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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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Hi to everyone! I have been doing a lot of reading on this forum, I have been a member for a few months now and this is my first post.

I just got married 3 weeks ago. I came here as a tourist and have overstayed for two months now. I met my husband through a friend (through a telephone conversation but did not meet in person) when he went to the Philippines. After that phone conversation and his vacation, he came back home, found me on my facebook's friend list, added me, then we became friends. I came here to visit my friend from other states. He invited me to visit him too. So, I did. To make the long story short, we got married. I did not want to overstay and got married. But he begged me to stay and asked me to marry him because he never had a woman (after his divorce 3 years ago) that got along well with his 11 yr old daughter. She cried when I told her that I need to go back home. We treat each other as mom, daughter and bff (kids' word that stands for best friends forever). She loves writing stories and letters. She writes letters for me telling me how much she loves me and I love her too. We do things together as a family. She calls me mom. I have always wanted to have a daughter. Having them in my life is a total package that I have always wanted-- a loving husband who acknowledges me as his wife and a loving stepdaughter which I treat as my own. Although, there are times that there are dramas because of his ex-wife but we are able to overcome it.

By the way, this is my second marriage. Before I met my now husband, my first marriage had already been broken irretrievably. When I met him, I was already separated for 2 years and was waiting for my divorce. My first spouse was an Australian. He filed the divorce in his country. I just got the final decree on the 5th month during my stay here. When I finally got it, we were in Vegas with his daughter. He was so happy and he told his daughter that I am staying with them forever. She was so happy. So, we got married on a boat, my stepdaughter walked me on the isle, there were 40 people who came to our wedding, including his families, his friends from work and our common friends.

I've learned that it is inapproriate to come here as a tourist, got married, and AOS. But I had never expected that it would be hard to leave the love of your life. Moreover, how could I say "No" to my ice cream and Pho buddy--my stepdaughter. We really spend a lot of time together. I even went to to watch Justin Bieber's movie with her (PS. Now I know why girls on her age are crazy about Justin Bieber. LOL). We watch her play "The Treasure Island". We go camping, swimming, fishing, hunting and lots of eating! lol

Here are my concerns, though. We are now on the stage of preparing all the documents for the adjustment of status. We tried to change all his bills, bank accounts, insurances and add me in to them, but it did not work because I do not have my SSN yet. Are all these necessary during the submission of the application? So far, what we have for evidences are our pictures taken together and with my stepdaughter from all our times we spend together--from Vegas vacations, roadtrips, and fun routines we do all the time. We also have greeting cards from his family and our friends on special occasions and from our wedding. We also have our wedding signature mat where all the wedding guest had to sign and wrote their wishes for us. We just opened a new joint bank account together from the other bank (not his bank), since his bank needs SSN to add me in. He is trying on to add me to his work insurance, but it has been a week, there is still no feedback from them. In addition to the evidences, I have my monthly magazine subscriptions and all my mails from the stuffs that I bought online that have his address. Are these acceptable for now? Another thing, do we need to write a letter of evolution of our relationship? Is there anything that I need to know or do to prepare for the whole process? Like other evidences, and the preparation for the interview.

Any advice will be highly appreciated. Thank you so much. I apologize if my first post is too long. I thought it would be best to give background about the situation.

Thank you for giving time to read. Looking forward to hear/read your insights.

Have a good day everyone!

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I was on B2 visa, husband is US citizen.

08/2011 - Got married.

08/19/2011- AOS Application filed (I-485, I-130, I-765)

09/02/2011- NOA of Acceptance

09/27/2011- Biometric Appointment

10/18/2011- EAD approved

10/25/2011- Interview letter invitation

10/27/2011- EAD card in hand

11/16/2011- Interview date (Approved on the spot, no stamp on the passport)

11/17/2011- Card production

11/22/2011- Post-Decision Activity that USCIS has mailed the noticed of the approved I-485 application.

11/25/2011- Received the GC and Welcome to the USA letter! Thank you VisaJourney! Thank you Lord!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Russia
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Hi to everyone! I have been doing a lot of reading on this forum, I have been a member for a few months now and this is my first post.

