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So on 12/12/12 I mailed my paperwork (1-130 & 1-485). About 10 days after I received the receipts (12/22/12), and two days later (12/24/12) I got my appointment for biometrics. I have to questions.

Can I show up, maybe about a week before my appointment (Jan 7th), to do the fingerprints? Also, does my wife (who is the petitioner) need to be there?

After the biometrics appointment, what do I do? Just wait around? Someone told me that you get your work permit before the interview with the immigration officer, but after the fingerprints? Is this true? Or do I not get a work permit until after the interview with the officer?

Also, after I get the work permit, what do i do? I heard I have to go to a social security office and get a number. I am just a bit lost.

Thanks guys!


Met my wife: Spring 2010
Became Bf & Gf: July 16, 2010
Got engaged: July 16, 2011
Wedding: August 11, 2012
Sent AOS Docs: December 12, 2012
Rec'd Receipts: December 22, 2012
Rec'd Bio Appt: December 24, 2012 (1/7/12)
Biometrics Done: December 28, 2012 (went early because I wouldn't be able to go on the 7th)
Rec'd Req for Evidence: January 5, 2013 (initial request for my joint sponsor's proof of citizenship)
Sent Evidence Requested: January 10, 2013 (my join sponsor's certificate of naturalization)
Evidence Received: January 15, 2013 (status updated on USCIS website)
Testing and Interview: January 25, 2013 (status updated on USCIS website - now just waiting for the interview date)
Interview date set: January 30, 2013 (our interview was set for March 6th, 2013)
EAD Approved: February 12, 2013
EAD Card Production: February 15, 2013
EAD Card Mailed: February 19, 2013
EAD Card Rec'd: February 23, 2013
Applied for S.S.No.: February 25, 2013
Interview and Approval: March 6, 2013
Green Card Rec'd: March 14, 2013
Applied for new S.S. card: March 15, 2013
Rec'd S.S. card: March 22, 2013

Sent I-751: January 10, 2015

NOA1: January 15, 2015

Biometrics: February 20, 2015
Green Card Rec'd: June 8, 2015

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Why do you want to show up one week earlier before the biometrics appointment? I don't think you are allowed to show up earlier than the date unless you explain and apply and get YES answer.

You should do the fingerprints first before you are approved of anything. Your work permit is reviewed and you will be notified of the answer if you can have EAD approved. (Employment Authorization Document) if you applied I-765 together with your AOS package.

After the EAD issuance, you can apply SSN by showing your b/c, passport, EAD, and I-94. Happy holidays!

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You can attempt to do a walk-in biometrics prior to the appointment date on your letter. You may want to search in these forums for the name of your ASC and see whether they accept walk-ins, because some do and some don't. It doesn't hurt to try though.

You will not need your passport or I-94 to apply for a social security number (when you go to the Social Security Administration to apply for a card), only a completed SS-5 form, your EAD and your birth certificate.


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AoS

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

 

Naturalisation

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

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

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Quick update.

Went today to get my biometrics done (even though my appointment is on 1/7/12). They did them without a problem since they weren't too busy. Therefore it is possible to get them done before, without requesting any permission prior to going.

In case anyone is wondering, the place I went to is in Pomona, California.


Met my wife: Spring 2010
Became Bf & Gf: July 16, 2010
Got engaged: July 16, 2011
Wedding: August 11, 2012
Sent AOS Docs: December 12, 2012
Rec'd Receipts: December 22, 2012
Rec'd Bio Appt: December 24, 2012 (1/7/12)
Biometrics Done: December 28, 2012 (went early because I wouldn't be able to go on the 7th)
Rec'd Req for Evidence: January 5, 2013 (initial request for my joint sponsor's proof of citizenship)
Sent Evidence Requested: January 10, 2013 (my join sponsor's certificate of naturalization)
Evidence Received: January 15, 2013 (status updated on USCIS website)
Testing and Interview: January 25, 2013 (status updated on USCIS website - now just waiting for the interview date)
Interview date set: January 30, 2013 (our interview was set for March 6th, 2013)
EAD Approved: February 12, 2013
EAD Card Production: February 15, 2013
EAD Card Mailed: February 19, 2013
EAD Card Rec'd: February 23, 2013
Applied for S.S.No.: February 25, 2013
Interview and Approval: March 6, 2013
Green Card Rec'd: March 14, 2013
Applied for new S.S. card: March 15, 2013
Rec'd S.S. card: March 22, 2013

