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Hi there,

We just married Saturday, have a bit of a unique situation, and are hoping to get some advice. I (the US citizen) am currently not employed; I am a PhD candidate (with a Masters degree) whose TA position ended May 16th. I was extended a job offer to begin July 1st. However, it is in another state and I probably cannot start until August 1st. But I will have a formal job offer in hand and can get a letter from my employer if I need. Additionally, I have more than enough in savings and in real estate to qualify without a job, HOWEVER - I do not feel comfortable relying on this at all. I heard that AOS is more stringent than the K1. I would prefer to use my job income to be on the safe side. So what do the more experienced people think? Wait to apply until I actually start my job in August? Apply in a few weeks and supply letters and bank info and mortgage info? The big fear of course is that we will be denied.

In case you are curious, when we applied for his K1 visa I was living in Indonesia (conducting research) and also not employed. We used my dad's income as a backup and had no problems. This is not an option for the AOS, nor is it possible to ask anyone else.

Thanks in advance


K1 Visa Application:
129-F Delivered: Lewiston, TX 10/29/2015
NOA1 eNotification: 11/3/2015 (Sent to CSC - yay!)
NOA1 Hard Copy: 11/8/2015 | NOA2 eNotification: : 11/30/2015 | NOA2 Hard Copy: 12/4/2015
NVC Received: 12/10/2015 | NVC Case Assigned: 12/11/2015
Mailed to Embassy: 12/16/2015 (Status shows as Ready)
Received hardcopy Letter from NVC: 12/19/2015
Embassy Received Packet: 12/21/2015
Email from Embassy for Beneficiary Email: 12/24/2015
Replied to Embassy: 12/24/2015
Email from Embassy Regarding Packet 3: 12/28/15
Replied to Embassy: 12/28/15 (at night)
Email from Embassy Regarding Packet 4: 12/29/15 (in the morning)
Interview Date: Jan 13th @ 12:30pm - Approved!
CEAC status changed to admin processing: 1/14/16
CEAC status changed to issued: 1/19/16
US travel docs website shows "out for delivery": 1/20/16
Called by courier regarding delivery attempt: 1/21/16
Passport in hand:1/22/16 (he went to their office to pick it up)
Arrival date into the US: 3/09/16
Married: 06/04/2016
Timeline for AOS
AOS paperwork (including EAD & AP) sent via Express Mail: 10/1/2016
AOS paperwork received by USCIS: 10/3/2016
NOA1 E-notification Date (email and text): 10/5/16, ~11pm Central time, one notice for each application
Check Cashed: 10/6/16
NOA1 Hardcopy Date: 10/11/16
Biometrics Letter Received: 10/28/16
Biometrics Scheduled for: 11/9/16 (Did not try a walk-in, went on scheduled day)
EAD approved on: 11/16/16 (early in the day) / AP approved on: 11/16/16 (late in the day)
AP produced+mailed on:11/18/16 | AP letters (2) received on: 11/18/16
EAD card produced+mailed on: 11/22/16 | EAD card received on: 11/25/16
Social Security card application date: 11/28/16 | Social Security card received on: 12/27/16 (Ordered a new one at the office on 12/19/16)
Interview Waiver! (6 months and 2 weeks past the first NOA1)
Card Ordered notice (text and online): 4/19/17 | I-485 Approval notice (text and online): 4/20/17 | Card Produced + WILL Mail notice 4/27/17

Card Mailed notice: 5/2/2017

Green Card Received: 5/5/2017 

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I am surprised at the lack of response, did I post this in the wrong forum? My previous posts have gotten tons of help. I have reviewed all the documents and posts on the site already, but I believe that my situation is a unique one. Does anyone have advice?


