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My lovely wife and I have been together for a month now. This whole month I haven't wanted ANYTHING to do with immigration - so tired of dealing with the whole process. But tonight I figured I better start preparing for AOS, and I went to the GUIDES section and read up on the process...

IT LOOKS JUST LIKE K3!!

Have I missed something here? Am I reading correctly? Do I really need to pay $1010 just to file???? Our I-130 was approved at the same time as the I-129 and is currently sitting at NVC. What would be the cost/process if I proceeded with the I-130 now instead of the I-129?

Hope someone has better news for me than I have to fill out all the same forms and get all the same translations, etc, AGAIN!!! AND PAY $1010!!


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2007-06-25 Married in Brazil

I-130

2007-07-16 Filed I-130 with Nebraska

2007-07-27 NOA1 received

2007-07-28 Touched; no idea why..

2008-01-29 thru 02-01,03 Touched

2008-02-05 Called RFE line, was told my app is on HOLD because I CALLED TOO MUCH!!!!

2008-02-13 my app was assigned to an adjudicator

2008-02-19,20,25,26 Touched

2008-03-04 Congressman called; USCIS called him and told him my cases were being processed any day now... SERÁ??

2008-03-04,05,10,11,12,13,14,17,18 Touched

2008-03-28 Received RFE, dated the 18th (delayed 10 days to receive)

2008-04-08 Sent requested evidence

2008-04-11,13,14 Touched

2008-04-21 RECEIVED NOA2 APPROVAL!!! (Date shows 4-14)

I-129

2007-09-19 Filed I-129F/K3; sent directly to CSC

2007-09-21 NOA1 received

2007-09-25 Touched: Filing fee waived

2008-01-30 thru 02-01,03,04,05,10,11,13,14 Touched

2008-04-14 Touched

2008-04-21 RECEIVED NOA2 APPROVAL!!! (Date shows 4-14)

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My lovely wife and I have been together for a month now. This whole month I haven't wanted ANYTHING to do with immigration - so tired of dealing with the whole process. But tonight I figured I better start preparing for AOS, and I went to the GUIDES section and read up on the process...

IT LOOKS JUST LIKE K3!!

Have I missed something here? Am I reading correctly? Do I really need to pay $1010 just to file???? Our I-130 was approved at the same time as the I-129 and is currently sitting at NVC. What would be the cost/process if I proceeded with the I-130 now instead of the I-129?

Hope someone has better news for me than I have to fill out all the same forms and get all the same translations, etc, AGAIN!!! AND PAY $1010!!

According to the guides, you would have to also submit all of the AOS paperwork (it's a big headache...I wish it was just one or two forms), and yes, sadly the $1010, too. Fees are exhorbitent, but in the end, it's worth it. Just budget for it all you can.

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D&J

05-26-2006: Engaged!!

DHS/USCIS - I-129F

02-26-2007: Petition Mailed to TSC via Express Mail

03-06-2007: NOA1 "Notice"

03-07-2007: Check cashed (posted 03-12-2007)

03-12-2007: NOA1 Received in Mail from CSC

06-11-2007: NOA2 Received in Mail from CSC

NVC

06-22-2007: NVC Received Case

06-26-2007: NVC Sent to Manila Embassy (got DOS Case #)

07-02-2007: Received Letter from NVC, dated June 27, 2007

USE-Manila

06-26-2007: USE received case electronically

07-05-2007: USE received hard copy of case from NVC

07-31-2007: J receivied Packet 4

08-16/17-2007: J did early Medical Review at St. Luke's

09-10-2007: Interview Approved!

09-14-2007: Visa in HAND!!

02/21/2008: USA Arrival

03/29/2008: Wedding!

