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Hello experienced VJ-ers,

I have a few doubts about the "job-search-process" upon entering the US on a K1 VISA.

a) I know that it takes about 3 months to receive the EAD after applying. Can one start looking for jobs before receiving the card? If so, what's a good time to start?

b) My fiance (the petitioner) lives in Des Moines, IA. He just started a fancy job with a huge corporation. I'm a software engineer and the chances of me getting a satisfactory job in Des Moines are very slim. Would it be problematic if we were to live in different states until we can move to a state where we can both have good jobs that align with the career path we want for ourselves? Trust me, living in different states is the last thing we want to do; but we're trying to be realistic about the fact that we can't sacrifice our careers. We've known each other for over 3 years - and we've grown to trust each other.

I've been reading that having two separate address might complicate the AOS process. Is this true? Don't "traditional" same-nationality couples live apart because of their careers?

Any advice would be highly appreciated.

Thank You.


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July 2012 - met through a dating app

Jan 2013 - Officially started dating. Moved in together

Oct 2013 - Because of VISA issues, I move back to India

Jan 2015 - John visits me in India. Engaged!

K1 timeline

I-129 Petition filed : March 5th 2015

I-129 NOA1 : March 12th 2015 (File sent to CSC )

I-129 NOA2 : April 6th 2015

NVC Recieved : April 23rd 2015 (got case number by calling NVC)

NVC Left : April 24th 2015 (according to CEAC status tracker - https://ceac.state.gov/ceacstattracker/status.aspx)

Consulate Recd : May 4th 2015

Biometrics Appointment (Mumbai VAC) : May 21st 2015

Interview Date (Mumbai CAC) : May 22nd 2015

VISA approval date: May 22nd 2015

Travel Date : 13th June 2015

POE Date: 14th June 2015 (Abu Dhabi)

AOS

I-485, I-765, I-131 Sent : July 1st 2015

USCIS NOA1 : July 6th 2015

Job Offer: Aug 12th 2015

USCIS Expedite Request for EAD : Aug 17th 2015

Submitted Proof for Expedite : Aug 19th 2015

Called Senator for Expedite help: Aug 20th 2014

I-765 Approved: Aug 24th 2015

I-765 Mailed: Aug 27th 2015

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a) You can start looking for work at any time. There are no laws preventing one from job searching. Just be up front with potential employers about your work status.

b) where would you move? Is there a particular area you plan to focus your job search? If so, do you have any family or friends in that area? A common tactic when searching for a job in another city is to use a friend's address on your resume and/or application. A couple friends in years' past used my address when looking for work here in the DC area.

I guess my question is: why would you feel the need to move to a certain city to job search?


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Aug. 10, '17: Mailed in I-751

Aug. 21, '17: NOA1

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Hey, it is a good idea to start looking for jobs, just remember that you'll have interviews and will have to explain to them your situation, I started looking for jobs as soon as my EAD was approved, and was able to get a job after several interviews with the City of Greensboro a couple of weeks after I sent my application. The reason I decided to start applying for jobs when I got my EAD approved was because I knew it wouldn't take long to receive the card.

Check, http://www.indeed.com/q-Software-Engineer-l-West-Des-Moines,-IA-jobs.html.


2014-05-08 Sent I-129f
2014-05-12 I-129f received
2014-05-15 Received NOA1 email
2014-05-19 Received NOA1 hardcopy
2014-09-10 NOA2 Approved
2014-09-30 Package Left from NVC
2014-10-06 Received by Embassy
2014-10-31 Interview, Approved.
2014-11-03 Picked up visa.
2014-12-25 POE Ft. Lauderdale

2015-01-02 Wedding

---AOS---

2015-01-09 Filed I-485, I-131 and I-765

2015-01-12 AOS package received

2015-01-14 Email received: Case accepted and routed

2015-01-15 Check cashed

2015-01-20 Received NOAs in the mail

2015-02-07 Received Biometrics letter in the mail

2015-02-19 Biometrics Appt in Raleigh office.

