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After getting the K1 VISA: Work Permit (EAD) & AOS? Help please!

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Hi guys,

So I've been researching and reading and I don't think I have it all clear yet.

I'd like to start working as soon as I enter the country but I also need to understand if its worth it, cause I know I have to pay the fee for the work permit and I read that cost can be "avoided" once we submit the AOS. (Cause the cost is included in the process)

If I go through the option of paying the fee, that only will work until we start the AOS? And then what? I won't be able to continue working? How does it work? I'm confused.

I also read that, that fee is only for a certain amount of time and then I'll have to renew it, is that correct? How often do you have to?

What would be your suggestion?...

Thanks in advance.


K1 Visa

Spoiler
  • December 21, 2016 - Package Sent
  • December 23, 2016 - Package Received
  • January 05, 2017 - NOA1 text / e-mail
  • January 11, 2017 - NOA1 mail
  • April 04, 2017 - Case Approved
  • April 10, 2017 - NOA2 mail
  • April 24, 2017 - NVC Received, Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned too.
  • April 26, 2017 - Consulate Received
  • May 04, 2017 - Packet 3 Letters Sent.
  • May 15, 2017 - Packet 3 Arrived in Mail
  • June 15 , 2017 - Medical
  • June 16 , 2017 - Biometrics
  • June 20 , 2017 - Interview / Approved! 
  • June 27 , 2017 - Visa on hand
  • June 29 , 2017 - POE / JFK Airport, New York

July 15, 2017:  W E D D I N G ! ! ! ! !

 

AOS

 

  • August 16, 2017 - AOS Package Sent / AOS, EAD, AP. Affidavit.
  • August 18, 2017 - Package Received
  • August 26, 2017 - NOA1 text / e-mail
  • August 31, 2017 - NOA1 mail
  • September 05, 2017 - ASC Appoinment letter / mail
  • September 12, 2017 - ASC Appoinment
  • September 20, 2017 - Case updated to:  Case Is Ready To Be Scheduled For An Interview
  • October 28, 2017 - Case updated to:  Case Is Ready To Be Scheduled For An Interview --AGAIN-- ????
  • November 22, 2017 - EAD/AP  Approval letter in mail
  • November 27, 2017 - EAD/AP Card Received

 

 

 

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Your EAD based on K1 visa (category (a)(6), K-1 Nonimmigrant Fiance(e) of U.S. Citizen) before marriage will only valid till the I-94 expiration date and you need to pay the fee $380.



The EAD will take from 60-90 days to process which probably also near the I-94 expiration date.



Then after marriage, you have to file EAD based on C(9) Pending Adjustment of Status under Section 245 of the Act which free as part of AOS.



So if you do not get the new EAD in the timely manner, you have to stop working.



Whether it is worth the hassle, money or stress, you can decide for yourself.



General Advice here is to get married asap, file AOS package as quickly as possible, and ask expedite of EAD based on job offer.



Done with K1, AOS and ROC

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Start by reading these guides.. You are getting ready for step 15 :)

http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1flow

http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1k3aos


K1 Visa & AOS

Spoiler

2016-03-19         i-129F Sent
2016-03-24         i-129F NOA1
2016-06-14         i-129F NOA2
2016-07-08         NVC Rec'd
2016-07-12         Case #
2016-07-13         NVC Left
2016-07-14         Consulate Rec'd
2016-07-19         Medical
2016-08-11         Interview Date (approved)
2016-09-06         Issued
2016-09-09         Visa In Hand
2016-10-19         POE Dallas Fort-Worth
2016-10-30         Our Halloween Wedding

2016-11-16         AOS package sent (i-485, i-131, i-765, i-864, g-325a, DS-3025)
2016-11-17         AOS package delivered to Chicago lockbox
2016-11-23         NOA1's by e-mail and text (@ 10:30 pm CT)
2016-11-26         NOA1 hard copies
2016-12-03         Biometrics appointment in mail
2016-12-07         Biometrics (Early walk-in Desoto, appointment was for Dec 13th)

2017-02-17         Notice of card in production by email and text (@8:00 am CT, i-765) - Day 92

2017-02-22         Notice of approval by email and text (@1:00 pm CT, i-765 and i-131) - Day 97

2017-02-22         Notice of card being mailed by email and text (@7:00 pm CT, i-765) - Day 97

2017-02-25         EAD/AP combo card arrived in mail - Day 100

2017-03-03         Notice of green card in production by email and text (@4:00 pm CT, i-485) - Day 106

2017-03-03         Notice of approval by email and text (@6:00 pm CT, i-485) - Day 106

2017-03-11          Green card arrived in mail  - Day 113

2018-12-03          First day to file for ROC (i-751)

 

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If working upon entry is crucial to you, you should cancel the K1 process and opt for the CR1 path (after marriage). For the reasons stated, applying for EAD before AOS is more or less an excellent way of wasting money. If you go the K1 path, expect at least 2-3 months of unemployment after entry.


If it isn't difficult, it isn't worth it.

 

K1 process

9/24/15: I129f sent

9/30/15: NOA1

11/2/15: NOA2

Delayed processing due to work

3/15/16: Medical

4/28/16: Interview (approved)

Delayed entry due to work

8/12/16: POE Detroit

 

9/4/16: Wedding!

 

AOS process:

9/9/16: I485/I131/I765 sent

9/14/16: Received 3xNOAs by text/e-mail (day 2)

9/14-18/16: Received 3xpaper NOAs 

9/23/16: Received biometrics appointment letter (day 11)

10/3/16: Biometrics appointment (day 19)

11/4/16: EAD+AP approved (day 53)

11/16/16: EAD status changed to card shipped (day 65)

11/17/16: EAD/AP combo card received (day 66)

12/30/16: Notice of interview scheduled (day 109)

2/1/17: AOS interview (day 142) - APPROVED

2/8/17: GC received (day 150)

 

ROC process:

11/3/2018: ROC window opens

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Thank you guys! This is really helpful!

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K1 Visa

Spoiler
  • December 21, 2016 - Package Sent
  • December 23, 2016 - Package Received
  • January 05, 2017 - NOA1 text / e-mail
  • January 11, 2017 - NOA1 mail
  • April 04, 2017 - Case Approved
  • April 10, 2017 - NOA2 mail
  • April 24, 2017 - NVC Received, Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned too.
  • April 26, 2017 - Consulate Received
  • May 04, 2017 - Packet 3 Letters Sent.
  • May 15, 2017 - Packet 3 Arrived in Mail
  • June 15 , 2017 - Medical
  • June 16 , 2017 - Biometrics
  • June 20 , 2017 - Interview / Approved! 
  • June 27 , 2017 - Visa on hand
  • June 29 , 2017 - POE / JFK Airport, New York

July 15, 2017:  W E D D I N G ! ! ! ! !

 

AOS

 

  • August 16, 2017 - AOS Package Sent / AOS, EAD, AP. Affidavit.
  • August 18, 2017 - Package Received
  • August 26, 2017 - NOA1 text / e-mail
  • August 31, 2017 - NOA1 mail
  • September 05, 2017 - ASC Appoinment letter / mail
  • September 12, 2017 - ASC Appoinment
  • September 20, 2017 - Case updated to:  Case Is Ready To Be Scheduled For An Interview
  • October 28, 2017 - Case updated to:  Case Is Ready To Be Scheduled For An Interview --AGAIN-- ????
  • November 22, 2017 - EAD/AP  Approval letter in mail
  • November 27, 2017 - EAD/AP Card Received

 

 

 

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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 ! <

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