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K3 entry and AOS/interview abroad

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We anticipate my spouse will enter the US shortly under the K3. Meanwhile we’ve received our I-130 visa package and are preparing the docs to send in to the NVC NH

As I undertand it, after the I-130 package is received etc, it will forward to her home country US embassy ( frankfurt ) where an intervivew appt is set.

If my spouse enters under a K3, then we apply for an AOS after the I-130 is granted? Is there an interview is she is here? Does she have to return to her home country for the interview.... Sorry for the elementary inquiry. Any help is appreciated

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AOS interviews are conducted at local USCIS offices in the USA. She will not need to return to Germany.

G


I-129F Filing

G (USA)

L (Scotland)

2005-02-05 Sent to TSC

2005-03-02 NOA2 rcvd

2005-04-27 Medical - 3:40 pm in Edinburgh

2005-05-19 Interview - approved!!

2005-06-12 G & L fly to Florida

2005-08-20 Wedding day!!

2005-09-15 Sent AOS docs

2005-09-23 NOA1 rcvd for 485, 765, and 131

2005-11-28 AP rcvd

2006-01-03 EAD rcvd

2006-03-08 AOS interview - Success - pending FBI name check!!

2006-04-05 Rcvd the 'Welcome To America' email. Name check is done!!

2006-04-17 Green Card Received!!

2008-02-05 Sent I-751 to remove conditions

2008-02-11 I-751 received in Texas

2008-02-25 Check finally cashed!!

2008-03-19 Biometrics completed in West Palm Beach

2008-12-23 Rcvd notification of GC production

2008-12-30 Rcvd notification of confirmation letter going in the mail.

"Just as our DNA is unique, so too is our visa processing experience."

G 3/31/05

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However, you do not have to do AOS if you do not wish to. You can instead leave the I-130 in processing at the embassy & return to Germany for the interview if you wish. While that is not feasible for many people, it is an option. It will cost you airfare, etc to go back to Germany for the interview, but will cut out a lot of time and paperwork by not filing the AOS. (end result: you get your CR1/IR1 faster)

Really, it's just down to you what option works best in your particular case. Nice to know you have a choice though. :)


CR-1:

14-Dec-05: Sent I-130 to London for DCF

28-Dec-05: Letter from Embassy denying due to LLR

17-Jan-06: RFE from TX due to "lack of payment"; USCIS won't accept credit card form from Embassy

01-Feb-06: Sent new I-130 to TX with personal check

13-Feb-06: NOA1

02-June-06: NOA2

05-June-06: Case received at NVC; case # assigned

26-June-06: DS-3032 Choice of Agent rec'd via snail mail

06-July-06: DS-3032 COA mailed; AOS bill mailed

24-July-06: IV bill generated

31-July-06: I-864 rec'd via snail mail; IV bill rec'd

31-Aug-06: IV bill mailed (delayed due to move to US)

21-Sep-06: DS-230 rec'd via snail mail

02-Oct-06: DS-230 & I-864 mailed

08-Nov-06: Case completed at NVC & forwarded to London Embassy!!!

28-Feb-07: Final Interview at London Embassy

01-Mar-07: Visa in hand!!!

Removal of Conditions:

16-Feb-09: I-751 sent to VSC

23-Feb-09: I-751 NOA1

10-Apr-09: Biometrics Appt

02-Sep-09: Approved - 10-yr Green Card Production Ordered

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if you wish NOT to return to Germany for the interview, DO NOT send anything to the NVC!!!

If you want to file for AOS in the US, you have to wait till your wife enters on K3 and then file the paperwork.

It is a personal choice whether or not to go back to Germany for the interview.

Pros: faster status as resident, maybe chance to se family, already know embassy and people there(more comfortable)

Cons: cost of flight, short notice of interview date

Just make sure that you don't send anything to NVC if you don't want to return!!