2015-03-13 EAD and AP approved

2015-03-19 EAD and AP sent

2015-03-21 Received EAD/AP combo card

2015-03-26 Received 2nd Biometrics appointment for Charlotte office

2015-04-08 2nd Biometrics

2015-06-15 Received NPIW dated 06-11

2015-08-01 Green Card Approved

2015-08-03 Welcome Letter Mailed

2015-08-07 Welcome Letter Received

2015-08-22 Card Mailed

2015-08-26 Card Received

2015-11-20 Enlisted in the USMC

2016-02-16 Shipping date to bootcamp

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Hello experienced VJ-ers,

I have a few doubts about the "job-search-process" upon entering the US on a K1 VISA.

a) I know that it takes about 3 months to receive the EAD after applying. Can one start looking for jobs before receiving the card? If so, what's a good time to start?

Any time, just can sign any contracts or begin any work, even volunteer work except for charities.

b) My fiance (the petitioner) lives in Des Moines, IA. He just started a fancy job with a huge corporation. I'm a software engineer and the chances of me getting a satisfactory job in Des Moines are very slim. Would it be problematic if we were to live in different states until we can move to a state where we can both have good jobs that align with the career path we want for ourselves? Trust me, living in different states is the last thing we want to do; but we're trying to be realistic about the fact that we can't sacrifice our careers. We've known each other for over 3 years - and we've grown to trust each other.

Your choice.

I've been reading that having two separate address might complicate the AOS process. Is this true? Don't "traditional" same-nationality couples live apart because of their careers?

Most do not.

Any advice would be highly appreciated.

Thank You.


Phil (Lockport, near Chicago) and Alla (Lobnya, near Moscow)

As of Dec 7, 2009, now Zero miles apart (literally)!

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I'm in software industry myself.

By the time...

1) you search for appropriate jobs

2) submit resume (tons of them) and patiently wait for someone to contact back

(typically job recruiters will be the first to respond)

3) get scheduled for initial screening interview (by HR or recruiting firm)

4) get scheduled for a quick phone interview with actual hiring department manager

5) get face-to-face interview with the the hiring manager at their company

6) for hiring company to turnaround an offer letter to you

7) for you to negotiate the contract/job terms

these things can easily take 2 to 3 months.

Therefore, I think it's perfectly legit to start the job search.

In recent months, I've seen many EAD approvals occurring in about 2.5 months.

Once you get to the interview, just let them know about the EAD processing,

and since many aren't familiar with the immigration...also explain that you do not

need sponsorship as you are filing for GC on your own.


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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Hey, it is a good idea to start looking for jobs, just remember that you'll have interviews and will have to explain to them your situation, I started looking for jobs as soon as my EAD was approved, and was able to get a job after several interviews with the City of Greensboro a couple of weeks after I sent my application. The reason I decided to start applying for jobs when I got my EAD approved was because I knew it wouldn't take long to receive the card.

Check, http://www.indeed.com/q-Software-Engineer-l-West-Des-Moines,-IA-jobs.html.

Hurray for Greensboro, NC!!!! Welcome!!

To the OP, I think it would be okay to start job searching when you arrive. As others have said, if you land an interview before you get your EAD, just explain that your authorization to work is in progress and on its way. Most applications here have a "date you can start", and you can make it for a few months out. Since it is a professional job, maybe you could include something in your cover letter to explain why the date is set for so long after your application. Good luck with your job hunt!!


