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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Hi all,

I've been a troll on this forum for a while now (meaning that I lurk, but never post.. hehe), and I decided to come out of hiding today to ask a few questions :)

I have been approved for my K1 visa and will be entering the US next week. As far as getting married is concerned, we will be doing the whole civil/legal marriage paperwork stuff as soon as possible and having the whole big wedding ceremony for friends and family sometime next year.

My questions are:

1) Are you able to do any volunteer work (say, at the hospital or what not) while you wait for your EAD?

2) For those who apply for advance parole to leave the country prior to getting your status changed (lets say I want to go back to visit home), how long does that take to approve and is it only valid once or can I go back home several times? On a side note, I hate that they call it "advance parole"... it makes me feel like a criminal sorta. Yeesh!

Thanks for all the help!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline
Hi all,

I've been a troll on this forum for a while now (meaning that I lurk, but never post.. hehe), and I decided to come out of hiding today to ask a few questions :)

I have been approved for my K1 visa and will be entering the US next week. As far as getting married is concerned, we will be doing the whole civil/legal marriage paperwork stuff as soon as possible and having the whole big wedding ceremony for friends and family sometime next year.

My questions are:

1) Are you able to do any volunteer work (say, at the hospital or what not) while you wait for your EAD?

2) For those who apply for advance parole to leave the country prior to getting your status changed (lets say I want to go back to visit home), how long does that take to approve and is it only valid once or can I go back home several times? On a side note, I hate that they call it "advance parole"... it makes me feel like a criminal sorta. Yeesh!

Thanks for all the help!

Yes, you can definitely do volunteer work.

AP is taking around 2-3 months right now. When you apply, they ask you if you want to use it multiple times and you just say yes and you are generally granted a multiple entry Advanced Parole.


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Sent package to VSC - 8/12/11

NOA1 - 8/16/11

Biometrics - 9/14/11

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Hi all,

I've been a troll on this forum for a while now (meaning that I lurk, but never post.. hehe), and I decided to come out of hiding today to ask a few questions :)

I have been approved for my K1 visa and will be entering the US next week. As far as getting married is concerned, we will be doing the whole civil/legal marriage paperwork stuff as soon as possible and having the whole big wedding ceremony for friends and family sometime next year.

My questions are:

1) Are you able to do any volunteer work (say, at the hospital or what not) while you wait for your EAD?

2) For those who apply for advance parole to leave the country prior to getting your status changed (lets say I want to go back to visit home), how long does that take to approve and is it only valid once or can I go back home several times? On a side note, I hate that they call it "advance parole"... it makes me feel like a criminal sorta. Yeesh!

Thanks for all the help!

Welcome to VJ! Congratulations on the approval and upcoming marriage!!

Absolutely you can do volunteer work while you are waiting for your EAD. As long as you aren't getting any $$. I would love to be able to once I get settled in.

I hate it that they call it Advanced Parole too! I am not a criminal! Anyways, from what I understand yes you can use the AP document more than once to travel back to Canada. The EAD and AP documents usually take anywhere from 70-90 days to be approved after you send in your AOS package (I-485/I765/I 131) with the EAD and AP applications.


AOS

Sent- 10-21-09

Tracking says Delivered by USPS-10-23-09

Check cashed-10-30-09 (MSC case # on back)

NOA 1 date-10-29-09 (Received Date 10-23-09)

Hard copy NOA - 11-02-09

Touch- 11-03-09

Received bio appt letter-11-07-09(dated 11-03-09)

Bio appt- 11-19-09

Transfer to CSC-11-18-09

Touch on 485/765- 11-19-09

Touch on 485/765- 11-20-09

Hard copy of transfer to CSC- 11-23-09

Touch on 485- 11-24-09 (now processing @ CSC email)

Touch on 485- 11-25-09

Touch on 485- 11-27-09

Touch on 485- 11-30-09

Touch on 485- 12-01-09

Touch on 485- 12-02-09

Touch on 485- 12-03-09

EAD/AP approved-12-18-09

EAD/AP touch- 12-21-09

GC APPROVED!!- 12-21-09

Notice mailed welcoming PR-12-21-09

2nd Card Production ordered email-12-22-09

Approval notice sent-12-28-09

GC arrived in the mail-01-05-10

Done with USCIS until September 14, 2011!!