K1 Visa Application:
129-F Delivered: Lewiston, TX 10/29/2015
NOA1 eNotification: 11/3/2015 (Sent to CSC - yay!)
NOA1 Hard Copy: 11/8/2015 | NOA2 eNotification: : 11/30/2015 | NOA2 Hard Copy: 12/4/2015
NVC Received: 12/10/2015 | NVC Case Assigned: 12/11/2015
Mailed to Embassy: 12/16/2015 (Status shows as Ready)
Received hardcopy Letter from NVC: 12/19/2015
Embassy Received Packet: 12/21/2015
Email from Embassy for Beneficiary Email: 12/24/2015
Replied to Embassy: 12/24/2015
Email from Embassy Regarding Packet 3: 12/28/15
Replied to Embassy: 12/28/15 (at night)
Email from Embassy Regarding Packet 4: 12/29/15 (in the morning)
Interview Date: Jan 13th @ 12:30pm - Approved!
CEAC status changed to admin processing: 1/14/16
CEAC status changed to issued: 1/19/16
US travel docs website shows "out for delivery": 1/20/16
Called by courier regarding delivery attempt: 1/21/16
Passport in hand:1/22/16 (he went to their office to pick it up)
Arrival date into the US: 3/09/16
Married: 06/04/2016
Timeline for AOS
AOS paperwork (including EAD & AP) sent via Express Mail: 10/1/2016
AOS paperwork received by USCIS: 10/3/2016
NOA1 E-notification Date (email and text): 10/5/16, ~11pm Central time, one notice for each application
Check Cashed: 10/6/16
NOA1 Hardcopy Date: 10/11/16
Biometrics Letter Received: 10/28/16
Biometrics Scheduled for: 11/9/16 (Did not try a walk-in, went on scheduled day)
EAD approved on: 11/16/16 (early in the day) / AP approved on: 11/16/16 (late in the day)
AP produced+mailed on:11/18/16 | AP letters (2) received on: 11/18/16
EAD card produced+mailed on: 11/22/16 | EAD card received on: 11/25/16
Social Security card application date: 11/28/16 | Social Security card received on: 12/27/16 (Ordered a new one at the office on 12/19/16)
Interview Waiver! (6 months and 2 weeks past the first NOA1)
Card Ordered notice (text and online): 4/19/17 | I-485 Approval notice (text and online): 4/20/17 | Card Produced + WILL Mail notice 4/27/17

Card Mailed notice: 5/2/2017

Green Card Received: 5/5/2017 

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You are in the wrong forum, you should have posted in AOS from Family Visas.

You may have to use assets even if you wait to file until you have started your job. A brand new job may not satisfy USCIS. To be on the safe side

1) file once you have been working for at least 3-6 months

OR

2) use assets

OR

3) use a joint sponsor.


Entry on VWP to visit then-boyfriend 06/13/2011

Married 06/24/2011

Our first son was born 10/31/2012, our daughter was born 06/30/2014, our second son was born 06/20/2017

AOS Timeline

AOS package mailed 09/06/2011 (Chicago Lockbox)

AOS package signed for by R Mercado 09/07/2011

Priority date for I-485&I-130 09/08/2011

Biometrics done 10/03/2011

Interview letter received 11/18/2011

INTERVIEW DATE!!!! 12/20/2011

Approval e-mail 12/21/2011

Card production e-mail 12/27/2011

GREEN CARD ARRIVED 12/31/2011

Resident since 12/21/2011

ROC Timeline

ROC package mailed to VSC 11/22/2013

NOA1 date 11/26/2013

Biometrics date 12/26/2013

Transfer notice to CSC 03/14/2014

Change of address 03/27/2014

Card production ordered 04/30/2014

10-YEAR GREEN CARD ARRIVED 05/06/2014

N-400 Timeline

N-400 package mailed 09/30/2014

N-400 package delivered 10/01/2014

NOA1 date 10/20/2014

Biometrics date 11/14/2014

Early walk-in biometrics 11/12/2014

In-line for interview 11/23/2014

Interview letter 03/18/2015

Interview date 04/17/2015 ("Decision cannot yet be made.")

