Jump to content
D&H

Marriage in the USA (not with K-1). Looking for other similar couples. Not sure where to post this question.

42 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Most people I see who have gone through AOS process (I-130/I-485) have done it through K-1 or IR-1/CR-1. My situation was, we met, and on one of my stays in the USA we decided to get married and filed immediately after marriage. I was within my legal stay (Canadian on a B-2). I'm just wondering if a case like mine presents any issues since I see most people don't do it this way. Obviously, we didn't plan it - it just happened.


Anyone else out there who did it the same way willing to share their experience and maybe give me a little encouragement that what we've done isn't crazy haha :) (We did talk to an attorney - but it's nice to hear from real couples).


*******************************************************

AOS based on Marriage

06/01/16 - FedEX AOS to Chicago Lockbox

06/02/16 - AOS docs received at Chicago Lockbox

06/09/16 - NOA1 email x4 received [Day 8]

06/13/16 - NOA1 I-797C x 4 arrived [Day 14]

06/25/16 - I-797 Biometrics (Notice Date: 06/18/16) [Day 23]

06/27/16 - Early Walk-In Biometrics. Successful. [Day 25]

07/08/16 - Biometrics Appointment [Day 36]

07/22/16 - I-485 case number trackable online (I-130, I-131, I-765 not trackable) [Day 50]

07/22/16 - I-485 status update: "Case is Ready to be Scheduled for an Interview" [Day 50]

07/25/16 - I-130, I-131, I-765 trackable online. Status: "Case Was Received" [Day 53]

08/22/16 - I-765 & I-131 update: Case Was Approved" [Day 81]

08/27/16 - EAD Combo Card Received [Day 86]

08/29/16 - Applied for SSN Card with EAD [Day 88]

09/19/16 - SSN Card Received [Day 109]

11/03/16 - Interview Notification! email received (no texts) Status updated online. [Day 154]

12/07/16 - Scheduled Interview [Day 188]

12/07/16 - APPROVED

12/14/16 - Received Green Card

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We got married in the US while I was on B1B2 visa. That happened on my second visit to the States and after around 4 months of my stay there. Now we both are in my home country planning on applying for my Green Card : ) I wish you best of luck in your process, I'm sure you will be just fine (F)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

~Moved from K1 Process to WSTourist-based AOS Progress Forum~

~Adjusting from tourist visa, not K1-related~

Edited by Pitaya

Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

> Almost 2 years of our lives involved with the USCIS/DOS "shuffle" & worth every second of it ! <

"Si vis amari, ama" - Seneca

_______________________

:idea: Read more, post less.... Google can be your friend ! :idea:

Prior apologies if I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

Keep your timeline current: http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Happens more than you think.


“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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Congratulations on your marriage...


:girlwerewolf2xn: Ana (L) Felix :wub:

K1 March Filer 2016

Interview Approved August 19, 2016

POE September 25, 2016

AOS November Filer 2016

DISCLAIMER: Please excuse my ABC & Gramm@r I am not an editor...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I got married on F-1 (student) visa, became out of status due to some problems and now am adjusting my status. As far as I know this is allowed and not a problem, unless you got into US with the intent to adjust status and bypass immigration laws. When did you arrive in the states and what did you say your reason for the visit was? Also, when did you get married and when did you file/planning to file for AOS?


~AOS from expired F-1~

November 2013 - Received F-1

December 2013 - Arrived to US

December 2014 - Visiting home for Christmas
01/12/2015 - Second arrival to US on F-1 visa, got engaged

01/28/2015 - Got married
May 2015 - SEVIS terminated

05/18/2016 - Filed I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-131 at Chicago lockbox [Day 0]

05/20/2016 - Package delivered by USPS [Day 2]

05/26/2016 - Checks cashed by USCIS [Day 8]

05/27/2016 - E-confirmation of receipt of I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-131 [Day 9]

05/31/2016 - NOA-1 I-797C received for I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-131 [Day 13]

06/06/2016- Date on biometrics notice [Day 19]

06/11/2016 - Biometrics letter received [Day 24]

06/23/2016- Biometrics appointment [Day 36]