I just got married 3 weeks ago. I came here as a tourist and have overstayed for two months now. I met my husband through a friend (through a telephone conversation but did not meet in person) when he went to the Philippines. After that phone conversation and his vacation, he came back home, found me on my facebook's friend list, added me, then we became friends. I came here to visit my friend from other states. He invited me to visit him too. So, I did. To make the long story short, we got married. I did not want to overstay and got married. But he begged me to stay and asked me to marry him because he never had a woman (after his divorce 3 years ago) that got along well with his 11 yr old daughter. She cried when I told her that I need to go back home. We treat each other as mom, daughter and bff (kids' word that stands for best friends forever). She loves writing stories and letters. She writes letters for me telling me how much she loves me and I love her too. We do things together as a family. She calls me mom. I have always wanted to have a daughter. Having them in my life is a total package that I have always wanted-- a loving husband who acknowledges me as his wife and a loving stepdaughter which I treat as my own. Although, there are times that there are dramas because of his ex-wife but we are able to overcome it.

By the way, this is my second marriage. Before I met my now husband, my first marriage had already been broken irretrievably. When I met him, I was already separated for 2 years and was waiting for my divorce. My first spouse was an Australian. He filed the divorce in his country. I just got the final decree on the 5th month during my stay here. When I finally got it, we were in Vegas with his daughter. He was so happy and he told his daughter that I am staying with them forever. She was so happy. So, we got married on a boat, my stepdaughter walked me on the isle, there were 40 people who came to our wedding, including his families, his friends from work and our common friends.

I've learned that it is inapproriate to come here as a tourist, got married, and AOS. But I had never expected that it would be hard to leave the love of your life. Moreover, how could I say "No" to my ice cream and Pho buddy--my stepdaughter. We really spend a lot of time together. I even went to to watch Justin Bieber's movie with her (PS. Now I know why girls on her age are crazy about Justin Bieber. LOL). We watch her play "The Treasure Island". We go camping, swimming, fishing, hunting and lots of eating! lol

Here are my concerns, though. We are now on the stage of preparing all the documents for the adjustment of status. We tried to change all his bills, bank accounts, insurances and add me in to them, but it did not work because I do not have my SSN yet. Are all these necessary during the submission of the application? So far, what we have for evidences are our pictures taken together and with my stepdaughter from all our times we spend together--from Vegas vacations, roadtrips, and fun routines we do all the time. We also have greeting cards from his family and our friends on special occasions and from our wedding. We also have our wedding signature mat where all the wedding guest had to sign and wrote their wishes for us. We just opened a new joint bank account together from the other bank (not his bank), since his bank needs SSN to add me in. He is trying on to add me to his work insurance, but it has been a week, there is still no feedback from them. In addition to the evidences, I have my monthly magazine subscriptions and all my mails from the stuffs that I bought online that have his address. Are these acceptable for now? Another thing, do we need to write a letter of evolution of our relationship? Is there anything that I need to know or do to prepare for the whole process? Like other evidences, and the preparation for the interview.

Any advice will be highly appreciated. Thank you so much. I apologize if my first post is too long. I thought it would be best to give background about the situation.

Thank you for giving time to read. Looking forward to hear/read your insights.

Have a good day everyone!

I think your starting point is your "story" for the interview because you had a life, presumably a job, apartment , bank accounts and responsibilities in your own country. If you did not intend to immigrate when you came here which is the "big issue" in these types of cases, be prepared to explain that to immigration folks.

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I think your starting point is your "story" for the interview because you had a life, presumably a job, apartment , bank accounts and responsibilities in your own country. If you did not intend to immigrate when you came here which is the "big issue" in these types of cases, be prepared to explain that to immigration folks.

This is incorrect - you won't need to explain anything. It doesn't sound like the OP had immigrant intent anyway, so let's keep it positive.

OP - They will understand that you don't have a SSN and are newlyweds. Hopefully by the interview you will have a SSN and therefore more evidence. You can get a SSN once you get your EAD. Good luck.


AOS for my husband
8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

ROC:
5/23/12: Sent out package
2/06/13: APPROVED!

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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Hi Lakshmi2010:

Like you I am adjusting from B1/B2. You may use the search tab here to see the experiences of some who have successfully adjusted status from B visa category. Just make sure to present proofs of bonafide marriage and that it was entered into in good faith during your interview. That's between you (the couple) and the IO during the interview.

