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Well, I'm back. So far this is what I've discovered.

Twice in the past 2 days, I've been told that I needed to apply for the EAD along with my I-129F. Both the USCIS walk-in office and the POE, Sault Ste Marie Officer Anderson told me that all K-1 visas should be stamped "Employment Unauthorized" unless the applicant has filed the EAD.

No where in this process did I once see where I was to apply for that prior to moving here. Obviously I missed something and something really important.

So when sending in my documents for EI, I will submit both the terribly I-94 and its stamp, along with the RM 00203.5 dcoument. Nothing like having conflicting things but not much else I can do.

How everyone else missed this stamp, I don't know. Anyone care to share what I must have missed in filing my documents.

Thanks,


April 13, 2009 - Welcome to the USA letter rec'd. PRC to be rec'd within 3 weeks.

April 16, 2009 - 2 yr GC rec'd in mail.

March 2, 2011 - Mailed in I-751 to CSC

March 4, 2011 - I-751 delivered to CSC

March 4, 2011 - NOA issued

March 12, 2011 - NOA received

April 14, 2011 - BIO Appt 5/6/11

May 6, 2011 - BIO done in 10 minutes...no re-takes this time :)

June 27, 2011 - Email rec'd "Status - Approved"

July 1, 2011 - 10 yr GC arrived

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You're confused. :wacko: I'm confused! :wacko: You can't apply for EAD until you apply for your AOS package, (AP and EAD included), AFTER you get married in the US, which is AFTER you use your K-1. It takes approximately 3 months (could be more!) to get your EAD after you've sent in the paperwork. AFTER you're in the USA and married. I have no idea what you're talking about....I can only assume you mean the Employment Authorization stamp that you MAY get at a POE crossing. Not all the crossings know what anyone is talking about...some know what you're talking about but won't give it to you...some say they USED to give it out. It's basically a ####### shoot. I'm assuming you didn't get it.

Having it or not having it is irrelevant to your wanting to apply for EI benefits. By virtue of that photocopied document, it states you are eligible to work with a K-1. You're really not, but the Cdn. government thinks you are? I know, it's confusing. Don't worry about the "stamp" now, it's too late.


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Hi Carla

The POE literally stamped my I-94 in red "EMPLOYMENT UNAUTHORIZED". When I spoke to them this morning, I was told that unless the EAD has been applied for, everyone should get that stamp.

I worked at municipal government level and it was crazy but dang it all this is just ..... I don't know what.


April 13, 2009 - Welcome to the USA letter rec'd. PRC to be rec'd within 3 weeks.

April 16, 2009 - 2 yr GC rec'd in mail.

March 2, 2011 - Mailed in I-751 to CSC

March 4, 2011 - I-751 delivered to CSC

March 4, 2011 - NOA issued

March 12, 2011 - NOA received

April 14, 2011 - BIO Appt 5/6/11

May 6, 2011 - BIO done in 10 minutes...no re-takes this time :)

June 27, 2011 - Email rec'd "Status - Approved"

July 1, 2011 - 10 yr GC arrived

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I worked at municipal government level and it was crazy but dang it all this is just ..... I don't know what.

This is :bonk: ... sorry have no advice, it just seems silly what they are saying!


AOS:

2007-02-22: Sent AOS /EAD

2007-03-06 : NOA1 AOS /EAD

2007-03-28: Transferred to CSC

2007-05-17: EAD Card Production Ordered

2007-05-21: I485 Approved

2007-05-24: EAD Card Received

2007-06-01: Green Card Received!!

Removal of Conditions:

2009-02-27: Sent I-751

2009-03-07: NOA I-751

2009-03-31: Biometrics Appt. Hartford

2009-07-21: Touched (first time since biometrics) Perhaps address change?

2009-07-28: Approved at VSC

2009-08-25: Received card in the mail

Naturalization

2012-08-20: Submitted N-400

2013-01-18: Became Citizen

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I didn't get either stamp, employment authorized or unauthorized however when I spoke to my lawyer right after I got settled she advised me that they should've stamped me employment authorized. She is now in the process of getting a hold of a friend of her's at a nearby airport to make an appointment with me to go and have him stamp my form employment authorized. According to her I need it. So I have no idea. She told me that I might have a problem obtaining a SSN without the stamp so I"m confused.

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I didn't get either stamp, employment authorized or unauthorized however when I spoke to my lawyer right after I got settled she advised me that they should've stamped me employment authorized. She is now in the process of getting a hold of a friend of her's at a nearby airport to make an appointment with me to go and have him stamp my form employment authorized. According to her I need it. So I have no idea. She told me that I might have a problem obtaining a SSN without the stamp so I"m confused.

