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Hello all!! My name is Annie, and I'm a US citizen living in Houston, TX. I'm engaged to be married to a wonderful man...our wedding will be on April 29, 2007 here in Texas.

I have no clue what exactly we need to do to eventually make my fiance a US citizen. He's currently a citizen of the UK, but he is living here in Texas on a student visa (he's getting his PhD in Physics). We will be getting married before his student visa expires (wedding is a few weeks before his graduation) and I think his student visa has a 1 year grace period.

He fully intends to become a US citizen, and so we want to start taking the necessary steps to get his marriage visa and start the process of him becoming a citizen as well. We are not opposed to the idea of getting legally married before our actual wedding, if it makes things quicker and easier.

Any advice or guidance is welcome and appreciated! I look forward to getting to know everyone here! :D

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada
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2005

Sept 10 I-129F sent to TSC

2006

Interview - February 13th APPROVED! day 152

April 6 - wedding date day 204

Aug 22 - AOS interview date day 101-total days 342

Sept 29 - green card arrives, done until June 2008 day 140-total days 381

2008

June 30 - I-751 mailed total days 1025

2009

March 9 - Removal of Conditions approved! total days 1277

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Colombia
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Use the guide, up top.

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Johanna & Peter

Colombia / U.S.A.

I-129F / K-1 Fiancee Visa

08-20-02 - Met Johanna in Armenia, Colombia

10-05-05 - K-1 Sent to TSC

10-14-05 - Received NOA1 by E-Mail (Day 9)

12-22-05 - Reveived NOA2 By E-Mail & Mail (Day 78)

03-03-06 - Interview Date! (Day 149) Approved

03-10-06 - Johanna Arrived

05-27-06 - Married

I-485 / AOS (Did not applied for EAD or AP)

06-05-06 - Sent I-485 application to Chicago via USPS (Day 1)

06-06-06 - AOS Package Delivered at 12:29PM

06-12-06 - Received NOA1 by Mail

06-14-06 - Check Cashed

06-22-06 - Received Appointment Notice for Biometrics

06-26-06 - "Request for Additional Evidence" Online, waiting for letter

06-29-06 - Biometrics Done!

06-30-06 - Received RFE Letter by mail. (Missing Birth Certificate)

07-10-06 - Sent RFE by Express Mail USPS

07-11-06 - RFE Delivered @ 10:54AM Sign by D. Atwell

08-28-06 - AOS Transferred to CSC E-mail & USCIS Website (Day 85)

08-30-06 - Touched #1

08-31-06 - Touched #2

08-31-06 - E-Mail from CRIS & USCIS-CSSO - CSC received AOS Application

09-01-06 - Touched #3

09-01-06 - NOA by Mail Regarding Transfer to CSC

09-05-06 - Touched #4

09-07-06 - Touched #5

09-13-06 - Touched #6

09-15-06 - AOS Approved by Online Status & E-mail

09-21-06 - Received GC and Welcome Letter (Day 109)

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: England
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All good advice given already...

April 29th is our wedding anniversary... we were married April 29th last year !!

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I am 'assuming' (always a bit dodgy to do that I know, lol) that you will marry and he will then adjust status from his student visa?

Cos the K1 is for a foreign domiciled fiance (in which case you can't get married on April 29 because the visa is unlikely to be finalised before then) and the K3 for a foreign domiciled spouse (you can marry but then he has to leave the US) - ie - he would have to be OUT of the country in order for either of those to be applied for...

So Im thinking neither of those are what you need...


Applied for K1

Met online 2001 - just aquaintances

Sept 2002 - 1st US visit - everything goes perfectly.

Dec 20th - Forms recev'd at CSC

Dec 27th - NOA1 received by snail mail!

Dec 29th - 'Touched'

March 10 2006 - NOA2!

March 23 - recv'd at NVC

March 24 - petition sent to London

April 9th - Pkt 3 rec'd!

May 17th - Pkt 3 signed for at London Embassy

May 24th - Medical

May24th - Pkt 4

June 14th - Interview 10am - APPROVED 1pm!!

June 16th - Visas received in my hot little hands 1pm :)

July 19th - flying to US!

July 27th - Married!! :-)

Aug 7th - Applied for SSN in married name

Aug 9th - SSN received

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Filed: Country: United Kingdom
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Congratulations, luv2teach! Looks like we'll be getting married on your 2nd wedding anniversary! :)

Thanks for the welcome, Jasman! :)

Jaylen, from what I've figured out, it looks like I need to file an I-130 for him while at the same time he files an I-485 to adjust status. I've established that he's here on an F-1 visa, and our wedding will be 3-4 months before his visa expires.

