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F-1 visa holder on OPT marrying to US citizen


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My boyfriend and I have been dating for over 2 years now, and we're planning on getting married soon. I'm on F-1 based OPT not (graduated in May this year), and he's a citizen. We both have good jobs (I'm a pharmacist, and he's a dentist), and I don't think we'll have any trouble proving legitimacy of our relationship. However, we might have to live in different cities for a year after our marriage because of our jobs. Is this going to be an issue?

Also, I'm not familiar with visa process. Based on my research, looks like I have to do the concurrent filing as soon as we get legally married.

1. What document do I need to submit the concurrent filing?

2. Looks like I have to submit 1-130, 485, 864, 765. Any other forms that I need to complete?

3. My work authorization expires on 6/30/13. Am I allowed to continue with my employment even after my current EAD (F-1 based) expires as long as my new work authorization (greencard-based) is pending?

Thank you.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Jamaica

Congrats to you guys on your accomplishments

  1. If you have not already, please take a look at the step by step guide that is provided http://www.visajourney.com/content/i130guide2
  2. In additon to your primary forms, you would need:
    • I-693, Medical Examination and it is best you make this appt asap and have a copy of your immunization docs
    • Two G-325A. One filled out by the US Citizen (your bf) and one by you
    • An optional G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance for email/text updates
    • An optional I-131, Application for Travel Document, if you need to travel outside the United States while your application is processed
  3. I personally would not advise you to work past your EAD expiration date as you technically wont have work authorization until you get the other one from your AOS. Please note that if you choose to work, it will be forgiven by USCIS as you are an immediate relative of the USC (exemption clause)


01/06/10 - Got Married

AOS from F-1 visa (2 months 2 1/2 weeks or 82 days)

04/14/10 - Sent AOS Package

04/26/10 - Hardcopy NOAs Received

05/16/10 - Biometrics letter

05/19/12 - Successful Walk-in Biometrics in Dover DE

07/07/10 - Interview Appointment in Philly- July 7 @ 11:05 am APPROVED

07/19/10 - 2 YEAR Green Card received

Removal of Conditions (9 months 1 1/2 weeks or 285 days)

04/08/12 - Eligibility date

04/19/12 - Sent ROC Package

04/26/12 - Hardcopy NOAs Received

05/17/10 - Biometrics letter

05/24/12 - Successful Walk-in Biometrics in Dover DE

01/25/13 - APPROVED- ROC card production ordered

02/05/13 - 10 YEAR Green Card received

Naturalization (5 months 2 days or 155 days)

04/15/13 - Eligibility date

06/07/13 - Sent Package

06/20/13 - Hardcopy NOAs Received

06/27/12 - Successful Walk-in Biometrics in Dover DE

07/05/13 - Interview letter sent/In-line notification

08/14/13 - Interview scheduled in Philly @ 1:30 pm APPROVED

11/07/13 - Oath Ceremony

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