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Been a while since i've been on here as my life feels thoroughly up and running here in California since arriving last July. I have EAD and i'm working, I have AP and a trip home is in the pipeline. SS, taxes and driver license all sorted. For all intents and purposes, i'm living and happy here in the USA.

I filed AOS in Sep 2014 and received an interview waiver letter in December, however I have not heard anything since then. I have read a couple of threads where people have been given an interview despite previously receiving an interview waiver letter, so I guess its prudent for me to be prepared for that. I'm seeing examples where people are still waiting beyond a whole year for AOS to be completed.

What i'm interested to know is what happens to my status if this situation goes on longer than, say, the date on my EAD card? Should I seek to get this renewed? And if so, how close to its expiry should I do this? Anyone have experience of a similar situation?


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Hi all

Been a while since i've been on here as my life feels thoroughly up and running here in California since arriving last July. I have EAD and i'm working, I have AP and a trip home is in the pipeline. SS, taxes and driver license all sorted. For all intents and purposes, i'm living and happy here in the USA.

I filed AOS in Sep 2014 and received an interview waiver letter in December, however I have not heard anything since then. I have read a couple of threads where people have been given an interview despite previously receiving an interview waiver letter, so I guess its prudent for me to be prepared for that. I'm seeing examples where people are still waiting beyond a whole year for AOS to be completed.

What i'm interested to know is what happens to my status if this situation goes on longer than, say, the date on my EAD card? Should I seek to get this renewed? And if so, how close to its expiry should I do this? Anyone have experience of a similar situation?

My wife is in the same boat...just few months behind you.

Yes, you are supposed to renew EAD/AP at about 90 days prior to the expiration.

If your GC is approved during the 90 day window, terrific,

but if not, you at least have renewed EAD/AP on hand.

Also, on your potential interview waiver letter, it should have a project date

on when your case will be processed. Our's was about 6 months out

from the date we received the letter, which was around Sept/2015.

Since you are 3 months ahead of us, I'm speculating that your expected

processing time is around June/2015...so you probably still have about 2 months to go.


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My wife is in the same boat...just few months behind you.

Yes, you are supposed to renew EAD/AP at about 90 days prior to the expiration.

If your GC is approved during the 90 day window, terrific,

but if not, you at least have renewed EAD/AP on hand.

Also, on your potential interview waiver letter, it should have a project date

on when your case will be processed. Our's was about 6 months out

from the date we received the letter, which was around Sept/2015.

Since you are 3 months ahead of us, I'm speculating that your expected

processing time is around June/2015...so you probably still have about 2 months to go.

Great and speedy answer, thank you! Now I remember why I loved this place so much!


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