07/07/2016 - RFE for i-485 [Day 50]

09/14/2016 - USCIS received my RFE response [Day 120]

09/30/2016 - Case is ready to be scheduled for an interview [Day 136]

10/06/2016 - Interview scheduled [Day 142]

11/03/2016 - EAD/AP approved and card ordered [Day 170]

11/07/2016 - Interview [Day 174]

11/07/2016 - Case approved 5 minutes after the interview [Day 174]

11/18/2016 - Received combo card [Day 185]

~Removal of conditions~

08/07/2018 - Filing window opens

10/31/2018 - Package filed [Day 0]

11/01/2018 - Package delivered [Day 1]

11/06/2018 - Check cashed [Day 6]

11/07/2018 - Green card expired [Day 7]

12/06/2018 - NOA-1 date [Day 36]

12/10/2018 - NOA-1 received in the mail [Day 40]

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I got married on F-1 (student) visa, became out of status due to some problems and now am adjusting my status. As far as I know this is allowed and not a problem, unless you got into US with the intent to adjust status and bypass immigration laws. When did you arrive in the states and what did you say your reason for the visit was? Also, when did you get married and when did you file/planning to file for AOS?

I entered as a tourist - that was true, and there was no intent prior to arriving as a tourist to get married - it just developed. We were married in May, and filed last week.


*******************************************************

AOS based on Marriage

06/01/16 - FedEX AOS to Chicago Lockbox

06/02/16 - AOS docs received at Chicago Lockbox

06/09/16 - NOA1 email x4 received [Day 8]

06/13/16 - NOA1 I-797C x 4 arrived [Day 14]

06/25/16 - I-797 Biometrics (Notice Date: 06/18/16) [Day 23]

06/27/16 - Early Walk-In Biometrics. Successful. [Day 25]

07/08/16 - Biometrics Appointment [Day 36]

07/22/16 - I-485 case number trackable online (I-130, I-131, I-765 not trackable) [Day 50]

07/22/16 - I-485 status update: "Case is Ready to be Scheduled for an Interview" [Day 50]

07/25/16 - I-130, I-131, I-765 trackable online. Status: "Case Was Received" [Day 53]

08/22/16 - I-765 & I-131 update: Case Was Approved" [Day 81]

08/27/16 - EAD Combo Card Received [Day 86]

08/29/16 - Applied for SSN Card with EAD [Day 88]

09/19/16 - SSN Card Received [Day 109]

11/03/16 - Interview Notification! email received (no texts) Status updated online. [Day 154]

12/07/16 - Scheduled Interview [Day 188]

12/07/16 - APPROVED

12/14/16 - Received Green Card

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I entered as a tourist - that was true, and there was no intent prior to arriving as a tourist to get married - it just developed. We were married in May, and filed last week.

Did you mention that you had a boyfriend/were visiting someone? And when did you enter. There's a 30/60 rule where if you apply for adjustment of status within 30 days of entering the states, then fraud will most likely be suspected. And if it was within 60 days they will be more cautious to make sure that you didn't lie at the border. Of course, it's not a guarantee and you should always say the truth, but it could hurt your case if you got married and filed for adjustment very soon after entering the country.

Good luck to you!


~AOS from expired F-1~

November 2013 - Received F-1

December 2013 - Arrived to US

December 2014 - Visiting home for Christmas
01/12/2015 - Second arrival to US on F-1 visa, got engaged

01/28/2015 - Got married
May 2015 - SEVIS terminated

05/18/2016 - Filed I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-131 at Chicago lockbox [Day 0]

05/20/2016 - Package delivered by USPS [Day 2]

05/26/2016 - Checks cashed by USCIS [Day 8]

05/27/2016 - E-confirmation of receipt of I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-131 [Day 9]

05/31/2016 - NOA-1 I-797C received for I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-131 [Day 13]

06/06/2016- Date on biometrics notice [Day 19]

06/11/2016 - Biometrics letter received [Day 24]

06/23/2016- Biometrics appointment [Day 36]

07/07/2016 - RFE for i-485 [Day 50]

09/14/2016 - USCIS received my RFE response [Day 120]

