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Filed: H-1B Visa Country: Argentina
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Hi Visa Journey!

First, thanks for having this forum - it is proving an invaluable resource for my own AOS process.

Second, I need your help with something - I am in the US under H1B, my gf is US citizen. I just got laid off and with my gf, we decided it was time to get married so we could continue our relationship. We love each other and have been dating for ~1 yr and 3 months, and living together since Feb (a couple months BEFORE getting married), i.e. this is not a fraud marriage, my recent unemployment just accelerated times.

We are wondering how this might affect the interview. How can/should this be presented to the interviewer? Would he see the lay-off as an inadmissible trigger for marriage?

Timeline for clarity -

Started dating: Feb 2011

Moved together: Feb 2012

H1B Laid off: 04/20/2012

Wedding: 04/25/2012

Thanks in advance!

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The truth is the best way to present it at the interview. You will get your chance to explain things. It will not make you inadmissible automatically.


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Hi Visa Journey!First, thanks for having this forum - it is proving an invaluable resource for my own AOS process.Second, I need your help with something - I am in the US under H1B, my gf is US citizen. I just got laid off and with my gf, we decided it was time to get married so we could continue our relationship. We love each other and have been dating for ~1 yr and 3 months, and living together since Feb (a couple months BEFORE getting married), i.e. this is not a fraud marriage, my recent unemployment just accelerated times. We are wondering how this might affect the interview. How can/should this be presented to the interviewer? Would he see the lay-off as an inadmissible trigger for marriage?Timeline for clarity -Started dating: Feb 2011Moved together: Feb 2012H1B Laid off: 04/20/2012Wedding: 04/25/2012Thanks in advance!

It might come up as a question, but as long as you can prove a bonafide relationship I don't think you should have too many problems. Plenty of students also wait until graduation to get married.

Keep in mind that it is not illegal to take the immigration question into account when you get married, as long as the relationship is real.

Edited by jaejayC

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Filed: H-1B Visa Country: Argentina
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The truth is the best way to present it at the interview. You will get your chance to explain things. It will not make you inadmissible automatically.

Great - we intended to be truthful, just wanted to be sure that "So, I got laid off and we decided to get married to be able to be together" would not, per se, be a reason for rejection.

Anybody with a similar situation?

Keep in mind that it is not illegal to take the immigration question into account when you get married, as long as the relationship is real.

Fantastic! Thanks!!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Jamaica
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Getting laid off means nothing. You had a love relationship prior to all that. Your relationship history is what matters. Different things spur people into taking the step to the next level sooner than they would have done if they had the choice to plan. For some it's sickness, separation, the practicality of joining finances, whatever! The primary focus is the truth of your love. That won't be held against you. What proof is there that you were not planning to marry before you got laid off? File your adjustment in peace. There is only one truth. Don't sweat it. You'll be okay.

Edited by kcoyclay1

STANLEY & KAREN
01/15/2009 - Fedex I-130, I-485, I-693, I-864, I-765, G-325A
01/20/2009 - Received in mail-room and signed for by J CHYBA
01/28/2009 - Checks cashed by Homeland Security
02/02/2009 - Received in mail 3 pcs of NOA1 one each for I-485, I-130, I-765 dated 01/28/2009
02/03/2009 - Received email RFE. What did I not send now, whew!
02/09/2009 - Received mails for initial evidence and Biometric appointment (02/19/2009); mailed evidence
02/19/2009 - biometrics done - in a out in 45 minutes
03/14/2009 - Receive NOA2 dated 03/10/2009. AOS interview April 29, 2009
03/18/2009 - Touched. EAD Card production ordered
03/25/2009 - Touched. EAD approval sent
03/27/2009 - EAD card received in the mail; applied for SS# immediately (office is across the street from my home)
04/02/2009 - Received SS# in the mail
04/29/2009 - Interviewed. I- 130 approved, I-485 pending IO's review
05/05/2009 - Received NOA2. Welcome letter for Permanent Residency. I-130 and I-485 approved 04/30/2009
05/08/2009 - Touched. I-485 approval letter sent
05/11/2009 - GC received in the mail. Expires 2019
05/11/2009 - Applied to remove restrictions on my SS Card
05/18/2009 - Received unrestricted SS card

10/13/2009 - My darling husband of 2 yrs 5 months 3 weeks 3 days passed away :(

Naturalization Process (5 Yrs Later) :goofy:

Mar 28, 2014 - Mailed N-400
Apr 08, 2014 - Check cashed
Apr 09, 2014 - Receive Notice letter Priority date April 3, 2014
Apr 11, 2014 - Touched - Email - Biometrics letter mailed
May 08, 2014 - Biometrics done
May 12, 2014 - Touched - Email - In line for interview scheduling
July 12, 2014 - Pre-interview letter (Yellow letter) received in mail
Aug 20, 2014 - Touched - Email - Interview scheduled
Aug 25, 2014 - Interview scheduled for Sept. 24, 2014
Sept 24, 2014 - Passed interview
Oct 06, 2014 - Touched - Email - In oath scheduling que
Oct 08, 2014 - Touched - Text - Oath ceremony scheduled
Oct 14, 2014 - Received letter - Oath ceremony Oct 28, 2014
Oct 28, 2014 - I AM A US CITIZEN! :joy: :joy: :joy:
Nov 12, 2014 - Updated my status from permanent resident to citizen at Social Security
Nov 14, 2014 - Applied for US passport
Nov 29, 2014 - Received US passport book
Dec 01, 2014 - Received Passport card
Dec 04, 2014 - Received Naturalization Certificate

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KayCee

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Jamaica
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Great - we intended to be truthful, just wanted to be sure that "So, I got laid off and we decided to get married to be able to be together" would not, per se, be a reason for rejection.