To share with you my journey so far: Two (2) days after we got married with our marriage certificate on hand we went to my USC hubby's bank and requested to add my name to his existing checking account. With the internet and water bills on BOTH our names plus the marriage certificate, Chase went ahead with the inclusion. In 2 weeks, we got check books with BOTH our names on it.

SSN (which is a challenge for me now as seen on a separate thread I just posted) is needed for the auto insurance as you need it to get your state ID and Driver's License so your name be included in the auto insurance policy. That's how it is in Indiana. I am not sure about in other states.

Suggest you try to go ahead get a health insurance and life insurance soon as you can. They would show co-mingling of financial resources.

Point is I didn't need SSN to be included in my hubby's bank accounts and bills.

Please include your timeline.

Welcome to VJ!

My Timelines:

5/02/11 - sent AOS packet (I-130/I-485/I-765) to Chicago Lockbox

5/04/11 - AOS packet received by Chicago Lockbox

5/23/11 - Received NOA for RFE (I-693)

5/27/11 - Sent RFE to DHS Lee's Summit, MO

6/02/11 - DHS Lee's Summit received REF reply

6/06/11 - Biometrics done at Louisville, KY as per NOA schedule

6/24/11 - Received NOA for July 25 interview in Indianapolis, IN

6/30/11 – Received text and email messages EAD card on production

7/06/11 - Received text and email messages EAD card on production AGAIN!!!

7/07/11- Received text and email messages EAD was approved and USCIS mailed me a notice.

7/09/11 – EAD card IN HAND! J

7/11/11 – SSN application @ Bloomington, IN office

7/25/11 – AOS interview @10am in Indianapolis, IN I-130 Petition for a Minor Child of USC

6/25/11 - Sent I-130 packet for stepchild

6/27/11 – USCIS receipt date

6/28/11 - Received text and email messages stating USCIS received it and moved case to CSC

7/01/11 - Touched

7/02/11 – Received NOA1

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You don't need to send anything to prove your marriage with the application beyond what is required (i.e. your marriage license, etc.). Just continue to gather whatever you have to prove your relationship for your interview. There is a good chance (though not guaranteed) that you will get your EAD prior to your interview and can then get a social and bank account, insurance, etc. together. If not, the interviewer will understand that you cannot get those things because you don't have a SSN, so just get whatever other proof you have. Any evidence you have of your relationship prior to coming here (phone records, etc.) will probably be helpful as well. Good luck! :)


OUR TIMELINE

I am the USC, husband is adjusting from B2.

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS

08.06.2010 - Sent off I-485
08.25.2010 - NOA hard copies received (x4), case status available online: 765, 131, 130.
10.15.2010 - RFE received: need 2 additional photos for AP.
10.18.2010 - RFE response sent certified mail
10.21.2010 - Service request placed for biometrics
10.25.2010 - RFE received per USCIS
10.26.2010 - Text/email received - AP approved!
10.28.2010 - Biometrics appointment received, dated 10/22 - set for 11/19 @ 3:00 PM
11.01.2010 - Successful biometrics walk-in @ 9:45 AM; EAD card sent for production text/email @ 2:47 PM! I-485 case status now available online.
11.04.2010 - Text/Email (2nd) - EAD card sent for production
11.08.2010 - Text/Email (3rd) - EAD approved
11.10.2010 - EAD received
12.11.2010 - Interview letter received - 01.13.11
01.13.2011 - Interview - no decision on the spot
01.24.2011 - Approved! Card production ordered!

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS

11.02.2012 - Mailed I-751 packet to VSC
11.08.2012 - Checks cashed
11.10.2012 - NOA1 received, dated 11.06.2012
11.17.2012 - Biometrics letter received for 12.05.2012
11.23.2012 - Successful early biometrics walk-in

05.03.2013 - Approved! Card production ordered!

CITIZENSHIP

Filing in November 2013

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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Thank you so much to all of you. I really appreciate it. I have another question. My hubby and I want to go on a Caribean Cruise. Can I apply for an Advance Parole? If so, do I need to pay an additional of $360 together with my I-130 and I-485?


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I was on B2 visa, husband is US citizen.

08/2011 - Got married.

