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Filed: Country: Canada
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Hello all,

Hope your journeys are going well. I'm excited to say that after receiving my K-1 visa last week, I'm about to send off my AOS, EAD and AP docs soon after we marry this Tuesday.

I'm confused, however, about when to apply for the SSN. On the K-1 flowchart, it suggests applying for the SSN right away, then get married, then change name on SSN then apply for AOS, EAD and AP. Unless people take longer to get married, I don't see any other reason for applying for the SSN in that order, am I right?

Can anyone tell me if it matters when one applies for the SSN? I plan to do it right away, but I'm prioritizing the others (AOS, EAD, AP) because they take longer to process and I want to be able to work asap- I also need to be able to leave the states soon in order to attend our religious wedding ceremony in Canada in July (that would be nice, wouldn't it?)

Thanks in advance for any info.

Cheers

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Australia
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If your state does not require a SSN to get a wedding licence then I don't think you have to do it in that order. But, as soon as your have the certificate of marriage, getting a SSN should be on the of the first things you do. Some SS offices won't issue you a number if your I-94 is near the end of it's validity.


Married February 20, 2010

Permanent Resident April 22, 2010

Naturalized Citizen January 14, 2014

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I did apply my SSN after 2 days of arriving on K1 visa. But the SS field office told me to get back after 2 weeks because I still don't have any record from them. They gave me a specific date to come back (march 1, 2010) and I was able to apply for my SSN. I was able to get my card after 2 weeks from that date.

After we got married last march 25, 2010, we went to the same field office today. I simply present our marriage certificate, my ss card and my passport. They ask for my greencard and we simply said that it still in process and we are just waiting for my medical transcription, and they simply amend my records to my married name. No forms to fill up, they will simply ask you some questions to verify your record. ^_^


AOS Journey from K-1

14 April 2010 - Sent I-485,I-765 (Did not apply for AP)

18 April 2010 - Delivered (Sunday)

26 April 2010 - Checks cashed

27 April 2010 - Touched (both forms)

28 April 2010 - Touched (both forms)

29 April 2010 - Touched (both forms)

03 May 2010 - NOAs received (postmarked April 26, 2010 dated April 23, 2010)

05 May 2010 - Biometrics Appointment letter (postmarked April 29, 2010)

07 May 2010 - Biometrics Walk in Done

07 May 2010 - Touch Both EAD and AOS

10 May 2010 - Touch Both EAD and AOS

17 May 2010 - Received New passport under married name

19 May 2010 - Original Biometric Appointment both EAD and AOS

28 June 2010 - EAD approved by email

01 July 2010 - Touch for EAD and another card production email

02 July 2010 - Touch EAD

06 July 2010 - Infopass Schedule

06 July 2010 - Received Interview appointment dated June 29, 2010

09 July 2010 - Touch on EAD dot changed to Post Decision

12 July 2010 - Touch on EAD

13 July 2010 - EAD card received in mail

04 August 2010 - Interview of I-485 (approved)

06 August 2010- Email Card Production for I-485

11 August 2010- Another Email for Card/ Document Production for I-485

12 August 2010- Post Decision Activity Notice has been sent based on email

01 September 2010 - GC received via PO BOX.

Removal of Condition

22 May 2012 - Sent ROC application

29 May 2012 - Confirmed delivered by USPS

11 Jun 2012- Check has been cashed

13 Jun 2012 - Extension letter received dated May 29, 2012 postmarked 6/8/2012

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (pnd) Country: Peru
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I did apply my SSN after 2 days of arriving on K1 visa. But the SS field office told me to get back after 2 weeks because I still don't have any record from them. They gave me a specific date to come back (march 1, 2010) and I was able to apply for my SSN. I was able to get my card after 2 weeks from that date.

After we got married last march 25, 2010, we went to the same field office today. I simply present our marriage certificate, my ss card and my passport. They ask for my greencard and we simply said that it still in process and we are just waiting for my medical transcription, and they simply amend my records to my married name. No forms to fill up, they will simply ask you some questions to verify your record. ^_^

Was your I-94 still valid? When my wife (then fiancee) got her SSN, she was told that she could not update her name with the SSA unless she had at least two weeks left on her I-94 and her name had already been changed in USCIS' database. Now we've applied for AOS, but her I-94 has expired.

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Was your I-94 still valid? When my wife (then fiancee) got her SSN, she was told that she could not update her name with the SSA unless she had at least two weeks left on her I-94 and her name had already been changed in USCIS' database. Now we've applied for AOS, but her I-94 has expired.

Yes it is still valid.. my I-94 is until May 14.


AOS Journey from K-1

14 April 2010 - Sent I-485,I-765 (Did not apply for AP)

18 April 2010 - Delivered (Sunday)

26 April 2010 - Checks cashed

27 April 2010 - Touched (both forms)

28 April 2010 - Touched (both forms)

29 April 2010 - Touched (both forms)

03 May 2010 - NOAs received (postmarked April 26, 2010 dated April 23, 2010)

05 May 2010 - Biometrics Appointment letter (postmarked April 29, 2010)

07 May 2010 - Biometrics Walk in Done

07 May 2010 - Touch Both EAD and AOS

10 May 2010 - Touch Both EAD and AOS

17 May 2010 - Received New passport under married name

19 May 2010 - Original Biometric Appointment both EAD and AOS

28 June 2010 - EAD approved by email

01 July 2010 - Touch for EAD and another card production email

02 July 2010 - Touch EAD

06 July 2010 - Infopass Schedule

06 July 2010 - Received Interview appointment dated June 29, 2010

09 July 2010 - Touch on EAD dot changed to Post Decision

12 July 2010 - Touch on EAD

13 July 2010 - EAD card received in mail

04 August 2010 - Interview of I-485 (approved)

06 August 2010- Email Card Production for I-485

11 August 2010- Another Email for Card/ Document Production for I-485

12 August 2010- Post Decision Activity Notice has been sent based on email

01 September 2010 - GC received via PO BOX.

Removal of Condition

22 May 2012 - Sent ROC application

29 May 2012 - Confirmed delivered by USPS

11 Jun 2012- Check has been cashed

13 Jun 2012 - Extension letter received dated May 29, 2012 postmarked 6/8/2012

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I guess it doesn't really matter if you get your SSN before or after marriage, but you will save yourself a headache if you do the initial application in your maiden name and then change it to your married name with the certificate.

The woeful training of some of the staff members in the SSA offices is nightmarish enough just trying to deal with the rare K-1 visas, but if you try to get a K-1 a SSN AND change her name at the same time you're really throwing a wrench into the already rusty works!


K-1:

January 28, 2009: NOA1

June 4, 2009: Interview - APPROVED!!!

October 11, 2009: Wedding

AOS:

December 23, 2009: NOA1!

January 22, 2010: Bogus RFE corrected through congressional inquiry "EAD waiting on biometrics only" Read about it here.

March 15, 2010: AOS interview - RFE for I-693 vaccination supplement - CS signed part 6!

March 27, 2010: Green Card recieved

ROC:

March 1, 2012: Mailed ROC package

March 7, 2012: Tracking says "notice left"...after a phone call to post office.

More detailed time line in profile.

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