In-line for oath scheduling 05/04/2015

Oath ceremony letter dated 05/11/2015

Oath ceremony 06/02/2015

I am a United States citizen!

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Seek a cosponsor. Future jobs or even new jobs doubt carry much weight.

I'd go as far as saying have more than 6 months of work experience.


“When starting an immigration journey, the best advice is to understand that sacrifices have to be made; whether it is time, money, or separation or a combination of any or all.” - NuestraUnion

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This is also in t he progress report subforum which few people frequent and isn't meant for questions.

If you have enough assets use that, though be careful on their rules for real estate. You won't get outright denied, you will get a RFE for co-sponsor. If you have 60K+ cash, then I wouldn't worry at all and go forth.


AOS for my husband
8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

ROC:
5/23/12: Sent out package
2/06/13: APPROVED!

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Whoops - thank you everyone. I'll try to get a mod to move this post.

Just for starters, as i stated before, a joint filer is a 0 possibility.

To make things more interesting, I have heard that the gov's biggest problem with a new job, is when that job is out of the blue and outside your experience. I have worked in academia for 6 years (while getting my PhD) and my future job is in academia. So although it is new to me, it is not new to my field of expertise. What are people's thoughts on this?

As for the assets, 60k is a tad over what I could supply, but one of the homes I own was recently appraised by the county for twice what I owe. Does this make a difference?

My fear with waiting of course is that my husband has to delay getting into the work force and/or that something will happen in Indonesia and he will need to rush down there before we actually submit his AOS. OR that filing 6 months after we get married is not a good idea and will be frowned upon. (Though from what I have read here, the timing does not seem to be too big a problem.)

Finally, I had also heard that you credit and history matters as well. Both of mine are stellar and show a person with solid, stable finances.

I guess my biggest fear is - what if we are denied? Will they automatically RFE for a join sponsor or will they flat out deny and send my husband packing? This will likely be the biggest factor weighing in on our AOS timing.


K1 Visa Application:
129-F Delivered: Lewiston, TX 10/29/2015
NOA1 eNotification: 11/3/2015 (Sent to CSC - yay!)
NOA1 Hard Copy: 11/8/2015 | NOA2 eNotification: : 11/30/2015 | NOA2 Hard Copy: 12/4/2015
NVC Received: 12/10/2015 | NVC Case Assigned: 12/11/2015
Mailed to Embassy: 12/16/2015 (Status shows as Ready)
Received hardcopy Letter from NVC: 12/19/2015
Embassy Received Packet: 12/21/2015
Email from Embassy for Beneficiary Email: 12/24/2015
Replied to Embassy: 12/24/2015
Email from Embassy Regarding Packet 3: 12/28/15
Replied to Embassy: 12/28/15 (at night)
Email from Embassy Regarding Packet 4: 12/29/15 (in the morning)
Interview Date: Jan 13th @ 12:30pm - Approved!
CEAC status changed to admin processing: 1/14/16
CEAC status changed to issued: 1/19/16
US travel docs website shows "out for delivery": 1/20/16
Called by courier regarding delivery attempt: 1/21/16
Passport in hand:1/22/16 (he went to their office to pick it up)
Arrival date into the US: 3/09/16
Married: 06/04/2016
Timeline for AOS
AOS paperwork (including EAD & AP) sent via Express Mail: 10/1/2016
AOS paperwork received by USCIS: 10/3/2016
NOA1 E-notification Date (email and text): 10/5/16, ~11pm Central time, one notice for each application
Check Cashed: 10/6/16
NOA1 Hardcopy Date: 10/11/16
Biometrics Letter Received: 10/28/16
Biometrics Scheduled for: 11/9/16 (Did not try a walk-in, went on scheduled day)
EAD approved on: 11/16/16 (early in the day) / AP approved on: 11/16/16 (late in the day)
AP produced+mailed on:11/18/16 | AP letters (2) received on: 11/18/16
EAD card produced+mailed on: 11/22/16 | EAD card received on: 11/25/16
Social Security card application date: 11/28/16 | Social Security card received on: 12/27/16 (Ordered a new one at the office on 12/19/16)
Interview Waiver! (6 months and 2 weeks past the first NOA1)
Card Ordered notice (text and online): 4/19/17 | I-485 Approval notice (text and online): 4/20/17 | Card Produced + WILL Mail notice 4/27/17