08/19/2011- AOS Application filed (I-485, I-130, I-765)

09/02/2011- NOA of Acceptance

09/27/2011- Biometric Appointment

10/18/2011- EAD approved

10/25/2011- Interview letter invitation

10/27/2011- EAD card in hand

11/16/2011- Interview date (Approved on the spot, no stamp on the passport)

11/17/2011- Card production

11/22/2011- Post-Decision Activity that USCIS has mailed the noticed of the approved I-485 application.

11/25/2011- Received the GC and Welcome to the USA letter! Thank you VisaJourney! Thank you Lord!

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Advance Parole is free when filed with the I-485. The I-763 is also free when filed with I-485. If you have overstayed by more than 180 days, you cannot use AP even though you will be approved for it.


AOS for my husband
8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

ROC:
5/23/12: Sent out package
2/06/13: APPROVED!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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Okay. Thank you very much Harpa! You are awesome! God bless you.


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I was on B2 visa, husband is US citizen.

08/2011 - Got married.

08/19/2011- AOS Application filed (I-485, I-130, I-765)

09/02/2011- NOA of Acceptance

09/27/2011- Biometric Appointment

10/18/2011- EAD approved

10/25/2011- Interview letter invitation

10/27/2011- EAD card in hand

11/16/2011- Interview date (Approved on the spot, no stamp on the passport)

11/17/2011- Card production

11/22/2011- Post-Decision Activity that USCIS has mailed the noticed of the approved I-485 application.

11/25/2011- Received the GC and Welcome to the USA letter! Thank you VisaJourney! Thank you Lord!

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You don't need an SSN to get a bank account. You only need two forms of picture I.D. It clearly says on the SSN website that a number is not required to apply for bank accounts / school etc etc.


2005: Met my wife online, "Habbo Hotel" instantly became friends.

2007: Lost contact with her, as we both lived thousands of miles away.

2010: Regained contact with her, again instantly became best friends.

~At this point we'd talked about visiting the others country~

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS TIMELINE

October 16th 2010: Landed at JFK INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL 2 under Visa Waiver Program.

October 17th 2010: Nicole (now my wife) took me to manhattan and treat me like no other.

November 13th 2010: Got Engaged!

December 17th 2010: We got married!

January 14th 2011: VISA EXPIRED (No AOS papers sent yet)

February 20th 2011: Filed for AOS (Sent in I-130 / I-864 / I-485)

March 7th 2011: Received NOA for I-130 / I-485

March 18th 2011: Biometrics taken

March 26th 2011: RFE MEDICAL

April 12th 2011: Medical Sent (ouch the needles)

April 18th 2011: Medical received my USCIS

April 30th 2011: I-765 (Employment Authorization Documentation) Sent

May 4th 2011: Rejection notice I-765 (I forgot to tick "applying for first card" at top of application)

May 9th 2011: New receipt for I-765 received

June 10th 2011: INTERVIEW DATE / JULY 13th 2011

June 15th 2011: EAD CARD PRODUCTION ORDERED

June 20th 2011: EAD CARD IN HAND

June 22nd 2011: SSN APPLIED

June 24th 2011: SSN IN HAND

July 13th 2011: Adjustment of Status Interview (A P P R O V E D)

July 13th 2011: Email confirmation Card Production Ordered

July 18th 2011: Second email confirmation Card Production Ordered (-.-)

July 19th 2011: Post Decision Activity

July 23rd 2011: Green Card Arrived!!!

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When I file my I-130 the only thing I sent them was a letter from relatives proving that our marriage was real and also we include a letter from my 9 yr old daughter, my husband is her step dad but the they love each other very much and calls him dad, u can have ur stepdaughter write a letter for you about how she knows u, just something to prove that u are in a really good faith marriage, my daughter writes about what we do as a family, other than those letters from her and friends and family I send with my application, if u read the i-130 it has all the intructions there. Ur i130 and i485 and ead goes all together, the instructions in each form will help u what u need to send, goodluck on ur aos journey


