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My fiance and I have handed in our K1 fiance visa application and are currently waiting for it to be processed.

In the meantime we are trying to organise as much of our wedding as we can, and my family want to start organising the party we will have in UK following our wedding in the USA.

Can anyone tell me how long it takes once we are married to get a permanent residency card? Also, is there limitations on how and when I can leave the country?

Any help or information would be most appreciated.


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Sorry, you submitted the petition I assume, the application comes at the interview.

Count on 10 - 12 months from your petition submission to start planning a wedding. However, do not book or pay for anything until the visa is in hand.

Once married and the Adjustment of Status paperwork has been submitted, you may submit also a travel and work document. This will take about 90 days to receive

Good luck

August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2

February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete

May 4, 2009

May, 26, 2009

POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011


April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony


September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Your Green Card can take anything between three and 12+ months from submission of the AOS package to be processed. As Canadian_Wife said, you can apply for an Advance Parole (AP) so you can leave the country while they are still working on your Green Card. The AP is free if submitted concurrently with AOS and usually takes between 60-90 days to be processed.

K1 Visa
Feb. 29, 2012: I-129F sent
March 8, 2012: NOA1 (VSC)
August 30, 2012: NOA2
Oct. 1, 2012: Packet 3 received
Nov. 3, 2012: Packet 4 received
Nov. 15, 2012: Interview - approved!
Jan. 18, 2013: POE New York Seaport
Feb. 2, 2013: Wedding

March 6, 2013: AOS Package sent
March 12, 2013: I-485, I-765, I-131 NOA's
March 29, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

May 10, 2013: EAD/AP approved
Sept. 5, 2013: "Potential Interview Waiver Case" letter received
Nov. 2, 2013: AOS approved (no interview)

Aug. 4, 2015: I-751 sent
Aug. 6, 2015: NOA1 (CSC)
Sept. 4, 2015: Biometrics Appointment
Feb. 10, 2016: ROC approved


Dual Citizenship
Aug. 26, 2016: BBG application sent (permit to retain German citizenship)
Nov. 21, 2016: BBG approval notice received (p/u at German Honorary Consulate, OKC: Feb. 6, 2017)
Dec. 8, 2016: N-400 sent
Dec. 12, 2016: Priority Date (NBC)

Jan. 9, 2017: Biometrics Appointment

Aug. 31, 2017: In-Line for Interview

Sept. 6, 2017: Interview Scheduled

Oct. 16, 2017: Interview

Oct. 25, 2017: Oath Appointment Letter received

Nov. 1, 2017: Oath Ceremony

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You cannot travel without applying for and receiving AP (Advanced Parole). This can be done for free when you apply for your AOS. You'll fill out forms for EAD (Employment Authorization) and AP to send with your AOS documents. Since they're free, it's best to do them.

Once you enter the US, marry, and submit your AOS (which can be done as soon as you have the marriage certificate back), your EAD/AP can take up to 90 days. Once you have the combo EAD/AP card, you can travel. Your green card (permanent residency) will then take up to a year. Some K1 AOS applicants are being put into the Interview Waiver Group (which we were). This means you may not have an AOS/Green card interview, but the processing will likely take a bit longer as well.

Check out the timelines on VJ to see how other K1's are progressing through London. And, as has been mentioned, always be careful and don't plan your wedding until you have the visa (or have flexible wedding vendors).

Good luck!

K1 Visa Process AOS Process

Mar 18 2013: I-129F mailed to CSC Nov 15 2013: I-485 with EAD/AP filed at Chicago Lockbox

Sept 19 2013: Interview - Approved!! Jan 25 2014: EAD/AP Card Received

Oct 6 2013: POE - Chicago O'Hare June 2 2014: Permanent Resident Card Received!

Oct 27 2013: Wedding!

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