Sent I-751: January 10, 2015

NOA1: January 15, 2015

Biometrics: February 20, 2015
Green Card Rec'd: June 8, 2015

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Quick update.

Went today to get my biometrics done (even though my appointment is on 1/7/12). They did them without a problem since they weren't too busy. Therefore it is possible to get them done before, without requesting any permission prior to going.

In case anyone is wondering, the place I went to is in Pomona, California.

Every service center is different. Some won't let you in, some will, some will only let you in if not busy, ETC.

Congratulations on doing it early, maybe it will make your case go 1 week faster.

Now you wait for your EAD (work permit) 30-90 days. Once you have your EAD you can apply for an SSN (which you need to file taxes) and generally some time after that you have an interview.

Edited by Xanax

We became a couple : 2011-05-29
I visited him : 2011-10-28 - 2011-11-17
He visited me (and my crazy family) : 2012-02-05 - 2012-02-17
I-129F Sent : 2012-02-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-02-14
I entered on VWP to stay 3 months: 2012-04-11 - 2012-07-03
---
Went to get my medical done for interview in Australia (much cheaper in the US and I was already here):2012-05-20
Medical issue diagnosed
K-1 petition cancellation request sent to CSC : 2012-06-01
Married: 2012-06-21
Filed for AOS : 2012-08-08
NOA1 : 2012-08-10
Biometrics : 2012-09-14
EAD approved : 2012-10-16
Applied for SSN : 2012-11-01
Received SSN : 2012-11-13
Received interview notice :2012-12-27
Interview- APPROVED :2013-01-28
Green card received :2013-02-04
Baby girl born :2013-03-09

Filed for ROC :2014-12-05
NOA :2014-12-11
Biometrics : 2015-01-15

ROC Approval : 2015-05-14

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Quick update.

Went today to get my biometrics done (even though my appointment is on 1/7/12). They did them without a problem since they weren't too busy. Therefore it is possible to get them done before, without requesting any permission prior to going.

In case anyone is wondering, the place I went to is in Pomona, California.

Like Xanax said, every service center is different...but since you're in a pretty good one (by that I mean fast(er) one than some others) you might get your at the end of next week, or if holidays slow it, beginning of next next week (follow the math?! ;) ) I also did my biometrics in CA (Sacramento) and it was quick as a wind, and by next week I had my EAD in my wallet. :) Good luck!

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Like Xanax said, every service center is different...but since you're in a pretty good one (by that I mean fast(er) one than some others) you might get your at the end of next week, or if holidays slow it, beginning of next next week (follow the math?! ;) ) I also did my biometrics in CA (Sacramento) and it was quick as a wind, and by next week I had my EAD in my wallet. :) Good luck!

Unfortunately, I got a request for initial evidence, because they want proof of citizenship of my joint sponsor (my cousin). So whatever time I gained by going in early, has slowed down now because everything is on hold until I send that proof of citizenship, which will be tomorrow. Sucks, but oh well! I am sure everything will be okay at the end. Hopefully I can get my work permit a week after sending the proof, meaning next week, or the week after.

