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I am curious about how long it takes to get your AP doc after entering the USA? We are going to marry 1-2 days after I arrive to get the ball rolling. I have a very close family members wedding coming up on July 8 in Canada and I have told her I would go, not thinking I would have had my visa accepted by then. I just received packet 3 and should have my interview in a few weeks, so I will now be moving at the end of April. I am curious what my options are for attending her wedding, as I cannot miss this! (I know, desperation sounds lame when everyone has SOMEthing they need to go to). If some people could inform me of the timeframe, other options, etc? Would be awesome!


06-15?-2009: Starting talking on dating website
07-06-2009: Met in person in Roseville, CA
09-09-2010: Sent I-129f to TXS Lockbox
09-13-2010: NOA1 received
02-02-2011: NOA2 Notification Sent - Approved!!!
02-04-2011: NVC Received
02-09-2011: NVS sent to Vancouver consulate
02-14-2011: Received by Vancouver Consulate
02-15-2011: Packet 3 sent by Vancouver Consulate
02-18-2011: Packet 3 received
02-18-2011: Packet 3 sent back to consulate
02-19-2011: Interview date received!!! Letter on its way!
03-23-2011: Medical at Woking Clinic, Vancouver BC (AM)
03-23-2011: Interview at Vancouver Consulate (PM)
03-23-2011: APPROVED for K-1 Visa!!!! biggrin.png
04-27-2011: POE
05-03-2011: Sent AOS, AP applications
05-06-2011: NOA1 received for AOS and AP
05-06-2011: Applied for SSN. Application successful
05-09-2011: Received SSN by visiting local card center
05-10-2011: Biometrics appointment notice, June 1, 2011.
05-13-2011: Received SSN Card in Mail
06-01-2011: Biometrics appt. in Sacramento, CA
09-16-2011: EAD approved
09-26-2011: AOS Interview in Sacramento
09-26-2011: Green Card (2 yr conditional) granted

02-03-2013: Separated - Return to Canada

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Either do not enter the US until after their wedding or get married and file right away in April when you arrive and hopefully you will have AP in around 60 days (no guarantees).


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Sent: 7/21/12

NOA1: 7/23/12

Touch: 7/24/2012

Biometrics: 8/24/2012

Card Production Ordered: 3/6/2013

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Honestly, you are cutting it extremely close. The current time frame for APs is about 3 months after filing AOS, putting you right in July.

Another option - move after the wedding. Your K1 is valid for 6 months after it is issued to you, meaning that you have 6 months to enter the U.S. If, judging by what you said, you interview is at the end of this month, your K1 visa should be valid until August (MAKE SURE YOU DOUBLE CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATE ON YOUR VISA ONCE YOU RECEIVE IT).

I know that means waiting longer to move, adjust status and be with your loved one, but it's a safer option :)


01/09/09 - Sent I-129F

Visa Approved!

23/07/10 - Arrived in the U.S.

28/08/10 - Got Married

20/10/10 - Sent AOS

04/11/10 - InfoPass Appointment to request an Expedited AP

05/11/10 - Expedited AP Approved! RFE requested for AOS

01/02/11 - RFE sent

01/01/11 - RFE Received

01/12/11 - Biometrics taken

01/28/11 - EAD Approved

02/02/11 - AOS moved to CSC

03/07/11 - Greencard Approved!

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Honestly, you are cutting it extremely close. The current time frame for APs is about 3 months after filing AOS, putting you right in July.

Another option - move after the wedding. Your K1 is valid for 6 months after it is issued to you, meaning that you have 6 months to enter the U.S. If, judging by what you said, you interview is at the end of this month, your K1 visa should be valid until August (MAKE SURE YOU DOUBLE CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATE ON YOUR VISA ONCE YOU RECEIVE IT).

I know that means waiting longer to move, adjust status and be with your loved one, but it's a safer option :)

My lease ends on April 30 so not a chance of moving later. I would rather marry MY fiance than see someone else marry their's. We have been apart for 2 yrs. Not going to put it off longer for that. I will try to expedite and see what happens. Otherwise we will keep our fingers crossed and purchase a ticket that can be cancelled to fly back. Staying in Canada would cost me an extra $3000 for 3 months so that is not going to happen. Not to mention my job ends in April too.


