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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Morocco
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I'm curious to know if anyone else is adjusting status the same way i am..... My f-1 visa expires may 2010.. so i still have 2 years on it....

is the process typically easier for people who are already in the U.S??

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Mexico
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I'm adjusting from F-1. The only way it's easier compared to others is because you won't need to return to your home country and apply for a fiance's visa, which usually takes 6 months (if I'm not mistaken) to be processed. After being approved, you will be able to enter the US and allowed to get married and file for Adjustment of status.

Since you are an F-1, you'll be able to apply here in the US since there wasn't an intensional reason for you to come to the statues but to study not getting married. The fact that you met your sweetheart, well that's just matters of the heart and immigration cannot blame you for that.

Check my timeline for a better idea, I entered back in 2000 as an F-1, finished college and started working under the OPT work permit and while on OPT I got married.

P.S. Just make sure to get married before either your F-1 or OPT expires.

Edited by GueraYTavo

05/01/08 Green Card in mailbox!!

06/05/10 Real GREEN Card RECEIVED!

01/17/13 Sent application for US Citizenship!!!

01/19/13 Arrived to Arizona Lockbox

01/24/13 Notice of Action

01/25/13 Check cashed

01/28/13 NOA received by mail and biometrics letter mailed as per uscis.gov

02/14/13 Biometrics appointment

03/18/13 In-line for inteview

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My portuguese wife is also adjusting from F-1, and from what I have seen so far, the timeline seems to be pretty similar to other people who are adjusting status from K-1 or K-3.


I-130, AOS, AP, & EAD

2008-02-07 - Filing Date

2008-02-13 - NOA1 Date (NBC - Everything)

2008-02-28 - Biometrics Appt.

2008-03-03 - RFE (Medical Exam)

2008-03-10 - Medical Exam

2008-03-21 - Exam Received at CIS

2008-04-14 - EAD card production ordered

2008-04-14 - AP Approval Notice Sent

2008-04-16 - EAD card production ordered AGAIN?

2008-04-18 - AP received in the mail

2008-04-21 - EAD approval notice sent

2008-04-21 - EAD card received in the mail

2008-04-24 - Notice of Interview Received

2008-05-02 - 06-03 Interview Cancelled (#######?!)

2008-06-03 - WE WENT ANYWAY - APPROVED! (stamp in passport)

I-751

2010-03-06 - Sent I-751

2010-03-09 - NOA1 Receipt Date

2010-03-16 - Received NOA1 in mail

2010-03-19 - Biometrics Notice Date

2010-03-27 - Received Biometrics Notice in mail

2010-04-14 - Biometrics Appointment

2010-04-27 - Card Production Ordered

2010-05-02 - Approval Notice Received

2010-05-05 - Card in Hand

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Australia
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I, too, am adjusting from F-1!


04/26/2000 -- Met at college

07/02/2004 -- Started dating...

01/03/2008 -- Married!

02/26/2008 -- Filed I-130, I-131, I-485, I-765 to Chicago Lockbox via USPS

02/27/2008 -- V Bustamante signs for package at Chicago

04/02/2008 -- Checks cashed! Finally!!

04/05/2008 -- NOAs for I-130, I-131, I-485, I-765

04/08/2008 -- Biometrics scheduled for 4/22/2008

04/22/2008 -- Biometrics done! Took all of 20 minutes...wow.

04/25/2008 -- I-131 Approval Notice Sent! Yay!

04/30/2008 -- EAD Card Production ordered

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Germany
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I also adjusted from F1. Good luck.


AOS from F1 visa

05/02/2007 AOS Package delivered to Chicago Lockbox Day 1

05/25/2007 Biometrics appointment Day 24

07/26/2007 Interview Day 86 Approved

08/06/2007 Green card received Day 97

Removal of Conditions

04/28/2009 I-751 delivered to CSC Day 1

06/27/2009 Biometrics appointment (walk-in) Day 60

07/20/2009 Approval notice issued Day 83

07/22/2009 Received card production email Day 85

07/27/2009 Received green card & approval notice Day 90

Beibehaltungsgenehmigung (BBG)

08/03/2009 Submitted application to German consulate in L.A.

