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My fiancée interview is on the 30th. I want to have everything ready so that the day he comes into the US we can obtain the marriage license so I can try and expedite the filing of the I-485. Is it necessary for us to have a ceremony and take pictures? We are getting married through the courts, however, we are both still very traditional and he would like to propose with a ring and have a big wedding later in 2018. in which case for financial purposes, it is impossible while we are apart, specially him coming from a third world country.


K-1 VISA

09/30/2016 - K-1 FIANCE SEND PACKAGE TO CALIFORNIA PROCESSING OFFICE

10/04/2016 - USCIS RECEIVED PACKAGED

10/06/2016 - NOA 1  

11/09/2016 - NOA 2

12/05/2016 - NVC RECEIVED

12/06/2016 - NVC GENERATED CASE#

12/08/2016 - CONSULATE IN JAMAICA RECEIVED AND READY FOR INTERVIEW

12/23/2016 - MEDICAL EXAM

01/06/2016 - INTERVIEW DATE

01/25/2017 - VISA PICKED UP 

01/30/2017 - ENTERED USA 

 

01/31/2017 - MARRIED 

01/31/2017 - FILED FOR NEW SSN

 

02/06/2017 - RECEIVED SSN IN THE MAIL
02/10/2017 - PASSED THE DRIVERS EXAM AND DRIVERS ROAD TEST *HE HAS HIS DL!!*

 

AOS/EAD/AP

02/14/2017 - AOS MAILED THROUGH UPS

02/16/2017 - AOS SIGNED BY RECEIVER - RECEIVED - 

02/21/2017 - AOS CHECK CASHED

02/22/2017 - 3 TEXT AND 3 EMAIL RECEIVED WITH RECEIPT NUMBER

02/28/2017 - RECEIVED NOA 1 With NO DATES OR DOB

03/10/2017 - RECEIVED BIOMETRICS APPT

03/14/2017 - INFOPASS APPOINTMENT TO REVISE NOA1

03/14/2017 - BIOMETRICS DONE

04/13/2017 - REQUEST TO EXPEDITE EAD

04/14/2017 - REQUEST FOR CONGRESSMAN TO INTERVENE

04/21/2017 - EAD STATUS CHANGED TO "NEW CARD IS BEING PRODUCED" - AP STATUS DID NOT CHANGE "CASE                      RECEIVED"

04/26/2017 - EAD STATUS CHANGED TO "MAILED" - AP STATUS DID NOT CHANGE "CASE RECEIVED"

04/28/2017 - RECEIVED EAD/AP COMBO CARD IN THE MAIL

10/16/2017 - AOS INTERVIEW

10/16/2017 - RFE for Medical at INTERVIEW

10/23/2017 - SUBMITTED RFE DOCUMENTS

11/17/2017 - CASE CHANGED TO "APPROVED"

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My fiancée interview is on the 30th of December. I want to have everything ready so that the day he comes into the US we can obtain the marriage license the same day, so I can try and expedite the filing of the I-485. Is it necessary for us to have a ceremony and take pictures? We are getting married through the courts, however, we are both still very traditional and he would like to surprise propose with a ring and have a big wedding later in 2018. in which case because of financial purposes, it is impossible while we are apart, specially him coming from a third world country. So is this necessary to show that we married through the courts ?


K-1 VISA

09/30/2016 - K-1 FIANCE SEND PACKAGE TO CALIFORNIA PROCESSING OFFICE

10/04/2016 - USCIS RECEIVED PACKAGED

10/06/2016 - NOA 1  

11/09/2016 - NOA 2

12/05/2016 - NVC RECEIVED

12/06/2016 - NVC GENERATED CASE#

12/08/2016 - CONSULATE IN JAMAICA RECEIVED AND READY FOR INTERVIEW

12/23/2016 - MEDICAL EXAM

01/06/2016 - INTERVIEW DATE

01/25/2017 - VISA PICKED UP 

01/30/2017 - ENTERED USA 

 

