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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Thailand
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I am wondering if there is a certain time period that you have to wait before you can go back to school once the K-1 Visa is approved and you get married.

Thanks.

-M.

If you are on a K-1 visa, it is approved, you then use it to enter the USA. Then you get married, OK?

There is no time restrictionn on enrolling in a school?


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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As far as I know the US government does not care. As far as they are concerned, if you are in the country on a legal status, you can attend any school that will accept you, for as long as your legal status lasts.

The particular school you are considering, on the other hand, may care a great deal. Some universities and colleges may not accept you unless you can show them that you have legal status that will last for the entire duration of a particular course of study - at least a full term/semester. A K-1 visa holder's legal status, prior to filing for AOS, lasts for 90 days from entry. Once you file AOS, your status is a little fuzzy. Once your conditional green card is approved, your status lasts for two years. So you may have difficulty getting accepted by some schools prior to receiving your green card.

The other issue that will be relevant to any school you apply at will be your residence status. Many schools will charge you exorbitant non-resident or international student rates unless you can prove that you are a legal resident of the particular state and/or the US. A green card establishes residence in the US, and saves you from international student rates. State residence definitions will vary wildly from state to state, and perhaps even from institution to institution within a state. You should check with the particular institution's admissions office.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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Si, man. Also, if you wish to enter graduate school, assistantships may include stipends, which might tread on "work authorization." Again, check with the school's admissions personnel, si man.


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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