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Hello all,

We are getting ready to file AOS, and I am debating on the EAD and AP...

We live in Raleigh, and will send all docs to Chicago, I am guessing our local office is Charlotte, or Atlanta (??)

Also, does anyone know where we will go for the biometrics? (Charlotte is a hike, but we will do it of course!!)

I have been reading that many K-1 AOS are getting approved pretty fast, (seems around 4 months??), some even before EAD arrives, and some even without having an interview.

What do you all think? Is this a trend, or still a rarity, and the majority of applicants need to wait a while for their EAD and interview?

We are thinking to do the EAD so maybe Murphy's law will kick in, (and get approved before the card arrives!!), but maybe wait on the AP. But, on the other hand, my husband's father is 83 (thank goodness healthy), so maybe we should file anyway and not worry about the cost... (decisions, decisions.....)

thanks for the input.

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Once you have your GC, you will be able to work and travel. So, the decision to apply for AP and EAD depends on how desperately you want to work and travel.

To save money, if you aren't desperate to work or travel, you can just wait for the AOS approval, but check the local office that you will be going through to see how long they are taking to process the AOS right now.

Good luck.


KURT & RAYMA (K-1 Visa)

Oct. 9/03... I-129F sent to NSC

June 10/04... K-1 Interview - APPROVED!!!!

July 31/04... Entered U.S.

Aug. 28/04... WEDDING DAY!!!!

Aug. 30/04... I-485, I-765 & I-131 sent to Seattle

Dec. 10/04... AOS Interview - APPROVED!!!!! (Passport stamped)

Sept. 9/06... I-751 sent to NSC

May 15/07... 10-Yr. PR Card arrives in the mail

Sept. 13/07... N-400 sent to NSC

Aug. 21/08... Interview - PASSED!!!!

Sept. 2/08... Oath Ceremony

Sept. 5/08... Sent in Voter Registration Card

Sept. 9/08... SSA office to change status to "U.S. citizen"

Oct. 8/08... Applied in person for U.S. Passport

Oct. 22/08... U.S. Passport received


KAELY (K-2 Visa)

Apr. 6/05... DS-230, Part I faxed to Vancouver Consulate

May 26/05... K-2 Interview - APPROVED!!!!

Sept. 5/05... Entered U.S.

Sept. 7/05... I-485 & I-131 sent to CLB

Feb. 22/06... AOS Interview - APPROVED!!!!! (Passport NOT stamped)

Dec. 4/07... I-751 sent to NSC

May 23/08... 10-Yr. PR Card arrives in the mail

Mar. 22/11.... N-400 sent to AZ

June 27/11..... Interview - PASSED!!!

July 12/11..... Oath Ceremony

We're NOT lawyers.... just your average folks who had to find their own way!!!!! Anything we post here is simply our own opinions/suggestions/experiences and should not be taken as LAW!!!!

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I did not apply for the EAD or AP to save money as they were not needed urgently and you can always gp for emergency AP if there is an urgent need to go home.

As for the transfers to California, I think these are the lucky few and the majority of us have to go for the interview.

Mine is moving pretty fast but it has still taken 5 months so far.

Good Luck


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I suggest you file everything if you can afford it. We get a lot of people here trying to get info on emergency AP. You just never know how long all of this will take. The last thing you want in a family emergency is to beg the government to cut red tape for you.

You definitely want to file the EAD. In most states you wont be able to drive or work without it. If you get lucky and get the green card first then count your blessings. Remember that one week of pay in even the lowest paying job will cover the cost of the EAD.

10 Nov mailed I 129F to TSC

16 Nov 29 Nov Notice date

3 Dec Received NOA 1

3 Jan 05 Please I just want to be touched

3 may 05 NOA2 E mail notification

7 May 05 Mail NOA2

11 May 05 sent petition to Bogota

18 May Packet 3 arrived

19 May Checklist taken to consulate

31 May Packet 4 delivered

29 June visa granted

1 July Visa delivered

Sometime in July Lucero came to US

13 Sept 05 Married

1 Nov 05 -USCIS recieved 485 and EAD

13 December RFE stupid things I should have included Returned very quickly

27 March received bio letter for New Orleans

7 Apr_06 Bio done in New Orleans

20 April 06 Touched on all applications

21 April Email received EAD approved

27 Apr Received EAD card

30 May 2006 Received appointment letter for JaX on 13 July 2006

13 July Interview successful approved

20 July Received green card

30 June 08 Sent I751 to remove conditions

25 July 08 Application returned erroneously incorrect fee

27 July mailed new application with separate checks

15 Sept 08 Application returned erroneously K2 not within 90 day timeframe

17 Sept Mailed 3rd application with mountains of proof of error copied Senator Mel Martinez

09 October 4th application package sent. This time they said the app signature page was a copy

10 Oct Sent package again 4th time.

25 Oct Received another NOA for Wife with $625 for the amount with one year extension

30 Oct 2008 Still nothing for step daughter. Checks still haven't cleared the bank

24 November Checks finally cleared the bank

February biometrics for wife Nothing for daughter.

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