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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Russia
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I have been taking this whole visa process, step by step. (My mind can only absorb so-fast.)

Natalia will be arriving on the 24th (Jan).

Can I get any input about what my next step or two should be?

I have heard some advise about getting something as soon as she arrives incase she should want to work.

What about SSN?

After the wedding, do we go to our local immigration office?


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Russia
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I have been taking this whole visa process, step by step. (My mind can only absorb so-fast.)

Natalia will be arriving on the 24th (Jan).

Can I get any input about what my next step or two should be?

I have heard some advise about getting something as soon as she arrives incase she should want to work.

What about SSN?

After the wedding, do we go to our local immigration office?

10-14 days after U.S. entry you go to the social security office with the passport with I-94 showing valid K-1 status to apply for a social security number. 10-14 days is generally needed for the I-94 to be entered into SAVE and verify against SSA inquiries. Employment authorization will expire with K-1 status, 90 days after entry, so the legal ability to actually work while in that status is rather limited.

However, having an SSN is generally helpful when applying for a marriage license and joint bank account and joint credit, etc.

After you are married you can file by mail for adjustment of status and for a more formal employment authorization document which will allow her to work more permanently.

Edited by Chris Parker

IR-5 Immediate relative parent of adult U.S. citizen, §201(b)

I-130 [100 Days] (+10 days transiting)

03/30/07 Naturalization oath

03/30/07 I-130 sent to VSC priority mail

04/09/07 NOA "Received Date"

05/08/07 NOA1 issued by CSC, rcvd 05/11/07

07/18/07 I-130 approved!

07/23/07 NOA2 received

NVC [73 Days] (+23 days transiting) ** using James' NVC Shortcuts 2.0 **

08/10/07 NVC received, case number MOS*** assigned

08/20/07 DS-3032 & I-864 fee bill generated

08/23/07 DS-3032 delivered to NVC

08/23/07 I-864 payt delivered to St. Louis

08/27/07 IV fee bill generated

08/28/07 I-864 payt processed

09/03/07 I-864 package generated

09/08/07 IV fee bill received & payt sent

09/11/07 IV payt delivered to St. Louis

09/13/07 I-864 entered onto case

09/17/07 IV payt processed

09/24/07 DS-230 generated

09/25/07 I-864 RFE issued

10/01/07 I-864 RFE & DS-230 delivered to NVC

10/04/07 I-864 RFE & DS-230 entered onto case

10/22/07 Case complete at NVC!

12/10/07 NVC schedules the interview, finally!

12/17/07 Case left NVC

Embassy (Moscow)

12/20/07 Medical exam

01/10/08 Interview APPROVED!

01/15/08 Visa rcvd!

01/26/08 Entered USA

02/04/08 SSN card rcvd (from DS-230 appl./EAE)

02/16,21,25/08 OS155A msg. from TSC

02/28/08 PR card rcvd!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Russia
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Natalia will be arriving on the 24th (Jan).

Can I get any input about what my next step or two should be?

When I ever I see this question I can't help but break out laughing. Especially if the question concerns someone who went through an agency. Because now the lady arrives and the agency is out of the picture and the USC is wondering, what should I do now??? Should I recommend a video? :P

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Russia
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Find a civil surgeon in your area who will not charge you for another pshyical, that you do not need. Find one that will look at your papers, sign them, and seal them in an envelope (assuming she needs no more shots).

If he is charging you more then say 30 bucks, find another.

You need an EAD for her to work. You have to apply for it, and it takes time. Really, check the example forms and guides here on this site. They are very helpful and all you really need.


K1 Visa Process long ago and far away...

02/09/06 - NOA1 date

12/17/06 - Married!

AOS Process a fading memory...

01/31/07 - Mailed AOS/EAD package for Olga and Anya

06/01/07 - Green card arrived in mail

Removing Conditions

03/02/09 - Mailed I-751 package (CSC)

03/06/09 - Check cashed

03/10/09 - Recieved Olga's NOA1

03/28/09 - Olga did biometrics

05/11/09 - Anya recieved NOA1 (took a call to USCIS to take care of it, oddly, they were helpful)

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I was lost after the interview was done and the visa was issued and I didn't go through an agency. I was just under the impression that we were done. I knew there was something to do in order to get the green card but I wasn't sure of what.

A video would be good though!

