaries employer(s) preferable on company stationary, Indicating the marital status claimed, dependants claimed and whom to notify in case of emergency.
  • 10. sworn statements from at least two persons, attesting to the length of time petitioner and beneficiary have been residing together in Marital Union.
  • 11. Any other evidence which would tend to establish the existence of a bona fide marital relationship.
Sheesh, Guess a handshake and a mans good word ain't enough anymore!!!! On to collecting paper.

FAQ Note: The list you get from your local USCIS (INS) office prior to the interview will vary from the one given here, but it gives you an idea what to expect.

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6.11.3)...What kind of questions will they ask in the interview?
A..Our AOS interview was very chatty and astoundingly mundane (where do you both work; how did you meet; did you marry within 90 days of K-1 entry). Married couples will have no difficulty with the interview.
A..All we had to do was show a few documents - bills, tax returns, apartment lease, that showed we were living together as a married couple. We can't remember what the other questions were, but they were pretty trivial. It was a breeze.
A..For the Adjustment of Status (I-485) Interview, you must prove that you are a viable married couple that is living together as husband and wife at a common address. Letters from friends who know this are useful...as of May 1998, the USCIS (INS) still considers those letters to be useful evidence.
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6.11.4)...When do I get the green card?
A..After the interview, your passport "may" be stamped with the I-551 Alien Registration Receipt stamp. (Congratulations. You are now a Conditional Permanent Resident). In many cases however this does not happen and you are told to wait for your green card to arrive in the mail. The stamp and/or green card are proof of your new permanent residency. Note: You will also have a fingerprint taken for the green card. The photos you submitted with the I-485 will be used for your green card picture. If you have been married more than two years when you have your Adjustment interview, you may well become a permanent resident with no conditions.

As a Conditional Permanent Resident, you do not need advance parole to reenter the US after traveling abroad. The I-551 stamp (if you got it) or green card is also proof of authorization to work.
By law, you need to carry your passport with the I-551 stamp (if you got it) or your green card with you at all times as proof of your status. However, as one newsgrouper posted in Jan 2001, "My alien spouse asked whether there is any substitute for the real I-551 document that one could carry in a purse and afford losing it in a mall. The Bloomington (MN) USCIS (INS) person said that one could use a form FC-029 used for submitting copies of documents to the USCIS (INS) instead of the originals and carry stapled with it photocopies of the front and back of the I-551 or the relevant passport pages."

FAQ Note: During early 1999, a number of newsgroupers began reporting they did NOT get the I-551 stamp in the passport after a successful interview, because the CIA had not yet completed the background checks, apparently being severely backlogged. The delay in "final approval" was expected to be up to 6 months or so. As of November 24, 1999, new rules were in place which allowed applicants to be adjusted without the results of the CIA check, and letters were being sent to newsgroupers to come into their USCIS (INS) office to get the I-551 stamp. However, during 2001, reports were once again made that the CIA check was delaying final approval.

Final approval may also be delayed after the AOS interview for other reasons. If your fingerprint check is done the same day as the interview, or if you are required to submit a missing document, or vaccination supplement, there can be a delay. Some newsgroupers report that they subsequently receive a letter from the local office informing them the AOS has been approved, and that they may visit the local office to obtain the I-551 stamp in the passport, or that the letter itself is proof of approval.
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6.11.5)..(This item deleted. See Section 7.0)

6.11.6)..Can I travel abroad after becoming a permanent resident?
A..Sure, but if you need to be out of the United States for over 12 months, you must file form I-131 and obtain a "re-entry permit". As a *brand new* permanent resident, you should consider getting a re-entry permit if you expect to be out of the United States for 6 months or longer.

This complicated question does not have a perfect answer. Extended absence from the United States does not count towards the time required to become a naturalized citizen. The United States expects those who have been granted permanent resident status to actually be "residents".
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6.11.7)..OK, so my K-1 wife will file I485 for AOS.....Question is, what will her immigration status be from the date she files the AOS paperwork until the interview where she receives (conditional)green card?
A..She is official under a "period of stay authorized by the Attorney General". (FAQ Note: This is due to being an Adjustment Applicant who is awaiting a decision regarding an adjustment of status application)

6.11.8)..Can I go get a "normal" Social Security card after AOS?
A..If you have a Social Security Card with "valid only with USCIS (INS) authorization" on it, then go to the Social Security office after AOS with your passport or green card and get a new Social Security card that does not have the restriction. You will still have the same Social Security Number. Do this as soon as practical. It is in your best interest to inform the Social Security Administration of your immigration status after Adjustment of Status.
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6.12)...Taxes. How do we find out about taxes?
A..The Internal Revenue Service has several publications you can download or obtain from a local IRS office.
  • Publication 519.....US Tax Guide for Aliens
  • Publication 514.....Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals
  • Publication 501.....Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information
  • Publication 54.......Tax Guide for US Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad


Although it is not the intent of this FAQ to provide answers for tax questions, we can at least point you in the correct direction. The first tax return filed after marriage just may get you a significantly larger refund. You can check out the Internal Revenue Service site listed in the links and you can ask questions in the newsgroup.
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6.13)...What happens if we do not get married within the 90 day validity of the K1 visa?
A..In this case, you can no longer file for Adjustment of Status based on being a K1.You will have to submit an I-130 relative petition along with the I-485 and all the other paperwork to the local USCIS (INS) office. You may have to have another medical exam, and you will need to be prepared to answer questions about why you did not get married within 90 days. In effect, you will have become an out-of-status alien who is adjusting status based on marriage to a US Citizen.
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6.14)..Finally I received the green card. Unfortunately my first name is misspelled!
A...File a Form I-90. Note the error was the USCIS's problem. They will not charge you for the I-90 fee but you must follow the special instructions found here instead of the instructions that come with the form. My wife's GC came through with our married name as her middle initial and her maiden name as her last name. This in spite of all records showing things properly with her maiden name as middle initial and our married name as her last name.
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