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Hi All,

Im new to this site and I need some advice. We just received an email from the USCIS that the notice of approval for the I129F has been sent in the mail. Our plan is to have a civil wedding in the US in January 2010 and a church wedding in the Philippines sometime in May or June 2010. Is this possible? I was told that I cannot travel back to the Philippines until I get my greencard which will take about 2 years to be processed. Is there a way for us to travel to the Philippines within a year after having a civil wedding in the US? What would be required from us in order to do this?

Thanks in advance for any information you might be able to share about this matter.

Jane

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Our plan is to have a civil wedding in the US in January 2010 and a church wedding in the Philippines sometime in May or June 2010. Is this possible?

Yes, it is possible. However, do not make any non-refundable plans until the visa is in your hand.

I was told that I cannot travel back to the Philippines until I get my greencard which will take about 2 years to be processed.

Not true. When you file for AOS you can file for AP (Advanced Parole) which should allow you to do this. Have a look at the guides section on this site. Welcome and good luck.

Edited by rsn

K1: 01/15/2009 (mailed I-129F) - 06/23/2009 (visa received)

AOS: 08/08/2009 (mailed I-485, I-765, & I-131) - 10/29/2009 (received GC)

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Your first greencard is good for two years and the average time to get one is six months.

The AP Advance Parole, which allows you to travel outside the US until you get the green card, normally is sent 90 days after receipt of the AOS package. The AP I-131 aplication cost is already included in the fee for the AOS.


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Your first greencard is good for two years and the average time to get one is six months.

The AP Advance Parole, which allows you to travel outside the US until you get the green card, normally is sent 90 days after receipt of the AOS package. The AP I-131 aplication cost is already included in the fee for the AOS.

Thanks for the replies. Another question though, is there a validity for the Advance Parole, i.e. how much time am I allowed to be outside the US?

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