Most of it's been covered above. Basically, after you get married you'll need to apply for AOS (which will result in her getting a green card) and you can file for EAD AP also. Honestly, I'd advise against both of those as they're really just a waste of money unless she plans on working pretty quickly or going back overseas.


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Getting a SSN number is certainly a good piece of advice just after she arrives, but if you can, wait on the work authorization. First, she is going to need a minimum of two weeks to adjust her body to the new time zone. Give her time to relax and get settled. Spend that time getting re-acquainted. Remember, she is in a whole new environment and it is natural for her to feel uncomfortable. Your job right now is to make her feel at home.

As far as planning a wedding, that depends upon your plans. A civil service through your county can be arranged very quickly and inexpensively if time becomes a problem. You can always have a big ceremonial wedding at a later date since planning a wedding in under 90 days can be difficult.

The longer you can stretch out the time the easier it will be for both of you to adjust to your new lives. However, don't miss the 90 day deadline for marriage. After your marriage you will be preparing for adjustment of status (AOS). This is a little expensive but necessary for her obtaining a green card. In my case, filing for work authorization and advance parole was a waste of time and money. My wife got both about three weeks before her green card. If you can afford to let her be a housewife for a time, then do it.

If you know where there are stores carrying Russian goods, then plan a trip to them after she has been here a while. Let her get accustom to our stores and goods first. I'll tell you that if you take her to a Russian store after about a month of only English spoken stores, you will see such a joy in her face. It is likely that she will relax so much and be very grateful that you thought of taking her there. Embrace her culture while you teach her about ours.

Most of all, show love, care, devotion and kindness. You will be rewarded more than you can believe.

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Basically, after you get married you'll need to apply for AOS (which will result in her getting a green card) and you can file for EAD AP also. Honestly, I'd advise against both of those as they're really just a waste of money unless she plans on working pretty quickly or going back overseas.

Bad advice, especially since they are now included free of charge in the very high I-485 filing fee.


IR-5 Immediate relative parent of adult U.S. citizen, §201(b)

I-130 [100 Days] (+10 days transiting)

03/30/07 Naturalization oath

03/30/07 I-130 sent to VSC priority mail

04/09/07 NOA "Received Date"

05/08/07 NOA1 issued by CSC, rcvd 05/11/07

07/18/07 I-130 approved!

07/23/07 NOA2 received

NVC [73 Days] (+23 days transiting) ** using James' NVC Shortcuts 2.0 **

08/10/07 NVC received, case number MOS*** assigned

08/20/07 DS-3032 & I-864 fee bill generated

08/23/07 DS-3032 delivered to NVC

08/23/07 I-864 payt delivered to St. Louis

08/27/07 IV fee bill generated

08/28/07 I-864 payt processed

09/03/07 I-864 package generated

09/08/07 IV fee bill received & payt sent

09/11/07 IV payt delivered to St. Louis

09/13/07 I-864 entered onto case

09/17/07 IV payt processed

09/24/07 DS-230 generated

09/25/07 I-864 RFE issued

10/01/07 I-864 RFE & DS-230 delivered to NVC

10/04/07 I-864 RFE & DS-230 entered onto case

10/22/07 Case complete at NVC!

12/10/07 NVC schedules the interview, finally!

12/17/07 Case left NVC

Embassy (Moscow)

12/20/07 Medical exam

01/10/08 Interview APPROVED!

01/15/08 Visa rcvd!

01/26/08 Entered USA

02/04/08 SSN card rcvd (from DS-230 appl./EAE)

02/16,21,25/08 OS155A msg. from TSC

02/28/08 PR card rcvd!

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Find a civil surgeon in your area who will not charge you for another pshyical, that you do not need. Find one that will look at your papers, sign them, and seal them in an envelope (assuming she needs no more shots).

In case you didn't get the memo (and USCIS likes to keep it quiet, so many probably don't know it), K-1's are not required to have another medical exam done if their consular medical examination occurred less than 1 year prior the date of filing Form I-485 for adjustment of status.


IR-5 Immediate relative parent of adult U.S. citizen, §201(b)

I-130 [100 Days] (+10 days transiting)

03/30/07 Naturalization oath

03/30/07 I-130 sent to VSC priority mail

04/09/07 NOA "Received Date"

05/08/07 NOA1 issued by CSC, rcvd 05/11/07

07/18/07 I-130 approved!