06-15?-2009: Starting talking on dating website
07-06-2009: Met in person in Roseville, CA
09-09-2010: Sent I-129f to TXS Lockbox
09-13-2010: NOA1 received
02-02-2011: NOA2 Notification Sent - Approved!!!
02-04-2011: NVC Received
02-09-2011: NVS sent to Vancouver consulate
02-14-2011: Received by Vancouver Consulate
02-15-2011: Packet 3 sent by Vancouver Consulate
02-18-2011: Packet 3 received
02-18-2011: Packet 3 sent back to consulate
02-19-2011: Interview date received!!! Letter on its way!
03-23-2011: Medical at Woking Clinic, Vancouver BC (AM)
03-23-2011: Interview at Vancouver Consulate (PM)
03-23-2011: APPROVED for K-1 Visa!!!! biggrin.png
04-27-2011: POE
05-03-2011: Sent AOS, AP applications
05-06-2011: NOA1 received for AOS and AP
05-06-2011: Applied for SSN. Application successful
05-09-2011: Received SSN by visiting local card center
05-10-2011: Biometrics appointment notice, June 1, 2011.
05-13-2011: Received SSN Card in Mail
06-01-2011: Biometrics appt. in Sacramento, CA
09-16-2011: EAD approved
09-26-2011: AOS Interview in Sacramento
09-26-2011: Green Card (2 yr conditional) granted

02-03-2013: Separated - Return to Canada

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My lease ends on April 30 so not a chance of moving later. I would rather marry MY fiance than see someone else marry their's. We have been apart for 2 yrs. Not going to put it off longer for that. I will try to expedite and see what happens. Otherwise we will keep our fingers crossed and purchase a ticket that can be cancelled to fly back. Staying in Canada would cost me an extra $3000 for 3 months so that is not going to happen. Not to mention my job ends in April too.

Go ahead and try but I wish people would reserve expediting AP for actual emergencies to get home and things of that nature.


England.gif England!

And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times

It's you, it's you, You make me sing.

You're every line, you're every word, you're everything.

b0cb1a39c4.png

ROC Timeline

Sent: 7/21/12

NOA1: 7/23/12

Touch: 7/24/2012

Biometrics: 8/24/2012

Card Production Ordered: 3/6/2013

*Eligible for Naturalization: October 13, 2013*

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I would rather marry MY fiance than see someone else marry their's.

Great answer!

I filed & recieved my PR (greencard) in 3 months, that included an interview for it.

I think I got my AP shortly before that, but only a few weeks maybe (?).

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Go ahead and try but I wish people would reserve expediting AP for actual emergencies to get home and things of that nature.

I am sure if there is an actual emergency, that would take priority over weddings. If there was an issue with those taking precedent over emergencies, I am sure they would be conservative about issuing them to people with non emergencies. Like expedite for GC's... they are very particular about what the expedite for. I am sure if it was an issue, AP would have this procedure as well.


06-15?-2009: Starting talking on dating website
07-06-2009: Met in person in Roseville, CA
09-09-2010: Sent I-129f to TXS Lockbox
09-13-2010: NOA1 received
02-02-2011: NOA2 Notification Sent - Approved!!!
02-04-2011: NVC Received
02-09-2011: NVS sent to Vancouver consulate
02-14-2011: Received by Vancouver Consulate
02-15-2011: Packet 3 sent by Vancouver Consulate
02-18-2011: Packet 3 received
02-18-2011: Packet 3 sent back to consulate
02-19-2011: Interview date received!!! Letter on its way!
03-23-2011: Medical at Woking Clinic, Vancouver BC (AM)
03-23-2011: Interview at Vancouver Consulate (PM)
03-23-2011: APPROVED for K-1 Visa!!!! biggrin.png
04-27-2011: POE
05-03-2011: Sent AOS, AP applications
05-06-2011: NOA1 received for AOS and AP
05-06-2011: Applied for SSN. Application successful
05-09-2011: Received SSN by visiting local card center
05-10-2011: Biometrics appointment notice, June 1, 2011.
05-13-2011: Received SSN Card in Mail
06-01-2011: Biometrics appt. in Sacramento, CA
09-16-2011: EAD approved
09-26-2011: AOS Interview in Sacramento
09-26-2011: Green Card (2 yr conditional) granted

02-03-2013: Separated - Return to Canada

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Go ahead and try but I wish people would reserve expediting AP for actual emergencies to get home and things of that nature.

Expediting an AP isn't like applying for a Visa or Greencard. It's not on a first come, first serve basis. When you make an InfoPass appointment, they generally put the request in right then and there and then you get your decision very soon after. Applying for an expedite doesn't slow down over expedites. Expediting your AP is also not that common, most people are okay with waiting 3 months. The real issue is whether or not it will be approved. Generally they only approve them for family emergencies. And even then, I've read cases on VJ about them getting refused because the relative wasn't dead yet...