Card Mailed notice: 5/2/2017

Green Card Received: 5/5/2017 

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Your credit score does not matter at all. Like others stated as well, a brand new job won't do. Your choices are either waiting until you had a job for at least 6 months or using assets or finding a joint sponsor. Any USC or LPR can be a joint sponsor as long as they have income that's at least 125% of the poverty line for their household count plus one.

Edited by EM_Vandaveer

Entry on VWP to visit then-boyfriend 06/13/2011

Married 06/24/2011

Our first son was born 10/31/2012, our daughter was born 06/30/2014, our second son was born 06/20/2017

AOS Timeline

AOS package mailed 09/06/2011 (Chicago Lockbox)

AOS package signed for by R Mercado 09/07/2011

Priority date for I-485&I-130 09/08/2011

Biometrics done 10/03/2011

Interview letter received 11/18/2011

INTERVIEW DATE!!!! 12/20/2011

Approval e-mail 12/21/2011

Card production e-mail 12/27/2011

GREEN CARD ARRIVED 12/31/2011

Resident since 12/21/2011

ROC Timeline

ROC package mailed to VSC 11/22/2013

NOA1 date 11/26/2013

Biometrics date 12/26/2013

Transfer notice to CSC 03/14/2014

Change of address 03/27/2014

Card production ordered 04/30/2014

10-YEAR GREEN CARD ARRIVED 05/06/2014

N-400 Timeline

N-400 package mailed 09/30/2014

N-400 package delivered 10/01/2014

NOA1 date 10/20/2014

Biometrics date 11/14/2014

Early walk-in biometrics 11/12/2014

In-line for interview 11/23/2014

Interview letter 03/18/2015

Interview date 04/17/2015 ("Decision cannot yet be made.")

In-line for oath scheduling 05/04/2015

Oath ceremony letter dated 05/11/2015

Oath ceremony 06/02/2015

I am a United States citizen!

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Your credit score does not matter at all. Like others stated as well, a brand new job won't do. Your choices are either waiting until you had a job for at least 6 months or using assets or finding a joint sponsor. Any USC or LPR can be a joint sponsor as long as they have income that's at least 125% of the poverty line for their household count plus one.

I appreciate your reply, however, as I have stated multiple times, a joint sponsor is 100% out of the question. Not an option. Cannot happen. Is not even a teeny blip on radar. So please, if everyone could stop suggesting this, I would appreciate it.

Also, I still have not gotten a direct answer to the question regarding "brand new job" vs "new job in the same field". I have read elsewhere in this forum, that a job being new is not a big deal when it is in the same field. I have a Masters, will soon have a PhD, and have worked in academia for 6 years. Does my job really qualify into this "brand new" category.

Forgive my constant questions and pushing, but I feel extremely uncomfortable waiting 6 months to file as it will be 6 months late, anything can happen to his family in that time and we would hate for him to not be able to go, and it delays his ability to work. I am just really surprised that someone with my strong work history, education, and financial assets would be considered a risk with a job that is not new to my field, but only new to me.