Edited by josealonsoramirez

Met my wife: Spring 2010
Became Bf & Gf: July 16, 2010
Got engaged: July 16, 2011
Wedding: August 11, 2012
Sent AOS Docs: December 12, 2012
Rec'd Receipts: December 22, 2012
Rec'd Bio Appt: December 24, 2012 (1/7/12)
Biometrics Done: December 28, 2012 (went early because I wouldn't be able to go on the 7th)
Rec'd Req for Evidence: January 5, 2013 (initial request for my joint sponsor's proof of citizenship)
Sent Evidence Requested: January 10, 2013 (my join sponsor's certificate of naturalization)
Evidence Received: January 15, 2013 (status updated on USCIS website)
Testing and Interview: January 25, 2013 (status updated on USCIS website - now just waiting for the interview date)
Interview date set: January 30, 2013 (our interview was set for March 6th, 2013)
EAD Approved: February 12, 2013
EAD Card Production: February 15, 2013
EAD Card Mailed: February 19, 2013
EAD Card Rec'd: February 23, 2013
Applied for S.S.No.: February 25, 2013
Interview and Approval: March 6, 2013
Green Card Rec'd: March 14, 2013
Applied for new S.S. card: March 15, 2013
Rec'd S.S. card: March 22, 2013

Sent I-751: January 10, 2015

NOA1: January 15, 2015

Biometrics: February 20, 2015
Green Card Rec'd: June 8, 2015

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Good information.

Que: I live in Los Angeles. And seems its slower than some other places. Can I go to Sacramento or some near place(which are not that busy) and get EAD earlier than "Average time of LA"?

Also, does someone know if LA office allows early Bio metrics appointments?

Good luck guys


Sent AOS package to Chicago locker box 12/28/2012 (Day 0)
AOS package received by USCIS 12/30/2012 (Day 2)
I-130 USCIS Acceptance Confirmation via Email 01/07/2013 (Day 10)
I-131 APPLICATION FOR USCIS TRAVEL DOCUMENT Confirmation Email 01/07/2013 (Day 10)
I-765 APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION Confirmation Email 01/07/2013 (Day 10)
Both check cashed 01/07/2013 (Day 10)
Got 4 NOAs mail on Saturday 01/12/2013 (Day 15)
Got Bio Appointment for 02-08-2012 on Saturday for Pico/Fairfax Los Angeles USCIS Office 01/18/2013 (Day 21)
Early Walk-In Biometrics appointment done on Fairfax/Pico Los Angeles ASC Office 01/22/2013 (Day 25)
Changed status for Interview Date notice on 02/13/2013 -- Interview Date 03/19/2013 (Day 47)
Interview Notice Received on 02/15/2013 for 03/19/2013 Office - 300 N Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Day 49)
I-765 and I-131 Status changed online to Approval and Card/Document Production respectively 03/01/2013 (Day 63)
EAD Card Received (Still no I-131 approval yet) 03/08/2013 (Day 70)
Approved on the spot 03/19/2013 (Day 81)
Received Green card in mail 03/27/2013 (Day 89)

Sent I-751 Packet to California (To remove condition on Green Card) 12/23/2014 (Day 636)

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Unfortunately, I got a request for initial evidence, because they want proof of citizenship of my joint sponsor (my cousin). So whatever time I gained by going in early, has slowed down now because everything is on hold until I send that proof of citizenship, which will be tomorrow. Sucks, but oh well! I am sure everything will be okay at the end. Hopefully I can get my work permit a week after sending the proof, meaning next week, or the week after.

Hey there: RFE should not slow you down much, don't worry. Unless it takes forever for you to send off the stuff, but sounds like you'll be sending it off tomorrow, so do not worry, you're in good shape! Good luck!!!

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Good information.

Que: I live in Los Angeles. And seems its slower than some other places. Can I go to Sacramento or some near place(which are not that busy) and get EAD earlier than "Average time of LA"?

Also, does someone know if LA office allows early Bio metrics appointments?

Good luck guys

Hey Coolmind: This is just my thought I am not sure, but I think you cannot change centers. I think they designate a center based on your area. They have applicants sorted by the county they live in, or even within a county they have it split up. Like in Sacramento there's like 3 or 4 centers, but those are all split up to regions of people's area, so first even I went to the wrong one by accident when I was going to have my biometrics and they immediately shooed me out saying that this is not my "regional office". So I highly doubt you can do that. For that you would have to literally move and do a change of address through USCIS and then ask them to move your whole application. That sounds like more time than what you are waiting for right now....good luck and just be patient! It will worth to be patient! It will pay back big time! :)

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Good information.

