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Can't Work till EAD/Can't Drive Till AOS? -what to do??

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Hi All,

I have been reading everybody's posts and it seems that nobody has addressed this topic yet -- just what does the Alien Fiance(e) do while waiting for the AOS and EAD to be approved, specificially with regard to WORKING and DRIVING. Would you please confirm that this is your situations as well? --

- He/she cannot work till the EAD is issued (which seems to be on average ~3 months from the time one submits the I-765 and I-486). So I am curious to know what has everyone's experience been, to overcome the anxiety and boredom of not being unable to work and earning income?

- He/she cannot even drive(!!) till the AOS is approved and green card issued? -- we went to the Driver's License office here in Denver, and they told us that they cannot issue anything (non-driving ID, Driver's Permit) until a K1 Fiance has adjusted his/her status). So again, what has everyone's experience been during this long process of waiting?

I am having a hard time imagining that all of the K1 Fiances on this Forum walking around carrying their Foreign Passports as the only means of identifications, and can't work, and can't drive for these long months? Or am I missing something here??

I'm being sincere here, please give me some pointers here if you will kindly please. My fiance and I have done all of our due diligence - got the K1 Visa, got married, sent out the I-765 and I-486 packages and done the Biometrics appt. Now he still can't DRIVE and can't WORK, please let me know what ideas and suggestions you have come up with or are using to overcome these next few months of WAITING....(to exhale) ;-)

Please let me know your thoughts.

Thanks a lot!

Ellen and Reybel

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It's hard !

I decided to paint the inside of the house - kept me busy !

It wasn't so difficult here in Wisconsin as as soon as I got the EAD then I got a state ID and then they also let me get the driver's permit and then do the tests and get a licence before the green card.

We didn't have enough for a 2nd car at first so I got a local server's job that I could walk to !!


Me - Gloucester England Him - Green Bay Wisconsin

1/10/05 Adjustment of status applied for for my son and I

1/19/05 Documents received and process started in Chicago

2/24/05 Fingerprinting and Biometrics done in Milwaukee

3/4/05 received in the post

3/7/05 Applied at local office in Green Bay for SSN

3/8/05 Received a print out of SSN number from the office and card is on it's way !

3/10/05 Got a job ! Server at Smokey Bones - will do for now while I'm looking for the right job !

3/16/05 card arrives

3/18/05 Got state ID Card

5/20/05 Appt interview letter received for 29th June 2005

6/16/05 After 3 interviews with Associated Bank have been offered a Personal Bankers Position to start on july 5th - excellent news 40 hours !!!

6/25/05 Passed my driving test !

6/29/05 APPROVED - Adjustment of status interview - Milwaukee

7/8/05 Green cards arrived for both my son and I

05/10/07 documents sent to lift conditions

05/24/07 letters rec'd extending green card and biometrics letters rec'd for 06/11/2007

06/11/07 Biometrics done in Milwaukee

04/11/08 letters received from UCIS transferring case to California from Nebraska service centre

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you are not considered a resident until you get your GC, so you can drive if you have a valid foreign driver's license. I don't know about Denver, but in NY state you can drive on your home coutry's driving license.


JD AND JIYA ( K1 Journey)

Service Center : Vermont Service Center

Consulate : London, United Kingdom

I-129F Sent : 12-05-2005

NOA1 : 12-13-2005

I-129F NOA2 : 02-09-2006

Estimates/Stats : I-129f was approved in 66 days.

NVC Received : 02-16-2006

NVC Left : 02-22-2006

Consulate Received : 02-25-2006

Packet 3 Received : 03-03-2006

Packet 3 Sent : 03-04-2006

Packet 4 received : 04-10-2006

Interview: 04-27-2006 APPROVED

Visa Arrived: May 4th, 2006 YAY

AOS

8/8/2006: Sent AOS

08/29/2006: Transferred to CSC

09/06/06: Biometric done

09/06/06: CSC recieved case (email notification)

09/08/2006: Touched

09/19/2006: Touched

09/20/2006: Touched

01/15/2007: Touched

02/07/2007: Touched RFE Notice via email :(

03/01/2007: Touched RFE recieved notice

03/02/2007: GC Approved

03/07/2007: GC sent to me

03/09/2007: GC in hand

AP AND EAD

8/8/2006: Sent

10/26/2006: AP Approved

10/26/2006: EAD touched

10/27/2006: EAD touched

10/31/2006: EAD Approved

11/07/2006: EAD recieved in the mail

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illinois issued me a DL on account of my canadian driver's license. so i was pretty mobile while waiting for my EAD.

no work? time flies. enjoy it . once you start working, you'll be looking forward to your vacation days.


