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Does Student Financial Aid count as government assistance??

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My Husband is going to be a student starting in the fall, I assume when they say no government assistance (from the I-485), they mean food stamps, disability, etc. Surely they dont mean student financial aid so he can take his classes right??? He still can fill out a FAFSA.

Additionally, he should be able to do things like, open a bank account or get a credit card with his new S.S. card right? Even though it has that only for purposes message?


From the time we submitted our forms till AOS approval (112 days).

 

Timeline:

January 9, 2012 : Arrived in the United States on VWP from Scotland to visit for a few months.
March 23, 2012 : Married in Pekin, IL
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March 19, 2013 (day 1) : Forms sent into the Chicago Lockbox

March 26, 2013 (day 7) : NOA1 Reciepts for I-130, I-765, I-485; case accepted
April 4, 2013 (day 19) : Change of Address reciept
April 10, 2013 (day 25) : Biometrics appointment notice, appointment sent for April 23rd
April 15, 2013 (day 30) : RFE for I-485
April 23, 2013 (day 38) : Biometrics appointment in Naperville, IL. Super easy, no wait.
April 28 2013 (day 43) : Receipt of Evidence
May 5, 2013 (day 47) : Interview appointment to be scheduled

May 11, 2013 (day 53) : Interview set for July 9, 2013

May 27, 2013 (day 69): EAD has been ordered/sent out

June 6, 2013 (day 79): recieved EAD, applied for SSN

June 14, 2013 (day 87): Recieved SSN

July 1, 2013 (day 104): HIRED!!! (two jobs I might add!!))

July 9, 2013 (Day 112): AOS Interview @Chicago Office, APPROVED ON THE SPOT!!!

July 10, 2013 (Day 113): Illinois Drivers License!!!

July 12,2013 (Day 115): GC Production ordered

July 17, 2013 (Day 120): Green Card Recieved!!!

TWO LOVELY YEARS (July 2013 - October 2015)

October 27, 2015 (Day 1 ROC): Sent ROC packet with fee waiver and late explaination

November 11, 2015 (Day 15 ROC): Packet Denied based on lack of evidence for fee waiver

December 22nd, 2016 (Day 1 restart ROC): Packet resubmitted with better evidence

January 23rd, 2017 (Day 32 since restart ROC): Packet accepted and fee waiver approved

 

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Student financial aid does not count under I-864 provisions (i.e. your husband can apply for it without repercussions to you as the sponsor).


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Your husbands SSN card will not have anything that says valid to work with authroization only.

He can get a credit card as long as the bank is willing to give him a card with no credit history, initially he might have to start with credit card with lot smaller limit and might even have to go for the one which has annual fees.

Other option is you can add him to your account as authorized user and he could have a card but you will be responsible for the spending and making sure it gets paid.

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It does say valid for work only... so....


From the time we submitted our forms till AOS approval (112 days).

 

Timeline:

January 9, 2012 : Arrived in the United States on VWP from Scotland to visit for a few months.
March 23, 2012 : Married in Pekin, IL
heart.gif
March 19, 2013 (day 1) : Forms sent into the Chicago Lockbox

March 26, 2013 (day 7) : NOA1 Reciepts for I-130, I-765, I-485; case accepted
April 4, 2013 (day 19) : Change of Address reciept
April 10, 2013 (day 25) : Biometrics appointment notice, appointment sent for April 23rd
April 15, 2013 (day 30) : RFE for I-485
April 23, 2013 (day 38) : Biometrics appointment in Naperville, IL. Super easy, no wait.
April 28 2013 (day 43) : Receipt of Evidence
May 5, 2013 (day 47) : Interview appointment to be scheduled

May 11, 2013 (day 53) : Interview set for July 9, 2013

May 27, 2013 (day 69): EAD has been ordered/sent out

June 6, 2013 (day 79): recieved EAD, applied for SSN

June 14, 2013 (day 87): Recieved SSN

July 1, 2013 (day 104): HIRED!!! (two jobs I might add!!))

July 9, 2013 (Day 112): AOS Interview @Chicago Office, APPROVED ON THE SPOT!!!

July 10, 2013 (Day 113): Illinois Drivers License!!!

July 12,2013 (Day 115): GC Production ordered

July 17, 2013 (Day 120): Green Card Recieved!!!

TWO LOVELY YEARS (July 2013 - October 2015)

October 27, 2015 (Day 1 ROC): Sent ROC packet with fee waiver and late explaination

November 11, 2015 (Day 15 ROC): Packet Denied based on lack of evidence for fee waiver

December 22nd, 2016 (Day 1 restart ROC): Packet resubmitted with better evidence

January 23rd, 2017 (Day 32 since restart ROC): Packet accepted and fee waiver approved

 

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I kind of thought you could open a bank account, get a credit card, get utilities in your name and do all sorts of fun financial stuff except do it online as long as you had a valid SSN even if it is with authorization only?

I mean I was able to do all that while on F1( with the University's international offices blessing), H1( with my employer's blessing) and I would imagine that GC would actually make that a lot easier? The bank crossed checked my paperwork to see if it was valid and made copies before I opened a bank account. I remember I didn't have a SSN for that. Since he has one, things shouldn't be that much of a hassle. Getting a credit card was trickier. There was a time when getting a student card was a piece of cake. Not sure if it is still true. Adding him to your account in a credit card should work at first too.

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