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Filed: FB-2 Visa Country: Jamaica
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Hello there! Quick question.

My fiancé and I are not yet married but have prepared all of our paperwork (I-130, I-485...etc), we are planning to get hitched on 10/3 and wanted to know if it was a bad idea to mail out our forms on 10/4....My finance heard from a friend that it was a bad idea, and looked suspicious with USCIS.

Any thoughts?

How soon after marriage did you file?

Is there a such thing as too soon?


10/3/16 Married in NYC!

11/4/16 Mailed forms to Chicago lockbox via FedEx

11/7/16 Paperwork received at lockbox

11/22/16 NOA Received via Text/Email

12/15/16 Biometrics complete

02/06/17: EAD card Being produced

02/09/17: EAD card mailed

02/16/17: EAD card received (with typographic error)

02/17/17: EAD Typographic error E-Request sent

02/21/17: EAD Correction application with documents mailed to NBC

02/24/17: EAD Packet signed by USCIS

03/14/17: Text/Email NOA

03/21/17: Hardcopy NOA received

03/25/17: Mailed out I-131

04/10/17: Biometrics repeated for EAD I-765

04/21/17: i-131 Expedite request

05/10/17: I-131 Approved at Infopass appointment

06/12/17: Local congresswoman contacted

06/19/17: Documents sent to congresswoman 

06/20/17: i-765 EAD Card is being produced

06/24/17: NOA hard copy received

06/26/17: EAD Card in hand

09/13/17: AOS interview

09/13/17: Green Card produced

09/15/17: Green Card mailed

09/18/17: Green Card in hand

 

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Mexico
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To be honest, I'm not sure! I think it honestly depends on other factors in the application, such as how long you guys have been dating, your current status in the U.S., and what kinds of evidence you guys have available. I think all of these things can affect how the immigration officer looks at your application.

For example, if you guys have known each other for three months, are getting married on 10/3, and you're on a Visa that expires on or around 10/4, the immigration officer might see this as a red flag because you haven't known each other for very long, and the marriage seems convenient based on your expiring visa.

If, however, you two have been dating for three years and have been engaged for seven months, that probably means that you have a lot of text messages together, you have photos, maybe you've gone on trips and met each other's family, then that might be a little different. I would suggest that you include any joint accounts you have because it all helps.

The one thing that might throw me off as an Immigration Officer is that people generally want to enjoy the days after their wedding, as opposed to stressing about sending immigration forms out. This however, can be easily explained in the sense that its one of those situations where you want to send things out fast.

If I were you, I would give it at least a week or two, but I can't really tell you for sure whether sending these forms out the day of the wedding is a bad thing or not. Its all subjective :)


AOS Package Sent: March 30, 2016

AOS Package Received: March 31, 2016

NOA Received by Mail: April 7, 2016

Biometrics Appointment: May 10, 2016

Biometrics Walk-In: May 9, 2016

Interview Scheduled: July 14, 2016

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Filed: FB-2 Visa Country: Jamaica
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To be honest, I'm not sure! I think it honestly depends on other factors in the application, such as how long you guys have been dating, your current status in the U.S., and what kinds of evidence you guys have available. I think all of these things can affect how the immigration officer looks at your application.

For example, if you guys have known each other for three months, are getting married on 10/3, and you're on a Visa that expires on or around 10/4, the immigration officer might see this as a red flag because you haven't known each other for very long, and the marriage seems convenient based on your expiring visa.

If, however, you two have been dating for three years and have been engaged for seven months, that probably means that you have a lot of text messages together, you have photos, maybe you've gone on trips and met each other's family, then that might be a little different. I would suggest that you include any joint accounts you have because it all helps.

The one thing that might throw me off as an Immigration Officer is that people generally want to enjoy the days after their wedding, as opposed to stressing about sending immigration forms out. This however, can be easily explained in the sense that its one of those situations where you want to send things out fast.

If I were you, I would give it at least a week or two, but I can't really tell you for sure whether sending these forms out the day of the wedding is a bad thing or not. Its all subjective :)

Thank you for your input.

To be honest, we haven't been dating very long. Was introduced by a friend in May. Fell in love....and planned the court wedding with the intentions of having a big wedding in 2 years.

His Visa expired back in June....we have tons of pics, texts, video chats while I was away and trips taken while we have been dating. Made the joint account last week.

Regarding the immigration officer scenario...I have to work the day after my wedding so we're planning the getaway on the weekend instead.