ROC

Sent: 09-14-11

Received: 09-16-11

Check cashed: 09-21-11

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Congratulations with finishing up that awful paper work alone!!! How exciting that you'll be married soon and then you're both together for the rest of the journey....

Guess I really can't add too much else to your questions as they seem like they've been answered for you, except to say that hopefully you'll post more, and let us know how your POE went.


K-1 timeline

Sent I-129f Dec. 29, 2008

Received NOA Jan. 10, 2009

NOA2 email sent April 16, 2009, APPROVED

Interview in Vancouver, June 23, 2009 APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!

Wedding, September 19, 2009, South Carolina!!

AOS

Mailed package to Chicago, Oct. 22, 2009

NOA hard copies Nov. 3, 2009

RFE Nov. 17, 2009

Finally mailed back RFE December 15, 2009

Case transferred to CSC January 7th 2010girlfreuya.gif

EAD and AP Approved, cards sent January 8th, 2010!!

AOS approved February 9th 2010 smiley-happy093.gif

Welcome letter and GC received February 16th, 2010

Done with USCIS until 11/08/11

ROC

Sent 1-751 to Vermont Service Center November 18th 2011

NOA November 23, 2011

Biometrics December 23, 2011

RFE Dated Aug. 17; received Aug. 20th

mailed off RFE end of Oct.

Received Email stating card has been ordered Dec. 4

Received Email stating card should arrive within seven days; Dec 6

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Do they still have temporary work permits while you are waiting for your EAD? I thought I read that somewhere.

No, from what I hear they no longer provide a temp EAD stamp. Plus, only JFK in the past was the POE that provided it, most POEs did not.


K-1

I-129F sent to Vermont: 2/19/08

NOA1: 2/21/08

NOA2: 3/10/08

Packet 3 recd: 3/25/08

Packet 3 sent: 4/18/08

Appt letter recd: 6/16/08

Interview at Montreal Consulate: 7/10/08 **APPROVED!!**

K1 recd: 7/15/08

US Entry at Buffalo, New York: 11/15/08

Wedding in Philadelphia: 11/22/08

AOS

AOS/EAD/AP filed at Chicago Lockbox: 12/17/08

NOA: 12/29/08

Case transferred to CSC: 1/7/09

AOS Approval: 4/2/09

Biometrics appt: 1/16/09

EAD received: 3/12/09

AP received: 3/13/09

AOS approval notice sent: 4/2/09

GC received: 4/9/09

ROC

Sent package to VSC: 1/5/11

NOA1: 1/7/11

Biometrics: 2/14/11

Approval letter received: 8/1/11

GC received: 8/11/11

Citizenship:

N-400 sent to Dallas lockbox: 3/1/12

NOA1: 3/6/12

Biometrics: 4/9/12

Interview: 5/25/12

Oath Ceremony: 6/4/2012

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Do they still have temporary work permits while you are waiting for your EAD? I thought I read that somewhere.

Also its pointless to pay the $300 and some dollars for an EAD as soon as you enter the country, before you apply for AOS, that will expire when your K-1 I-94 expires...it would take 3 months just to get the card. When you apply for AOS, the EAD and AP are "free", they are included in the $1010 fee.

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AOS

Sent- 10-21-09

Tracking says Delivered by USPS-10-23-09

Check cashed-10-30-09 (MSC case # on back)

NOA 1 date-10-29-09 (Received Date 10-23-09)

Hard copy NOA - 11-02-09

Touch- 11-03-09

Received bio appt letter-11-07-09(dated 11-03-09)

Bio appt- 11-19-09

Transfer to CSC-11-18-09

Touch on 485/765- 11-19-09

Touch on 485/765- 11-20-09

Hard copy of transfer to CSC- 11-23-09

Touch on 485- 11-24-09 (now processing @ CSC email)

Touch on 485- 11-25-09

Touch on 485- 11-27-09

Touch on 485- 11-30-09

Touch on 485- 12-01-09

Touch on 485- 12-02-09

Touch on 485- 12-03-09

EAD/AP approved-12-18-09

EAD/AP touch- 12-21-09

GC APPROVED!!- 12-21-09

Notice mailed welcoming PR-12-21-09

2nd Card Production ordered email-12-22-09

Approval notice sent-12-28-09

GC arrived in the mail-01-05-10

Done with USCIS until September 14, 2011!!