01/31/2017 - MARRIED 

01/31/2017 - FILED FOR NEW SSN

 

02/06/2017 - RECEIVED SSN IN THE MAIL
02/10/2017 - PASSED THE DRIVERS EXAM AND DRIVERS ROAD TEST *HE HAS HIS DL!!*

 

AOS/EAD/AP

02/14/2017 - AOS MAILED THROUGH UPS

02/16/2017 - AOS SIGNED BY RECEIVER - RECEIVED - 

02/21/2017 - AOS CHECK CASHED

02/22/2017 - 3 TEXT AND 3 EMAIL RECEIVED WITH RECEIPT NUMBER

02/28/2017 - RECEIVED NOA 1 With NO DATES OR DOB

03/10/2017 - RECEIVED BIOMETRICS APPT

03/14/2017 - INFOPASS APPOINTMENT TO REVISE NOA1

03/14/2017 - BIOMETRICS DONE

04/13/2017 - REQUEST TO EXPEDITE EAD

04/14/2017 - REQUEST FOR CONGRESSMAN TO INTERVENE

04/21/2017 - EAD STATUS CHANGED TO "NEW CARD IS BEING PRODUCED" - AP STATUS DID NOT CHANGE "CASE                      RECEIVED"

04/26/2017 - EAD STATUS CHANGED TO "MAILED" - AP STATUS DID NOT CHANGE "CASE RECEIVED"

04/28/2017 - RECEIVED EAD/AP COMBO CARD IN THE MAIL

10/16/2017 - AOS INTERVIEW

10/16/2017 - RFE for Medical at INTERVIEW

10/23/2017 - SUBMITTED RFE DOCUMENTS

11/17/2017 - CASE CHANGED TO "APPROVED"

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I am hoping to have my fiancée working as soon as I can once he enters with a k-1 visa. His interview is on the 30th of December. When he comes, we will obtain the marriage license and apply for a social security the same day and then wait on the marriage certificate.

Will there be a charge for sending it separately?

Is it better to send the EAD alone so it can be expedited or to send it together with the I-485?

Is it even possible that I can send the EAD on its own? Please advise.


K-1 VISA

09/30/2016 - K-1 FIANCE SEND PACKAGE TO CALIFORNIA PROCESSING OFFICE

10/04/2016 - USCIS RECEIVED PACKAGED

10/06/2016 - NOA 1  

11/09/2016 - NOA 2

12/05/2016 - NVC RECEIVED

12/06/2016 - NVC GENERATED CASE#

12/08/2016 - CONSULATE IN JAMAICA RECEIVED AND READY FOR INTERVIEW

12/23/2016 - MEDICAL EXAM

01/06/2016 - INTERVIEW DATE

01/25/2017 - VISA PICKED UP 

01/30/2017 - ENTERED USA 

 

01/31/2017 - MARRIED 

01/31/2017 - FILED FOR NEW SSN

 

02/06/2017 - RECEIVED SSN IN THE MAIL
02/10/2017 - PASSED THE DRIVERS EXAM AND DRIVERS ROAD TEST *HE HAS HIS DL!!*

 

AOS/EAD/AP

02/14/2017 - AOS MAILED THROUGH UPS

02/16/2017 - AOS SIGNED BY RECEIVER - RECEIVED - 

02/21/2017 - AOS CHECK CASHED

02/22/2017 - 3 TEXT AND 3 EMAIL RECEIVED WITH RECEIPT NUMBER

02/28/2017 - RECEIVED NOA 1 With NO DATES OR DOB

03/10/2017 - RECEIVED BIOMETRICS APPT

03/14/2017 - INFOPASS APPOINTMENT TO REVISE NOA1

03/14/2017 - BIOMETRICS DONE

04/13/2017 - REQUEST TO EXPEDITE EAD

04/14/2017 - REQUEST FOR CONGRESSMAN TO INTERVENE

04/21/2017 - EAD STATUS CHANGED TO "NEW CARD IS BEING PRODUCED" - AP STATUS DID NOT CHANGE "CASE                      RECEIVED"