K1 Visa Application:
129-F Delivered: Lewiston, TX 10/29/2015
NOA1 eNotification: 11/3/2015 (Sent to CSC - yay!)
NOA1 Hard Copy: 11/8/2015 | NOA2 eNotification: : 11/30/2015 | NOA2 Hard Copy: 12/4/2015
NVC Received: 12/10/2015 | NVC Case Assigned: 12/11/2015
Mailed to Embassy: 12/16/2015 (Status shows as Ready)
Received hardcopy Letter from NVC: 12/19/2015
Embassy Received Packet: 12/21/2015
Email from Embassy for Beneficiary Email: 12/24/2015
Replied to Embassy: 12/24/2015
Email from Embassy Regarding Packet 3: 12/28/15
Replied to Embassy: 12/28/15 (at night)
Email from Embassy Regarding Packet 4: 12/29/15 (in the morning)
Interview Date: Jan 13th @ 12:30pm - Approved!
CEAC status changed to admin processing: 1/14/16
CEAC status changed to issued: 1/19/16
US travel docs website shows "out for delivery": 1/20/16
Called by courier regarding delivery attempt: 1/21/16
Passport in hand:1/22/16 (he went to their office to pick it up)
Arrival date into the US: 3/09/16
Married: 06/04/2016
Timeline for AOS
AOS paperwork (including EAD & AP) sent via Express Mail: 10/1/2016
AOS paperwork received by USCIS: 10/3/2016
NOA1 E-notification Date (email and text): 10/5/16, ~11pm Central time, one notice for each application
Check Cashed: 10/6/16
NOA1 Hardcopy Date: 10/11/16
Biometrics Letter Received: 10/28/16
Biometrics Scheduled for: 11/9/16 (Did not try a walk-in, went on scheduled day)
EAD approved on: 11/16/16 (early in the day) / AP approved on: 11/16/16 (late in the day)
AP produced+mailed on:11/18/16 | AP letters (2) received on: 11/18/16
EAD card produced+mailed on: 11/22/16 | EAD card received on: 11/25/16
Social Security card application date: 11/28/16 | Social Security card received on: 12/27/16 (Ordered a new one at the office on 12/19/16)
Interview Waiver! (6 months and 2 weeks past the first NOA1)
Card Ordered notice (text and online): 4/19/17 | I-485 Approval notice (text and online): 4/20/17 | Card Produced + WILL Mail notice 4/27/17

Card Mailed notice: 5/2/2017

Green Card Received: 5/5/2017 

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That specific job is brand new. It does not matter what field, or if you have worked in the same field before.

Please understand that if you file right after you start your job (before you've been working there for 6 months), you'll be RFEd and will end up having to use assets or a joint sponsor, which you say you categorically don't want. When you are RFEd and fail to come up with either of those, the AOS application will be denied.

What's worse? Waiting 6 months after you start your job & then file or file right away and be denied?

When an AOS application is denied there is a real possibility that your spouse will be put in removal proceedings. You can fight that, of course, and ultimately most likely successfully, but you'd need a lawyer and a lot of money.

IMHO if assets and a joint sponsor are out of the question then your only viable alternative is to wait to file until you have been at your job for at least 6 months and then file. People have done it after years & years of overstaying. The risk of your spouse getting picked up in the meantime by ICE is extremely small as long as you stay away from the southern border. In all my time as a visitor then AOS applicant then GC holder, no one ever asked me for proof of my immigration status, not even when my husband was driving (I was in the passenger seat) and we got pulled over by the police.

Edited by EM_Vandaveer

Entry on VWP to visit then-boyfriend 06/13/2011

Married 06/24/2011

Our first son was born 10/31/2012, our daughter was born 06/30/2014, our second son was born 06/20/2017

AOS Timeline

AOS package mailed 09/06/2011 (Chicago Lockbox)

AOS package signed for by R Mercado 09/07/2011

Priority date for I-485&I-130 09/08/2011

Biometrics done 10/03/2011

Interview letter received 11/18/2011

INTERVIEW DATE!!!! 12/20/2011

Approval e-mail 12/21/2011

Card production e-mail 12/27/2011

GREEN CARD ARRIVED 12/31/2011

Resident since 12/21/2011

ROC Timeline

ROC package mailed to VSC 11/22/2013

NOA1 date 11/26/2013

Biometrics date 12/26/2013

Transfer notice to CSC 03/14/2014

Change of address 03/27/2014

Card production ordered 04/30/2014

10-YEAR GREEN CARD ARRIVED 05/06/2014

N-400 Timeline

N-400 package mailed 09/30/2014

N-400 package delivered 10/01/2014

NOA1 date 10/20/2014

Biometrics date 11/14/2014

Early walk-in biometrics 11/12/2014

In-line for interview 11/23/2014

Interview letter 03/18/2015

Interview date 04/17/2015 ("Decision cannot yet be made.")

