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Hello VJers,

Good day to all. Hope all is good. I got approved last April 3, got my visa 2 weeks ago. The visa says issued April 12, 2013 and expires July 10, 2013. Please help me understand, Do i need to be married before July 10, 2013 or do I leave my home country (Philippines) before Jul 10 2013? I was under the impression that I am given 90 days upon arrival in the US.

Please shed some light.

Thank you in advance.

xoxo

Razel


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I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but ... I am pretty sure you need to ENTER THE USA before July 10. Upon entering the USA, your K-1 visa is "used up" and no longer applies. You then have 90 days to marry your fiance (starting from whichever day you enter the USA).

I am puzzled because that seems like a short validity (only 3 months?). Usually K-1 is valid for 6 months, I thought. Did you have your medical exam quite a long time ago? I believe the K-1 is valid for 6 months after the medical, so that may be the reason why yours seems shorter than most?


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2013 June 10: Consulate Received
2013 June 13: Medical
2013 June 25: Sent Packet 3/4
2013 July 24: Interview in Helsinki
2013 July 27: Visa Received
2013 September 13: POE to USA, San Diego

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2013 November 19: AOS, AP, EAD sent (NOA 1 on 11/22/13)
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2013 December 24: Online status changed to Testing/Interview

2014 January 23: Interview notice mailed (for 2/27)

2014 January 24: EAD card production, AP approval (card received 1/30/2014)

2014 February 27: Interview and Approval, GC in production (card received March 6, 2014)

ROC:

2015 December 03: mailed I-751 package

2015 December 04: NOA1 extension letter

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2016 June 22: 10-Year Green Card Received, done with USCIS for a while!

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You have to fly to the US before July 10, 2013.

Once you've entered the US, you have to be married within 90 DAYS, otherwise, you will be out of status.

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Means you must enter US before visa expires or before july 10, 2013. When you reach USA, you will have the 90 days to marry your fiance. They are different


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I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but ... I am pretty sure you need to ENTER THE USA before July 10. Upon entering the USA, your K-1 visa is "used up" and no longer applies. You then have 90 days to marry your fiance (starting from whichever day you enter the USA).

I am puzzled because that seems like a short validity (only 3 months?). Usually K-1 is valid for 6 months, I thought. Did you have your medical exam quite a long time ago? I believe the K-1 is valid for 6 months after the medical, so that may be the reason why yours seems shorter than most?

Yes, i had my medical exam January 2013, I was scheduled for interview same month but there was a delay with the affidavit of support because my bf had it sent through USPS. So he had to request for another batch of documents and had it sent using fedex. Thank you for the speedy response. much appreciated


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Hello VJers,

Thank you so much for your responses. The thing is, when I had my CFO seminar last Friday I asked my co K1 applicants the same question and they said I need to leave soon and that I need to get married before July 10. Given that information, my stress level went up. Im glad and thankful for Visa journey at least everything is crystal clear. Thank you for responding so quickly.... group huggggsssss

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Razel


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I believe the visa will expire 6 months after your medical exam. And you have to leave your country before the said date in the visa, which is July 10. Upon arrival in US you're given 90 days to marry your fiancé.

Congratulations! :)

May I ask what time are you in the CFO seminar??

I'm still waiting for noa2, just can't stop planning ahead. :)

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I believe the visa will expire 6 months after your medical exam. And you have to leave your country before the said date in the visa, which is July 10. Upon arrival in US you're given 90 days to marry your fiancé.

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May I ask what time are you in the CFO seminar??

I'm still waiting for noa2, just can't stop planning ahead. smile.png

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ang alm ko may 3 mos k ata pede k p dto pinas tas pgktapak mo sa us tska tatakbo ung 90 days mo


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08/15/13 Medica PASSED:) yeheyy

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ang alm ko may 3 mos k ata pede k p dto pinas tas pgktapak mo sa us tska tatakbo ung 90 days mo

6 months from her medical Lang yun validity Ng visa. So kung matatapos mo lahat agad, you can stay more. You can extend it but you have to go have your medical again.

3 months or 90 days from the first step to US, you need to get marry.

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You have to fly to the US before July 10, 2013.

Once you've entered the US, you have to be married within 90 DAYS, otherwise, you will be out of status.