05/12/2008: Mailed AOS via Express Mail

05/21/2008: Check clears our bank account

05/22/2008: Touch on all three apps

05/23/2008: NOA1 for AOS, EAD, and AP arrives from MSC (notice date 5/19/08)

05/24/2008: Received Biometrics Appt. Letter

06/16/2008: Biometrics Appt. at Durham Office

06/17/2008: EAD & AOS touched

07/21/2008: AP "Approval Notice Sent" & EAD "Card Production Ordered" via CRIS Email

07/25/2008: 2 copies of AP approval form received in snail mail, dated 7/21/08

07/28/2008: EAD Card arrives in mail; CRIS email sent I765 (EAD) "Approval Notice Sent"

11/25/2008: Received Appt. Letter dated 11/18/2008 (Appt. is 1/13/09)

01/13/2009: AOS Interview approved

01/20/2009: AOS Approval Notice received

01/23/2009: 2-year Green Card received

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My lovely wife and I have been together for a month now. This whole month I haven't wanted ANYTHING to do with immigration - so tired of dealing with the whole process. But tonight I figured I better start preparing for AOS, and I went to the GUIDES section and read up on the process...

IT LOOKS JUST LIKE K3!!

Have I missed something here? Am I reading correctly? Do I really need to pay $1010 just to file???? Our I-130 was approved at the same time as the I-129 and is currently sitting at NVC. What would be the cost/process if I proceeded with the I-130 now instead of the I-129?

Hope someone has better news for me than I have to fill out all the same forms and get all the same translations, etc, AGAIN!!! AND PAY $1010!!

No choice is given in the matter. Perhaps the good news is that if it's filed with the AOS, there is no fee for an EAD (work permit) application.

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You do have the option of still pursuing the CR-1 visa to get permanent residency. Since your I130 is already at NVC, if you pay the IV fee bill, Affadavit of Support fee bill, send appropriate docs when requested, etc. Your wife would have to go back to Brazil for the interview. If sucessful, she would get a CR-1 (if married less than 2 years) and a Green Card shortly after arriving on the CR1 visa. This might save you some $$, but then your wife would have to fly back for to Brazil for the interview, so may end up costing more. If she is planning on going anyway to visit, might just work.

My lovely wife and I have been together for a month now. This whole month I haven't wanted ANYTHING to do with immigration - so tired of dealing with the whole process. But tonight I figured I better start preparing for AOS, and I went to the GUIDES section and read up on the process...

IT LOOKS JUST LIKE K3!!

Have I missed something here? Am I reading correctly? Do I really need to pay $1010 just to file???? Our I-130 was approved at the same time as the I-129 and is currently sitting at NVC. What would be the cost/process if I proceeded with the I-130 now instead of the I-129?

Hope someone has better news for me than I have to fill out all the same forms and get all the same translations, etc, AGAIN!!! AND PAY $1010!!

Edited by Urge To Race

03/12/2007 - Married to my beautiful wife

04/16/2007 - Sent I-130 to VSC via USPS Express Mail

05/12/2007 - NOA1 received by snail mail after a loooong wait

05/14/2007 - Sent I-129F for K3 to Chicago Lockbox via USPS Express Mail

10/22/2007 - I129F APPROVED (161 days), I130 APPROVED (188 days)

11/08/2007 - I129F received at NVC, embassy case number generated.

11/13/2007 - I129F forwarded to embassy.

11/18/2007 - 129F petition received at embassy

01/09/2008 - finally, DOS gives me the interview date, April 16, 2007 (ouch)

01/23/2008 - never got packet 4, emailed embassy

04/11/2008 - picked up packet 4, did medical

04/14/2008 - medical report pickup, no problems

04/16/2008 - interview date- APPROVED!!!!!

04/18/2008 - both of us are home at last, POE JFK!

05/21/2008 - sent AOS and EAD

05/27/2008 - received NOA1 for AOS and for EAD

06/02/2008 - received Biometrics appt letter

06/19/2008 - Biometrics appointment scheduled - DONE

06/19/2008 - both AOS and EAD touched because of biometrics

07/29/2008 - EAD approved.

05/13/2009 - AOS Interview - APPROVED!/ Card production ordered email

05/18/2009 - Welcome Letter received

06/12/2009 - Second card production ordered email

06/19/2009 - Approval notice send email

06/22/2009 - Green Card received

04/09/2012 - Applied for Citizenship by Express Mailing N400 to NBC

04/10/2012 - N400 received by USCIS

06/23/2012 - Biometrics appointment

07/27/2012 - Appointment scheduled for N400 interview

09/05/2012 - Interview passed, oath ceremony completed, and Naturalization certificate received.