In-line for oath scheduling 05/04/2015

Oath ceremony letter dated 05/11/2015

Oath ceremony 06/02/2015

I am a United States citizen!

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*** Thread is moved from the "AOS from WS&T Visas" Case Progress subforum to the AOS/Family-Based main forum. ***


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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If your new job is well over the income requirement, then I would go ahead and file when you have a few months worth of pay stubs to provide, perhaps 3. Add in a letter from employer, or job offer/contract that states your position and salary. If you had not filed taxes in the previous 3 years, then add in your explanation statement about being a student and getting your masters, so your income was below the filing threshold and therefore not legally required to file by the IRS. Slip into that statement that you are now gainfully employed.

Add on all your qualifying assets too. All you can do is list what you have and see how it goes.


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I would personally go ahead and file and sent a letter from your employer along with bank statements and your savings... They won't straight up deny your application if what you send you isn't Enough proof then they will give you an RFE for more financial evidence around 6-8weeks after filing the AOS... You then have 90 days to respond to the RFE which is more than enough time for you to settle into your new job and provide more financial stability proof if its needed


April 8th: AOS sent

April 11th: Recieved at Chicago lockbox [Day 0]

April 25th: NOA1 date (never recieved e-notifications) [Day 14]

April 29th: NOA1 hard copy recieved in the mail [Day 18]

May 9th: "Fingerprint fee recieved" [Day 28]

May 12th: Reciept number's start working on USCIS case status website [Day 31]

May 20th: Biometrics letter recieved [Day 39]

June 1st: Biometric appointment [Day 51]

​November 12th: Interview letter received ​[Day 216]

December 1st: Interview day! APPROVED [Day 235]

December 5th: Case status changed from "fingerprint fee received" to "Approved" post dated Dec 1st [Day 239]

Received approval letter in the mail for Green card [Day 239]

December 6th: "Card was mailed to me" [Day 240]

December 8th: Green card received in mail!!! [day 242]

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That specific job is brand new. It does not matter what field, or if you have worked in the same field before.

Please understand that if you file right after you start your job (before you've been working there for 6 months), you'll be RFEd and will end up having to use assets or a joint sponsor, which you say you categorically don't want. When you are RFEd and fail to come up with either of those, the AOS application will be denied.

What's worse? Waiting 6 months after you start your job & then file or file right away and be denied?

When an AOS application is denied there is a real possibility that your spouse will be put in removal proceedings. You can fight that, of course, and ultimately most likely successfully, but you'd need a lawyer and a lot of money.

IMHO if assets and a joint sponsor are out of the question then your only viable alternative is to wait to file until you have been at your job for at least 6 months and then file. People have done it after years & years of overstaying. The risk of your spouse getting picked up in the meantime by ICE is extremely small as long as you stay away from the southern border. In all my time as a visitor then AOS applicant then GC holder, no one ever asked me for proof of my immigration status, not even when my husband was driving (I was in the passenger seat) and we got pulled over by the police.

I see. You have a very valid point. Do you mind if I send you a pm? I promise not to bombard you, I just don't want to plaster my financial info on a public website. I think you might be able to get a better picture of my scenario. I am curious about the comments below from someone else too. That I file in August and if I get an RFE, can later supply sufficient evidence. However, you give me the impression that their RFE will demand a joint sponsor, not just a resubmittal of further financial capability.