K1 process

Filed - late Oct 2004

Interview - montreal embassy - April 2005 : approved

aAOS process:

Filed AOS, EAD ,AP - Aug 19, 2005

Received Notice of Receipt - Aug 23, 2005

AP approval via email - Nov 1 touched, Nov 2 and Nov 3, 2005

AP in the mail- Nov 08, 2005

Infopass appt - Nov 25

-- informed that my EAD has already been approved!!; given appt for biometrics.

Biometrics for EAD - Nov 25, 2005

EAD email approval - Nov 29, 2005

EAD card in the mail - Nov 30, 2005

---- validity started Nov 01; means they've approved it as early as Nov 01 and further processing was stalled bec i have not done my biotmetrics ( well, how could i? they told me to wait for an appt letter from them! ) anyways, job search starts for me now.

Biometrics - April 2006

AOS Interview - Oct 2, 2006 - APPROVED

2 yr GC received 2 wks later.

751 process

Filed papers - mid Sept 2008.

Biometrics - Nov 2008

10 yrs GC received - Dec 23, 2008

Citizenhip process

Filed papers - March 26, 2010

Biometrics - late May 2010

Interview - July 14, 2010

Oath taking - July 19, 2010

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My husband did odd jobs around the house, looked into ESL classes and complained for 2 months. He had "temp autho" from JFK so he worked until his I94 expired. Now is working because he go this EAD.

You just have to be patient.


Traveled to Morocco on Aug 3rd, 2005

Got Engaged on Aug 16th, 2005

Left Morocco on Aug 19th, 2005

08-29-05 Filed I129F

01-09-06 Interview Date (9am) We were not approved today, I guess we got a 221g of the damn S. Korea Police Certificate that Casablanca said we didn't need.

03/03/06 Turn in Passport at 9am

03/15/06 Visa Issued

03/31/06 Enter USA via JFK

05/15/06 Wedding for Visa

06/10/06 Mailed AOS papers

07/06/06 Biometerics Apt

07/15/06 My offical wedding day....I know .....:-)

07/10/06 Touched

08/25/06 EAD Approvel

09/01/06 EAD in Hand

09/26/06 AOS Interview (Recommend for Approval)

10-05-06 Received Welcome Letter

10-10-06 Green Card Arrived.

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Here in Texas they will give you Driver's License when you have an SSN number, I cant work yet since my case is pending. so it's so pretty boring since my husband was deployed to Iraq. I watch tv, surf the net, go to ESL class, drive around and sometimes crying hehehehehe It's been 4 months now that i have nothing to do except those things mentioned above.

If she want's she can find a volunteer work or enroll in short courses classes. Hope the husband/wife can do something about it because now that I have no husband coz he is deployed it's really really pretty hard, im alone and it's so hard for me, its boring, lonely, feel like crying everyday and etc.

I went to the mall or met my new friends but still it's really different, when you go home you will still feel bored.

Do something for your wife or for your husband because she is new here in this country she cant decide yet on her own they need you.


july 21 - sent it to chicago

July 31 - receipt number

August 3 - Noa 2

August 16 - biometrics

August 29 - transfered to Vermont Service Center

August 30 to October 4 - Never touched

October 5 - recieved my case

October 6 - touched and received email from CRIS THAT they have recieved my case for processing. Thanks !

october 7 - touched! gosh! they are working with my case now!!!

october 9 - touched again almost everyday they touched it!

october 13 - touched again

October 16 - touched

October 26 - touched again after 10 days..