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My lovely wife and I have been together for a month now. This whole month I haven't wanted ANYTHING to do with immigration - so tired of dealing with the whole process. But tonight I figured I better start preparing for AOS, and I went to the GUIDES section and read up on the process...

IT LOOKS JUST LIKE K3!!

Have I missed something here? Am I reading correctly? Do I really need to pay $1010 just to file???? Our I-130 was approved at the same time as the I-129 and is currently sitting at NVC. What would be the cost/process if I proceeded with the I-130 now instead of the I-129?

Hope someone has better news for me than I have to fill out all the same forms and get all the same translations, etc, AGAIN!!! AND PAY $1010!!

Does your wife plan to work? My wife did not, so we waited until almost our 2nd wedding anniversary to apply for AOS. If you file now, your wife will receive a 2 yr conditional GC and you will deal with USCIS again in 2 yrs to lift conditions. If you can wait until you are almost at your 2nd wedding anniversary, your wife will be issued a 10yr GC and your next dealings with USCIS will be for naturalization (and it saves the cost of lifting conditions).

Even if she plans to work, you could file for EAD ($340) now and wait to file AOS. It would still cost $1,010 for AOS, but the cost of lifting conditions is $545, so it would save you $205 in the long run.

Edited by rin and john

K-3

11/15/2006 - NOA1 Receipt for 129F

02/12/2007 - I-130 and I-129F approved!

04/17/2007 - Interview - visa approved!

04/18/2007 - POE LAX - Finally in the USA!!!

04/19/2007 - WE ARE FINALLY HOME!!!

09/20/2007 - Sent Packet 3 for K-4 Visas (follow to join for children)

10/02/2007 - K-4 Interviews - approved

10/12/2007 - Everyone back to USA!

AOS

06/20/2008 - Mailed I-485, I-765 (plus I-130 for children)

06/27/2008 - NOA1 for I-485, I-765, and I-130s

07/16/2008 - Biometrics appointment

08/28/2008 - EAD cards received

11/20/2008 - AOS Interviews - approved

Citizenship

08/22/2011 - Mailed N-400

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Yes, that's a viable option but only less expensive if you can combine the interview trip with one you are planning or would have planned anyway.

You do have the option of still pursuing the CR-1 visa to get permanent residency. Since your I130 is already at NVC, if you pay the IV fee bill, Affadavit of Support fee bill, send appropriate docs when requested, etc. Your wife would have to go back to Brazil for the interview. If sucessful, she would get a CR-1 (if married less than 2 years) and a Green Card shortly after arriving on the CR1 visa. This might save you some $$, but then your wife would have to fly back for to Brazil for the interview, so may end up costing more. If she is planning on going anyway to visit, might just work.

My lovely wife and I have been together for a month now. This whole month I haven't wanted ANYTHING to do with immigration - so tired of dealing with the whole process. But tonight I figured I better start preparing for AOS, and I went to the GUIDES section and read up on the process...

IT LOOKS JUST LIKE K3!!

Have I missed something here? Am I reading correctly? Do I really need to pay $1010 just to file???? Our I-130 was approved at the same time as the I-129 and is currently sitting at NVC. What would be the cost/process if I proceeded with the I-130 now instead of the I-129?

Hope someone has better news for me than I have to fill out all the same forms and get all the same translations, etc, AGAIN!!! AND PAY $1010!!


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We thought about doing the samething, but the true goal is to get her citizenship, and waiting to file for AOS means delaying getting her citizenship by the time waited. It was not worth it for us in the end. Something to consider.

My lovely wife and I have been together for a month now. This whole month I haven't wanted ANYTHING to do with immigration - so tired of dealing with the whole process. But tonight I figured I better start preparing for AOS, and I went to the GUIDES section and read up on the process...

IT LOOKS JUST LIKE K3!!

