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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Mexico
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Hi All! Once you have married in the USA how long do you need to wait to return to your spouses home country for a 2nd wedding celebration? Do you need to wait like 6 moths for the AOS, or can you travel on an AP?

Just wondering, since it would be nice to have the second celebration in a timely fashion!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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Hi All! Once you have married in the USA how long do you need to wait to return to your spouses home country for a 2nd wedding celebration? Do you need to wait like 6 moths for the AOS, or can you travel on an AP?

Just wondering, since it would be nice to have the second celebration in a timely fashion!

at a minimum you need AP before travel or she will not be allowed to return


YMMV

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Hi All! Once you have married in the USA how long do you need to wait to return to your spouses home country for a 2nd wedding celebration? Do you need to wait like 6 moths for the AOS, or can you travel on an AP?

Just wondering, since it would be nice to have the second celebration in a timely fashion!

Once you start the AOS process, you will receive the I-797C Notice of Action showing that your application was accepted or approved. Then you can apply for advance parolee (Form I-131 Application for Travel Document), a copy of the I-797C is submitted with form I-131. Once approved, you can travel outside of the US. It takes several months for approval...


23Jan2010 "V" mailed I-129F (USPO return recp't & certified mail)

25Jan2010 NOA1 (website), 01Feb2010 via snail mail

26Jan2010 USPO return receipt received

27Jan2010 Check cashed

26Feb2010 NOA2 (website), 04Mar2010 via snail mail

06Mar2010 Petition received at NVC (website), 10Mar2010 via snail mail

17Mar2010 "Packet 3" received from Sydney Consulate (via email only)

24Mar2010 "L&V" mailed DS-230 to Sydney Consulate(sent from the US - certified mail)

_________| no activity for 26 days since "L" is still in the US. (we didn't expect the paperwork would flow so smoothly and quickly).

18Apr2010 "L" returned to Australia

19Apr2010 "L" - finger-printed & requested for police certificate

21Apr2010 "L" medical exam

23Apr2010 Police certificate received

30Apr2010 Medical results

01May2010 "L" Sent DS-1076 form + entire packet "ready for interview" to Sydney Consulate

10May2010 "Packet 4" received from Sydney Consulate (via email only)

25May2010 Interview

01Jun2010 Visa Received In-hand

28Jul2010 PoE San Francisco, California

02Aug2010 Tied the knot!!

_________ AOS (waiting for marriage certificate to file with I485/131/765/486)

"No lawyers were involved (or harmed) in this K-1 process"

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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Once you start the AOS process, you will receive the I-797C Notice of Action showing that your application was accepted or approved. Then you can apply for advance parolee (Form I-131 Application for Travel Document), a copy of the I-797C is submitted with form I-131. Once approved, you can travel outside of the US. It takes several months for approval...
The above is not the best answer. When filing for AOS, include the applications for AP (advance parole) and EAD (employment authorization). All three can be filed for the same fee, if the second two applications are included with the AOS application & payment. Assuming that all paperwork is in order when it's filed, the approval for AP takes a somewhat shorter time than "several" months.

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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Mexico
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The above is not the best answer. When filing for AOS, include the applications for AP (advance parole) and EAD (employment authorization). All three can be filed for the same fee, if the second two applications are included with the AOS application & payment. Assuming that all paperwork is in order when it's filed, the approval for AP takes a somewhat shorter time than "several" months.

Well by the sounds of things, any money given to the couple (my friends) for wedding gifts will need to be used for AOS & AP rather than for the 2nd wedding in Mexico with her family...Lets hope the economy improves here...my friend makes enough money to qualify for the AOS for his fiancee & her 2 sons, but wow the fees to keep em' are pretty high ;o)

I plan to document this whole process & post on here, since I am not finding much about travel through Cuidad Juarez with children. I wish I had some information about denials when trying to bring fiancee & 1 or 2 kids across through CJ. This is a valid relationship, but it seems scary even thinking of being turned down at Cd. Juarez after a week of waiting with 2 kids! Yipes!

If anyone else reading this has been through Juarez with kids & stayed a week, I would sure appreciate someone making me feel better about this city!

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