07/23/07 NOA2 received

NVC [73 Days] (+23 days transiting) ** using James' NVC Shortcuts 2.0 **

08/10/07 NVC received, case number MOS*** assigned

08/20/07 DS-3032 & I-864 fee bill generated

08/23/07 DS-3032 delivered to NVC

08/23/07 I-864 payt delivered to St. Louis

08/27/07 IV fee bill generated

08/28/07 I-864 payt processed

09/03/07 I-864 package generated

09/08/07 IV fee bill received & payt sent

09/11/07 IV payt delivered to St. Louis

09/13/07 I-864 entered onto case

09/17/07 IV payt processed

09/24/07 DS-230 generated

09/25/07 I-864 RFE issued

10/01/07 I-864 RFE & DS-230 delivered to NVC

10/04/07 I-864 RFE & DS-230 entered onto case

10/22/07 Case complete at NVC!

12/10/07 NVC schedules the interview, finally!

12/17/07 Case left NVC

Embassy (Moscow)

12/20/07 Medical exam

01/10/08 Interview APPROVED!

01/15/08 Visa rcvd!

01/26/08 Entered USA

02/04/08 SSN card rcvd (from DS-230 appl./EAE)

02/16,21,25/08 OS155A msg. from TSC

02/28/08 PR card rcvd!

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Russia
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I've also read two schools of thought on the SSN. Some say, get it right away. Others say, if the bride is taking the USC's last name, wait until after the wedding so you don't have to change the new SSN card. I'm curious to hear more discussion on this... (local marriage laws here where I am say a passport is good for ID, so no SSN required for that)


------------------K1 Timeline------------------

05 Jul 2007: Mailed I129F petition

06 Jul 2007: CSC received petition

09 Jul 2007: NOA-1 Issued

10 Jul 2007: My check clears the bank

13 Jul 2007: I receive NOA-1 in the US Mail

19 Nov 2007: Touched

19 Nov 2007: USCIS website shows APPROVED

23 Nov 2007: I receive NOA-2 in the US Mail

12 Dec 2007: NVC receives petition

14 Dec 2007: NVC ships petition to Moscow embassy

19 Dec 2007: Moscow embassy receives petition

26 Feb 2008: Interview at Moscow embassy

13 Mar 2008: Received visa

18 Mar 2008: POE in Atlanta

09 May 2008: Wedding

-----------------AOS Timeline------------------

16 Jun 2008: Submittal for AOS

23 Jun 2008: NOA1 for AOS (I485, I765, I131)

24 Jun 2008: AOS checks cashed

15 Jul 2008: Biometrics appointment

04 Sep 2008: Received I-485 Interview letter

05 Sep 2008: AP/EAD Approved

08 Sep 2008: AP/EAD Received

29 Sep 2008: I-485 Interview (I-551 Stamp received)

07 Oct 2008: Green cards received

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I've also read two schools of thought on the SSN. Some say, get it right away. Others say, if the bride is taking the USC's last name, wait until after the wedding so you don't have to change the new SSN card. I'm curious to hear more discussion on this... (local marriage laws here where I am say a passport is good for ID, so no SSN required for that)

Marriage has absolutely nothing to do with eligibility to apply for the SSN.

True, you will have to go back to SSA to change the name on the SSN card after married, but you might want to wait on doing that until you know what name USCIS chooses to put on the EAD and, later, the permanent resident card before you do that. SSN name match verification is becoming a big deal these days. Once you change it, you cannot change it back.

True, most states will issue a marriage license without an SSN, but most require you to give it on the application if you have one to become part of the marriage record and for indexing purposes (and for child support enforcement purposes, etc.).

If you don't apply for the SSN early, you may be forced to live without it several months when you want to have it.

My advice, take every benefit available to you as soon as you are eligible. That is usually in your best interest, isn't it? Unless you like to have the government give you (or more particularly, your wife) a hard time for neglecting to do basic things.

Edited by Chris Parker

IR-5 Immediate relative parent of adult U.S. citizen, §201(b)

I-130 [100 Days] (+10 days transiting)

03/30/07 Naturalization oath

03/30/07 I-130 sent to VSC priority mail

04/09/07 NOA "Received Date"

05/08/07 NOA1 issued by CSC, rcvd 05/11/07

07/18/07 I-130 approved!

