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Wife moved from Brasil to Columbus, OH on Fiancee Visa in January, we got married in the same month, submitted AOS and work authorization papers in March. Since then, we have received confirmation of receipt and wife took biometrics exam. I don't expect this process will be complete for another couple of months. For the time being, my wife therefore has an expired Fiancee Visa. I am attending conference in Denver in June and am hoping I can take my wife with me on domestic flights - round trip from Columbus to Denver. Is my wife able to make this travel? How will TSA handle an expired Visa on domestic flights?

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Did you also file for EOS / AP?  If so, you should be receiving that fairly soon and should be able to use it as valid ID traveling locally.  


AOS

10/13 Package mailed (Day 1)

11/04 NOA letter (Day 22) 

11/18 Biometrics appointment letter received. Bio Date of 12/2 (Day 36)

12/02 Biometrics taken (Day 50)

01/13 EAD approved via USCIS webpage (AP was never updated on web) (Day 92)

01/17 AP approved via NOA in mail  (never got written NOA for EAD in mail) (Day 96)

01/18 EAD Card Mailed (Day 97)

01/20 Combo Card received in Mail  (Day 99)

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Her fiancé visa expired the day she entered then country.

 

Her I-94 might be expired but since she has filed AOS she is allowed to stay legally so yes she can come with you :)


K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                         AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/09/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                       12/09/18.....ROC window opens

 

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We travelled domestically several times during the limbo period between when my wife arrived and we got married until we received her AP.  As someone already pointed out.  Book the flight in the name on her passport and have her use her passport to checkin for the flight and security.  You will have no issues.  

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My husband was picked out of the line of a domestic flight and asked if he is a USC and he said no.

The agent said show me your papers.
He showed his EAD, we also had his DL, passport and marriage certificate and AOS NOA1.
It used to be that a DL was all you needed, now take the above also and you won't have any issue.


Spoiler

 

I-129F Sent : 3-31-2014, NOA2: 4-6-2014

NVC Received : some dinkelsberry yehoo in the house of clingons send our petition to the wrong consulate.

Consulate Received : July 30,2014 Transfer to right embassy complete.

Interview Date : Oct 22, 2014

Interview Result : AP , requesting another PC (not expired) and certified divorce decree (was submitted)Stokes interview via phone for petitioner 4 hrs after interview.

Oct 23 email notification visa approved.
Visa Received : Nov. 3 , 2014 VISA IN HAND.

US Entry : Nov. 21, 2014

Marriage : Dec 27, 2014

AOS send : May 12, 2015, received May 14, 2015 USPS priority

Email &text : May 18, 2015, check cashed May 19,2015, return receipt May 21, 2015 stamped USCIS Lockbox, NOA1 (3x) May 22,2015

Biometrics : June 1, 2015 letter received for appointment June 8, 2015, successful walk-in June 1, 2015

RFE : June 12, 2015 for income not meeting guideline. Income does ( ! ) exceed guideline.

RFE response : June 26, 2015 returned with a boat load full of financial evidence.

UPDATE: July 5, 2015 updated on all 3 cases, RFE received June 30, 2015.

Service request : Aug 12, 2015, letter received that it will be processed within 90 days from receipt of RFE.

UPDATE: Aug 24, 2015, EAD card being produced/ordered. ( 102 days from AOS receipt day and 55 days from RFE response received.) Thank you Jesus !

Emails : Aug 24, 2015, EAD approved, EAD card ordered.

I-797 EAD/AP approval notice received : Aug 27, 2015

EAD/AP combo card mailed : Aug 27, 2015, EAD/AP combo card received: Aug 31, 2015

Renewal application send for EAD/AP : May 31,2016 (AOS pending over 1 year). Received June 2, 2016,Notice date June7, 2016, emails,texts, NOA1 hard copy

Service request for pending AOS April 21, 2016, case not assigned yet.
Service request for pending AOS June 14, 2016, tier 2 said performing background checks.
Expedite request for EAD/AP Aug 3, 2016, Aug10 notification >request was received, assigned, completed. RFE letter requesting evidence for expedite, docs faxed Aug18

*Service request for I-485 Aug 3, 2016, Aug11 notification> request was assigned. Service request Dec 2, 2016.
AOS Interview letter received Aug 12, 2016

AOS Interview September 21, 2016.