Have I missed something here? Am I reading correctly? Do I really need to pay $1010 just to file???? Our I-130 was approved at the same time as the I-129 and is currently sitting at NVC. What would be the cost/process if I proceeded with the I-130 now instead of the I-129?

Hope someone has better news for me than I have to fill out all the same forms and get all the same translations, etc, AGAIN!!! AND PAY $1010!!

Does your wife plan to work? My wife did not, so we waited until almost our 2nd wedding anniversary to apply for AOS. If you file now, your wife will receive a 2 yr conditional GC and you will deal with USCIS again in 2 yrs to lift conditions. If you can wait until you are almost at your 2nd wedding anniversary, your wife will be issued a 10yr GC and your next dealings with USCIS will be for naturalization (and it saves the cost of lifting conditions).

Even if she plans to work, you could file for EAD ($340) now and wait to file AOS. It would still cost $1,010 for AOS, but the cost of lifting conditions is $545, so it would save you $205 in the long run.


03/12/2007 - Married to my beautiful wife

04/16/2007 - Sent I-130 to VSC via USPS Express Mail

05/12/2007 - NOA1 received by snail mail after a loooong wait

05/14/2007 - Sent I-129F for K3 to Chicago Lockbox via USPS Express Mail

10/22/2007 - I129F APPROVED (161 days), I130 APPROVED (188 days)

11/08/2007 - I129F received at NVC, embassy case number generated.

11/13/2007 - I129F forwarded to embassy.

11/18/2007 - 129F petition received at embassy

01/09/2008 - finally, DOS gives me the interview date, April 16, 2007 (ouch)

01/23/2008 - never got packet 4, emailed embassy

04/11/2008 - picked up packet 4, did medical

04/14/2008 - medical report pickup, no problems

04/16/2008 - interview date- APPROVED!!!!!

04/18/2008 - both of us are home at last, POE JFK!

05/21/2008 - sent AOS and EAD

05/27/2008 - received NOA1 for AOS and for EAD

06/02/2008 - received Biometrics appt letter

06/19/2008 - Biometrics appointment scheduled - DONE

06/19/2008 - both AOS and EAD touched because of biometrics

07/29/2008 - EAD approved.

05/13/2009 - AOS Interview - APPROVED!/ Card production ordered email

05/18/2009 - Welcome Letter received

06/12/2009 - Second card production ordered email

06/19/2009 - Approval notice send email

06/22/2009 - Green Card received

04/09/2012 - Applied for Citizenship by Express Mailing N400 to NBC

04/10/2012 - N400 received by USCIS

06/23/2012 - Biometrics appointment

07/27/2012 - Appointment scheduled for N400 interview

09/05/2012 - Interview passed, oath ceremony completed, and Naturalization certificate received.

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Agree with your assessment if you are pursuing the fastest path to citizenship. The OP seemed most concerned with the cost. We considered filing AOS right away too, but we could not file AOS for Rin until after her children "followed to join" on K4 visas. That was October 2007, so our delay was about eight months (Oct '07 to Jun '08). In the OP's case, his 2nd anniversary is in June 2009, so he could conceivably file March 2009 and be reasonably confident of getting a 10yr GC; an 8 month delay to citizenship, but at a lower cost and one less "filing" with USCIS.

If the fastest path to citizenship is the goal, the CR-1 visa would have probably been the path I would have chosen.

John

We thought about doing the samething, but the true goal is to get her citizenship, and waiting to file for AOS means delaying getting her citizenship by the time waited. It was not worth it for us in the end. Something to consider.

My lovely wife and I have been together for a month now. This whole month I haven't wanted ANYTHING to do with immigration - so tired of dealing with the whole process. But tonight I figured I better start preparing for AOS, and I went to the GUIDES section and read up on the process...

IT LOOKS JUST LIKE K3!!

Have I missed something here? Am I reading correctly? Do I really need to pay $1010 just to file???? Our I-130 was approved at the same time as the I-129 and is currently sitting at NVC. What would be the cost/process if I proceeded with the I-130 now instead of the I-129?

Hope someone has better news for me than I have to fill out all the same forms and get all the same translations, etc, AGAIN!!! AND PAY $1010!!