OP - As soon as you file for AOS and receive your NOA, make an InfoPass ASAP to talk to an Immigration Officer about expediting your AP. Make sure you bring evidence of the wedding (invitation etc) and maybe even photos of you and the bride/groom to prove your relationship with them. Best of luck!


01/09/09 - Sent I-129F

Visa Approved!

23/07/10 - Arrived in the U.S.

28/08/10 - Got Married

20/10/10 - Sent AOS

04/11/10 - InfoPass Appointment to request an Expedited AP

05/11/10 - Expedited AP Approved! RFE requested for AOS

01/02/11 - RFE sent

01/01/11 - RFE Received

01/12/11 - Biometrics taken

01/28/11 - EAD Approved

02/02/11 - AOS moved to CSC

03/07/11 - Greencard Approved!

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Expediting an AP isn't like applying for a Visa or Greencard. It's not on a first come, first serve basis. When you make an InfoPass appointment, they generally put the request in right then and there and then you get your decision very soon after. Applying for an expedite doesn't slow down over expedites. Expediting your AP is also not that common, most people are okay with waiting 3 months. The real issue is whether or not it will be approved. Generally they only approve them for family emergencies. And even then, I've read cases on VJ about them getting refused because the relative wasn't dead yet...

OP - As soon as you file for AOS and receive your NOA, make an InfoPass ASAP to talk to an Immigration Officer about expediting your AP. Make sure you bring evidence of the wedding (invitation etc) and maybe even photos of you and the bride/groom to prove your relationship with them. Best of luck!

Thanks so much. Excellent advice :)


06-15?-2009: Starting talking on dating website
07-06-2009: Met in person in Roseville, CA
09-09-2010: Sent I-129f to TXS Lockbox
09-13-2010: NOA1 received
02-02-2011: NOA2 Notification Sent - Approved!!!
02-04-2011: NVC Received
02-09-2011: NVS sent to Vancouver consulate
02-14-2011: Received by Vancouver Consulate
02-15-2011: Packet 3 sent by Vancouver Consulate
02-18-2011: Packet 3 received
02-18-2011: Packet 3 sent back to consulate
02-19-2011: Interview date received!!! Letter on its way!
03-23-2011: Medical at Woking Clinic, Vancouver BC (AM)
03-23-2011: Interview at Vancouver Consulate (PM)
03-23-2011: APPROVED for K-1 Visa!!!! biggrin.png
04-27-2011: POE
05-03-2011: Sent AOS, AP applications
05-06-2011: NOA1 received for AOS and AP
05-06-2011: Applied for SSN. Application successful
05-09-2011: Received SSN by visiting local card center
05-10-2011: Biometrics appointment notice, June 1, 2011.
05-13-2011: Received SSN Card in Mail
06-01-2011: Biometrics appt. in Sacramento, CA
09-16-2011: EAD approved
09-26-2011: AOS Interview in Sacramento
09-26-2011: Green Card (2 yr conditional) granted

02-03-2013: Separated - Return to Canada

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I booked my plane ticket today for the wedding in July (making sure it is refundable as a credit if I don't get the AP expedite). Can anyone explain how the expedite process works for AP?? I have photographs with myself and my cousin who is getting married, the plane ticket booked (as mentioned) far in advance, and the wedding invitation which I can provide to them as well. Anything else I should be considering here?


06-15?-2009: Starting talking on dating website
07-06-2009: Met in person in Roseville, CA
09-09-2010: Sent I-129f to TXS Lockbox
09-13-2010: NOA1 received
02-02-2011: NOA2 Notification Sent - Approved!!!
02-04-2011: NVC Received
02-09-2011: NVS sent to Vancouver consulate
02-14-2011: Received by Vancouver Consulate
02-15-2011: Packet 3 sent by Vancouver Consulate
02-18-2011: Packet 3 received
02-18-2011: Packet 3 sent back to consulate
02-19-2011: Interview date received!!! Letter on its way!
03-23-2011: Medical at Woking Clinic, Vancouver BC (AM)
03-23-2011: Interview at Vancouver Consulate (PM)
03-23-2011: APPROVED for K-1 Visa!!!! biggrin.png
04-27-2011: POE
05-03-2011: Sent AOS, AP applications
05-06-2011: NOA1 received for AOS and AP
05-06-2011: Applied for SSN. Application successful
05-09-2011: Received SSN by visiting local card center
05-10-2011: Biometrics appointment notice, June 1, 2011.
05-13-2011: Received SSN Card in Mail
06-01-2011: Biometrics appt. in Sacramento, CA
09-16-2011: EAD approved
09-26-2011: AOS Interview in Sacramento
09-26-2011: Green Card (2 yr conditional) granted

02-03-2013: Separated - Return to Canada

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I booked my plane ticket today for the wedding in July (making sure it is refundable as a credit if I don't get the AP expedite). Can anyone explain how the expedite process works for AP?? I have photographs with myself and my cousin who is getting married, the plane ticket booked (as mentioned) far in advance, and the wedding invitation which I can provide to them as well. Anything else I should be considering here?