04/26/2017 - EAD STATUS CHANGED TO "MAILED" - AP STATUS DID NOT CHANGE "CASE RECEIVED"

04/28/2017 - RECEIVED EAD/AP COMBO CARD IN THE MAIL

10/16/2017 - AOS INTERVIEW

10/16/2017 - RFE for Medical at INTERVIEW

10/23/2017 - SUBMITTED RFE DOCUMENTS

11/17/2017 - CASE CHANGED TO "APPROVED"

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You need a certified marriage certificate. You do not need to have a large ceremony or even wedding pictures.


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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Sending what separately?

You could send the EAD application before the AOS. You would have to pay the fee (which is otherwise waived), and once approved (takes 2-3 months), it would only be valid until your fiancés i94 expires (3 months). So, you could do the math on the usefullness of that approach.

Get married asap, file for EAD concurrently with AOS.

Either way, your fiancé will not be working for the first 2-4 months of living in the US.


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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It's best to send the EAD request for free with the I-485. You can only expedite if he has a firm offer of employment.

You could send it alone while here on the 90 days of the K-1, but it takes 90 days to get and is only valid during those 90 days. You have to pay and this would be a waste of money.

The EAD needs an underlying petition. You can not file for it before AOS.

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**** three threads on the same issue merged and moved to the AOS from Family Visa forum, as this is the process Op is asking about. Please do not post more than once on an issue/ question. *******


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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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Thank you so much you been all so helpful!


K-1 VISA

09/30/2016 - K-1 FIANCE SEND PACKAGE TO CALIFORNIA PROCESSING OFFICE

10/04/2016 - USCIS RECEIVED PACKAGED

10/06/2016 - NOA 1  

11/09/2016 - NOA 2

12/05/2016 - NVC RECEIVED

12/06/2016 - NVC GENERATED CASE#

12/08/2016 - CONSULATE IN JAMAICA RECEIVED AND READY FOR INTERVIEW

12/23/2016 - MEDICAL EXAM

01/06/2016 - INTERVIEW DATE

01/25/2017 - VISA PICKED UP 

01/30/2017 - ENTERED USA 

 

01/31/2017 - MARRIED 

01/31/2017 - FILED FOR NEW SSN

 

02/06/2017 - RECEIVED SSN IN THE MAIL
02/10/2017 - PASSED THE DRIVERS EXAM AND DRIVERS ROAD TEST *HE HAS HIS DL!!*

 

AOS/EAD/AP

02/14/2017 - AOS MAILED THROUGH UPS

02/16/2017 - AOS SIGNED BY RECEIVER - RECEIVED - 

02/21/2017 - AOS CHECK CASHED

02/22/2017 - 3 TEXT AND 3 EMAIL RECEIVED WITH RECEIPT NUMBER

02/28/2017 - RECEIVED NOA 1 With NO DATES OR DOB

03/10/2017 - RECEIVED BIOMETRICS APPT

03/14/2017 - INFOPASS APPOINTMENT TO REVISE NOA1

03/14/2017 - BIOMETRICS DONE

04/13/2017 - REQUEST TO EXPEDITE EAD

04/14/2017 - REQUEST FOR CONGRESSMAN TO INTERVENE

04/21/2017 - EAD STATUS CHANGED TO "NEW CARD IS BEING PRODUCED" - AP STATUS DID NOT CHANGE "CASE                      RECEIVED"

04/26/2017 - EAD STATUS CHANGED TO "MAILED" - AP STATUS DID NOT CHANGE "CASE RECEIVED"

04/28/2017 - RECEIVED EAD/AP COMBO CARD IN THE MAIL

10/16/2017 - AOS INTERVIEW

10/16/2017 - RFE for Medical at INTERVIEW

10/23/2017 - SUBMITTED RFE DOCUMENTS

11/17/2017 - CASE CHANGED TO "APPROVED"

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