I would personally go ahead and file and sent a letter from your employer along with bank statements and your savings... They won't straight up deny your application if what you send you isn't Enough proof then they will give you an RFE for more financial evidence around 6-8weeks after filing the AOS... You then have 90 days to respond to the RFE which is more than enough time for you to settle into your new job and provide more financial stability proof if its needed

Thank you, this was also not something I had considered. I need to get as much information as possible before making my decision. I appreciate your (and everyone else's) comments immensely.


K1 Visa Application:
129-F Delivered: Lewiston, TX 10/29/2015
NOA1 eNotification: 11/3/2015 (Sent to CSC - yay!)
NOA1 Hard Copy: 11/8/2015 | NOA2 eNotification: : 11/30/2015 | NOA2 Hard Copy: 12/4/2015
NVC Received: 12/10/2015 | NVC Case Assigned: 12/11/2015
Mailed to Embassy: 12/16/2015 (Status shows as Ready)
Received hardcopy Letter from NVC: 12/19/2015
Embassy Received Packet: 12/21/2015
Email from Embassy for Beneficiary Email: 12/24/2015
Replied to Embassy: 12/24/2015
Email from Embassy Regarding Packet 3: 12/28/15
Replied to Embassy: 12/28/15 (at night)
Email from Embassy Regarding Packet 4: 12/29/15 (in the morning)
Interview Date: Jan 13th @ 12:30pm - Approved!
CEAC status changed to admin processing: 1/14/16
CEAC status changed to issued: 1/19/16
US travel docs website shows "out for delivery": 1/20/16
Called by courier regarding delivery attempt: 1/21/16
Passport in hand:1/22/16 (he went to their office to pick it up)
Arrival date into the US: 3/09/16
Married: 06/04/2016
Timeline for AOS
AOS paperwork (including EAD & AP) sent via Express Mail: 10/1/2016
AOS paperwork received by USCIS: 10/3/2016
NOA1 E-notification Date (email and text): 10/5/16, ~11pm Central time, one notice for each application
Check Cashed: 10/6/16
NOA1 Hardcopy Date: 10/11/16
Biometrics Letter Received: 10/28/16
Biometrics Scheduled for: 11/9/16 (Did not try a walk-in, went on scheduled day)
EAD approved on: 11/16/16 (early in the day) / AP approved on: 11/16/16 (late in the day)
AP produced+mailed on:11/18/16 | AP letters (2) received on: 11/18/16
EAD card produced+mailed on: 11/22/16 | EAD card received on: 11/25/16
Social Security card application date: 11/28/16 | Social Security card received on: 12/27/16 (Ordered a new one at the office on 12/19/16)
Interview Waiver! (6 months and 2 weeks past the first NOA1)
Card Ordered notice (text and online): 4/19/17 | I-485 Approval notice (text and online): 4/20/17 | Card Produced + WILL Mail notice 4/27/17

Card Mailed notice: 5/2/2017

Green Card Received: 5/5/2017 

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I see. You have a very valid point. Do you mind if I send you a pm? I promise not to bombard you, I just don't want to plaster my financial info on a public website. I think you might be able to get a better picture of my scenario. I am curious about the comments below from someone else too. That I file in August and if I get an RFE, can later supply sufficient evidence. However, you give me the impression that their RFE will demand a joint sponsor, not just a resubmittal of further financial capability.

Thank you, this was also not something I had considered. I need to get as much information as possible before making my decision. I appreciate your (and everyone else's) comments immensely.

Feel free to PM me.


Entry on VWP to visit then-boyfriend 06/13/2011

Married 06/24/2011

Our first son was born 10/31/2012, our daughter was born 06/30/2014, our second son was born 06/20/2017

AOS Timeline

AOS package mailed 09/06/2011 (Chicago Lockbox)

