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Hello!

 

I'm a bit confused by the AOS, EAD, and AP processes. The VJ timeline stats for these 3 indicate that EAD and AP processes may wrap up earlier than the AOS process. Is that true? I would think the green card would come first and then the EAD and AP. 

 

Thanks so much for any insight offered. 

 

~David & Noom


K-1 Visa Timeline

2016.04.18 -- I-129F Received by USCIS

2016.04.20 -- I-129F NOA1

2016.06.29 -- NOA

2016.08.15 -- Bangkok Embassy received our case from NVC

2016.08.23 -- Packet 3 sent to Embassy in Bangkok

2016.08.26 -- Packet 4 email received from Embassy

2016.09.05 -- Medical exam @ 10:30 AM @ BNH

2016.09.07 -- Interview @ 7:30 AM...Visa approved

2016.09.09 -- Visa Received

2016.10.02 -- Entered USA (POE LAX)

2016.11.18...Our Wedding Day 

AOS Timeline

2016.12.30 -- AOS, EAD, and AP applications delivered to Chicago PO

2017.01.21 -- NOA1's received via USPS for I-485 (AOS),  I-131 (AP), and I-765 (EAD)

2017.02.24 -- Biometrics Appointment

2017.04.20 -- AOS & EAD approved; NOA2's received via USPS on 2017.04.23

2017.04.29 -- EAD & AP combo card received

2017.06.06 -- AOS approved!

2017.06.10 -- Green Card received

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The whole reason you file for EAD and AP at the same time as AOS is exactly because the AOS process takes so long. Those give you the proper permissions to go about your life (travel/work) while you wait for the AOS to be adjudicated, which can take quite a while :) And keep in mind that the fee for EAD/AP is waived if you file at the same time as AOS, so you can save yourself some money that way!

 

Hope you and Noom are doing well so far with your life in the US :)


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NVC Received: 21-October-2016 4 days to be received at NVC
NVC Case Number Assigned: 31-October-2016 10 days for case number to be assigned
**Called NVC on 2-November-2016 and she said case and invoice number had been assigned 31-October.**
NVC Welcome Letter Received: 3-November-2016 @ 12:10 AM 3 days from case number assigned until Welcome Letter received and invoices unlocked
IV and AOS Fees Unlocked: 3-November-2016 @ 7:00 AM
IV and AOS Fees Paid: 3-November-2016
DS-260 Unlocked: 7-November-2016 2.5 business days for DS-260 to be unlocked
DS-260 Submitted: 8-November-2016
AOS & IV Documents Sent: 9-November-2016
Scan Date: 14-November-2016 5 days to receive scan date due to a holiday/weekend
Medical expedite requested: 14-December-2016
Medical expedite approved at consulate: 19-December-2016 Expedite approved with consulate but denied at NVC; still need to wait for case complete
Case on Supervisor Review: 22-December-2016
Case sent to the Review Department: 13-January-2017
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Case arrived at consulate/CEAC status "Ready": 1-February-2017
Interview: 21-February-2017   We scheduled our own interview because we had an approved medical expedite with the consulate. By sheer luck we got such a quick interview date because someone cancelled their appointment less than 20 minutes prior
Interview Result: Approved!!
Visa Issued: 21-February-2017     Visa issued same day as interview
DHL tracking information received: 22-February-2017     DHL tracking number appeared 28 hours after interview, scheduled for delivery the next day
Visa in hand: 23-Feb-2017
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 No your line of thinking is incorrect. The EAD and the advance parole come first because ultimately that's the privileges the green card will give you however the green card production takes longer so they approve the work permit and a travel permit in the meantime.   The EAD and the AP card applications are fee free if filed with your green card application.

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Think of it this way, the Green Card trumps the EAD and AP. So if you had a Green Card you will not need an EAD or AP.

 

The Green Card can take months to receive so in the mean time the immigrants can apply for AP (for travel) and EAD (for work) to "hold them over" until the Green Card is approved and arrives.

 

Once the Green Card arrives the LPR no longer uses the EAD/AP card.


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On 1/3/2017 at 2:38 PM, afortunada said:

The whole reason you file for EAD and AP at the same time as AOS is exactly because the AOS process takes so long. Those give you the proper permissions to go about your life (travel/work) while you wait for the AOS to be adjudicated, which can take quite a while :) And keep in mind that the fee for EAD/AP is waived if you file at the same time as AOS, so you can save yourself some money that way!

 

Hope you and Noom are doing well so far with your life in the US :)

Thank you for your response and help! Your explanation is so helpful! Yes,  we are doing so well and are so happy :) All the best to you! 


K-1 Visa Timeline

2016.04.18 -- I-129F Received by USCIS

2016.04.20 -- I-129F NOA1

2016.06.29 -- NOA

2016.08.15 -- Bangkok Embassy received our case from NVC

2016.08.23 -- Packet 3 sent to Embassy in Bangkok

2016.08.26 -- Packet 4 email received from Embassy

2016.09.05 -- Medical exam @ 10:30 AM @ BNH

2016.09.07 -- Interview @ 7:30 AM...Visa approved

2016.09.09 -- Visa Received

2016.10.02 -- Entered USA (POE LAX)

2016.11.18...Our Wedding Day 

AOS Timeline

2016.12.30 -- AOS, EAD, and AP applications delivered to Chicago PO

2017.01.21 -- NOA1's received via USPS for I-485 (AOS),  I-131 (AP), and I-765 (EAD)

2017.02.24 -- Biometrics Appointment

2017.04.20 -- AOS & EAD approved; NOA2's received via USPS on 2017.04.23

2017.04.29 -- EAD & AP combo card received

2017.06.06 -- AOS approved!

