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What can I do? Out of status from TN-VISA

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HI everyone,

I've been leaving in the US for 11 years, first on student visas, then work visas, last one a TN1-VISA. It ended April 5th, 2012. A month before that my now husband and I got married, (civil in March, religious just last August).

The problem is that my husband quit his job 2 years ago. He had lots of savings (which are now running out) and was able to live off of that. I've been trying to help him go back to work, but it just seems so hard for him to pick something. He's very smart and that seems to make him think that he can only do certain kind of jobs. At this point I wouldn't mind working at walmart.

Without a job we can't prove enough funds for sponsorship. I myself would contribute if I could. I have a job offer just waiting for me (a past employer). And I know we could get a co-sponsor.. but I feel like this is our problem not a friend's or family.

We're both designers, if he established a business formally, would that help? Would immigration take that into account in any way? I don;t know how fast he/us can get money flowing.

So frustrated...

2010 - We met at work while I was doing my OPT

Jan 2011 - We started dating!

March 2011 - I went back to Mexico becuse my OPT had ended

Apr 2011 - He comes to Mexico to visit me & meets my parents

May 2011 - I come back to the US with a TN-1 visa

March 10, 2012 - We got married!!! Civil ceremony with a few friends and family

August 12, 2012 - We have our big wedding celebration. Family comes from all over!

April 10, 2013 - We submit our papers! I-130, I-485, I-765

April 22, 2013 - We receive text and email NOA1

April 25, 2013 - We receive NOA1 for all 3 cases on the mail

April 27, 2013 - Received biometrics appt. letter for May 20, 2012

April 29, 2013 - We walk-in to get my briometrics. Got them done 22 days early!

May 24, 2013 - We receive letter with Interview Date for June 24th.

June 12, 2013 - Status on USCIS website for I-765 changes to Card Production

June 20, 2013 - I got my Work Authorization card!

June 25, 2013 - Interview at USCIS Fairfax, VA. Approved!

June 27, 2013 - USCIS website says my GC is in Production. yay!

July 1st, 2013 - Got my Green Card in the mail!

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All you can do is get a co-sponsor. Owning a business will not help unless he makes enough money to qualify.

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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All you can do is get a co-sponsor. Owning a business will not help unless he makes enough money to qualify.

This. Or if he has enough in savings to qualify based on assets. He would need 3x the required amount in savings (so if 125% of the poverty line was $20,000 he would need $60,000.)


I am the USC, husband is adjusting from B2.


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!


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!


Filing in November 2013

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Or, he could get a crappy job (or 2) until you can help by working, and to get you through your AOS. Personally I think it's worth the sacrifice.


5/16/2012 - Package delivered to Chicago Lockbox at 1:33pm

5/21/2012 - Email/text notifications received at 4:50 p.m.

5/26/2012 - NOA hard copies received for I-130, I-485 and I-765

6/19/2012 - Biometrics completed.

7/02/2012 - Text/email/hard copy notification of interview.

7/30/2012 - EAD card production ordered.

8/02/2012 - Interview @ 2:00

8/02/2012 - Email notification of GC production at 5:30pm

8/07/2012 - Second GC production email

8/07/2012 - EAD received.

8/08/2012 - GC mailed.

8/09/2012 - Welcome letter and I-130 approval letter received.

8/10/2012 - Green card received. :)

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