AOS package signed for by R Mercado 09/07/2011

Priority date for I-485&I-130 09/08/2011

Biometrics done 10/03/2011

Interview letter received 11/18/2011

INTERVIEW DATE!!!! 12/20/2011

Approval e-mail 12/21/2011

Card production e-mail 12/27/2011

GREEN CARD ARRIVED 12/31/2011

Resident since 12/21/2011

ROC Timeline

ROC package mailed to VSC 11/22/2013

NOA1 date 11/26/2013

Biometrics date 12/26/2013

Transfer notice to CSC 03/14/2014

Change of address 03/27/2014

Card production ordered 04/30/2014

10-YEAR GREEN CARD ARRIVED 05/06/2014

N-400 Timeline

N-400 package mailed 09/30/2014

N-400 package delivered 10/01/2014

NOA1 date 10/20/2014

Biometrics date 11/14/2014

Early walk-in biometrics 11/12/2014

In-line for interview 11/23/2014

Interview letter 03/18/2015

Interview date 04/17/2015 ("Decision cannot yet be made.")

In-line for oath scheduling 05/04/2015

Oath ceremony letter dated 05/11/2015

Oath ceremony 06/02/2015

I am a United States citizen!

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My husband was in a similar situation as you, he completed his PhD prior to us proceeding with a K1.

When we applied for the K1 he had only been working for a month or two at a job outside of academia. We had no problems, he got a letter from his employer stating that he was a full time employee, what his wage was (well over the min requirements), and his start date.

We have applied for AOS with his having worked 9 months in this position and so far so good.

Also as mentioned above, if you have not filed taxes while you were in school then include a letter stating so and that you were not required to file due to not meeting the IRS threshold for filing. Since the AOS asks for the previous 3 years of tax info.

Of course I can't speak to the new job with AOS, but with the K1 we had no problems. Mostly they want to make sure that you can support your partner without them drawing on public funds.

I would suggest starting putting together the paperwork now then waiting until you have a month or so at your new job, get a letter from your employer and copies of your paystubs. It takes some time to put together your paperwork so use the time now before you start your job to get that sorted, then just slot in your employment info after you start your job.


My Timeline:

K1 Visa

10/10/2015: I 129F Petition Sent to USCIS ||| 10/13/2015: I 129F Petition Delivered to USCIS ||| 10/16/2015: Received Email/Text NOA1 |||

10/19/2015: Received Hard Copy NOA1 ||| 11/10/2015: Case Approved on USCIS website NOA2 ||| 11/16/2015: Received Hard Copy NOA2 |||

11/24/2015: Petition Received at NVC ||| 11/24/2015: Case # Assigned at NVC ||| 11/27/2015: Case Leaves NVC ||| 11/30/2015: CEAC Status - Ready |||

12/01/2015: Case Delivered to Montreal ||| 12/05/2015: Received Hard Copy of NVC Case # Assignment ||| 12/09/2015: CEAC Status - Ready (Montreal logged Case)

12/10/2015: Received Packet 3 (after emailing Montreal) and submitted packet 3 ||| 12/14/2015: Received Packet 4 and booked interview, and received paper copy of packet 3

12/15/2015: Scheduled Medical in Montreal ||| 01/12/2016: Medical Appointment in Montreal ||| 02/10/2016: Interview in Montreal!!! APPROVED!!!!!!

02/11/2016: CEAC Status: Administrative Processing ||| 02/12/2016: CEAC Status: Issued ||| 02/18/2016: K1 Visa in Hand!!! ||| 03/27/2016: Cross the border at Port Huron, MI and travel to MO for wedding

04/02/2016: Wedding Day!!!

04/06/2016: Arrive at my new home in California ||| 04/13/2016: Applied for SSN ||| 04/21/2016: SSN arrived in mail

AOS/EAD/AP

05/03/2016: AOS/EAD/AP Packet sent to USCIS via Fedex

05/05/2016: AOS/EAD/AP Packet received by USCIS

05/10/2016: AOS/EAD/AP NOA1

05/16/2016: Received NOA1

05/20/2016: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter

05/31/2016: AOS/EAD Biometrics Appointment

06/23/2016: AOS Case Status change to: Ready to be Schedule for an Interview

07/27/2016: Called USCIS and had service request put on EAD for pending longer than 75 days (actually pending 83 days)

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