Second Biometrics appointment letters received for EAD and AOS on Aug 15, 2016 for Aug 17 ( 2 day notice).

Second Biometrics completed Aug 17, 2016

Third Biometrics appointment letter received Aug 19, 2016 for Sept. 1, 2016. WTH ?!

EAD/AP (renewal) approval Aug 22, 2016, NOA2 received Aug 25, 2016

Renewal EAD in production notification text and online, expedite successful 4 days after RFE request response was faxed, Aug25mailed,Aug29received.

Sept. 21 Interview, 2 hour interview, we were separated and asked about 50 questions each for an hour each. IO was firm but professional, some smiles.
Several service requests made, contacted Senator and Ombudsman. Background checks still pending.
July 21, 2017 HOME VISIT.  Went well. Topic thread in AOS forum.
Waiting to skip ROC and get 10 yr GC due to over 2 year while pending AOS
AOS APPROVED Oct. 4, 2017 * Green card in hand Oct 13, 2017 !!!!!

First K1 denied after 16 month of AP. Refiled. We are a couple since 2009. Not a sprint but a matter of endurance.

 

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My husband just traveled with me from Ohio to Florida.  He used his Ohio drivers license for ID. No one asked him one question or to see any other paperwork.  Not one problem.  We did bring his I-485 NOA1, marriage certificate, and passport just in case.

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6 hours ago, Ebunoluwa said:

My husband was picked out of the line of a domestic flight and asked if he is a USC and he said no.

The agent said show me your papers.
He showed his EAD, we also had his DL, passport and marriage certificate and AOS NOA1.
It used to be that a DL was all you needed, now take the above also and you won't have any issue.

Wow! That's crazy. What airport did this happen?

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12 hours ago, atynan said:

Wife moved from Brasil to Columbus, OH on Fiancee Visa in January, we got married in the same month, submitted AOS and work authorization papers in March. Since then, we have received confirmation of receipt and wife took biometrics exam. I don't expect this process will be complete for another couple of months. For the time being, my wife therefore has an expired Fiancee Visa. I am attending conference in Denver in June and am hoping I can take my wife with me on domestic flights - round trip from Columbus to Denver. Is my wife able to make this travel? How will TSA handle an expired Visa on domestic flights?

She can travel with no issues. They don't check visas... that's not their job. So far as she has a valid passport or form of ID, she can travel within the country. 

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7 hours ago, Ebunoluwa said:

My husband was picked out of the line of a domestic flight and asked if he is a USC and he said no.

The agent said show me your papers.
He showed his EAD, we also had his DL, passport and marriage certificate and AOS NOA1.
It used to be that a DL was all you needed, now take the above also and you won't have any issue.

That was wrong' they're not supposed to do that 

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7 hours ago, Ebunoluwa said:

My husband was picked out of the line of a domestic flight and asked if he is a USC and he said no.

The agent said show me your papers.
He showed his EAD, we also had his DL, passport and marriage certificate and AOS NOA1.
It used to be that a DL was all you needed, now take the above also and you won't have any issue.

I've been on two domestic flights (just after Christmas) where they did random visa checks in the tunnel before getting off the plane.  This was at JFK and Dulles

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54 minutes ago, ch3john said:

Wow! That's crazy. What airport did this happen?

Dallas, Tx.


Spoiler

 

I-129F Sent : 3-31-2014, NOA2: 4-6-2014

NVC Received : some dinkelsberry yehoo in the house of clingons send our petition to the wrong consulate.

Consulate Received : July 30,2014 Transfer to right embassy complete.

Interview Date : Oct 22, 2014

Interview Result : AP , requesting another PC (not expired) and certified divorce decree (was submitted)Stokes interview via phone for petitioner 4 hrs after interview.

