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Hi, I brought my fiance over on a K1 and I just flew to Indonesia to accompany her back to the USA. Her POE was LAX and she has been here since May 7. Everything is going really well and we are both very happy. Before anyone chews into me I have all the necessary funds for the AOS process and I have a nice place for us to live. We're getting married on May 27 and after this I will apply for the AOS immediately. Next week before the wedding I will apply for the SSN (I'm waiting what I've been told is about 2 weeks post POE to apply so that all the databases should have updated with her info etc). FYI She is 40 and i'm 42.

 

My main problem is that despite my fortunate position of being able to work from home, she is basically a willing prisoner in my home until she can apply for a job etc. She of course is free to roam about and go wherever practical but she cannot drive here obviously and she is going to be increasingly bored as the time goes on. I have added her to my gym membership, we drive around a lot looking at sites, stores, etc but you can only do so much driving LOL.

 

Does anyone have any ideas on how she can occupy her time until she has the EAD in hand and can start looking for work? 

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks

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What does she like to do? Does she have any hobbies/play any sports? Does your house/garden need some work? Can she volunteer for a charity nearby? Perfect her English at a class? Definetively work on "americanizing" her resumé and do some research on potential employers.


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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If you're near a college campus, you might drop her at the library or the student center for the day, then pick her up when you leave work.  It will be like a vacation day for her, and she might make some friends.


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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On 5/16/2017 at 9:56 AM, jakartausa said:

Hi, I brought my fiance over on a K1 and I just flew to Indonesia to accompany her back to the USA. Her POE was LAX and she has been here since May 7. Everything is going really well and we are both very happy. Before anyone chews into me I have all the necessary funds for the AOS process and I have a nice place for us to live. We're getting married on May 27 and after this I will apply for the AOS immediately. Next week before the wedding I will apply for the SSN (I'm waiting what I've been told is about 2 weeks post POE to apply so that all the databases should have updated with her info etc). FYI She is 40 and i'm 42.

 

My main problem is that despite my fortunate position of being able to work from home, she is basically a willing prisoner in my home until she can apply for a job etc. She of course is free to roam about and go wherever practical but she cannot drive here obviously and she is going to be increasingly bored as the time goes on. I have added her to my gym membership, we drive around a lot looking at sites, stores, etc but you can only do so much driving LOL.

 

Does anyone have any ideas on how she can occupy her time until she has the EAD in hand and can start looking for work? 

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks

Volunteer or join English as Second Language Program. Usually they also have free English classes.


Married: October 25th, 2015

USCIS Process

Priority date: January 25th, 2016

Service Center: Nebraska

Request for Evidence (RFE): May 19th, 2016

RFE received: June 24th, 2016

I-130 approved: July 1st, 2016

NVC Process

Choice of Agent (DS-261) completed: August 10, 2016

Affidavit of Support (AOS) Fee Invoiced: August 10, 2016

Pay AOS Fee: August 12th, 2016

AOS Fee appeared as PAID: August 14, 2016

Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fees (IV Fee) Invoiced: August 10, 2016

Pay IV Fee: August 12, 2016

IV Fee appeared as PAID: August 14, 2016

Case Completed (CC) over the phone: November 3rd, 2016

Confirmation of CC email received: -

Interview date received over the phone: November 10th, 2016

Confirmation of Interview date email received: November 11th, 2016

Case "In Transit": November 16th, 2016

Case "Ready": November 17th, 2016

Interview Process

Medical (Jakarta, Indonesia): November 21st, 2016

Interview Date: December 29th, 2016 --APPROVED--

CEAC Status "Issued": December 30th, 2016

Visa in hand: January 4th, 2017

Fees

I-130 USCIS Filing Fee: $420

NVC Affidavit of Support Fee: $120

NVC Immigrant Visa Processing Fee: $325

USCIS Immigrant Fee: $165

Medical: $214.92 // IDR 2,887,632 (rate in December 2016 $1 = IDR 13,437)

Lawyer Fee: $ 2,950
Point of Entry (POE): January 19th, 2017

SSN: January 30th, 2017

Green Card: February 23rd, 2017

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If there is a public library nearby, they usually have a free English class or an English conversation class, where she can meet other people from various countries. They usually have other interesting adult program too, or volunteer program.


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USCIS

02/09/2015 - Husband mailed I-130 package to USCIS

02/11/2015 - NOA1 e-mail received, Vermont Service Center

02/20/2015 - NOA1 mail received

07/09/2015 - Approved! NOA2 e-mail received.

NVC

07/17/2015 - NVC received

08/06/2015 - Case number assigned, submitted DS-261 and paid AOS bill

08/15/2015 - Received welcome letter

08/15/2015 - Sent AOS & IV package

08/19/2015 - NVC received AOS & IV package (scan date)

08/21/2015 - Paid IV bill

08/24/2015 - submitted DS-260

09/04/2015 - Case Complete! (16 days after scan date)

09/10/2015 - Got interview date - Oct 27, 2015

09/14/2015 - Received interview letter (P4) via e-mail

Embassy

10/02/2015 - Medical done

10/27/2015 - Interview in Jakarta

10/27/2015 - Visa Approved! Praise the Lord :dancing:

10/28/2015 - CEAC status changed to issued

10/29/2015 - Visa in hand!

10/31/2015 - ELIS fee paid

11/26/2015 - POE : Washington, DC

12/23/2015 - Green Card in hand. Thank you Jesus! :star:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

 

I-751 Timeline

10/26/2017 - Mailed out our ROC package to VSC

10/28/2017 - Delivered at VSC

10/30/2017 - NOA dated

11/13/2017 - Received NOA letter in mail

11/27/2017 - Received biometrics appointment letter

12/04/2017 - Biometrics appointment

08/13/2018 - Received 18 months notice letter

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the others said it best and I would just like to add that even though the wait might seem long at times, just sit back and enjoy the ride.. my wife and I were having a talk the other night just how it felt like yesterday it was new year's eve and now it's mid 2017. you never know it but  one day you get your cards and all and now a whole new ballgame exists. Just appreciate the "stall" because when work starts the next thing y'all be thinking is "when can I have that vacation?"

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