Our AOS Journey

March 4, 2011 Mailed 1-130 and AOS at the Chicago Lockbox thru USPS express mail

March 07, 2011, 9:44 am Delivered at Chicago Lockbox

March 25, 2011 NOA hard copy received

April 1, 2011 got an RFE for sponsors tax returns

April 15, 2011 biometrics appointment

May 12, 2011 rfe sent via usps priority mail

May 16, 2011 rfe recieved at lees summit

May 19, 2011 text/email notification rfe being reviewed

May 20,2011 I-485 touched/updated

May 27, 2011 Email/txt EAD Card Production

June 1, 2011 Email/txt notification for AOS Interview

June 3, 2011 Email notification EAD Card was mailed

June 7, 2011 EAD Card Received

July 6, 2011 AOS Interview *APPROVED*

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I agree with the other post do not leave the country if u overstayed and aosing, when I recieved my ead card it stated there that even though u have ap uscis have the right to revoke it at anytime so I wouldnt try if I were u just to be on the safe side, just wait it will be worth it :)


Our AOS Journey

March 4, 2011 Mailed 1-130 and AOS at the Chicago Lockbox thru USPS express mail

March 07, 2011, 9:44 am Delivered at Chicago Lockbox

March 25, 2011 NOA hard copy received

April 1, 2011 got an RFE for sponsors tax returns

April 15, 2011 biometrics appointment

May 12, 2011 rfe sent via usps priority mail

May 16, 2011 rfe recieved at lees summit

May 19, 2011 text/email notification rfe being reviewed

May 20,2011 I-485 touched/updated

May 27, 2011 Email/txt EAD Card Production

June 1, 2011 Email/txt notification for AOS Interview

June 3, 2011 Email notification EAD Card was mailed

June 7, 2011 EAD Card Received

July 6, 2011 AOS Interview *APPROVED*

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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Thank you very much everyone for all your advice. We sent our application two weeks ago with my all the signed forms, stepdaughter's letter, medical insurance, copy of the letters and greeting card we got from our family, wedding photos and other photos. We also included the G-1145 E-notification of application. And we have not heard anything from the USCIS yet. Do you guys happen to know how long it would take them to inform us about our application? Pardon if I have another question. I am totally new to this. Please bear with me. Thank you so much for your patience and your generous replies.


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I was on B2 visa, husband is US citizen.

08/2011 - Got married.

08/19/2011- AOS Application filed (I-485, I-130, I-765)

09/02/2011- NOA of Acceptance

09/27/2011- Biometric Appointment

10/18/2011- EAD approved

10/25/2011- Interview letter invitation

10/27/2011- EAD card in hand

11/16/2011- Interview date (Approved on the spot, no stamp on the passport)

11/17/2011- Card production

11/22/2011- Post-Decision Activity that USCIS has mailed the noticed of the approved I-485 application.

11/25/2011- Received the GC and Welcome to the USA letter! Thank you VisaJourney! Thank you Lord!

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Russia
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sounds like you are well on your way. im also around the same time frame you are in terms of waiting. You can see on my timeline how long things have been taking...


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Dina and Craig's timeline:

08-27-2010 Met through a mutual friend

04-17-2011 Married

08-01-2011 AOS Packet sent (I-130,I-485,I-765) via USPS Priority mail

08-03-2011 Package delivered via USPS tracking

08-08-2011 Received Text/Email that all 3 apps were accepted/Checks cashed

09-06-2011 Biometrics Appt. in Philly

09-14-2011 RFE Sent for 485. I forgot to sign one section of the 485

09-21-2011 RFE Mailed back to USCIS

10-14-2011 Card production of EAD ordered

10-17-2011 Interview notice (I-797C) received for 11-16-2011

10-22-2011 EAD Card received

11-16-2011 APPROVED. Card Ordered, Passport Stamped.

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Thank you and good for you guys. We sent our application on 26th of July through UPS. We checked the UPS update, it was delivered on the 27th of July. I wonder why until now, we have not received any notifications from them...no email, text or mail?


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I was on B2 visa, husband is US citizen.

08/2011 - Got married.

08/19/2011- AOS Application filed (I-485, I-130, I-765)

09/02/2011- NOA of Acceptance

09/27/2011- Biometric Appointment

10/18/2011- EAD approved

10/25/2011- Interview letter invitation

10/27/2011- EAD card in hand

11/16/2011- Interview date (Approved on the spot, no stamp on the passport)

11/17/2011- Card production

11/22/2011- Post-Decision Activity that USCIS has mailed the noticed of the approved I-485 application.

11/25/2011- Received the GC and Welcome to the USA letter! Thank you VisaJourney! Thank you Lord!

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