09/30/2016 - Case is ready to be scheduled for an interview [Day 136]

10/06/2016 - Interview scheduled [Day 142]

11/03/2016 - EAD/AP approved and card ordered [Day 170]

11/07/2016 - Interview [Day 174]

11/07/2016 - Case approved 5 minutes after the interview [Day 174]

11/18/2016 - Received combo card [Day 185]

~Removal of conditions~

08/07/2018 - Filing window opens

10/31/2018 - Package filed [Day 0]

11/01/2018 - Package delivered [Day 1]

11/06/2018 - Check cashed [Day 6]

11/07/2018 - Green card expired [Day 7]

12/06/2018 - NOA-1 date [Day 36]

12/10/2018 - NOA-1 received in the mail [Day 40]

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Did you mention that you had a boyfriend/were visiting someone? And when did you enter. There's a 30/60 rule where if you apply for adjustment of status within 30 days of entering the states, then fraud will most likely be suspected. And if it was within 60 days they will be more cautious to make sure that you didn't lie at the border. Of course, it's not a guarantee and you should always say the truth, but it could hurt your case if you got married and filed for adjustment very soon after entering the country.

Good luck to you!

No worries there at all... we did not get married within 60 days.


*******************************************************

AOS based on Marriage

06/01/16 - FedEX AOS to Chicago Lockbox

06/02/16 - AOS docs received at Chicago Lockbox

06/09/16 - NOA1 email x4 received [Day 8]

06/13/16 - NOA1 I-797C x 4 arrived [Day 14]

06/25/16 - I-797 Biometrics (Notice Date: 06/18/16) [Day 23]

06/27/16 - Early Walk-In Biometrics. Successful. [Day 25]

07/08/16 - Biometrics Appointment [Day 36]

07/22/16 - I-485 case number trackable online (I-130, I-131, I-765 not trackable) [Day 50]

07/22/16 - I-485 status update: "Case is Ready to be Scheduled for an Interview" [Day 50]

07/25/16 - I-130, I-131, I-765 trackable online. Status: "Case Was Received" [Day 53]

08/22/16 - I-765 & I-131 update: Case Was Approved" [Day 81]

08/27/16 - EAD Combo Card Received [Day 86]

08/29/16 - Applied for SSN Card with EAD [Day 88]

09/19/16 - SSN Card Received [Day 109]

11/03/16 - Interview Notification! email received (no texts) Status updated online. [Day 154]

12/07/16 - Scheduled Interview [Day 188]

12/07/16 - APPROVED

12/14/16 - Received Green Card

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No worries there at all... we did not get married within 60 days.

In that case I don't think you should have problems :) I sent my application in on May 17, so you and I should be close to each other in the application process. :)


~AOS from expired F-1~

November 2013 - Received F-1

December 2013 - Arrived to US

December 2014 - Visiting home for Christmas
01/12/2015 - Second arrival to US on F-1 visa, got engaged

01/28/2015 - Got married
May 2015 - SEVIS terminated

05/18/2016 - Filed I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-131 at Chicago lockbox [Day 0]

05/20/2016 - Package delivered by USPS [Day 2]

05/26/2016 - Checks cashed by USCIS [Day 8]

05/27/2016 - E-confirmation of receipt of I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-131 [Day 9]

05/31/2016 - NOA-1 I-797C received for I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-131 [Day 13]

06/06/2016- Date on biometrics notice [Day 19]

06/11/2016 - Biometrics letter received [Day 24]

06/23/2016- Biometrics appointment [Day 36]

07/07/2016 - RFE for i-485 [Day 50]

09/14/2016 - USCIS received my RFE response [Day 120]

09/30/2016 - Case is ready to be scheduled for an interview [Day 136]

10/06/2016 - Interview scheduled [Day 142]

11/03/2016 - EAD/AP approved and card ordered [Day 170]

11/07/2016 - Interview [Day 174]

11/07/2016 - Case approved 5 minutes after the interview [Day 174]

11/18/2016 - Received combo card [Day 185]

~Removal of conditions~

08/07/2018 - Filing window opens

10/31/2018 - Package filed [Day 0]

11/01/2018 - Package delivered [Day 1]