11/20/2009 Approval notice issued Day 109

US Citizenship

04/27/2010 Submitted N400

04/28/2010 N400 delivered Day 1

05/10/2010 Check cashed Day 12

05/13/2010 Received NOA (NOA was issued on 05/10) Day 15

05/20/2010 Received Biometrics notice Day 22

06/11/2010 Biometrics appointment (walk-in) Day 44

06/22/2010 Online Status changed to Testing & Interview Day 55

06/23/2010 Received interview notice in the mail Day 56

07/26/2010 Interview Day 89 Approved

08/24/2010 Oath Ceremony Day 118

My card making blog: http://silkeshimazu.wordpress.com/

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Mexico
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Let's make this our little thread, "F-1 STUDENTS ADJUSTING STATUS" what do you think?? on the 17th, we'll have our interview and pretty much I'll b done. If somebody needs help or questions I'll be glad to help you out mates!

Edited by GueraYTavo

05/01/08 Green Card in mailbox!!

06/05/10 Real GREEN Card RECEIVED!

01/17/13 Sent application for US Citizenship!!!

01/19/13 Arrived to Arizona Lockbox

01/24/13 Notice of Action

01/25/13 Check cashed

01/28/13 NOA received by mail and biometrics letter mailed as per uscis.gov

02/14/13 Biometrics appointment

03/18/13 In-line for inteview

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I think that is a great idea! Seconded!


I-130, AOS, AP, & EAD

2008-02-07 - Filing Date

2008-02-13 - NOA1 Date (NBC - Everything)

2008-02-28 - Biometrics Appt.

2008-03-03 - RFE (Medical Exam)

2008-03-10 - Medical Exam

2008-03-21 - Exam Received at CIS

2008-04-14 - EAD card production ordered

2008-04-14 - AP Approval Notice Sent

2008-04-16 - EAD card production ordered AGAIN?

2008-04-18 - AP received in the mail

2008-04-21 - EAD approval notice sent

2008-04-21 - EAD card received in the mail

2008-04-24 - Notice of Interview Received

2008-05-02 - 06-03 Interview Cancelled (#######?!)

2008-06-03 - WE WENT ANYWAY - APPROVED! (stamp in passport)

I-751

2010-03-06 - Sent I-751

2010-03-09 - NOA1 Receipt Date

2010-03-16 - Received NOA1 in mail

2010-03-19 - Biometrics Notice Date

2010-03-27 - Received Biometrics Notice in mail

2010-04-14 - Biometrics Appointment

2010-04-27 - Card Production Ordered

2010-05-02 - Approval Notice Received

2010-05-05 - Card in Hand

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Germany
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I adjusted status last year so if someone has a question feel free to pm me. Silke


AOS from F1 visa

05/02/2007 AOS Package delivered to Chicago Lockbox Day 1

05/25/2007 Biometrics appointment Day 24

07/26/2007 Interview Day 86 Approved

08/06/2007 Green card received Day 97

Removal of Conditions

04/28/2009 I-751 delivered to CSC Day 1

06/27/2009 Biometrics appointment (walk-in) Day 60

07/20/2009 Approval notice issued Day 83

07/22/2009 Received card production email Day 85

07/27/2009 Received green card & approval notice Day 90

Beibehaltungsgenehmigung (BBG)

08/03/2009 Submitted application to German consulate in L.A.

11/20/2009 Approval notice issued Day 109

US Citizenship

04/27/2010 Submitted N400

04/28/2010 N400 delivered Day 1

05/10/2010 Check cashed Day 12

05/13/2010 Received NOA (NOA was issued on 05/10) Day 15

05/20/2010 Received Biometrics notice Day 22

06/11/2010 Biometrics appointment (walk-in) Day 44

06/22/2010 Online Status changed to Testing & Interview Day 55

06/23/2010 Received interview notice in the mail Day 56

07/26/2010 Interview Day 89 Approved

08/24/2010 Oath Ceremony Day 118

My card making blog: http://silkeshimazu.wordpress.com/

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Morocco
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My husband is also adjusting status from an F-1 visa, and so far so good (our interview is in a few weeks). I just want to note that you don't need to worry about your student visa expiring, as long as you stay legal with a valid I-20 or OPT. My husband's visa expired several years ago, but he's still fine.

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Filed: Other Country: Canada
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Hello all,

I'm adjusting my status from F-1 as well, and admit to being very confused. Here are some specifics:

I am a Canadian Citizen

Entered US on F-1 in 2006 (good until 2011)

Got married to US Citizen in 2007

I just sent in my I-130... after reading the instructions I thought that I had to do this before sending in the I-485, but now I'm questioning this.

I also have an OPT (pre completion) in process as I've been offered a part time job this fall and want to be sure I can accept it legally.

My questions:

1. Should I have sent in my I-485 with my I-130? If so, what should I do now

2. Since only my I-130 has been sent in, am I permitted to travel to Canada and re-enter with my F1 status? I've read about this here and other places and it seems controversial, since technically I have intention to immigrate given my marriage and I-130 application. I know that with the I-485 I can apply for travel and EAD but I'm not sure about the I-130.

