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So... I posted a while back that we had our AOS interview scheduled for two days before we were hoping to travel back to Canada for the holidays. I was a little worried, but called USCIS and they said as long as the interview goes well, all is fine. We did get our AP and EAD card a week before the interview, so I had no idea what was up and down. Interview was fine, about a 40 minute wait and finally get started. Seemed to go as planned. Basic questions, had all the evidence with us and were going through it with ease. Finally, at the end he says " well, once I approve your status, you'll receive the card in the mail yaddy yadda yadda ".. I said, " hold it, once you approve? I thought these were approved on the spot ?" he said, well usually he likes to go over it blah blah blah " I politely said I had a flight booked to Canada in two days, and thought I'd have approval or denial today and could travel officially as a resident with the stamp in passport if approved.. He kind of paused, said let me talk to my supervisor.. UGH!!!!!!! 10 minutes of #######?! and then he came back and said all is good, he liked what he saw, and our status is approved. We received the 512 stamps in our passports, and given the speech about the green card coming in 4 - 6 weeks etc. My son and I traveled to Canada 2 days later, no problems leaving US or arriving in Canada. We flew back to the us on the 30th with no hassles either! We had the stamps, our AP/EAD card and a copy of the I797 for approved status as well. We did get sidetracked at customs, but it was just poor communication from the first agent. Went to secondary and once he realized we did have the stamps, we were free to go.

** K2 note, I was told that to travel back and forth, the US only requires a note from the parent in the US stating the child is traveling home. Both parents info should be written, dates and contact numbers included. These letters DO NOT need to be notarized.

So, we got home happy! No problems, and everytthing went perfectly. To my surprise, today we received our green cards!!!!!!! Approved on the 19th of december, in our hands Jan 3.. Thats pretty darn quick!

So, have no fear! Traveling immediately after AOS interview with approval and nothing but a stamp, should for the most part be fine! The card can come quick and the interview can be painless! I'm soooooo relieved to be done with this for a while. 2 years of no paper work is glorious! Stay positive and be diligent! We did the whole process from K1 to Perm. Resident without any delays, no RFE's and a little quicker than average.

Thank you everyone here for the time put in to answering questions and posting information! I can't imagine getting to this point without this forum!

Have a happy new year!

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*** Thread moved from main AOS/Family-Based forum to the Case Progress subforum. ***


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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