11/06/2018 - Check cashed [Day 6]

11/07/2018 - Green card expired [Day 7]

12/06/2018 - NOA-1 date [Day 36]

12/10/2018 - NOA-1 received in the mail [Day 40]

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Did you mention that you had a boyfriend/were visiting someone? And when did you enter. There's a 30/60 rule where if you apply for adjustment of status within 30 days of entering the states, then fraud will most likely be suspected. And if it was within 60 days they will be more cautious to make sure that you didn't lie at the border. Of course, it's not a guarantee and you should always say the truth, but it could hurt your case if you got married and filed for adjustment very soon after entering the country.

Good luck to you!

Wrong wrong wrong wrong.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is not true. Please don't spread this rumor.

I'm sorry I didn't know this was a rumor, as I've read about it on many immigration websites. I also see it mentioned in a document by USCIS.

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/err/H2%20-%20Waiver%20of%20Inadmissibility%20-%20Criminal%20-%20212%20(h)/Decisions_Issued_in_2007/Oct312007_02H2212.pdf

Do you have more information about it? I'd like to know more about it, as it might apply to me.


~AOS from expired F-1~

November 2013 - Received F-1

December 2013 - Arrived to US

December 2014 - Visiting home for Christmas
01/12/2015 - Second arrival to US on F-1 visa, got engaged

01/28/2015 - Got married
May 2015 - SEVIS terminated

05/18/2016 - Filed I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-131 at Chicago lockbox [Day 0]

05/20/2016 - Package delivered by USPS [Day 2]

05/26/2016 - Checks cashed by USCIS [Day 8]

05/27/2016 - E-confirmation of receipt of I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-131 [Day 9]

05/31/2016 - NOA-1 I-797C received for I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-131 [Day 13]

06/06/2016- Date on biometrics notice [Day 19]

06/11/2016 - Biometrics letter received [Day 24]

06/23/2016- Biometrics appointment [Day 36]

07/07/2016 - RFE for i-485 [Day 50]

09/14/2016 - USCIS received my RFE response [Day 120]

09/30/2016 - Case is ready to be scheduled for an interview [Day 136]

10/06/2016 - Interview scheduled [Day 142]

11/03/2016 - EAD/AP approved and card ordered [Day 170]

11/07/2016 - Interview [Day 174]

11/07/2016 - Case approved 5 minutes after the interview [Day 174]

11/18/2016 - Received combo card [Day 185]

~Removal of conditions~

08/07/2018 - Filing window opens

10/31/2018 - Package filed [Day 0]

11/01/2018 - Package delivered [Day 1]

11/06/2018 - Check cashed [Day 6]

11/07/2018 - Green card expired [Day 7]

12/06/2018 - NOA-1 date [Day 36]

12/10/2018 - NOA-1 received in the mail [Day 40]

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The law is pretty clear...as long as you entered the US legally, you should be fine. It was up to CBP to decide whether or not you had immigrant intent when you crossed the border. Since they let you enter, they obviously felt you had none at the time. Not much to worry about.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I came to the US in August 2015 and we got married in October 2015. I never left since then. We applied for AOS and after 4 months 1/2 I received my Green Card. Stressing procedure as I didn't know what could possibly happen but as long as you enter legally, your relationship is true, you supply all the documents required, you don't have any red flags, you have finances to do it, and you do what is asked, you should be fine.

I'm now a permanent resident, I can see my husband every day :dance:(L) I work full time, and I help my community whenever I have free time. I would have never thought of this a year ago :D

Good luck!


12.03.2015 - Sent AOS package to USCIS Chicago

12.06.2015 - Package delivered

12.14.2015 - Text received from USCIS; case received

12.17.2015 - NOAs received on my birthday! :)

01.07.2016 - Appointment for biometrics

01.11.2016 - Form I-485 ready to be scheduled for interview

02.17.2016 - EAD/AP approved

02.24.2016 - EAD/AP arrived today

03.18.2016 - Notice for interview scheduled April 20, 2016

04.20.2016 - Green Card Interview

04.26.2016 - Green Card received

End of this journey!

#prayingformyGC

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×