Go here - http://infopass.uscis.gov/ and make an InfoPass appointment. There you will see an Immigration Officer and explain why you want an expedite. When I expedited my AP, I brought -

My NOA from AOS and AP.

A typed and signed letter explaining that you want to expedite and why.

Wedding invitation, pictures of you and the couple. Maybe even a signed letter from the couple saying they need you to attend?

When you speak to the Immigration Officer, just explain to him that you understand it takes 3 months to receive AP, but you're worried that that is cutting it close in terms of attending this wedding. Therefore you want to get the AP sooner so know you'll be able to leave. Ask that you want to fill it under the 'Humanitarian Reasons For Expedite'.

Just be friendly and cordial. I was super friendly with the Immigration Officer I spoke to and he was very helpful and my AP was expedited. Good luck!

Edited by SophWeb

01/09/09 - Sent I-129F

Visa Approved!

23/07/10 - Arrived in the U.S.

28/08/10 - Got Married

20/10/10 - Sent AOS

04/11/10 - InfoPass Appointment to request an Expedited AP

05/11/10 - Expedited AP Approved! RFE requested for AOS

01/02/11 - RFE sent

01/01/11 - RFE Received

01/12/11 - Biometrics taken

01/28/11 - EAD Approved

02/02/11 - AOS moved to CSC

03/07/11 - Greencard Approved!

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Go ahead and try but I wish people would reserve expediting AP for actual emergencies to get home and things of that nature.

If USCIS deems the request "non-emergent" they will deny the request for expedite.

That's up to them. Not us.


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Go here - http://infopass.uscis.gov/ and make an InfoPass appointment. There you will see an Immigration Officer and explain why you want an expedite. When I expedited my AP, I brought -

My NOA from AOS and AP.

A typed and signed letter explaining that you want to expedite and why.

Wedding invitation, pictures of you and the couple. Maybe even a signed letter from the couple saying they need you to attend?

When you speak to the Immigration Officer, just explain to him that you understand it takes 3 months to receive AP, but you're worried that that is cutting it close in terms of attending this wedding. Therefore you want to get the AP sooner so know you'll be able to leave. Ask that you want to fill it under the 'Humanitarian Reasons For Expedite'.

Just be friendly and cordial. I was super friendly with the Immigration Officer I spoke to and he was very helpful and my AP was expedited. Good luck!

Excellent, thank you!!!! I plan to do some photos at the wedding, so perhaps they can testify to that. This is very helpful!!!


06-15?-2009: Starting talking on dating website
07-06-2009: Met in person in Roseville, CA
09-09-2010: Sent I-129f to TXS Lockbox
09-13-2010: NOA1 received
02-02-2011: NOA2 Notification Sent - Approved!!!
02-04-2011: NVC Received
02-09-2011: NVS sent to Vancouver consulate
02-14-2011: Received by Vancouver Consulate
02-15-2011: Packet 3 sent by Vancouver Consulate
02-18-2011: Packet 3 received
02-18-2011: Packet 3 sent back to consulate
02-19-2011: Interview date received!!! Letter on its way!
03-23-2011: Medical at Woking Clinic, Vancouver BC (AM)
03-23-2011: Interview at Vancouver Consulate (PM)
03-23-2011: APPROVED for K-1 Visa!!!! biggrin.png
04-27-2011: POE
05-03-2011: Sent AOS, AP applications
05-06-2011: NOA1 received for AOS and AP
05-06-2011: Applied for SSN. Application successful
05-09-2011: Received SSN by visiting local card center
05-10-2011: Biometrics appointment notice, June 1, 2011.
05-13-2011: Received SSN Card in Mail
06-01-2011: Biometrics appt. in Sacramento, CA
09-16-2011: EAD approved
09-26-2011: AOS Interview in Sacramento
09-26-2011: Green Card (2 yr conditional) granted

02-03-2013: Separated - Return to Canada

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