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Hey all,

Hoping anyone with California/Riverside County experience can help me with any of the questions. My fiancé comes in on Christmas and we get married on the 30th. With the holidays on Sundays, the county offices are taking the Mondays off so I'm hoping to get through this process quickly and get our marriage certificate to start the AOS.

1. Marriage License - Will her Canadian passport work as her ID, or do K-1 Visa holders have to be specific and show them that information?

2. Marriage Certificate - Can this be picked up the same day of the wedding, and does it have to be by groom/bride/parents or could I have bridal party take care of it? Would love to knock it out before the offices close next Friday.

Think that's all. Good luck to everyone on their immigration adventures!

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1st question I do not know :/

As for the 2nd one, once you guys have the ceremony and sign the paperwork you will have to wait 2-4 weeks to receive the marriage certificate by mail...

I received mine in 2 weeks.

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1/- take passport with visa on it (+ ID just in case)

2/-You will have to wait couple of weeks,

Check here for more: http://www.visajourney.com/faq/k1k2visa-aos.html

I-129F Sent : 2016-04-27
I-129F NOA1 : 2016-05-03
I-129F NOA2 : 2016-07-11
NVC Received : 2016-08-04
PKT3 Received : 2016-08-10
Interview Date : 2016-10-31

Processing Estimates/Stats : Your I-129f was approved in 69 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 181 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

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Los Angeles county has a 6-8 week wait for marriage certificates (that's how long it takes for them to record your marriage), we were lucky to get ours after a little more than 4 weeks.

You're in a different county so you'll probably get yours faster than that, but I'd still count for at least 2 weeks to be on the safe side. You might be lucky though, some can get a copy the same day as the ceremony.

You get to choose between a public and a confidential marriage license. A public one is as public as it sounds, meaning you can send someone else to get a copy of your certificate and you can get married anywhere you want in California. If you go for the confidential one (like we did) only the bride and/or groom can get copies and you have to get married within the county.

Bring whatever ID you got, both when getting the license, for the ceremony and getting the certificate. My foreign passport was perfectly fine.

Also look into if you can apply for the license online and then go pick it up in person. There were looooong lines of people waiting to get their license when we got ours and we got to skip the long lines as we had already applied online. That saved us a few hours. That was in east LA though, your county might be different.

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we got married last Wednesday in LA and they told us that we habe to wait for 6-8 weeks to get the marriage certificate (that's a long time!!!)I'm on K1. I want to file for AOS now can I send the marriage license instead? Does anybody has experience with it already? 

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Welcome to the forum.  "License" and "certificate" aren't the same.  Please read the first line of the post directly above yours, and hope for 6 vs. 8 weeks of wait.

Edited by TBoneTX

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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We got married in NorCal (Contra Costa county) and got the wedding certificate immediately after the ceremony, but then again we had a courthouse ceremony.


And yes re#1, my passport was sufficient enough to apply for a marriage certificate.

Two-Step Adjustment of Status from B-2 Visitor's visa
Step 1: Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative

10/11/15 - Got married

01/30/17 - Sent I-130 packet to Phoenix, AZ Lockbox via FedEx

02/01/17 - Packet delivered

02/06/17 - Received Email/Text NOA1

02/10/17 - Received NOA1 (I-797C) hardcopy in mail


Step 2: Form I-485 Adjustment of Status (AOS)

03/21/17 - Sent I-485 (together with application for EAD and AP) packet to Chicago, IL Lockbox via FedEx

03/24/17 - Packet delivered

04/10/17 - Received Email/Text NOA1

04/14/17 - Received NOA1(biometrics appointment & I-797C) hardcopy in mail

04/24/17 - Biometric appointment (Oakland USCIS)

04/24/17 - Received RFE in mail for I-485

04/26/17 - RFE document sent to USCIS via FedEx

05/01/17 - Packet delivered

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