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I'm in the process for my K1 Visa for my alien fiancée. I have submitted my I129F and is currently with CSC, I'm just waiting for my approval. I'm a little confused about applying for I765 Employment Authorization and apply for Social Security Numbers after K1 approval.


I'm not sure which step to do first, should I get him a social immediately after his arrival in the USA then later apply for I765? From what I have researched, he is entitled to a social security number as soon as he gets to the USA and wait at least 14 days to apply for a social security number. We have 90 days to apply for a number then after that we may extend his work permit, but if I apply for a social security number first it will say NOT FOR WORK something like that. I want to get a social for him to add him on my bank account, apartment lease, utility bills and to register him to get his GED at a community college. He also wants the privilege to work and help with fiancés.


If I apply for I765 first and leave the field blank where it states to list his social, will he get issued one after approval? I read on USCIS website that I can submit a I765 with my I485 to save on fees but that would be after we get married. To apply for a social I have to apply soon once he gets to USA otherwise he will have to wait until he gets his visa.


Please help!!

K-1 Fiancee Visa

11/10/16   I-129F Mailed to Lewisville TX Lockbox
11/14/16   I-129F Received date

11/16/16   NOA1 Date on Hard Copy

11/17/16   NOA1 Text & Email. Routed to CSC.
11/19/16   NOA1 Hard Copy Received

02/02/17   NOA2 Text and Email from USCIS
02/06/17   NOA2 Hard Copy Received 

02/15/17   NVC Received

02/16/17   NVC Processed & Case# Issued

02/27/17.  Ciudad Juarez Embassy Receive

03/04/17   Petitioner Receive- Embassy Welcome Letter

03/22/17   Beneficiary Receive- Embassy Welcome Letter

04/04/17.  NVC Letter (Mail)

04/05/17   Medical

04/06/17   ASC/Biometrics Appointment

04/07/17   Interview - APPROVED!!!

04/11/17   DHL tracking number  received  (Email)

04/27/17   Arrived at USA, Port of Entry-Portland Oregon

05/01/17   Applied for Social Security Card 

05/13/17   Social Security Card Received 

05/19/17.   Married!!!! 



Adjustment of Status

05/31/17.   AOS sent to Chicago IL

06/01/17   Chicago Lockbox Received

06/05/17   3 emails & 3 text received USCIS, I-485, I-131, & I-795

06/09/17   3 Paper NOA Received, I-485, I-131, & I-795

06/16/17   Biometric Letter Received

06/26/17   Biometric Appointment

07/19/17   USCIS email notification of Scheduled Interview

07/22/17   Paper NOA received for I-485 Interview

08/15/17   Interview 

08/15/17   Interview Approved

08/15/17   USCIS Email & text notice-Green Card in production

08/17/17. USCIS Email & text- GC mailed. Yayy!!!

08/19/17.  NOA hardcopy received- AOS approved!



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Once your K-1 is issued and you successfully enter the US, you can apply for a Social Security Card. You will not be eligible to work yet. You need to obtain an EAD first. Technically, you can apply for this prior to your marriage, but it will only be valid until the end of your K-1 visa (90 days after entry). And EAD takes ~90 days to be issued. See the problem? =.= In other words, don't waste your money or time with getting an EAD before marriage. Just file for EAD (and AP) after marriage in the AOS packet. Once issued your EAD, then you can begin working.


Reference: http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1k3ead


Good luck!

Edited by geowrian



AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

?/?/?: Green card received





12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received



4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017



5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE



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