ROC

Sent: 09-14-11

Received: 09-16-11

Check cashed: 09-21-11

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

Hopefully those of you who are about to file/have recently filed for AOS won't have to wait the whole three months for EAD/AP. The process seems to be pretty speedy at the moment, fyi. I was stunned on Monday when I got a USCIS email notice saying my EAD application had been approved. And I was just shocked this morning when the approved Advance Parole notice was waiting in my inbox. The NOA date for my AOS application was June 2. So, it took only about a month for both. Crazy!

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Hopefully those of you who are about to file/have recently filed for AOS won't have to wait the whole three months for EAD/AP. The process seems to be pretty speedy at the moment, fyi. I was stunned on Monday when I got a USCIS email notice saying my EAD application had been approved. And I was just shocked this morning when the approved Advance Parole notice was waiting in my inbox. The NOA date for my AOS application was June 2. So, it took only about a month for both. Crazy!

Woot! Thats great news! I have seen the timelines range anywhere from 60-80 days...maybe a few with the whole 90 days! I hope they pick up speed! Especially with the economy the way it is! I feel awful for those USC SO's who have lost their jobs in the middle of this whole process and then their spouse cannot work until given the authorization. My SO is enlisted with Uncle Sam...unless he goes AWOL... :lol:


AOS

Sent- 10-21-09

Tracking says Delivered by USPS-10-23-09

Check cashed-10-30-09 (MSC case # on back)

NOA 1 date-10-29-09 (Received Date 10-23-09)

Hard copy NOA - 11-02-09

Touch- 11-03-09

Received bio appt letter-11-07-09(dated 11-03-09)

Bio appt- 11-19-09

Transfer to CSC-11-18-09

Touch on 485/765- 11-19-09

Touch on 485/765- 11-20-09

Hard copy of transfer to CSC- 11-23-09

Touch on 485- 11-24-09 (now processing @ CSC email)

Touch on 485- 11-25-09

Touch on 485- 11-27-09

Touch on 485- 11-30-09

Touch on 485- 12-01-09

Touch on 485- 12-02-09

Touch on 485- 12-03-09

EAD/AP approved-12-18-09

EAD/AP touch- 12-21-09

GC APPROVED!!- 12-21-09

Notice mailed welcoming PR-12-21-09

2nd Card Production ordered email-12-22-09

Approval notice sent-12-28-09

GC arrived in the mail-01-05-10

Done with USCIS until September 14, 2011!!

ROC

Sent: 09-14-11

Received: 09-16-11

Check cashed: 09-21-11

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Hi Chapstick,

Welcome to VJ and in answer to your questions:

1) Yes, by all means, you can do volunteer work while you are waiting for your immigration documents! Doing volunteer work is a great way to meet people, learn more about the community, feel more welcomed, get good character and job references, and best of all: to help others who truly need the help. I guarantee, you will feel so much better in doing volunteer work, instead of just waiting around for the USCIS to get your paperwork completed. Heck, you can continue with your volunteer work even after you get your immigration documents!

In my situation, I did not apply for an EAD, as I did not need to work right away (and saved money too by not applying for such, since it was optional at that time). Instead, I did a lot of volunteer work while waiting for my green card. In fact, I did volunteer work up until recently (couldn't continue now due to pregnancy), despite having a green card already. What I find the most rewarding in doing volunteer work is helping others and making their day a lot happier by doing such. :)

So go ahead, find somewhere to volunteer.....And good luck with your volunteer work too!... :thumbs:

2) I don't have a clue about AP, as I did not apply for such, as I did not need to return to Canada right away (and saved money too by not applying for such, since it was optional at that time). So I waited until I got my green card to travel back instead. But yeah, this AP document being called "advance parole" does sound "criminal and sinister" in so many ways...uggh....

Lol...How about the term "alien"...:alien:....Doesn't make one feel welcomed in the USA, does it?

Heck, the whole immigration process makes us feel like "criminals" in some way or other, even though we are not...(but that's another story....)

Hope this helps. Good luck on the rest of your immigration journey and upcoming wedding as well.