Anyone with suggestions on pros/cons of doing a courthouse marriage now, before the wedding? Would this be helpful, or pointless? And do we file our papers before or after the marriage?

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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I am 'assuming' (always a bit dodgy to do that I know, lol) that you will marry and he will then adjust status from his student visa?

Cos the K1 is for a foreign domiciled fiance (in which case you can't get married on April 29 because the visa is unlikely to be finalised before then) and the K3 for a foreign domiciled spouse (you can marry but then he has to leave the US) - ie - he would have to be OUT of the country in order for either of those to be applied for...

So Im thinking neither of those are what you need...

Yep, Jaylen a bit "dodgy" and people doing it all the time. You can read all about the uscis.gov immigration laws by going to forms and fees and exploring around. It seemed that if a person does 'happen' to marry while here, and become an 'immediate relative' they would be allowed to file an I 130 (Petition for alien relative) and an I 485 (adustment of status) "IF" when they were legally inspected at port of entry had no intention to 'immigrate'. So many people just say "we fell in love and married"....


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09/12/2005------------------ I 129F

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I am 'assuming' (always a bit dodgy to do that I know, lol) that you will marry and he will then adjust status from his student visa?

Cos the K1 is for a foreign domiciled fiance (in which case you can't get married on April 29 because the visa is unlikely to be finalised before then) and the K3 for a foreign domiciled spouse (you can marry but then he has to leave the US) - ie - he would have to be OUT of the country in order for either of those to be applied for...

So Im thinking neither of those are what you need...

Yep, Jaylen a bit "dodgy" and people doing it all the time. You can read all about the uscis.gov immigration laws by going to forms and fees and exploring around. It seemed that if a person does 'happen' to marry while here, and become an 'immediate relative' they would be allowed to file an I 130 (Petition for alien relative) and an I 485 (adustment of status) "IF" when they were legally inspected at port of entry had no intention to 'immigrate'. So many people just say "we fell in love and married"....

And someone on a F-1 visa such as the OP's fiance has been granted entry and has done so legally.

Jaylen, from what I've figured out, it looks like I need to file an I-130 for him while at the same time he files an I-485 to adjust status. I've established that he's here on an F-1 visa, and our wedding will be 3-4 months before his visa expires.

Anyone with suggestions on pros/cons of doing a courthouse marriage now, before the wedding? Would this be helpful, or pointless? And do we file our papers before or after the marriage?

Have a read here http://uscis.gov/graphics/howdoi/LPRApplication.htm

Nothing wrong with doing a courthouse marriage but there can only be one official marriage. Yes you would get married then apply.


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Yup the wench speaks truely as always :)

Apply AFTER marriage..and its good to marry before his current visa expires and leaves him out of status....and goldwing I meant it was 'dodgy' to ASSUME things as I didnt know what the OPs plans were..


Applied for K1

Met online 2001 - just aquaintances

Sept 2002 - 1st US visit - everything goes perfectly.

Dec 20th - Forms recev'd at CSC

Dec 27th - NOA1 received by snail mail!

Dec 29th - 'Touched'

March 10 2006 - NOA2!

March 23 - recv'd at NVC

March 24 - petition sent to London

April 9th - Pkt 3 rec'd!

May 17th - Pkt 3 signed for at London Embassy

May 24th - Medical

May24th - Pkt 4

June 14th - Interview 10am - APPROVED 1pm!!

June 16th - Visas received in my hot little hands 1pm :)

July 19th - flying to US!

July 27th - Married!! :-)

Aug 7th - Applied for SSN in married name

Aug 9th - SSN received

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Australia
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Since he's here on a legal student visa you don't need to do a K-1 or K-3... you can marry him and then apply to adjust status straight away.


Karen - Melbourne, Australia/John - Florida, USA

- Proposal (20 August 2000) to marriage (19 December 2004) - 4 years, 3 months, 25 days (1,578 days)

STAGE 1 - Applying for K1 (15 September 2003) to K1 Approval (13 July 2004) - 9 months, 29 days (303 days)

STAGE 2A - Arriving in US (4 Nov 2004) to AOS Application (16 April 2005) - 5 months, 13 days (164 days)

STAGE 2B - Applying for AOS to GC Approval - 9 months, 4 days (279 days)

STAGE 3 - Lifting Conditions. Filing (19 Dec 2007) to Approval (December 11 2008)

STAGE 4 - CITIZENSHIP (filing under 5-year rule - residency start date on green card Jan 11th, 2006)

*N400 filed December 15, 2011

*Interview March 12, 2012

*Oath Ceremony March 23, 2012.

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