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08/17/12 - Approved I-129F NOA2 (85 days)
11/19/12 - Approved Visa!! (179 days)
12/01/12 - POE Honolulu, HI
12/21/12 - Wedding Day!
AOS, EAD and AP
01/05/13 - Mailed I-485, I-765 and I-131
01/09/13 - USCIS accepted case and received text
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01/08/13 - Received NOA1
01/18/13 - Received Biometrics Appointment Notice
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01/27/13 - We're pregnant!!
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03/12/13 - Received EAD and AP combo card
03/12/13 - Interview and Approved GC (63 days)
03/20/13 - Received Green Card

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01/16/15 - Received NOA Letter

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Like they all said, you have to be here before it expires, then be married within 90 days. One other thing is to make sure to get your state I.D. Or drivers license before the visa is expired (7/10). We missed that one and couldn't get the state I.d.


January 15, 2012 met on line

April 18, 2012 met in person in Cebu

April 20, 2012 proposed

May 28, 2012 filed K1

June 6, 2012 received email K1 accepted.

August 28, 2012 NOA2 approved!!!!!!!

September 21, 2012 went back for vist number 2

Had a wonderful time!

Interview set for November 6

Flying out November 3 to be together

Arrived November 4

November 6, 2013 interview and approved

November 14, 2013 picked up visa!

November 29, 2013 arrived in Anchorage

November 30, 2013 applied for marriage license

December 15, 2013 civil wedding

February 16, 2013 AOS filed

February 23, 2013 NOA 1 reviewed

April 4, 2013 Biometric appointment

May 9, 2013 AOS intervie

May 9, 2013 Approved ap, ead and green card

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ang alm ko may 3 mos k ata pede k p dto pinas tas pgktapak mo sa us tska tatakbo ung 90 days mo

English ONLY in the upper forums.

6 months from her medical Lang yun validity Ng visa. So kung matatapos mo lahat agad, you can stay more. You can extend it but you have to go have your medical again.

3 months or 90 days from the first step to US, you need to get marry.

English ONLY in the upper forums.

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Like they all said, you have to be here before it expires, then be married within 90 days. One other thing is to make sure to get your state I.D. Or drivers license before the visa is expired (7/10). We missed that one and couldn't get the state I.d.

State ID and DLs are very, very state specific. Some will allow you to use the I-94 and issue you an ID or DL and others will do nothing until you have the GC (Green Card) in hand. I would recommend that you get your SSC (Social Security Card) after waiting about 2 weeks after arrival. You will need that number for all kinds of things here in the US and as a K-1 visa holder you are eligible to receive one while the I-94 is valid (up to two weeks before it expires). You have until the I-94 expires to get married and after getting married you need to file for AOS (adjustment of status) which costs $1070. The sooner you file AOS the sooner you can work and travel internationally. It is recommended that you also file EAD (Employment Authorization Document) and AP (Advance Parole) as they are free when you file for AOS and usually arrive sooner than the GC.

Good luck,

Dave

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I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but ... I am pretty sure you need to ENTER THE USA before July 10. Upon entering the USA, your K-1 visa is "used up" and no longer applies. You then have 90 days to marry your fiance (starting from whichever day you enter the USA).

I am puzzled because that seems like a short validity (only 3 months?). Usually K-1 is valid for 6 months, I thought. Did you have your medical exam quite a long time ago? I believe the K-1 is valid for 6 months after the medical, so that may be the reason why yours seems shorter than most?

Yes from what I understand the visa is valid for 6 months from the medical. GOOD LUCK!


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Steve and Joan
Met on Facebook 2/24/12
Met in person 6/5/12
Second visit 10/2/12
Engaged 10/3/12
NOA10/15/12
Third visit 12/10/12
Joan got her passport! 2/20/13
NOA2 4/24/13
Fourth visit 5/28/13
CFO 5/30/13
Embassy Interview APPROVED 6/6/13

Joan passed through immigration in Hawaii! She's home! 6/13/13

MARRIED 8/24/13

AOS, EAD and AP petitions sent to Chicago via Express Mail

EAD/AP Received 11/13/13

AOS Interview APPROVED 11/26/13

2-year Green Card in hand 12/5/13

ROC (I-751) sent to CSC via USPS Express Mail 8/31/15

ROC check cashed 9/4/15

ROC Biometrics 10/1/15

ROC Approval 4/6/16 (waiting for actual card)

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