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    My fiance and I have decided to apply for AOS instead of spousal visa.   But we will not be able to do the wedding and submit the AOS application before my fiance's visa entry expires.  I read before that there is a small chance that my fiance could be detained for overstaying her visa.  But we also need to travel before our wedding.  Will it be a problem to take flights after the visa entry expires?  Would we be better to stick to other forms of transport?  Thanks in advance for any thoughts or experience you have...
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    Will my husband be allowed in the US or will he lose his green card?
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    My husband got his green card in January 2020. In March 2021, we travelled to the UK to visit his family so they could meet our daughter. We stayed for six months. We returned to the US in September. I was accepted into a Master's programme in the UK, so we left at the end of September after I got my visa, and we've been here in the UK since (nine months). I am at the end of my course now, and was hoping to go back to the US soon.

    However, when we go back to the US, will my husband be required to give up his green card? Since we stayed in the US for three weeks between trips, will they just consider the two trips as one and combine the two times? Or will they divide it up by calender year? We have paid taxes, still have our US bank accounts, and we haven't established any 'permanent' ties here, as we haven't rented or bought any property, and we are living in student accomodation. My husband has a job here, but he's also been occassionally doing some remote work for his old boss from the States.

    Is there any chance he will be allowed to resume residency in the US, or should we start looking at alternative options?

    Thank you very much for your assistance!

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    EAD received, no SSN
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    Hello, two weeks ago we received my husband s Employment authorization card in the mail. We checked that he needs a SSN in the paperwork. I m just wondering what the typical wait time for the SSN is (he is eager to start working). I have seen some threads that say it doesn t come until after the green card but doesn t it make more sense that it would come with the employment authorization so he can begin working/paying taxes? Do we need to contact the SSA office? Any advice would be appreciated.

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    How long could ds260 resubmitting takes to be reviewed?
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    Pleas anyone with ideal of how long it could take embassy to response after 221g resubmition of ds260 as they asked. Been submitted for more than two months now yet hear nothing from them. Its frustrating as the second medical I was asked to do will also expired in two weeks time.

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    K1 Visa Refused Statuse
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    Just three weeks ago, our NVC status was that our application was being sent to Guangzhou Embassy and that my fiancee would receive the instruction packet. A few days ago, the status changed to refuse? My fiancee did not get the instruction packet or was afforded an opportunity to be interviewed? Does anyone know what is going on? Any help is much appreciated.


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    F-1 Administrative Processing
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    I applied for an F-1 visa with group handling through my university (we send a couple hundred students every semester, the uni is well-known by the Embassy). I was placed in AP (date of interview May 19th), and they asked me to fill a DS 5535 form (questionnaire on travel history, document history, emails, phones, social media, family members and employment history). I sent it back on the evening of the 19th. They also told me to keep my passport and wait for an email from the Embassy that tells me to deliver it to them once they're done processing me.

    My status tracker showed "Rejected" and the text that mentions you were either rejected or put in AP. The status was also updated on May 27th, but still shows the same text. It's been 41 days, the Embassy replied to zero emails and the consular office can't be contacted by phone.

    I'm rather worried, anyone has some similar experiences or can give some advice?

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