Anybody with a similar situation?

Fantastic! Thanks!!

No that's not a reason for rejection. That's making a decision to take the plunge because of your love by making it legal. Congratulations. Hurray for love.


STANLEY & KAREN
01/15/2009 - Fedex I-130, I-485, I-693, I-864, I-765, G-325A
01/20/2009 - Received in mail-room and signed for by J CHYBA
01/28/2009 - Checks cashed by Homeland Security
02/02/2009 - Received in mail 3 pcs of NOA1 one each for I-485, I-130, I-765 dated 01/28/2009
02/03/2009 - Received email RFE. What did I not send now, whew!
02/09/2009 - Received mails for initial evidence and Biometric appointment (02/19/2009); mailed evidence
02/19/2009 - biometrics done - in a out in 45 minutes
03/14/2009 - Receive NOA2 dated 03/10/2009. AOS interview April 29, 2009
03/18/2009 - Touched. EAD Card production ordered
03/25/2009 - Touched. EAD approval sent
03/27/2009 - EAD card received in the mail; applied for SS# immediately (office is across the street from my home)
04/02/2009 - Received SS# in the mail
04/29/2009 - Interviewed. I- 130 approved, I-485 pending IO's review
05/05/2009 - Received NOA2. Welcome letter for Permanent Residency. I-130 and I-485 approved 04/30/2009
05/08/2009 - Touched. I-485 approval letter sent
05/11/2009 - GC received in the mail. Expires 2019
05/11/2009 - Applied to remove restrictions on my SS Card
05/18/2009 - Received unrestricted SS card

10/13/2009 - My darling husband of 2 yrs 5 months 3 weeks 3 days passed away :(

Naturalization Process (5 Yrs Later) :goofy:

Mar 28, 2014 - Mailed N-400
Apr 08, 2014 - Check cashed
Apr 09, 2014 - Receive Notice letter Priority date April 3, 2014
Apr 11, 2014 - Touched - Email - Biometrics letter mailed
May 08, 2014 - Biometrics done
May 12, 2014 - Touched - Email - In line for interview scheduling
July 12, 2014 - Pre-interview letter (Yellow letter) received in mail
Aug 20, 2014 - Touched - Email - Interview scheduled
Aug 25, 2014 - Interview scheduled for Sept. 24, 2014
Sept 24, 2014 - Passed interview
Oct 06, 2014 - Touched - Email - In oath scheduling que
Oct 08, 2014 - Touched - Text - Oath ceremony scheduled
Oct 14, 2014 - Received letter - Oath ceremony Oct 28, 2014
Oct 28, 2014 - I AM A US CITIZEN! :joy: :joy: :joy:
Nov 12, 2014 - Updated my status from permanent resident to citizen at Social Security
Nov 14, 2014 - Applied for US passport
Nov 29, 2014 - Received US passport book
Dec 01, 2014 - Received Passport card
Dec 04, 2014 - Received Naturalization Certificate

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KayCee

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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Great words of advise above. I am in agreement, I think you will be just fine.

Your employment has nothing to do with it. People's intent is always to stay together when they are in love, and if you can prove that you are in love - that's most of the trip.

Now if you got laid off, developed a relationship with and married this girl all within the span of a week...that would look like immigration fraud. :yes:

Edited by jdh

July 2005 - met my awesome, hot, amazing love in Lousiana.
July 2006 - Married said love and moved to Canada.
June 2011 - Entered US to visit family, decided to stay.
Feb. 2012 - Sent paperwork to Chicago.

May 2012 - Received green card.

Day 0 - Package sent to Chicago Lockbox - 02/27/2012
Day 2 - UPS Tracking Confirmation - 02/29/2012
Day 4 - NOA Emails Received - 03/02/2012
Day 7 - All Checks Cashed - 03/05/2012
Day 11 - Hard Copy NOA's Received - 03/09/2012
Day 11 - Biometrics Appointment Received - 03/09/2012
--------- - Booked for - 04/03/2012 (day 36)
Day 35 - Early Biometricts Walk-in - 04/02/2012
Day 44 - Received Appointment Letter - 04/11/2012
Day 58 - EAD Approval Online - 04/25/2012
Day 63 - EAD in the mail - 04/30/2012
Day 65 - EAD in hand - 05/02/2012
Day 77 - AOS Interview - 05/14/2012
Day 77 - AOS Approved!
Day 84 - Green Card In Hand - 05/21/2012

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