Does your wife plan to work? My wife did not, so we waited until almost our 2nd wedding anniversary to apply for AOS. If you file now, your wife will receive a 2 yr conditional GC and you will deal with USCIS again in 2 yrs to lift conditions. If you can wait until you are almost at your 2nd wedding anniversary, your wife will be issued a 10yr GC and your next dealings with USCIS will be for naturalization (and it saves the cost of lifting conditions).

Even if she plans to work, you could file for EAD ($340) now and wait to file AOS. It would still cost $1,010 for AOS, but the cost of lifting conditions is $545, so it would save you $205 in the long run.


K-3

11/15/2006 - NOA1 Receipt for 129F

02/12/2007 - I-130 and I-129F approved!

04/17/2007 - Interview - visa approved!

04/18/2007 - POE LAX - Finally in the USA!!!

04/19/2007 - WE ARE FINALLY HOME!!!

09/20/2007 - Sent Packet 3 for K-4 Visas (follow to join for children)

10/02/2007 - K-4 Interviews - approved

10/12/2007 - Everyone back to USA!

AOS

06/20/2008 - Mailed I-485, I-765 (plus I-130 for children)

06/27/2008 - NOA1 for I-485, I-765, and I-130s

07/16/2008 - Biometrics appointment

08/28/2008 - EAD cards received

11/20/2008 - AOS Interviews - approved

Citizenship

08/22/2011 - Mailed N-400

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You do have the option of still pursuing the CR-1 visa to get permanent residency. Since your I130 is already at NVC, if you pay the IV fee bill, Affadavit of Support fee bill, send appropriate docs when requested, etc. Your wife would have to go back to Brazil for the interview. If sucessful, she would get a CR-1 (if married less than 2 years) and a Green Card shortly after arriving on the CR1 visa. This might save you some $$, but then your wife would have to fly back for to Brazil for the interview, so may end up costing more. If she is planning on going anyway to visit, might just work.

My lovely wife and I have been together for a month now. This whole month I haven't wanted ANYTHING to do with immigration - so tired of dealing with the whole process. But tonight I figured I better start preparing for AOS, and I went to the GUIDES section and read up on the process...

IT LOOKS JUST LIKE K3!!

Have I missed something here? Am I reading correctly? Do I really need to pay $1010 just to file???? Our I-130 was approved at the same time as the I-129 and is currently sitting at NVC. What would be the cost/process if I proceeded with the I-130 now instead of the I-129?

Hope someone has better news for me than I have to fill out all the same forms and get all the same translations, etc, AGAIN!!! AND PAY $1010!!

I don't know. I would feel uneasy about having her leave the U.S. and go back to deal with the embassy. I think common perception is that although a real pain in the behind, it is better to deal with immigration issues from within the U.S. than being at the mercy of some embassy official.


11/03/07: Civil Wedding

05/03/08: Religious Wedding

I-130 Timeline

11/27/07: I-130 sent to VSC

01/28/08: NOA1

02/24/08: Touched

08/13/08: I-130 transferred from VSC to CSC

08/14/08: Touched

08/21/08: I-130 now pending at CSC

09/17/08: Touched in the morning

09/17/08: NOA2 - Approval email sent at 10:15 PM. 295 days. 9 months, 21 days

09/18/08: Touched

09/19/08: Touched

NVC Timeline

09/24/08: Case number generated

10/02/08: AOS and IV invoice mailed by NVC. DS-3032 not needed

10/07/08: AOS invoiced received and paid online

10/08/08: IV invoice paid online

10/09/08: AOS and IV shows paid in online system. Printed bar coded pages

10/10/08: Mailed I864 package

10/14/08: I-864 package received at NVC

10/16/08: Mailed DS-230 package

10/17/08: DS-230 package received at NVC

10/24/08: Case complete. 31 days from NVC receipt to completion

10/29/08: NVC assigned interview date of 12/22/08

The last mile

12/22/08: Interview at the Lima, Peru embassy completed

12/23/08: Passport and documents picked up at DHL facility in Lima

12/27/08: Point of Entry - Miami International Airport. 398 days. 1 year, 1 month from submission of I130 to U.S. arrival

01/21/09: My wife received Residence Card in the mail

02/13/09: My wife received Social Security Card in the mail (had to go to SS office and apply in person)

I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

12/08/10: Received at VSC

12/24/10: Biometrics notice date

01/14/11: Biometrics appointment date

05/10/11: Approval letter received

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For some reason, I always get the feeling that this whole process is really all about money. Hmmmmmmm.