2017.06.10 -- Green Card received

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On 1/3/2017 at 2:40 PM, LionessDeon said:

 No your line of thinking is incorrect. The EAD and the advance parole come first because ultimately that's the privileges the green card will give you however the green card production takes longer so they approve the work permit and a travel permit in the meantime.   The EAD and the AP card applications are fee free if filed with your green card application.

Thank you for your response and help! You're always such a great resource and coach. I understand it all now. 


K-1 Visa Timeline

2016.04.18 -- I-129F Received by USCIS

2016.04.20 -- I-129F NOA1

2016.06.29 -- NOA

2016.08.15 -- Bangkok Embassy received our case from NVC

2016.08.23 -- Packet 3 sent to Embassy in Bangkok

2016.08.26 -- Packet 4 email received from Embassy

2016.09.05 -- Medical exam @ 10:30 AM @ BNH

2016.09.07 -- Interview @ 7:30 AM...Visa approved

2016.09.09 -- Visa Received

2016.10.02 -- Entered USA (POE LAX)

2016.11.18...Our Wedding Day 

AOS Timeline

2016.12.30 -- AOS, EAD, and AP applications delivered to Chicago PO

2017.01.21 -- NOA1's received via USPS for I-485 (AOS),  I-131 (AP), and I-765 (EAD)

2017.02.24 -- Biometrics Appointment

2017.04.20 -- AOS & EAD approved; NOA2's received via USPS on 2017.04.23

2017.04.29 -- EAD & AP combo card received

2017.06.06 -- AOS approved!

2017.06.10 -- Green Card received

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On 1/3/2017 at 3:23 PM, NuestraUnion said:

Think of it this way, the Green Card trumps the EAD and AP. So if you had a Green Card you will not need an EAD or AP.

 

The Green Card can take months to receive so in the mean time the immigrants can apply for AP (for travel) and EAD (for work) to "hold them over" until the Green Card is approved and arrives.

 

Once the Green Card arrives the LPR no longer uses the EAD/AP card.

Boy, I had it all messed up, didn't it? Thanks for the great explanation. It all makes sense to me now. I appreciate your help. 


K-1 Visa Timeline

2016.04.18 -- I-129F Received by USCIS

2016.04.20 -- I-129F NOA1

2016.06.29 -- NOA

2016.08.15 -- Bangkok Embassy received our case from NVC

2016.08.23 -- Packet 3 sent to Embassy in Bangkok

2016.08.26 -- Packet 4 email received from Embassy

2016.09.05 -- Medical exam @ 10:30 AM @ BNH

2016.09.07 -- Interview @ 7:30 AM...Visa approved

2016.09.09 -- Visa Received

2016.10.02 -- Entered USA (POE LAX)

2016.11.18...Our Wedding Day 

AOS Timeline

2016.12.30 -- AOS, EAD, and AP applications delivered to Chicago PO

2017.01.21 -- NOA1's received via USPS for I-485 (AOS),  I-131 (AP), and I-765 (EAD)

2017.02.24 -- Biometrics Appointment

2017.04.20 -- AOS & EAD approved; NOA2's received via USPS on 2017.04.23

2017.04.29 -- EAD & AP combo card received

2017.06.06 -- AOS approved!

2017.06.10 -- Green Card received

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AP and EAD will get to you before a green card does. For me it was about a month after my biometrics, while the green card took about 10 months in total.

The AP+EAD card gives the foreign person the option of travelling and working while waiting for the documents to be approved. I used it to get an ID and show I was here legally, without it I would have had nothing but an expired visa.

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On 1/6/2017 at 4:25 PM, FROWNcat said:

AP and EAD will get to you before a green card does. For me it was about a month after my biometrics, while the green card took about 10 months in total.

The AP+EAD card gives the foreign person the option of travelling and working while waiting for the documents to be approved. I used it to get an ID and show I was here legally, without it I would have had nothing but an expired visa.

Thanks so much for your info...very helpful! 


K-1 Visa Timeline

2016.04.18 -- I-129F Received by USCIS

2016.04.20 -- I-129F NOA1

2016.06.29 -- NOA

2016.08.15 -- Bangkok Embassy received our case from NVC

2016.08.23 -- Packet 3 sent to Embassy in Bangkok

2016.08.26 -- Packet 4 email received from Embassy

2016.09.05 -- Medical exam @ 10:30 AM @ BNH

2016.09.07 -- Interview @ 7:30 AM...Visa approved

2016.09.09 -- Visa Received

2016.10.02 -- Entered USA (POE LAX)

2016.11.18...Our Wedding Day 

AOS Timeline

2016.12.30 -- AOS, EAD, and AP applications delivered to Chicago PO

2017.01.21 -- NOA1's received via USPS for I-485 (AOS),  I-131 (AP), and I-765 (EAD)

2017.02.24 -- Biometrics Appointment

2017.04.20 -- AOS & EAD approved; NOA2's received via USPS on 2017.04.23

2017.04.29 -- EAD & AP combo card received

2017.06.06 -- AOS approved!

2017.06.10 -- Green Card received

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