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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Israel

Hi there,

I am new to this part of the forum (fiance just got his visa) so sorry if this has been asked before. We plan to get married probably next week at city hall. I will bring my parents and grandma. Then our wedding, which will just be led by a friend, will have all our friends an family and will be in mid-august (about 3 weeks later). We want to have the city hall marriage asap to start the aos process and start getting employment authorization. But will it be a problem at the green card interview if we have pics from city hall, and then pics from a big wedding 3 weeks apart? (And the submit date on the aos forms is before the big wedding even though we are technically married?)


09/02/10 Mailed I-129F

09/07/10 NOA1

03/17/11 NOA2 approved

06/06/11 Interview. Visa approved. Told we'll get visa in 7-10 days. Lies.

07/12/11 Visa in hand

07/15/11 Arrival in the U.S.

07/21/11 Marriage

07/28/11 Mailed I-485

08/03/11 NOA for I-485

08/29/11 Biometrics

10/17/11 Greencard interview. Approved.

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Totally not a problem. Congrats! :)

Try to check how long your state takes to get the certified marriage certificate back.. In Vermont, I was able to get it the same day. Some take a few days/weeks.

Edited by Messybrownhair

My Journey:

We met through a study-abroad program in Shanghai, China in August of 2009

We got engaged March of 2010

I received my K1 VISA in 6 months (June-December 2010)

We were married 04/02/2011
I received my conditional 2-year greencard (AOS) in 2.5 months with no interview (April-June 2011)

Our son was born 02/03/2013

I received my masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology 04/17/2013

I received my 10-year greencard (ROC) in 3 months with no interview (March-June 2013)

My husband returned from deployment 06/20/2013

My naturalization journey took 4 months (April-August 2014)

I became a US citizen on 08/01/2014

Received passport in 3 weeks (regular processing)

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Vietnam

You will be legally married at city hall. What you do at the party a few weeks later is up to you. It won't be a negative for the AOS process.

I-864 Affidavit of Support FAQ -->> https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/immigrant-process/documents/support/i-864-frequently-asked-questions.html

FOREIGN INCOME REPORTING & TAX FILING -->> https://www.irs.gov/publications/p54/ch01.html#en_US_2015_publink100047318


PLEASE READ THE GUIDES -->> Link to Visa Journey Guides

MULTI ENTRY SPOUSE VISA TO VN -->>Link to Visa Exemption for Vietnamese Residents Overseas & Their Spouses

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India

To keep it simple and clean, the marriage at the City hall is your Marriage or Wedding.

The celebration party later in August is the party to celebrate the occasion. That should keep it simple and clean, don’t use the term marriage and wedding that could throw off if they don’t understand it correctly.

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Congrats on the visa! What you suggest is not a problem at all. Good luck!

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

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

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador

The above advice is good, si man.

Important: Ask the Justice of the Peace if you can hand-carry the signed marriage LICENSE to the appropriate office in the courthouse yourself, so that you can order marriage CERTIFICATES (note the plural) for immigration requirements. The JP will almost certainly agree. This can save you considerable time.

After our JP wedding, we hightailed it to the courthouse and made it an hour before closing. I ordered 7 marriage certificates. The clerkette had never had a request for so many, but she dutifully created them for us. After using them for AOS, banking purposes, souvenirs for mothers-in-law, and other things, we have one left.

There's everything right about ordering multiple copies of official documents. Please consider doing so, si man.

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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