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Getting Married on 87th Day!

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Hi all,

My I-94 expires on 25th Aug & our wedding is on 22nd Aug. We left it so late so that we could provide family/friends with plenty of notice to attend our wedding & also for people coming from UK to save for the flight over.

Anyway, I'm beginning to panic a little. Several questions are going through my mind like:

1. Is 87 days really ok to get married? Should we do a quick courthouse thing & have a proper ceremony as planned & not tell anyone?

2. Wot if the marriage certificate takes weeks to arrive? I will be out of status. Due to my fiance's job we will be moving between Florida & Michigan regularly. Will customs give me hassle if I have no 'in status' paperwork?

My fiance is so laid back & keeps telling me to chill. I'm the worrier & like to be organised. This immigration process is so stressful & I feel like we're adding to the stress by marrying so late into the 90 days.

Just looking for reassurance really. :unsure:


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5/16/08:Received NA01

2/24/09: NA02 APPROVAL... finally, after 9 MONTHS & 8 DAYS!!

5/5/09 : Interview Date APPROVED!!!!

5/8/09: visa received

From NA01 to interview: 12 LONG MONTHS!!

07/23/09: received SSN

08/17/09: Passed Driving test

08/22/09: Married on beautiful Mackinac Island, MI

AOS

08/31/09: Mailed AOS Package

10/20/09: Received AP

10/21/09 Received EAD card

12/7/09 AOS APPROVED!

12/14/09: Green Card arrived in mail. Happy Days!

It's taken 18 months from applying for K1 to receipt of Green Card! Thank God it's over until 12/7/11

Here we go again...

ROC

09/14/11: Mailed I-751 to Vermont

09/19/11: NA01

10/14/11: Biometrics

7/2/12: Approved. New Card Ordered

7/7/12: Green Card received

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From what I have read on the forums, it is perfectly acceptable to take your marriage certificate and bring it to the recorder's office yourselves, thereby eliminating the weeks of wait. Just ask your officiant.

But regardless you won't have to worry about customs between Michigan and Florida!


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1/16/2015 - NOA date (hard copy received 1/22)

1/20/2015 - Check cashed

2/09/2015 - Biometrics

2/11/2015 - In line for interview

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oh ok. I'll ask if I can do that. Cheers! :thumbs:


K1

5/16/08:Received NA01

2/24/09: NA02 APPROVAL... finally, after 9 MONTHS & 8 DAYS!!

5/5/09 : Interview Date APPROVED!!!!

5/8/09: visa received

From NA01 to interview: 12 LONG MONTHS!!

07/23/09: received SSN

08/17/09: Passed Driving test

08/22/09: Married on beautiful Mackinac Island, MI

AOS

08/31/09: Mailed AOS Package

10/20/09: Received AP

10/21/09 Received EAD card

12/7/09 AOS APPROVED!

12/14/09: Green Card arrived in mail. Happy Days!

It's taken 18 months from applying for K1 to receipt of Green Card! Thank God it's over until 12/7/11

Here we go again...

ROC

09/14/11: Mailed I-751 to Vermont

09/19/11: NA01

10/14/11: Biometrics

7/2/12: Approved. New Card Ordered

7/7/12: Green Card received

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oh ok. I'll ask if I can do that. Cheers! :thumbs:

Great wedding day! We're getting married on the same day!

You're supposed to have 90 days to marry so if you get married within that 90 days... I don't see the issue (but I am no expert and could be completely wrong!!).

Good Luck!


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oh ok. I'll ask if I can do that. Cheers! :thumbs:

Great wedding day! We're getting married on the same day!

You're supposed to have 90 days to marry so if you get married within that 90 days... I don't see the issue (but I am no expert and could be completely wrong!!).

Good Luck!

Oh cool, Congratulations!

I know it's within 90 days (just) but I just read on here that most people are filing for AOS well before the I-94 expires. It looks like we'll be filing 3 or 4 weeks after this date if we can't get the marriage certificate issued straight away.

I read the thread about the Filipina who got detained in Texas for not having filed AOS & I'm panicking a little.

You'll feel much better about all this when your application for AOS is sent off, and you have the NOA1 (receipt) to show for it.

yes you're right, I'll feel much better!


K1

5/16/08:Received NA01

2/24/09: NA02 APPROVAL... finally, after 9 MONTHS & 8 DAYS!!

5/5/09 : Interview Date APPROVED!!!!

5/8/09: visa received

From NA01 to interview: 12 LONG MONTHS!!

07/23/09: received SSN

08/17/09: Passed Driving test

08/22/09: Married on beautiful Mackinac Island, MI

AOS

08/31/09: Mailed AOS Package

10/20/09: Received AP

10/21/09 Received EAD card

12/7/09 AOS APPROVED!

12/14/09: Green Card arrived in mail. Happy Days!

It's taken 18 months from applying for K1 to receipt of Green Card! Thank God it's over until 12/7/11

Here we go again...

ROC

09/14/11: Mailed I-751 to Vermont

09/19/11: NA01

10/14/11: Biometrics

7/2/12: Approved. New Card Ordered

7/7/12: Green Card received

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But regardless you won't have to worry about customs between Michigan and Florida!
Can you state this with 100% certainty? If not, then DON'T.

The idea of hand-carrying the signed marriage license to the courthouse, and waiting while your marriage certificates (plural because multiple copies are VERY handy) are prepared, is excellent.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Hi, I don't know how it is in your state but at least in New Mexico you would still be able to apply within 90 days. We got married on Friday and we didn't wait for them to send our document but we took this signed certificate and went straight away to the other office where it was turned into an actual marriage license. It really didn't take long, they made the record in the books and we got some certified copies there as well. During the weekend we filled all the papers and we sent a package on Monday. So you can prepare your documents in advance and find out if you can' take care' of your document to speed the process. tell them you don't have time, they should understand. good luck!

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But regardless you won't have to worry about customs between Michigan and Florida!
Can you state this with 100% certainty? If not, then DON'T.

I can state with 100% certainty that Michigan and Florida are both within the United States of America. There isn't even a need to get near customs unless there is travel being done out of the country. If the OP is only moving between these two STATES (which is how it seemed to be stated, but excuse me if I'm wrong), then really there is no issue.


Our naturalization timeline
1/12/2015 - Application sent to Phoenix service center by USPS priority mail

1/14/2015 - Package received in Phoenix

1/16/2015 - NOA date (hard copy received 1/22)

1/20/2015 - Check cashed

2/09/2015 - Biometrics

2/11/2015 - In line for interview

3/28/2015 - Hard copy interview notice received

4/29/2015 - Interview at Chicago field office - Approved!!!

5/22/2015 - Oath ceremony - Now a US citizen!!!!!!

Thank you, VisaJourney!!!!!


"Contrary to what the cynics say, distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It's for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love... It's for those knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don't see it nearly enough..."- Anonymous



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I can state with 100% certainty that Michigan and Florida are both within the United States of America. There isn't even a need to get near customs unless there is travel being done out of the country. If the OP is only moving between these two STATES (which is how it seemed to be stated, but excuse me if I'm wrong), then really there is no issue.
And Texas is also within the United States of America. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) are all over the place. Furthermore, state, county, and local police forces all over the country have entered into agreements with ICE under the ACCESS 287(g) program or the CAP program, which gives these police forces authority to inquire about and pursue "immigration" matters. Accordingly, even a traffic stop for a taillight violation can result in far worse. That makes it an issue, and the OP is quite justified to be worried. Fortunately, procuring the marriage certificates in person can reduce the potential danger, as has been stated.

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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