Angelika (Schweinfurt, Germany) and Chris (Tulsa, USA)

I-130

Aug 23 2005 - sent to TSC

Aug 25 2005 - received at CSC

Aug 29 2005 - NOA1 in mail

Jan 25 2006 - NOA 2 per email

Jan 31 2006 - Case # assigned

Feb 13 2006 - AOS Bill and DS 3032 received

Feb 14 2006 - AOS Bill paid and DS 3032 sent to NVC

Feb 27 2006 - AOS form and IV Bill issued

Mar 23 2006 - AOS and IV Bill sent to NVC

Apr 10 2006 - DS230 received and sent right back

Apr 28 2006 - case complete

May 2 2006 - sent to Consulate

May 4 2006 - received at Consulate

July 17 2006 - Interview in Germany

Aug 02 2006 - Flying back to Tulsa with my CR1 in passport

Removal of Conditions - I-751

May 2 2008 - Mailed I-751 to TSC

May 21 2008 - Received NOA 1 (extension letter) from VSC

May 27 2008 - Biometrics Appointment in OKC

July 22 2008 - touched

August 6 2008 - touched

February 22, 2009 - touched

March 24, 2009 - card production ordered

April 4, 2009 - Green Card in mail

I-129F

Aug 31 - Oct 20 2005at NBC

Oct 26 - Nov 3 2005 at NVC

Jan 10 2006- Visa interview

Feb 09 2006- Flying to Tulsa

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thanks all for the information and response.

Is the AOS pretty much a guarentee with the successful entry for a K-3, so the issue is simply the length of time and paperwork until the green card is received? It seems that with another interview, there is in our case a small risk of denial at the interview... the personel seems to be such a ####### shoot, I would almost sacrifice time and manage risk for sure, but longer, bet.

Much appreciated

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thanks all for the information and response.

Is the AOS pretty much a guarentee with the successful entry for a K-3, so the issue is simply the length of time and paperwork until the green card is received? It seems that with another interview, there is in our case a small risk of denial at the interview... the personel seems to be such a ####### shoot, I would almost sacrifice time and manage risk for sure, but longer, bet.

Much appreciated

There is no guarentee with AOS as there is no guarentee with Embassy/Consulor interview!!

I also entered on a K3 & then returned to England for my CR1 interview!!..............much faster way of getting greencard!!


Amanda-England (Yorkshire)- Mark-USA(Michigan)

April/04/2005- Visa journey began!!

We did both K3 & CR1 visa's, got both!!- I returned to England for my CR1 interview after first arriving on a K3 visa!!

May/25th 2006- Green card arrives in the mail................YAY!!

19th June 2006 I Had to go to the Social Security Office to get my number, the DS-230 didnt work for me!!

26-June-2006- Social Security# arrived in the mail....YAY!!

Feb 2008 lift conditions <<<reminder to self!!<<<< went to England for a visit instead, no rush right, 90 days is a long time,LOL

Removing Conditions Begins

Mailed I-751 April 12th 2008

signed for @ NSC April 16th

NOA date April 16th

Conditional GC expired May 5th 2008

Biometrics Detroit May 10th 2008

10 year Green card ordered August 20th 2008

Citizenship any time from feb 2009

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thanks all for the information and response.

Is the AOS pretty much a guarentee with the successful entry for a K-3, so the issue is simply the length of time and paperwork until the green card is received? It seems that with another interview, there is in our case a small risk of denial at the interview... the personel seems to be such a ####### shoot, I would almost sacrifice time and manage risk for sure, but longer, bet.

Much appreciated

There is no guarentee with AOS as there is no guarentee with Embassy/Consulor interview!!

I also entered on a K3 & then returned to England for my CR1 interview!!..............much faster way of getting greencard!!

My intuition agrees, I think the risk of denial at the CR1 interview is small. I am glad that I posted otherwise I would have submitted the package to NVC and expected she could do a AOS....

thanks all for the info.... just weaving my way.... sigh.

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