07/23/07 NOA2 received

NVC [73 Days] (+23 days transiting) ** using James' NVC Shortcuts 2.0 **

08/10/07 NVC received, case number MOS*** assigned

08/20/07 DS-3032 & I-864 fee bill generated

08/23/07 DS-3032 delivered to NVC

08/23/07 I-864 payt delivered to St. Louis

08/27/07 IV fee bill generated

08/28/07 I-864 payt processed

09/03/07 I-864 package generated

09/08/07 IV fee bill received & payt sent

09/11/07 IV payt delivered to St. Louis

09/13/07 I-864 entered onto case

09/17/07 IV payt processed

09/24/07 DS-230 generated

09/25/07 I-864 RFE issued

10/01/07 I-864 RFE & DS-230 delivered to NVC

10/04/07 I-864 RFE & DS-230 entered onto case

10/22/07 Case complete at NVC!

12/10/07 NVC schedules the interview, finally!

12/17/07 Case left NVC

Embassy (Moscow)

12/20/07 Medical exam

01/10/08 Interview APPROVED!

01/15/08 Visa rcvd!

01/26/08 Entered USA

02/04/08 SSN card rcvd (from DS-230 appl./EAE)

02/16,21,25/08 OS155A msg. from TSC

02/28/08 PR card rcvd!

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Find a civil surgeon in your area who will not charge you for another pshyical, that you do not need. Find one that will look at your papers, sign them, and seal them in an envelope (assuming she needs no more shots).

In case you didn't get the memo (and USCIS likes to keep it quiet, so many probably don't know it), K-1's are not required to have another medical exam done if their consular medical examination occurred less than 1 year prior the date of filing Form I-485 for adjustment of status.

*I did get the memo, in fact, that is excatly as I said. "find a civil surgeon who will not charge you for another physical you do not need" ... hence, most civil surgeons are the ones who didn't get the memo, or, they ignore it and tryy to a$$ rape gulible people into paying 300 bucks for something they do not need. That is the reason I gave the advice. I thought it was good advice, but that is subjective.

I've also read two schools of thought on the SSN. Some say, get it right away. Others say, if the bride is taking the USC's last name, wait until after the wedding so you don't have to change the new SSN card. I'm curious to hear more discussion on this... (local marriage laws here where I am say a passport is good for ID, so no SSN required for that)

Marriage has absolutely nothing to do with eligibility to apply for the SSN.

True, you will have to go back to SSA to change the name on the SSN card after married, but you might want to wait on doing that until you know what name USCIS chooses to put on the EAD and, later, the permanent resident card before you do that. SSN name match verification is becoming a big deal these days. Once you change it, you cannot change it back.

True, most states will issue a marriage license without an SSN, but most require you to give it on the application if you have one to become part of the marriage record and for indexing purposes (and for child support enforcement purposes, etc.).

If you don't apply for the SSN early, you may be forced to live without it several months when you want to have it.

My advice, take every benefit available to you as soon as you are eligible. That is usually in your best interest, isn't it? Unless you like to have the government give you (or more particularly, your wife) a hard time for neglecting to do basic things.

It depends what state you live in. ** Oh nm, I see you contridicted yourself here. You do see that it does have something to do with getting married depending on the state you live in.

Edited by Chuckles

K1 Visa Process long ago and far away...

02/09/06 - NOA1 date

12/17/06 - Married!

AOS Process a fading memory...

01/31/07 - Mailed AOS/EAD package for Olga and Anya

06/01/07 - Green card arrived in mail

Removing Conditions

03/02/09 - Mailed I-751 package (CSC)

03/06/09 - Check cashed

03/10/09 - Recieved Olga's NOA1

03/28/09 - Olga did biometrics

05/11/09 - Anya recieved NOA1 (took a call to USCIS to take care of it, oddly, they were helpful)

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Russia
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Natalia will be arriving on the 24th (Jan).

Can I get any input about what my next step or two should be?

When I ever I see this question I can't help but break out laughing. Especially if the question concerns someone who went through an agency. Because now the lady arrives and the agency is out of the picture and the USC is wondering, what should I do now??? Should I recommend a video? :P

Well aren't you Mister smart-Azz today... but I will let it slide because I'm in a good mood.