When I applied for my SSN the lady there was very confused. She told me the either don't stamp the I-94 which is ok or they stamp it Employment Authorized. I have no idea anymore....no clue where to go. Right now I guess I wait until our AOS, EAD and AP are filed in August.


April 13, 2009 - Welcome to the USA letter rec'd. PRC to be rec'd within 3 weeks.

April 16, 2009 - 2 yr GC rec'd in mail.

March 2, 2011 - Mailed in I-751 to CSC

March 4, 2011 - I-751 delivered to CSC

March 4, 2011 - NOA issued

March 12, 2011 - NOA received

April 14, 2011 - BIO Appt 5/6/11

May 6, 2011 - BIO done in 10 minutes...no re-takes this time :)

June 27, 2011 - Email rec'd "Status - Approved"

July 1, 2011 - 10 yr GC arrived

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i think it was just a power trip from the guy at the border...

just relax, marry and file for AOS/EAD/AP all together.


Removal of conditions

01.11.2011 Remove conditions GC I-751 ($590)

01.18.2011 NOA1

02.24.2011 Biometric

03.25.2011 Approved

03.28.2011 Notice sent

03.31.2011 Received new green card (and it's green !)
 

AOS/EAD/AP from K1

07.23.2008 Send AOS/EAD/AP

07.29.2008 Check cashed

08.01.2008 NOA1

08.08.2008 Biometric Notice received

08.21.2008 Biometric Appointment

09.22.2008 Approval notice sent for AP (CRIS email)

09.22.2008 Card production ordered for EAD (CRIS email)

09.25.2008 Card production ordered for EAD (CRIS email) and a couple of touch since (last one 09.30.2008)

09.27.2008 Reception AP

10.02.2008 EAD Received

02.23.2009 Notice for interview (1.5 month late compared to LA statistics)

03.16.2009 AOS Touch

04.01.2009 Interview in LA  // Approved 

04.06.2009 Welcome to the USA Letter

04.13.2009 Reception GC

Naturalization
06/2016 Request
03/2017 Interview

Almost at the end !

 

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i think it was just a power trip from the guy at the border...

just relax, marry and file for AOS/EAD/AP all together.

It may have been. That stamp is going to hold up a lot of things for me.....EI and my SSN which will hold up my obtaining an IL driver's licence.

By holding my EI up....will affect my credit tooo.


April 13, 2009 - Welcome to the USA letter rec'd. PRC to be rec'd within 3 weeks.

April 16, 2009 - 2 yr GC rec'd in mail.

March 2, 2011 - Mailed in I-751 to CSC

March 4, 2011 - I-751 delivered to CSC

March 4, 2011 - NOA issued

March 12, 2011 - NOA received

April 14, 2011 - BIO Appt 5/6/11

May 6, 2011 - BIO done in 10 minutes...no re-takes this time :)

June 27, 2011 - Email rec'd "Status - Approved"

July 1, 2011 - 10 yr GC arrived

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^Just curious as to why it would affect your credit?

I don't think it's worth stressing over. I would just enjoy your time with your fiancee/hubby and apply for your AOS/EAD/AP. In a matter of months you will forget that stamp even existed!


Removing Conditions

Sent package to VSC - 8/12/11

NOA1 - 8/16/11

Biometrics - 9/14/11

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^Just curious as to why it would affect your credit?

Personally I ran into this.. there was a delay in EI so I couldn't pay my bills back in Canada :P So.. I had a few late fees and a few late payments on my cards that i have NEVER had before :P


AOS:

2007-02-22: Sent AOS /EAD

2007-03-06 : NOA1 AOS /EAD

2007-03-28: Transferred to CSC

2007-05-17: EAD Card Production Ordered

2007-05-21: I485 Approved

2007-05-24: EAD Card Received

2007-06-01: Green Card Received!!

Removal of Conditions:

2009-02-27: Sent I-751

2009-03-07: NOA I-751

2009-03-31: Biometrics Appt. Hartford

2009-07-21: Touched (first time since biometrics) Perhaps address change?

2009-07-28: Approved at VSC

2009-08-25: Received card in the mail

Naturalization

2012-08-20: Submitted N-400

2013-01-18: Became Citizen

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Are you sure this is going to hold up your SSN?? I don't see why it would as most people aren't given the stamp but they have no problem getting a SSN.