Ant

Hi all,

I've been a troll on this forum for a while now (meaning that I lurk, but never post.. hehe), and I decided to come out of hiding today to ask a few questions :)

I have been approved for my K1 visa and will be entering the US next week. As far as getting married is concerned, we will be doing the whole civil/legal marriage paperwork stuff as soon as possible and having the whole big wedding ceremony for friends and family sometime next year.

My questions are:

1) Are you able to do any volunteer work (say, at the hospital or what not) while you wait for your EAD?

2) For those who apply for advance parole to leave the country prior to getting your status changed (lets say I want to go back to visit home), how long does that take to approve and is it only valid once or can I go back home several times? On a side note, I hate that they call it "advance parole"... it makes me feel like a criminal sorta. Yeesh!

Thanks for all the help!

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2000 (72+ Months) "Loved": Long-Distance Dating Relationship. D Visited Ant in Canada.

2006 (<1 Month) "Visited": Ant Visited D in America. B-2 Visa Port of Entry Interrogation.

2006 (<1 Month) "Married": Wedding Elopement. Husband & Wife, D and Ant !! Together Forever!

2006 ( 3 Months I-485 Wait) "Adjusted": 2-Years Green Card.

2007 ( 2 Months) "Numbered": SSN Card.

2007 (<1 Months) "Licensed": NYS 4-Years Driver's License.

2009 (10 Months I-751 Wait) "Removed": 10-Years 5-Months Green Card.

2009 ( 9 Months Baby Wait) "Expected": Baby. It's a Boy, Baby A !!! We Are Family, Ant+D+BabyA !

2009 ( 4 Months) "Moved": New House Constructed and Moved Into.

2009 ( 2 Months N-400 Wait) "Naturalized": US Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization. Goodbye USCIS!!!!

***Ant is a Naturalized American Citizen!!***: November 23, 2009 (Private Oath Ceremony: USCIS Office, Buffalo, NY, USA)

2009 (<1 Month) "Secured": US Citizen SSN Card.

2009 (<1 Month) "Enhanced": US Citizen NYS 8-Years Enhanced Driver's License. (in lieu of a US Passport)

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But can we do volunteer work BEFORE we even get married (after entering with K-1), or BEFORE I apply for AOS (along with EAD and AP)? and without a SSN?

The information I got so far from this post is, yes we can after we applied for EAD or AOS.

i really wanna do something, in the pet shop.


~My Timeline~ K1
Consulate : Sydney, Australia
I-129F Sent : 2011-09-30
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-10-05
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-02-14
NVC Left : 2012-02-23
Packet 3 Received : 2012-02-27
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-03-15
Interview: May 1, 2012
Visa Received : 2012-05-15 (long 14 days, and there was a big hiccup!)
US Entry : 2012-05-25
+ Marriage : 2012-06-18
+ Applied for SSN: 2012-06-22 (got it 4 days later)


AOS
I-485 with EAD and AP Sent: 2012-07-02
NOA: 2012-7-10
Biometrics: 2012-8-8
EAD/AP card in hand: 2012-9-10
Interview: 2012-9-25 and approved! They took my EAD/AP.
Green card in hand: 2012-10-03 yay!!!

ROC

I-751 sent: 2014-9-9

NOA1 received: 2014-9-13 (dated 9-11)

Bio letter received: 2014-9-25 (dated 9-19)

Bio appt: 2014-10-6 (no interview)

Card in hand: 2014-Dec

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Yes, of course you can. As long as you're not taking the job of a paid employee you're fine to volunteer. You may want to do an advanced search for that in the Working & Traveling forum as this is a 3 year old thread.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

Yay :) This makes me all smiles. That's what I'll be doing, if they take me! I want to volunteer at a pet shelter. :luv:


2003 - Met online.

Feb 2011 - Reunited online :)

Feb 2011 - Apr 2011 - Kept in touch every single day.

May 5th, 2011 - Met in person in Montreal <3 Knew we were meant to be.

July 21, 2011 - Met in person in Seattle, WA. Started talking of marriage and filing.

Nov 21, 2011 - Filed for K-1 Visa

Nov 24, 2011 - Received NOA1

Mar 23, 2012 - Met in Montreal as happy fiances. Proposal in person. <3

April 21, 2012 - Received approved NOA2

Sometime in May, 2012 - Received packet 3 letter.

Working on it about to submit...

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