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Good evening all,

I'm a French citizen currently enrolled at a university on a F1 student Visa. My fiance (who is a USC) and I are getting married in a few weeks and we are now starting the process for my AOS (we will obviously submit the forms after being married). I have the following questions concerning the process in general and the forms in particular. I thank you in advance for your help!

General questions:

#1: I’m on F1 visa. I don’t think I have an Alien registration number (but I have a SSN). If you think I should have an Alien Registration Number, where can I find it.

#2: We're getting married in a few weeks and I would like to take my husband name. However my passport, DL, bills, rental agreement, etc are under my maiden name. Which last name should I put on the forms? Is this going to be a problem if my green card is under my new name (husband’s) and my passport, etc are still under my maiden name? Could I make the name change on my passport and Driving license after receiving my green card? or is it better to do it before applying?

Form-specific questions

Form I-130:

#14: Date arrived: should I put the date on my current I-94 (May 2010) or the date I initially enter the country on my F1 visa (August 2006)?

#16: Has your relative ever been under immigration proceedings: What are Immigration proceedings?

Form I-131:

#3: Should I put F1 or Pending AOS?

Form I-765:

#16: Eligibility Category: I’m a F1 student, getting married to a USC. I’m NOT on a K visa. What should my Eligibility Category be?

Thank you for your answers,

FrenchWifi

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Good evening all,

I'm a French citizen currently enrolled at a university on a F1 student Visa. My fiance (who is a USC) and I are getting married in a few weeks and we are now starting the process for my AOS (we will obviously submit the forms after being married). I have the following questions concerning the process in general and the forms in particular. I thank you in advance for your help!

General questions:

#1: I’m on F1 visa. I don’t think I have an Alien registration number (but I have a SSN). If you think I should have an Alien Registration Number, where can I find it.

you dont need it know. once you send your package, they will assign you one

#2: We're getting married in a few weeks and I would like to take my husband name. However my passport, DL, bills, rental agreement, etc are under my maiden name. Which last name should I put on the forms? Is this going to be a problem if my green card is under my new name (husband’s) and my passport, etc are still under my maiden name? Could I make the name change on my passport and Driving license after receiving my green card? or is it better to do it before applying?

Put your husbands last name. and if you travel you have to carry your mmarriage certificate if your passport name is different. I think you can change it anytime, before or after

Form-specific questions

Form I-130:

#14: Date arrived: should I put the date on my current I-94 (May 2010) or the date I initially enter the country on my F1 visa (August 2006)? the last day you entered the country

#16: Has your relative ever been under immigration proceedings: What are Immigration proceedings?

it means have you ever been in immigration court, proceedings can be Removal, Exclusion/Deportation, Rescission and Judicial Proceedings

Form I-131:

#3: Should I put F1 or Pending AOS?

F-1

Form I-765:

#16: Eligibility Category: I’m a F1 student, getting married to a USC. I’m NOT on a K visa. What should my Eligibility Category be?

C 9

Thank you for your answers,

FrenchWifi

GOOD LUCK

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I have a follow-up question. I'm also in the situation as FrenchWifi (F-1, not on OPT, doing AOS). I'm a teaching assistant (I'm a grad student) at my university: Can I continue to work on campus during the period my immigration status is pending (i.e., before I get my EAD)? I know my F-1 status is no longer valid once I receive NOA. Thanks!


ROC

04/06/16

- I-751 mailed by priority

04/08/16

- NOA1

11/30/16

- card ordered (no interview)

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Provided you do not violate your F-1 status in any way (take unauthorised work, stop going to classes, have your SEVIS record terminated, etc.) then you remain in your F-1 status even after filing for AoS. If at any point you take an action under your pending I-485 (stop going to classes, work for a non-campus employer, etc.) then your F-1 status is gone and you instead fall back to a "pending AoS" status.

Some students who are filing for AoS maintain their F-1 in case their AoS gets denied, meaning they have their F-1 to fall back on. For most people it won't be an issue, however.

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AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

Day 376 (1/14/19) Interview

Day 385 (1/23/19) Denied

Day 400 (2/7/19) Denial revoked; N-400 approved; oath ceremony set for 2/14/19

Day 407 (2/14/19) Oath ceremony in Dallas, TX

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: China
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Some students who are filing for AoS maintain their F-1 in case their AoS gets denied, meaning they have their F-1 to fall back on. For most people it won't be an issue, however.

If you're a funded grad student, there's really no reason not to maintain your status. My wife kept TAing while undergoing AOS.


07/14/2012: Eloped in Texas Hill Country
08/11/2012: Mailed I-130, I-485, and I-765 to Chicago Lockbox
08/13/2012: Package received by Chicago Lockbox
08/14/2012: Priority Date
08/17/2012: Notice of receipt sent
08/21/2012: Biometrics appointment notice sent
08/27/2012: Walk-in biometrics completed
09/19/2012: Interview scheduled for October 26
10/24/2012: EAD production ordered
10/26/2012: Interview in San Antonio. AOS approved!
11/5/2012: USCIS claims green card delivered, nothing in mailbox.
12/5/2012: Service request filed for non-delivered green card.
12/7/2012: Service request replied to (but not delivered).
1/4/2013: Filed I-90, paid another $450
1/24/2013: Biometrics again...
4/1/2013: First Green Card from November finally arrived...

4/22/2013: Replacement Green Card arrived.

8/9/2014: Filed I-751

8/14/2014: Received NOA for I-751

3/12/2015: ROC Approved!

7/18/2016: Sent in N-400 to Texas lockbox

7/21/2016: N-400 delivered

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