3. The magic question - how long is the I-130 going to take (roughly) to process, I've heard it could take up to a year

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A.

Edited by truenortheh

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Hello all,

I'm adjusting my status from F-1 as well, and admit to being very confused. Here are some specifics:

I am a Canadian Citizen

Entered US on F-1 in 2006 (good until 2011)

Got married to US Citizen in 2007

I just sent in my I-130... after reading the instructions I thought that I had to do this before sending in the I-485, but now I'm questioning this.

I also have an OPT (pre completion) in process as I've been offered a part time job this fall and want to be sure I can accept it legally.

My questions:

1. Should I have sent in my I-485 with my I-130? If so, what should I do now

2. Since only my I-130 has been sent in, am I permitted to travel to Canada and re-enter with my F1 status? I've read about this here and other places and it seems controversial, since technically I have intention to immigrate given my marriage and I-130 application. I know that with the I-485 I can apply for travel and EAD but I'm not sure about the I-130.

3. The magic question - how long is the I-130 going to take (roughly) to process, I've heard it could take up to a year

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A.

You're supposed to submit everything together in one packet.

I'm also an F-1 student adjusting status!


Removing Conditions

07/31/2010 - Filed for Removal of Conditions (I-751)

08/02/2010 - ROC Packet received

08/03/2010 - NOA notice date for I-751

08/05/2010 - Check cashed

08/07/2010 - NOA received for I-751

08/13/2010 - Biometrics appointment letter received

09/01/2010 - Biometrics taken

09/01/2010 - Case status appears online

11/08/2010 - Card production ordered

11/13/2010 - I-751 Approval Letter received

11/19/2010 - Green Card received in the mail

Citizenship

08/01/2011 - Filed for Citizenship (N-400)

08/03/2011 - N400 Packet received

08/05/2011 - Received email/text confirming application receipt

08/08/2011 - Check cashed

08/09/2011 - Biometrics notice sent

08/12/2011 - NOA received for N400

08/12/2011 - Biometrics appointment letter received

08/29/2011 - Biometrics taken

08/31/2011 - Case Status Notification: Placed in line for interview scheduling

10/11/2011 - Received yellow letter

01/11/2012 - Interview letter sent

01/17/2012 - Interview letter received

02/16/2012 - Interview & received Oath letter

03/06/2012 - Oath ceremony

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Mexico
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1. Should I have sent in my I-485 with my I-130? If so, what should I do now

2. Since only my I-130 has been sent in, am I permitted to travel to Canada and re-enter with my F1 status? I've read about this here and other places and it seems controversial, since technically I have intention to immigrate given my marriage and I-130 application. I know that with the I-485 I can apply for travel and EAD but I'm not sure about the I-130.

3. The magic question - how long is the I-130 going to take (roughly) to process, I've heard it could take up to a year

1. Yes you should've sent the I-485. Call the USCIS number 1-800-375-5283 to see what you can do. They might tell you to send it ASAP since you need forcefully the I-485 to fully adjust status.

2. I would advise on not traveling to Canada since your intentions when you come back are to immigrate not to study, once you file for AOS you are no longer a student but a "pending" resident waiting to adjust status but ask that as well when you call USCIS. You don't want to be denied entry to the US on the way back do you? ;)

3. Magic question it is, there is nothing certain on the AOS process. People have gotten their greencards within 3 months and others are still waiting after 2-3 or maybe more years after filing for AOS. The median is between 3-6 months though.

P.S. This is a really important process, check and DOUBLE check everything before sending it next time. Hopefully USCIS won't give you a hardtime because of this error and you'll find a way to fix it.

Edited by GueraYTavo

05/01/08 Green Card in mailbox!!

06/05/10 Real GREEN Card RECEIVED!

01/17/13 Sent application for US Citizenship!!!

01/19/13 Arrived to Arizona Lockbox

01/24/13 Notice of Action

01/25/13 Check cashed

01/28/13 NOA received by mail and biometrics letter mailed as per uscis.gov

02/14/13 Biometrics appointment

03/18/13 In-line for inteview

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Filed: Other Country: Canada
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Wow - talk about quick response! The reason I didn't send the I-485 with the I-130 is because it specifically states that "immediate relatives (spouse) of a US Citizen" are not eligible to submit the I-485 until they have an "approved immigrant petition". I thought I had to send the I-130, get it approved, then send the I-485. At least that is how I read it, I'll phone now.

Much thanks,

A.

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