Que: I live in Los Angeles. And seems its slower than some other places. Can I go to Sacramento or some near place(which are not that busy) and get EAD earlier than "Average time of LA"?

Also, does someone know if LA office allows early Bio metrics appointments?

Good luck guys

It really depends on the center you were assigned to I guess. Just walk in, and ask if they can do your biometrics now. All you are wasting is the gas money. You should give it a try.

As far as going to Sacramento, I wouldn't recommend it. Matter of fact, I'd think it might slow down your case, if you were assigned to LA and your info randomly pops up in Sacramento. Finding out where to send it to, and how it ended up in the wrong region might slow down your case. Don't jeopardize it, just be patient, I am sure everything will be okay.

My parents also did their paperwork in the LA area, they got their green cards through my aunt who is a citizen. Oh boy it took forever! Nearly 10 years! BUT the good thing is you are doing your paperwork through marriage, right? That should only take between 3 to 6 months. So in comparison, its a very short wait. You are good though, just hang in there!


Met my wife: Spring 2010
Became Bf & Gf: July 16, 2010
Got engaged: July 16, 2011
Wedding: August 11, 2012
Sent AOS Docs: December 12, 2012
Rec'd Receipts: December 22, 2012
Rec'd Bio Appt: December 24, 2012 (1/7/12)
Biometrics Done: December 28, 2012 (went early because I wouldn't be able to go on the 7th)
Rec'd Req for Evidence: January 5, 2013 (initial request for my joint sponsor's proof of citizenship)
Sent Evidence Requested: January 10, 2013 (my join sponsor's certificate of naturalization)
Evidence Received: January 15, 2013 (status updated on USCIS website)
Testing and Interview: January 25, 2013 (status updated on USCIS website - now just waiting for the interview date)
Interview date set: January 30, 2013 (our interview was set for March 6th, 2013)
EAD Approved: February 12, 2013
EAD Card Production: February 15, 2013
EAD Card Mailed: February 19, 2013
EAD Card Rec'd: February 23, 2013
Applied for S.S.No.: February 25, 2013
Interview and Approval: March 6, 2013
Green Card Rec'd: March 14, 2013
Applied for new S.S. card: March 15, 2013
Rec'd S.S. card: March 22, 2013

Sent I-751: January 10, 2015

NOA1: January 15, 2015

Biometrics: February 20, 2015
Green Card Rec'd: June 8, 2015

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@josealonsoramirez Thanks for your experience and nice advise. I really appreciate that.

Now, Questions to everyone

I got the confirmation email regarding I-130 and it says

"On December 31, 2012, we received this I130 IMMIGRANT PETITION FOR RELATIVE, FIANCE(E), OR ORPHAN.."

Does it seem right for my case? My wife is USC.


Sent AOS package to Chicago locker box 12/28/2012 (Day 0)
AOS package received by USCIS 12/30/2012 (Day 2)
I-130 USCIS Acceptance Confirmation via Email 01/07/2013 (Day 10)
I-131 APPLICATION FOR USCIS TRAVEL DOCUMENT Confirmation Email 01/07/2013 (Day 10)
I-765 APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION Confirmation Email 01/07/2013 (Day 10)
Both check cashed 01/07/2013 (Day 10)
Got 4 NOAs mail on Saturday 01/12/2013 (Day 15)
Got Bio Appointment for 02-08-2012 on Saturday for Pico/Fairfax Los Angeles USCIS Office 01/18/2013 (Day 21)
Early Walk-In Biometrics appointment done on Fairfax/Pico Los Angeles ASC Office 01/22/2013 (Day 25)
Changed status for Interview Date notice on 02/13/2013 -- Interview Date 03/19/2013 (Day 47)
Interview Notice Received on 02/15/2013 for 03/19/2013 Office - 300 N Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Day 49)
I-765 and I-131 Status changed online to Approval and Card/Document Production respectively 03/01/2013 (Day 63)
EAD Card Received (Still no I-131 approval yet) 03/08/2013 (Day 70)
Approved on the spot 03/19/2013 (Day 81)
Received Green card in mail 03/27/2013 (Day 89)