October 26 - at 5:20 pm I received a letter from CRIS that my case was approved and they ordered my new card.

October 27 - touched and received email that they sent the welcome letter hhehehehe

October 28 - sent welcome notice

October 30 - touched

October 31 - touched

October 31 - no welcome notice...but GREEN CARD IS HERE!!![/color]

( in my Green Card it says that I am legal resident here in the US starting October 23, 2006)

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NJ will issue license, photo ID, etc. with EAD, SSN, Marriage Cert, proof of residency, and you bypass the road test if you can show them a valid driver license from your country.


*Karen -- Jamaica ....... Courtney -- New Jersey*

09-12-05 - AOS filed

04-21-06 - AOS Interview

04-27-06 - Approval

05-17-06 - Green Card in hand

02-11-08 - File to remove conditions

03-15-08 - Biometrics

03-18-09 - Approved - No interview (Card production ordered)

03-24-09 - 10-year card arrives!

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Hi,

No EAD/AP here altho it's nearing 90 days since our submission because someone at USCIS screwed up. My husband takes the conservative approach on the interpretation of "resident" in California and hence, I can't drive, although I used to drive back and I passed my driving test here, because I don't have the EAD or GC for them to issue the driving licence to me.

Yup, I have been sitting at home, twiddling my thumbs till I get those things. To keep myself occuppied, I clean the house and cook. I chat online with my friends and read. And slowly go crazy.

It helps that my husband is there when I suffer from my nervous breakdowns from all this stress. I think I am undergoing more stress right now than my years as an investment banker working 60 hour weeks.

Good luck!

P/S: My timeline is under my husband's userid "Miwa".

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What??! but i thought.. i read.. whatever!! Anyway, my friends and i were assuming that after i get my ssn then i can work temporarily because i submitted my I-94 while applying for ssn. But after i get married I should apply for EAD and stop working till i get approved?

Corrections pls!! Thanks!


(CHECK MY PROFILE INFORMATION FOR COMPLETE SIGNATURE)

August 19, 2006 VISA ON HAND!!!

September 5, 2006- POE @ SFO

September 8, 2006- Applied for SSN

SSN arrived more than a month after.. GRRR!!

November 8, 2006- MARRIED @ San Francisco City Hall

November 21, 2006- Received official marriage certificate

Dec. 19, 2006- sent out AOS

Jan. 3, 2007- Cashed cheques for AOS and EAD

March 15, 2007- AOS interview; APPROVED!!

March 23, 2007- Welcome letter/notice received from mail

March 27, 2007- GREENCARD

Sept 5, 2007 - my first anniversary in the U.S

Jan 30, 2009 - Mailed I-751 removal of conditional residence status

Feb 2, 2009 - Package mailed 10:22 AM at Laguna Niguel, CA (CSC)

Feb 5, 2009 - Check cashed

Feb 26, 2009 Biometrics

The Newlyweds: DJ and PRINCESS

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- Volunteering for a good cause

- Babysitting

- Petsitting/petwalking

Any ideas?


I-485 AOS Timeline:

September 14, 2006- AOS package filed

September 20, 2006 - NOA1 for both AOS & EAD

September 27, 2006 - Biometrics appt letter recieved

October 5, 2006- Biometrics taken

October 10, 2006 - both I485 & EAD touched

November 1, 2006 - I485 touched

November 21, 2006 - still waiting ......

December 7,8,9 - touched

December 11, 2006- approval notice via email

December 15, 2006 - EAD arrives in mail with the wrong dates (03/21/07-03/20/08)

December 18, 2006 -InfoPass re: wrong dates (fixing the card will take another 90 days...)

January 13, 15, 2007-both I485, EAD touched

February 25, 2007 - Initial interview letter recieved in mail

April 18, 2007-Interview!

May 7, 2007- Approval notice sent

May 11, 2007-Permanent Residency Card arrived in mail

February 2, 2009- I -751 filed

February 6, 2009- NOA received

April 8, 2009- I 751 approved!