:)

PS: I'm to tight to use an agency ;)

Edited by Danno

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Argentina
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*Apply for SSN 2 weeks after her arrival

*Get married! :dance:

*Apply for AOS, EAD & AP asap after marriage

The K1 flowchart takes you all the way to naturalization, and the AOS guide will tell you step by step how to apply for AOS (remember to look up the "example forms". follow it, and you'll be fine :thumbs:

Good Luck and enjoy your wedding and new life together! :thumbs:

Saludos,

Caro


***Justin And Caro***
Happily married and enjoying our life together!

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Russia
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Thanks for the input, all. It was always my intention to apply for the SSN 2 weeks after Natasha's arrival, I just wanted to read any relevant discussion on the topic. Thanks again!


------------------K1 Timeline------------------

05 Jul 2007: Mailed I129F petition

06 Jul 2007: CSC received petition

09 Jul 2007: NOA-1 Issued

10 Jul 2007: My check clears the bank

13 Jul 2007: I receive NOA-1 in the US Mail

19 Nov 2007: Touched

19 Nov 2007: USCIS website shows APPROVED

23 Nov 2007: I receive NOA-2 in the US Mail

12 Dec 2007: NVC receives petition

14 Dec 2007: NVC ships petition to Moscow embassy

19 Dec 2007: Moscow embassy receives petition

26 Feb 2008: Interview at Moscow embassy

13 Mar 2008: Received visa

18 Mar 2008: POE in Atlanta

09 May 2008: Wedding

-----------------AOS Timeline------------------

16 Jun 2008: Submittal for AOS

23 Jun 2008: NOA1 for AOS (I485, I765, I131)

24 Jun 2008: AOS checks cashed

15 Jul 2008: Biometrics appointment

04 Sep 2008: Received I-485 Interview letter

05 Sep 2008: AP/EAD Approved

08 Sep 2008: AP/EAD Received

29 Sep 2008: I-485 Interview (I-551 Stamp received)

07 Oct 2008: Green cards received

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Find a civil surgeon in your area who will not charge you for another pshyical, that you do not need. Find one that will look at your papers, sign them, and seal them in an envelope (assuming she needs no more shots).

In case you didn't get the memo (and USCIS likes to keep it quiet, so many probably don't know it), K-1's are not required to have another medical exam done if their consular medical examination occurred less than 1 year prior the date of filing Form I-485 for adjustment of status.

*I did get the memo, in fact, that is excatly as I said. "find a civil surgeon who will not charge you for another physical you do not need" ... hence, most civil surgeons are the ones who didn't get the memo, or, they ignore it and tryy to a$$ rape gulible people into paying 300 bucks for something they do not need. That is the reason I gave the advice. I thought it was good advice, but that is subjective.

My point is the civil surgeon is not responsible for determining if you need another medical exam or not. If you go to him for an exam, he should give you a new exam, even if you actually don't need it. Maybe it has been more than 1 year since your consular medical exam, how would he know? (he is not responsible for determining if you need another exam)

USCIS will look at the new exam too if you give it to them at the interview.


IR-5 Immediate relative parent of adult U.S. citizen, §201(b)

I-130 [100 Days] (+10 days transiting)

03/30/07 Naturalization oath

03/30/07 I-130 sent to VSC priority mail

04/09/07 NOA "Received Date"

05/08/07 NOA1 issued by CSC, rcvd 05/11/07

07/18/07 I-130 approved!

07/23/07 NOA2 received

NVC [73 Days] (+23 days transiting) ** using James' NVC Shortcuts 2.0 **

08/10/07 NVC received, case number MOS*** assigned

08/20/07 DS-3032 & I-864 fee bill generated

08/23/07 DS-3032 delivered to NVC

08/23/07 I-864 payt delivered to St. Louis

08/27/07 IV fee bill generated

08/28/07 I-864 payt processed

09/03/07 I-864 package generated

09/08/07 IV fee bill received & payt sent

09/11/07 IV payt delivered to St. Louis

09/13/07 I-864 entered onto case

09/17/07 IV payt processed

09/24/07 DS-230 generated

09/25/07 I-864 RFE issued

10/01/07 I-864 RFE & DS-230 delivered to NVC

10/04/07 I-864 RFE & DS-230 entered onto case

10/22/07 Case complete at NVC!

12/10/07 NVC schedules the interview, finally!

12/17/07 Case left NVC

Embassy (Moscow)

12/20/07 Medical exam

01/10/08 Interview APPROVED!

01/15/08 Visa rcvd!

01/26/08 Entered USA

02/04/08 SSN card rcvd (from DS-230 appl./EAE)

02/16,21,25/08 OS155A msg. from TSC

02/28/08 PR card rcvd!

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