Wife's visa journey:

03/19/07: Initial mailing of I-129F.

07/07/11: U.S. Citizenship approved and Oath Ceremony!

MIL's visa journey:

07/26/11: Initial mailing of I-130.

05/22/12: Interview passed!

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There are various concerns, and you have to priortize them. For us, #1 was being together. #2 is citizenship speed. So, K3 won over going CR1. We were not about to choose citizenship speed over being together. Cost was a consideration (I give the gov't enough money, paid enough fees and will pay more, if I can save that was great). So I thought about waiting, especially since my wife is not working. But with our original #1 done with the K3, in citizenship speed vs. cost of filing removal of conditions, we chose citizenship speed. Upon further comtemplation, I figured that was more important than the savings that could be achieved. So with our original #1 done with the K3, in citizenship speed vs. cost of filing removal of conditions, we chose citizenship speed. There are many reasons, but 1 thing to consider, is with a US Passport, she can travel visa waiver with me to many places that would require a visa with her passport and GC (visa's cost time and money) or she would have to stay home.

Agree with your assessment if you are pursuing the fastest path to citizenship. The OP seemed most concerned with the cost. We considered filing AOS right away too, but we could not file AOS for Rin until after her children "followed to join" on K4 visas. That was October 2007, so our delay was about eight months (Oct '07 to Jun '08). In the OP's case, his 2nd anniversary is in June 2009, so he could conceivably file March 2009 and be reasonably confident of getting a 10yr GC; an 8 month delay to citizenship, but at a lower cost and one less "filing" with USCIS.

If the fastest path to citizenship is the goal, the CR-1 visa would have probably been the path I would have chosen.

John

We thought about doing the samething, but the true goal is to get her citizenship, and waiting to file for AOS means delaying getting her citizenship by the time waited. It was not worth it for us in the end. Something to consider.

Does your wife plan to work? My wife did not, so we waited until almost our 2nd wedding anniversary to apply for AOS. If you file now, your wife will receive a 2 yr conditional GC and you will deal with USCIS again in 2 yrs to lift conditions. If you can wait until you are almost at your 2nd wedding anniversary, your wife will be issued a 10yr GC and your next dealings with USCIS will be for naturalization (and it saves the cost of lifting conditions).

Even if she plans to work, you could file for EAD ($340) now and wait to file AOS. It would still cost $1,010 for AOS, but the cost of lifting conditions is $545, so it would save you $205 in the long run.

Edited by Urge To Race

03/12/2007 - Married to my beautiful wife

04/16/2007 - Sent I-130 to VSC via USPS Express Mail

05/12/2007 - NOA1 received by snail mail after a loooong wait

05/14/2007 - Sent I-129F for K3 to Chicago Lockbox via USPS Express Mail

10/22/2007 - I129F APPROVED (161 days), I130 APPROVED (188 days)

11/08/2007 - I129F received at NVC, embassy case number generated.

11/13/2007 - I129F forwarded to embassy.

11/18/2007 - 129F petition received at embassy

01/09/2008 - finally, DOS gives me the interview date, April 16, 2007 (ouch)

01/23/2008 - never got packet 4, emailed embassy

04/11/2008 - picked up packet 4, did medical

04/14/2008 - medical report pickup, no problems

04/16/2008 - interview date- APPROVED!!!!!

04/18/2008 - both of us are home at last, POE JFK!

05/21/2008 - sent AOS and EAD

05/27/2008 - received NOA1 for AOS and for EAD

06/02/2008 - received Biometrics appt letter

06/19/2008 - Biometrics appointment scheduled - DONE

06/19/2008 - both AOS and EAD touched because of biometrics

07/29/2008 - EAD approved.