June 20, 2009- GC received

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oh here... i read it here:

http://www.theworldoffilipinas.com/forum/i...amp;#entry16046

i need to work! i'm desperate.... :crying:


(CHECK MY PROFILE INFORMATION FOR COMPLETE SIGNATURE)

August 19, 2006 VISA ON HAND!!!

September 5, 2006- POE @ SFO

September 8, 2006- Applied for SSN

SSN arrived more than a month after.. GRRR!!

November 8, 2006- MARRIED @ San Francisco City Hall

November 21, 2006- Received official marriage certificate

Dec. 19, 2006- sent out AOS

Jan. 3, 2007- Cashed cheques for AOS and EAD

March 15, 2007- AOS interview; APPROVED!!

March 23, 2007- Welcome letter/notice received from mail

March 27, 2007- GREENCARD

Sept 5, 2007 - my first anniversary in the U.S

Jan 30, 2009 - Mailed I-751 removal of conditional residence status

Feb 2, 2009 - Package mailed 10:22 AM at Laguna Niguel, CA (CSC)

Feb 5, 2009 - Check cashed

Feb 26, 2009 Biometrics

The Newlyweds: DJ and PRINCESS

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Everyone,

My wife and I went to the California DMV to get her an ID card, but we couldn't get it because her I-94 had expired a week before. Now we have to wait for EAD.

If you want your spouse to get a CA ID or DL, be sure to go prior to expiration of the I-94.


K1 Timeline:

12-22-05 I-129F mailed to CSC

12-27-05 USCIS receives I-129f

01-03-06 NOA1 by mail

03-14-06 NOA2 Case Approved

03-21-06 NVC sent case to BKK

03-27-06 BKK Embassy email "no record of my case"

03-27-06 NVC approval letter rcvd

03-30-06 BKK Embassy confirms case by email

03-31-06 Fiancee Medical passed

04-07-06 Packet 3 rcvd

04-20-06 Packet 4 rcvd

05-26-06 Interview 730am VISA APPROVED!!!

05-30-06 Pick up Visa 3pm

06-16-06 Arrived in USA POE LAX

07-05-06 Applied for SS Card

08-18-06 Married

AOS Timeline:

10-13-06 Mailed AOS packet

10-16-06 AOS rcvd CHI lockbox

10-25-06 AOS Touched

11-04-06 Biometrics Appt

01-09-07 AOS Interview APPROVED!!!

01-10-07 email Welcome letter sent

01-09-07 email AP approved

01-12-07 email EAD approved

01-16-07 Welcome letter rcvd in the mail

01-18-07 EAD card rcvd in the mail

01-23-07 AP approval rcvd in mail

02-05-07 GreenCard in mail

03-07-07 Vacation in Thailand

03-15-07 Traditional Thai wedding

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What??! but i thought.. i read.. whatever!! Anyway, my friends and i were assuming that after i get my ssn then i can work temporarily because i submitted my I-94 while applying for ssn. But after i get married I should apply for EAD and stop working till i get approved?

Corrections pls!! Thanks!

You shouldnt be working at all. You should have also kept your I-94 as you need it to file for AOS. Your SS card should've stated you could not work unless properly authorized or something to that affect. The only way you can legally work in the US when you come in on a K1 visa is to wait and file EAD with your AOS and wait for that to get approved, THEN you can work OR if you have a green card. Besides that, you should not be working. SSN or not.


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I'm curious about everyone who says they were driving on their foreign license. How were you insured? I work in insurance and any policy I've come across explicitly states that any driver who lives in my household is NOT covered by my policy and therefore can't drive my car. My insurance also will not insure you without a valid U.S. license. How did you all get around this?

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I was allowed to drive on my Canadian driver's license until my EAD arrived and I was able to get a Georgia license. My husband added me to his existing insurance with Allstate the week I arrived. They asked for information about my driving history and I believe a copy of my Ontario license. We had absolutely no problems. He has dealt with the same insurance company for about 30 years and the same agent for many years so I don't know if this is normal or not. I don't recall if they required a copy of my previous proof of insurance or not since it was several years ago now.

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