When I applied for my SSN the lady there was very confused. She told me the either don't stamp the I-94 which is ok or they stamp it Employment Authorized. I have no idea anymore....no clue where to go. Right now I guess I wait until our AOS, EAD and AP are filed in August

This is correct...people either get a stamp saying "employment authorized" or they don't. There was only ONE person I have seen on VJ who said theirs says "employment UNauthorized" which is very weird.

If you don't get the SSN you can still drive in IL for up to a year on your Canadian driver's license. By then hopefully you'll have your green card and/or SSN for sure.


3/5/11 sent LOC paperwork

3/9/11 date of NOA

?/?/?? biometrics appointment

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^Just curious as to why it would affect your credit?

I don't think it's worth stressing over. I would just enjoy your time with your fiancee/hubby and apply for your AOS/EAD/AP. In a matter of months you will forget that stamp even existed!

I have loans and other bills that need to be paid in Canada. So ya I'm a little stressed. I am enjoying my time with my fiance when he isn't working. Once everything is done and over with, you are right I will forget about that stamp, but until then....


April 13, 2009 - Welcome to the USA letter rec'd. PRC to be rec'd within 3 weeks.

April 16, 2009 - 2 yr GC rec'd in mail.

March 2, 2011 - Mailed in I-751 to CSC

March 4, 2011 - I-751 delivered to CSC

March 4, 2011 - NOA issued

March 12, 2011 - NOA received

April 14, 2011 - BIO Appt 5/6/11

May 6, 2011 - BIO done in 10 minutes...no re-takes this time :)

June 27, 2011 - Email rec'd "Status - Approved"

July 1, 2011 - 10 yr GC arrived

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Are you sure this is going to hold up your SSN?? I don't see why it would as most people aren't given the stamp but they have no problem getting a SSN.

CBR - the SSN office has to verify the document I provided them. With it being stamp "Employment Unauthorized", the office has to contact USCIS. She checked while I was there and my file hadn't been put in the system yet. She told me it can take up to 8 weeks for the verification. So I wait to see what comes next.


April 13, 2009 - Welcome to the USA letter rec'd. PRC to be rec'd within 3 weeks.

April 16, 2009 - 2 yr GC rec'd in mail.

March 2, 2011 - Mailed in I-751 to CSC

March 4, 2011 - I-751 delivered to CSC

March 4, 2011 - NOA issued

March 12, 2011 - NOA received

April 14, 2011 - BIO Appt 5/6/11

May 6, 2011 - BIO done in 10 minutes...no re-takes this time :)

June 27, 2011 - Email rec'd "Status - Approved"

July 1, 2011 - 10 yr GC arrived

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Personally I ran into this.. there was a delay in EI so I couldn't pay my bills back in Canada :P So.. I had a few late fees and a few late payments on my cards that i have NEVER had before :P

Ahhh, but your Canada credit rating has nothing to do with your US credit rating. We all are treated as 18 year olds who have zero credit history when we move to the USA.

Something tells me that filing for an EAD before crossing the border would result in:

a) the EAD not getting approved, since you're a foreigner who hasn't activated a K-1.

or

B) people STILL wouldn't get the stamp. Because hey, you've got the EAD now.

Canada EI will surely get a chuckle out of this. What dumb border agent stamped this? Pffft. How little they know. APPROVED.

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Personally I ran into this.. there was a delay in EI so I couldn't pay my bills back in Canada :P So.. I had a few late fees and a few late payments on my cards that i have NEVER had before :P

Ahhh, but your Canada credit rating has nothing to do with your US credit rating. We all are treated as 18 year olds who have zero credit history when we move to the USA.

Something tells me that filing for an EAD before crossing the border would result in:

a) the EAD not getting approved, since you're a foreigner who hasn't activated a K-1.

or

B) people STILL wouldn't get the stamp. Because hey, you've got the EAD now.

Canada EI will surely get a chuckle out of this. What dumb border agent stamped this? Pffft. How little they know. APPROVED.

I hope you are right Texanadian


April 13, 2009 - Welcome to the USA letter rec'd. PRC to be rec'd within 3 weeks.

April 16, 2009 - 2 yr GC rec'd in mail.

March 2, 2011 - Mailed in I-751 to CSC

March 4, 2011 - I-751 delivered to CSC

March 4, 2011 - NOA issued

March 12, 2011 - NOA received

April 14, 2011 - BIO Appt 5/6/11

May 6, 2011 - BIO done in 10 minutes...no re-takes this time :)

June 27, 2011 - Email rec'd "Status - Approved"

July 1, 2011 - 10 yr GC arrived

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