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Ballpark estimate on when the I-131 goes into effect?

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I'm in the process of filing the I-130/I-485 paperwork for my wife who's here in the the states on a B1/B2 visa. As I understand it, once I put in the paperwork, her current B1/B2 visa won't be valid anymore. If we need to travel while waiting for the adjustment of status, I would need to file the I-131.

I'm wondering if anyone could give me a ballpark figure as to when the I-131 will get approved and we can go ahead to leave the states? I only ask because we need to go overseas for business, so we're just trying to plan ahead.

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you should submit it with your i485 because the travel authorization comes on a 'combo' card with your EAD. i have heard that this ensures both are granted within 90 days but not sure if that is true. good luck!


5/29/2012: Married
6/29/2012: Sent AOS Package (I485, I130, I131, I765)
7/02/2012: *Date Received Shown on NOA for I485, I130, I131, I765
7/13/2012: Text/Email NOA Received
7/16/2012: Hard Copy NOA Received
8/07/2012: Biometrics Appointment
8/27/2012: I131 and I765 (AP and EAD) APPROVED - 59 Days
9/05/2012: EAD Received
9/26/2012: Interview (I485 and I130)
9/26/2012: Conditional Green Card APPROVED - 89 Days
10/8/2012: Green Card Received


9/4/2014: Sent ROC Package (I751)

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It's also important to note that if someone has accrued at least 180 days of overstay then a ban will trigger when they leave and AP from an I-131 will not overcome this ban.

In short, if you have at least six months of overstay, do not leave the US until your green card (or an I-551 stamp) is in your hands.

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Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card



Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

Day 376 (1/14/19) Interview

Day 385 (1/23/19) Denied

Day 400 (2/7/19) Denial revoked; N-400 approved; oath ceremony set for 2/14/19

Day 407 (2/14/19) Oath ceremony in Dallas, TX

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