Oct 23 email notification visa approved.
Visa Received : Nov. 3 , 2014 VISA IN HAND.

US Entry : Nov. 21, 2014

Marriage : Dec 27, 2014

AOS send : May 12, 2015, received May 14, 2015 USPS priority

Email &text : May 18, 2015, check cashed May 19,2015, return receipt May 21, 2015 stamped USCIS Lockbox, NOA1 (3x) May 22,2015

Biometrics : June 1, 2015 letter received for appointment June 8, 2015, successful walk-in June 1, 2015

RFE : June 12, 2015 for income not meeting guideline. Income does ( ! ) exceed guideline.

RFE response : June 26, 2015 returned with a boat load full of financial evidence.

UPDATE: July 5, 2015 updated on all 3 cases, RFE received June 30, 2015.

Service request : Aug 12, 2015, letter received that it will be processed within 90 days from receipt of RFE.

UPDATE: Aug 24, 2015, EAD card being produced/ordered. ( 102 days from AOS receipt day and 55 days from RFE response received.) Thank you Jesus !

Emails : Aug 24, 2015, EAD approved, EAD card ordered.

I-797 EAD/AP approval notice received : Aug 27, 2015

EAD/AP combo card mailed : Aug 27, 2015, EAD/AP combo card received: Aug 31, 2015

Renewal application send for EAD/AP : May 31,2016 (AOS pending over 1 year). Received June 2, 2016,Notice date June7, 2016, emails,texts, NOA1 hard copy

Service request for pending AOS April 21, 2016, case not assigned yet.
Service request for pending AOS June 14, 2016, tier 2 said performing background checks.
Expedite request for EAD/AP Aug 3, 2016, Aug10 notification >request was received, assigned, completed. RFE letter requesting evidence for expedite, docs faxed Aug18

*Service request for I-485 Aug 3, 2016, Aug11 notification> request was assigned. Service request Dec 2, 2016.
AOS Interview letter received Aug 12, 2016

AOS Interview September 21, 2016.

Second Biometrics appointment letters received for EAD and AOS on Aug 15, 2016 for Aug 17 ( 2 day notice).

Second Biometrics completed Aug 17, 2016

Third Biometrics appointment letter received Aug 19, 2016 for Sept. 1, 2016. WTH ?!

EAD/AP (renewal) approval Aug 22, 2016, NOA2 received Aug 25, 2016

Renewal EAD in production notification text and online, expedite successful 4 days after RFE request response was faxed, Aug25mailed,Aug29received.

Sept. 21 Interview, 2 hour interview, we were separated and asked about 50 questions each for an hour each. IO was firm but professional, some smiles.
Several service requests made, contacted Senator and Ombudsman. Background checks still pending.
July 21, 2017 HOME VISIT.  Went well. Topic thread in AOS forum.
Waiting to skip ROC and get 10 yr GC due to over 2 year while pending AOS
AOS APPROVED Oct. 4, 2017 * Green card in hand Oct 13, 2017 !!!!!

First K1 denied after 16 month of AP. Refiled. We are a couple since 2009. Not a sprint but a matter of endurance.

 

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10 hours ago, Hopeful diva said:

That was wrong' they're not supposed to do that 

It may not have been the TSA doing the checks.  Sometimes CBP officers hang out at the security checkpoints and conduct random checks themselves.


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US Entry : 2014-09-12

POE: Detroit

Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

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11 hours ago, Hopeful diva said:

She can travel with no issues. They don't check visas... that's not their job. So far as she has a valid passport or form of ID, she can travel within the country. 

 

10 hours ago, Hopeful diva said:

That was wrong' they're not supposed to do that 

They can and most definitely do pull people out of line and do random checks and searches.  I've seen it in airports all over and way before trump took office.

 

OP, obtain a state ID or drivers license for your spouse. I believe it lessens the chance of any issue.  Bring I-485 NOA1, passport, marriage license just in case to show LPR is in the works.  You should be fine.  

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