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Is there a time limit to submit the AOS papers?

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Hi everyone I arrived here in the US last February 24, 2006 and My I-94 will expire this coming May 25, 2006. My question is, do we really need to send our AOS application before it will expire or not really?


05-29-06 : Application received in Chicago

06-06-06 : NOA1 (MSC)

06-22-06 : Biometrics

08-31-06 : AOS Interview

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A lot of people in this forum have applied for AOS after the K1 visa expired and they have been fine. There seems to be a 180 day grace period for being out of status.

The below passage is from the visa faq section.

6.1)...How soon after we get married should we apply for Adjustment of Status?

A..Right away, or at least right after your honeymoon. You should make every effort to get the Adjustment application filed within 90 days of the fiance(e) entering the United States, which is when the K-1 status expires, as indicated on the I-94.

Filing for Adjustment of Status within the 90 days protects your legal status. Your legal status as a K1 expires after 90 days, married or not. The only way to protect your legal status is to apply for Adjustment of Status, and the only way to maintain continuous legal status is to file for AOS before the K1 visa expires. On the practical side, it is often difficult to arrange for the marriage, and get all the paperwork ready in time to file for AOS within 90 days. Many newsgroup couples have filed for AOS a few days or weeks after the 90 day limit with no problems. Thus far, newsgroup experience has shown this is not a major issue with local USCIS (INS) offices.


06-04-05 Met my fiancee in London

08-20-05 Engagement in Manchester, UK

09-07-05 Filed for I-129F

09-14-05 I-129F NOA1 Receipt

10-11-05 I-129F NOA2 Approved

10-13-05 NVC mails petition to US embassy in London

11-07-05 Received packet from US embassy

01-12-05 Medical Examination

02-03-06 Interview Date

02-06-06 Visa Received

03-10-06 U.S. Entry at Newark Liberty Intl.


04-03-06 Got Married

04-11-06 Picked up Marriage Certificate

04-13-06 Applied for Social Security

04-15-06 Went to Civil Surgeon's for I-693A

04-17-06 Picked up I-693A from Civil Surgeons

04-19-06 Received Social Security card

04-22-06 Sent AOS package

05-04-06 Checks cashed for AOS and EAD

05-06-06 NOA1 received for AOS and EAD

05-13-06 AOS and EAD touched

05-15-06 Appt. letter for Biometrics

05-20-06 Biometrics Appointment

05-25-06 AOS and EAD touched

07-20-06 EAD Approved

07-25-06 EAD received in mail

07-27-06 Notice for interview

09-26-06 AOS Approved


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Note that you do need to marry within the 90 days or your K1 is void. If you do marry then some people have delayed the filing of the AOS but why? Don't you want to get your life back to normal and not stuck in the Immigration wheel??? Good Luck



March 2 Filed I-129 F

July 21 Interview in Bogota ** Approved ** Very Easy!


Oct 19 Mailed AOS Packet to Chicago


Feb 17 AOS interview in Denver. Biometrics also done today! (Interviewing officer ordered them.)

Apr 25 Green card received


Removal of conditions

March 17 Refiled using new I-751 form

April 16 Biometrics done

July 10 Green card production ordered



Jan 20 filed N400

Feb 04 NOA date

Feb 24 Biometrics

May 5 Interview - Centennial (Denver, Colorado) Passed

June 10 Oath Ceremony - Teikyo Loretto Heights, Denver, Colorado

July 7 Received Passport in 3 weeks

Shredded all immigration papers Have scanned images

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We waited until 2 1/2 months after the 90 days to file, and we were just fine. HOWEVER, I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS. I only say that because it is ALWAYS best to follow the procedures to the best of your ability. If it is a financial reason you are not applying right away, (as it was in our case) then get the money together, and file as soon as is possible for you. If it is any other reason, I would recommend that you just sit down and take the time to gather everything, make your copies,etc and get it sent! :yes: It's a pain but necessary, and the peace of mind that comes from having it in the mail is well worth it! All the best..M. :)


10 year green card received

mid March, 2008. Done 'til Naturalization! WOOT! :)

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