05/13/2009 - AOS Interview - APPROVED!/ Card production ordered email

05/18/2009 - Welcome Letter received

06/12/2009 - Second card production ordered email

06/19/2009 - Approval notice send email

06/22/2009 - Green Card received

04/09/2012 - Applied for Citizenship by Express Mailing N400 to NBC

04/10/2012 - N400 received by USCIS

06/23/2012 - Biometrics appointment

07/27/2012 - Appointment scheduled for N400 interview

09/05/2012 - Interview passed, oath ceremony completed, and Naturalization certificate received.

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A K3 holder can still pursue the CR1? Everyone on the CR1 Forum seems to say that isn't an option. Has anyone actually done this?

Blessings!

Annie

You do have the option of still pursuing the CR-1 visa to get permanent residency. Since your I130 is already at NVC, if you pay the IV fee bill, Affadavit of Support fee bill, send appropriate docs when requested, etc. Your wife would have to go back to Brazil for the interview. If sucessful, she would get a CR-1 (if married less than 2 years) and a Green Card shortly after arriving on the CR1 visa. This might save you some $$, but then your wife would have to fly back for to Brazil for the interview, so may end up costing more. If she is planning on going anyway to visit, might just work.

My lovely wife and I have been together for a month now. This whole month I haven't wanted ANYTHING to do with immigration - so tired of dealing with the whole process. But tonight I figured I better start preparing for AOS, and I went to the GUIDES section and read up on the process...

IT LOOKS JUST LIKE K3!!

Have I missed something here? Am I reading correctly? Do I really need to pay $1010 just to file???? Our I-130 was approved at the same time as the I-129 and is currently sitting at NVC. What would be the cost/process if I proceeded with the I-130 now instead of the I-129?

Hope someone has better news for me than I have to fill out all the same forms and get all the same translations, etc, AGAIN!!! AND PAY $1010!!


N-400 Citizenship

Sept. 13, 2011 N-400 sent to Phoenix Lockbox

Sept. 20, 2011 Check cashed

Sept. 23, 2011 NOA rec'd for N-400

Oct. 17, 2011 Biometrics appointment

Nov. 29, 2011 Interview - PASSED! 3yr anniversary not until 12/09/11

Dec. 13, 2011 Status update received "Oath Scheduled"

Dec. 15, 2011 Letter received with Oath date

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Yes, it is still possible. While a lot of I130 and I129Fs get paired and approved together, then usually the I129F is the only petition sent to NVC, the I130 goes to storage for AOS. If this happens, you cannot pursue the CR1 unless you get your I130 sent to NVC (filing an I-824), then continue with the process for the CR1. Of course, it might take another 6 months to get the I-824 processed and the I130 to NVC. Therefore, many people now cannot simultaneously pursue both as had been done in the past where the petitions were both sent to NVC upon approval. So now, K3 filers feel that they are "locked in" to the K3. But getting a K3 does not preclude a CR1. Totally doable.

A K3 holder can still pursue the CR1? Everyone on the CR1 Forum seems to say that isn't an option. Has anyone actually done this?

Blessings!

Annie

You do have the option of still pursuing the CR-1 visa to get permanent residency. Since your I130 is already at NVC, if you pay the IV fee bill, Affadavit of Support fee bill, send appropriate docs when requested, etc. Your wife would have to go back to Brazil for the interview. If sucessful, she would get a CR-1 (if married less than 2 years) and a Green Card shortly after arriving on the CR1 visa. This might save you some $$, but then your wife would have to fly back for to Brazil for the interview, so may end up costing more. If she is planning on going anyway to visit, might just work.

My lovely wife and I have been together for a month now. This whole month I haven't wanted ANYTHING to do with immigration - so tired of dealing with the whole process. But tonight I figured I better start preparing for AOS, and I went to the GUIDES section and read up on the process...

IT LOOKS JUST LIKE K3!!

Have I missed something here? Am I reading correctly? Do I really need to pay $1010 just to file???? Our I-130 was approved at the same time as the I-129 and is currently sitting at NVC. What would be the cost/process if I proceeded with the I-130 now instead of the I-129?