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10/3/16 Married in NYC!

11/4/16 Mailed forms to Chicago lockbox via FedEx

11/7/16 Paperwork received at lockbox

11/22/16 NOA Received via Text/Email

12/15/16 Biometrics complete

02/06/17: EAD card Being produced

02/09/17: EAD card mailed

02/16/17: EAD card received (with typographic error)

02/17/17: EAD Typographic error E-Request sent

02/21/17: EAD Correction application with documents mailed to NBC

02/24/17: EAD Packet signed by USCIS

03/14/17: Text/Email NOA

03/21/17: Hardcopy NOA received

03/25/17: Mailed out I-131

04/10/17: Biometrics repeated for EAD I-765

04/21/17: i-131 Expedite request

05/10/17: I-131 Approved at Infopass appointment

06/12/17: Local congresswoman contacted

06/19/17: Documents sent to congresswoman 

06/20/17: i-765 EAD Card is being produced

06/24/17: NOA hard copy received

06/26/17: EAD Card in hand

09/13/17: AOS interview

09/13/17: Green Card produced

09/15/17: Green Card mailed

09/18/17: Green Card in hand

 

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Filed: FB-2 Visa Country: Jamaica
Timeline

And yes,

I will give it a week or two so that it doesn't look fishy...Im just eager to get his paperwork going.


10/3/16 Married in NYC!

11/4/16 Mailed forms to Chicago lockbox via FedEx

11/7/16 Paperwork received at lockbox

11/22/16 NOA Received via Text/Email

12/15/16 Biometrics complete

02/06/17: EAD card Being produced

02/09/17: EAD card mailed

02/16/17: EAD card received (with typographic error)

02/17/17: EAD Typographic error E-Request sent

02/21/17: EAD Correction application with documents mailed to NBC

02/24/17: EAD Packet signed by USCIS

03/14/17: Text/Email NOA

03/21/17: Hardcopy NOA received

03/25/17: Mailed out I-131

04/10/17: Biometrics repeated for EAD I-765

04/21/17: i-131 Expedite request

05/10/17: I-131 Approved at Infopass appointment

06/12/17: Local congresswoman contacted

06/19/17: Documents sent to congresswoman 

06/20/17: i-765 EAD Card is being produced

06/24/17: NOA hard copy received

06/26/17: EAD Card in hand

09/13/17: AOS interview

09/13/17: Green Card produced

09/15/17: Green Card mailed

09/18/17: Green Card in hand

 

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Mexico
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Thank you for your input.

To be honest, we haven't been dating very long. Was introduced by a friend in May. Fell in love....and planned the court wedding with the intentions of having a big wedding in 2 years.

His Visa expired back in June....we have tons of pics, texts, video chats while I was away and trips taken while we have been dating. Made the joint account last week.

Regarding the immigration officer scenario...I have to work the day after my wedding so we're planning the getaway on the weekend instead.

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Yeah, I would definitely wait a little because that honestly might seem a bit fishy. Do you guys live together and have any sort of lease? That would definitely help. As for the joint account, I know that submission requests vary. Some people are asks for twelve months worth of bank statements, while others are asked for only one month of statements. When I submitted my AOS, I submitted the most recent bank statement, as well as letters from the bank.

To be honest, given the new info you've provided, it sort of seems like you guys are rushing it way too much. I think that you definitely need to sit down and gather as many documents as you possibly can that can help prove that your marriage is in good faith and that you have a true relationship. Trust me, I know it sucks to have to wait extra time to gather information and whatnot. I got married in November and we didn't file until late March of the next year because we moved to a new city and had to open new bank accounts because are previous bank didn't have any branches nearby. We waited a few months to gather evidence. It was awful because of the work authorization situation, but honestly, I think it was the smart option. While you may feel like you're wasting time by not submitting the AOS documents, its better to take a little extra time to submit a well-made application packet, than to send something incomplete and to get an RFE (Request for Evidence) because the information you submitted won't enough. Requests for evidence definitely slow down the whole AOS process, so be smart about what steps you carry from this point forward.


AOS Package Sent: March 30, 2016

AOS Package Received: March 31, 2016

NOA Received by Mail: April 7, 2016

Biometrics Appointment: May 10, 2016

Biometrics Walk-In: May 9, 2016

Interview Scheduled: July 14, 2016

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ireland
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Yeah file asap, as he is an overstay.


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Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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It doesn't matter when you file.


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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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Jordan
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Check my signature. We mailed the day after our wedding.