Sent I-751 Packet to California (To remove condition on Green Card) 12/23/2014 (Day 636)

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@josealonsoramirez Thanks for your experience and nice advise. I really appreciate that.

Now, Questions to everyone

I got the confirmation email regarding I-130 and it says

"On December 31, 2012, we received this I130 IMMIGRANT PETITION FOR RELATIVE, FIANCE(E), OR ORPHAN.."

Does it seem right for my case? My wife is USC.

are you the one being petitioned by your USC wife? if so, then that's what the notice is for. you're (relative) being petitioned as an immigrant.

hope this helps.

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Good information.

Que: I live in Los Angeles. And seems its slower than some other places. Can I go to Sacramento or some near place(which are not that busy) and get EAD earlier than "Average time of LA"?

Also, does someone know if LA office allows early Bio metrics appointments?

Good luck guys

You can try Fresno even nearer than Sacramento for you


AOS (from H1-B) Timeline:

Day1 -- 09/23/2012 - 130, 485, 765 AOS package delivered to Chicago Lockbox

Day4 -- 09/26/2012 - Emails/texts acceptance confirmation in evening :-)

Day5 -- 09/27/2012 - Checks Cached

Day12-- 10/01/2012 - Received hard copies of NOAs for I-130, I-485 and I-765

Day16-- 10/12/2012 - Received Biometrics Appointment(appointment for 10/24/2012)

Day16 - 10/12/2012 - Biometrics Walk In - Refused

Day20 - 10/16/2012 - Biometrics Walk In - Successful :)

Day33 - 10/29/2012 - EAD card Production Ordered-Pleasant surprise :)

Day37 - 11/02/2012 - EAD Card received - WoW !

Day40 - 11/05/2012 - Interview letter for Dec 4 date - The BIG Day !

Day70 - 12/04/2012 - Interview done. Pray to GOD!

Day95 - 12/28/2012 - Letter for 2nd Interview in Feb

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You can try Fresno even nearer than Sacramento for you

Is it preferable?

thanks,


Sent AOS package to Chicago locker box 12/28/2012 (Day 0)
AOS package received by USCIS 12/30/2012 (Day 2)
I-130 USCIS Acceptance Confirmation via Email 01/07/2013 (Day 10)
I-131 APPLICATION FOR USCIS TRAVEL DOCUMENT Confirmation Email 01/07/2013 (Day 10)
I-765 APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION Confirmation Email 01/07/2013 (Day 10)
Both check cashed 01/07/2013 (Day 10)
Got 4 NOAs mail on Saturday 01/12/2013 (Day 15)
Got Bio Appointment for 02-08-2012 on Saturday for Pico/Fairfax Los Angeles USCIS Office 01/18/2013 (Day 21)
Early Walk-In Biometrics appointment done on Fairfax/Pico Los Angeles ASC Office 01/22/2013 (Day 25)
Changed status for Interview Date notice on 02/13/2013 -- Interview Date 03/19/2013 (Day 47)
Interview Notice Received on 02/15/2013 for 03/19/2013 Office - 300 N Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Day 49)
I-765 and I-131 Status changed online to Approval and Card/Document Production respectively 03/01/2013 (Day 63)
EAD Card Received (Still no I-131 approval yet) 03/08/2013 (Day 70)
Approved on the spot 03/19/2013 (Day 81)
Received Green card in mail 03/27/2013 (Day 89)

Sent I-751 Packet to California (To remove condition on Green Card) 12/23/2014 (Day 636)

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