Our Journey:
04/19/2014- Met online
10/2014- Visited Nigeria and he proposed!!!! 
02/28/2015- Sent I-129F petition
03/05/2015- NOA1
09/2015- Visited Nigeria again!!!
10/28/2015- NOA2 (237 day wait at TSC)
11/13/2015- Sent to NVC
11/27/2015- Arrived at Embassy
06/2016- Third visit to Nigeria!
06/15/2016- Interview, given option to file I-601 waiver.
08/16/2016- Waiver submitted (no lawyer).
11/21/2016- Waiver approved with expedite.
01/2017- Embassy requested interview. 
04/2017- Fourth visit to Nigeria.  K1 officially denied. 
04/25/2017- NOA1 for 2nd K1.
07/27/2017- Case transferred to TSC.
11/17/2017- Case transferred back to CSC.
01/16/2018- NOA2!! (266 day wait)
03/08/2018- Interview (AP)
05/03/2018- VISA APPROVAL!!!
05/14/2018- Visa issued
05/18/2018- Visa picked up
05/25/2018- HE'S HOME!!! 💙💙💙


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Hurray for Greensboro, NC!!!! Welcome!!

To the OP, I think it would be okay to start job searching when you arrive. As others have said, if you land an interview before you get your EAD, just explain that your authorization to work is in progress and on its way. Most applications here have a "date you can start", and you can make it for a few months out. Since it is a professional job, maybe you could include something in your cover letter to explain why the date is set for so long after your application. Good luck with your job hunt!!

Thanks!

OP, please check: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/546719-i-got-denied-for-my-green-card-and-my-wife-now-wants-to-get-divorce/


2014-05-08 Sent I-129f
2014-05-12 I-129f received
2014-05-15 Received NOA1 email
2014-05-19 Received NOA1 hardcopy
2014-09-10 NOA2 Approved
2014-09-30 Package Left from NVC
2014-10-06 Received by Embassy
2014-10-31 Interview, Approved.
2014-11-03 Picked up visa.
2014-12-25 POE Ft. Lauderdale

2015-01-02 Wedding

---AOS---

2015-01-09 Filed I-485, I-131 and I-765

2015-01-12 AOS package received

2015-01-14 Email received: Case accepted and routed

2015-01-15 Check cashed

2015-01-20 Received NOAs in the mail

2015-02-07 Received Biometrics letter in the mail

2015-02-19 Biometrics Appt in Raleigh office.

2015-03-13 EAD and AP approved

2015-03-19 EAD and AP sent

2015-03-21 Received EAD/AP combo card

2015-03-26 Received 2nd Biometrics appointment for Charlotte office

2015-04-08 2nd Biometrics

2015-06-15 Received NPIW dated 06-11

2015-08-01 Green Card Approved

2015-08-03 Welcome Letter Mailed

2015-08-07 Welcome Letter Received

2015-08-22 Card Mailed

2015-08-26 Card Received

2015-11-20 Enlisted in the USMC

2016-02-16 Shipping date to bootcamp

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Yeap. Pretty scary.

We've deicded to drop the plan of living separately.

I see how living separately can be seen as a red-flag to case officers.


:energy:

July 2012 - met through a dating app

Jan 2013 - Officially started dating. Moved in together

Oct 2013 - Because of VISA issues, I move back to India

Jan 2015 - John visits me in India. Engaged!

K1 timeline

I-129 Petition filed : March 5th 2015

I-129 NOA1 : March 12th 2015 (File sent to CSC )

I-129 NOA2 : April 6th 2015

NVC Recieved : April 23rd 2015 (got case number by calling NVC)

NVC Left : April 24th 2015 (according to CEAC status tracker - https://ceac.state.gov/ceacstattracker/status.aspx)

Consulate Recd : May 4th 2015

Biometrics Appointment (Mumbai VAC) : May 21st 2015

Interview Date (Mumbai CAC) : May 22nd 2015

VISA approval date: May 22nd 2015

Travel Date : 13th June 2015

POE Date: 14th June 2015 (Abu Dhabi)

AOS

I-485, I-765, I-131 Sent : July 1st 2015

USCIS NOA1 : July 6th 2015

Job Offer: Aug 12th 2015

USCIS Expedite Request for EAD : Aug 17th 2015

Submitted Proof for Expedite : Aug 19th 2015

Called Senator for Expedite help: Aug 20th 2014

I-765 Approved: Aug 24th 2015

I-765 Mailed: Aug 27th 2015

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