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Does EAD/AP combo card usually arrive before AOS Interview?

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Hello again VJers!

Here's the situation: I filed my wife's i-485 with i-765 & i-131 on 03/02/2015. Our NOA date was on 03/09/2015 and the Biometrics were done on 03/30/2015. We are currently waiting for her EAD/AP card so she can go pick up her two girls (approved as K2 and already received their visas) in mid-June of this year, hopefully for all of them to be back here on 06/20/2015 due to the cheaper ticket prices.

Anyway, while I was checking USCIS.gov, I found that my wife's AOS interview got scheduled for 06/10/2015. We were hoping she will receive her EAD/AP card by the end of the month so she can go home to pick up the kids, but the interview date kinda throws a proverbial wrench in our plans. However, she is good to leave after the interview date, but we wanted to know your experience regarding EAD/AP arrival dates.

Does the EAD/AP combo card usually arrive before the AOS interview? If it does, can she use it to re-enter the country even after the interview has taken place and the temporary green card is on its way? Will she have to wait the 3-4 weeks after the interview for the temp green card to arrive in order to leave the country?

Thanks in advance, once again!


10/25/2008 - Met on Friendster
12/22/2010 - Met in person in the Philippines for the first time

05/18/2013 - Got engaged

K1 Timeline:

02/28/2014 - I-129F Submitted
04/08/2014 - I-129F NOA2 Received

07/03/2014 - SLEC Medical Appointment 1 (Result: Sputum Culture)

09/18/2014 - SLEC Medical Appointment 2 (Result: Passed)

10/14/2014 - K1 Visa Interview (Result: Approved)

10/23/2014 - K1 Visa Issued

11/09/2014 - Entered USA (POE: Los Angeles)

01/02/2015 - Wedding Day

AOS Timeline:

03/02/2015 - I-485 Submitted (with I-765 & I-131)

03/13/2015 - I-485 NOA Received (with NOA for I-765 & I-131)

03/30/2015 - Biometrics Appointment Completed

05/12/2015 - I-785 & I-131 Approved

05/20/2015 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received

06/10/2015 - AOS Interview (Result: Approved)

06/18/2015 - Conditional Green Card Received

ROC Timeline:

05/15/2017 - I-751 Submitted 
05/26/2017 - I-751 NOA Received 
06/13/2017 - Biometrics Appointment Completed

07/18/2017 - Extension NOA Received (one year extension)
03/05/2018 - I-751 Received by Local Office
04/20/2018 - Infopass Appointment (Result: I-551 Stamp on Passport, six-month extension)

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*** Thread moved from AOS/Family-Based main forum to the Case Progress subforum. ***


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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It usually arrives before the green card approval, through interview or without, because it typically takes it 60-90 days to be approved. Sometimes people get a fast interview date though, and the green card approval beats the EAD/AP approval. Some have received the EAD/AP not long before the interview, so there is still the chance the EAD/AP will be approved and sent to you this month.

Not everyone is approved on the spot at the interview either. If you happen to be approved on the spot, then ask the IO about getting the I-551 temporary stamp in your passport due to your travel plans to pick up the K-2 kids. If not approved on the spot and she still does not have the EAD/AP card, then you are going to have to change your travel plans until she has the green card in her hand.


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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