Hope someone has better news for me than I have to fill out all the same forms and get all the same translations, etc, AGAIN!!! AND PAY $1010!!


03/12/2007 - Married to my beautiful wife

04/16/2007 - Sent I-130 to VSC via USPS Express Mail

05/12/2007 - NOA1 received by snail mail after a loooong wait

05/14/2007 - Sent I-129F for K3 to Chicago Lockbox via USPS Express Mail

10/22/2007 - I129F APPROVED (161 days), I130 APPROVED (188 days)

11/08/2007 - I129F received at NVC, embassy case number generated.

11/13/2007 - I129F forwarded to embassy.

11/18/2007 - 129F petition received at embassy

01/09/2008 - finally, DOS gives me the interview date, April 16, 2007 (ouch)

01/23/2008 - never got packet 4, emailed embassy

04/11/2008 - picked up packet 4, did medical

04/14/2008 - medical report pickup, no problems

04/16/2008 - interview date- APPROVED!!!!!

04/18/2008 - both of us are home at last, POE JFK!

05/21/2008 - sent AOS and EAD

05/27/2008 - received NOA1 for AOS and for EAD

06/02/2008 - received Biometrics appt letter

06/19/2008 - Biometrics appointment scheduled - DONE

06/19/2008 - both AOS and EAD touched because of biometrics

07/29/2008 - EAD approved.

05/13/2009 - AOS Interview - APPROVED!/ Card production ordered email

05/18/2009 - Welcome Letter received

06/12/2009 - Second card production ordered email

06/19/2009 - Approval notice send email

06/22/2009 - Green Card received

04/09/2012 - Applied for Citizenship by Express Mailing N400 to NBC

04/10/2012 - N400 received by USCIS

06/23/2012 - Biometrics appointment

07/27/2012 - Appointment scheduled for N400 interview

09/05/2012 - Interview passed, oath ceremony completed, and Naturalization certificate received.

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Currently VSC is sending both petitions through but it's a moot point for the OP, as their I-130 is already at NVC.

Yes, definitely it's an option. When all is said and done, it's probably not going to be the preferred option except in very rare cases.

Yes, it is still possible. While a lot of I130 and I129Fs get paired and approved together, then usually the I129F is the only petition sent to NVC, the I130 goes to storage for AOS. If this happens, you cannot pursue the CR1 unless you get your I130 sent to NVC (filing an I-824), then continue with the process for the CR1. Of course, it might take another 6 months to get the I-824 processed and the I130 to NVC. Therefore, many people now cannot simultaneously pursue both as had been done in the past where the petitions were both sent to NVC upon approval. So now, K3 filers feel that they are "locked in" to the K3. But getting a K3 does not preclude a CR1. Totally doable.

A K3 holder can still pursue the CR1? Everyone on the CR1 Forum seems to say that isn't an option. Has anyone actually done this?

Blessings!

Annie

You do have the option of still pursuing the CR-1 visa to get permanent residency. Since your I130 is already at NVC, if you pay the IV fee bill, Affadavit of Support fee bill, send appropriate docs when requested, etc. Your wife would have to go back to Brazil for the interview. If sucessful, she would get a CR-1 (if married less than 2 years) and a Green Card shortly after arriving on the CR1 visa. This might save you some $$, but then your wife would have to fly back for to Brazil for the interview, so may end up costing more. If she is planning on going anyway to visit, might just work.

My lovely wife and I have been together for a month now. This whole month I haven't wanted ANYTHING to do with immigration - so tired of dealing with the whole process. But tonight I figured I better start preparing for AOS, and I went to the GUIDES section and read up on the process...

IT LOOKS JUST LIKE K3!!

Have I missed something here? Am I reading correctly? Do I really need to pay $1010 just to file???? Our I-130 was approved at the same time as the I-129 and is currently sitting at NVC. What would be the cost/process if I proceeded with the I-130 now instead of the I-129?

Hope someone has better news for me than I have to fill out all the same forms and get all the same translations, etc, AGAIN!!! AND PAY $1010!!


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