07/19/12 - Married

Adjustment of Status from F-1 Student Visa: Day 00 - 07/20/12 - Sent I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131

Day 03 - 07/23/12 - Confirmation from USPS that package was received in Chicago - signed for by D Colonna

Day 11 - 08/03/12 - Acceptance confirmation texts and emails

Day 14 - 08/06/12 - Checks cleared

Day 18 - 08/10/12 - Received biometrics appointment notice (dated 08/06/12 for appointment on 08/30/12)

Day 22 - 08/14/12 - Completed biometrics via successful walk-in at Columbus, OH office (We were the only ones there!)

Day 25 - 08/17/12 - Received NOAs

Day 36 - 08/28/12 - Notice via text of interview on 10/02/12

Day 38 - 08/30/12 - Received interview notice hard copy

Day 65 - 09/24/12 - Notice via text of I-131 approval

Day 71 - 10/02/12 - Interview

Day 71 - 10/02/12 - Text messages of APPROVAL of I-130 and I-485 - Card in Production

Day 78 - 10/09/12 - Received Welcome Notice

Day 80 - 10/11/12 - Received Conditional Green Card

Removal of Conditions: Day 00 - 07/07/14 - Sent I-751

Day 03 - 07/10/14 - Confirmation from USPS that package was received in California

Day 07 - 07/14/14 - Check cleared

Day 07 - 07/14/14 - Received NOA (dated 07/10/14)

Day 14 - 07/21/14 - Received biometrics appointment notice (dated 07/17/14 for appointment on 08/01/14)

Day 18 - 07/25/14 - Completed biometrics via successful walk-in at Columbus, OH office (We were the only ones there...again!)

Day 38 - 08/14/14 - Text message of APPROVAL of 1-751 - Card in Production

Day 43 - 08/19/14 - Notice via text indicating card has been mailed

Day 44 - 08/20/14 - Notice via text with USPS tracking number

Day 46 - 08/22/14 - Received Permanent Green Card

Naturalization: Day 00 - 08/21/15 - Sent N-400

Day 03 - 08/24/15 - Confirmation from USPS that package was received in Arizona

Day 07 - 08/28/15 - Check cleared

Day 10 - 08/31/15 - Acceptance confirmation text and email

Day 14 - 09/04/15 - Received NOA (dated 08/28/15)

Day 24 - 09/14/15 - Received biometrics appointment notice (dated 09/05/15 for appointment on 09/21/15)

Day 28 - 09/18/15 - Completed biometrics via successful walk-in at Columbus, OH office

Day 32 - 09/22/15 - Notice via text and email indicating in line for testing and interview

Day 35 - 09/25/15 - Notice via text and email indicating interview is scheduled

Day 41 - 10/01/15 - Received interview appointment notice (dated 09/28/15 for appointment on 11/03/15)
Day 73 - 11/03/15 - Interview

Day 74 - 11/04/15 - Text message of APPROVAL of N-400 - Oath Ceremony Scheduled

Day 75 - 11/05/15 - Received Oath Ceremony appointment notice (dated 11/04/15 for appointment on 11/17/15)

Day 87 - 11/17/15 - Oath Ceremony - US CITIZEN

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Filed: FB-2 Visa Country: Jamaica
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Yeah file asap, as he is an overstay.

This was my exact thinking.


10/3/16 Married in NYC!

11/4/16 Mailed forms to Chicago lockbox via FedEx

11/7/16 Paperwork received at lockbox

11/22/16 NOA Received via Text/Email

12/15/16 Biometrics complete

02/06/17: EAD card Being produced

02/09/17: EAD card mailed

02/16/17: EAD card received (with typographic error)

02/17/17: EAD Typographic error E-Request sent

02/21/17: EAD Correction application with documents mailed to NBC

02/24/17: EAD Packet signed by USCIS

03/14/17: Text/Email NOA

03/21/17: Hardcopy NOA received

03/25/17: Mailed out I-131

04/10/17: Biometrics repeated for EAD I-765

04/21/17: i-131 Expedite request

05/10/17: I-131 Approved at Infopass appointment

06/12/17: Local congresswoman contacted

06/19/17: Documents sent to congresswoman 

06/20/17: i-765 EAD Card is being produced

06/24/17: NOA hard copy received

06/26/17: EAD Card in hand

09/13/17: AOS interview

09/13/17: Green Card produced

09/15/17: Green Card mailed

09/18/17: Green Card in hand

 

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