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Hey everyone,

 

so I sent out my packet on May 3rd and it arrived at USCIS on the 5th. 

 

I have received my receipts for the forms.

 

My questions are:

 

1. Can I apply for jobs and go have interviews? (Not going to start working until I actually have the EAD in hand, I am aware of that.)

2. I haven't received the biometrics appointment letter yet, can I just do a walk-in?

3. I heard about the option to expedite my EAD. Can I do that without biometrics? How do you expedite your EAD?

 

Thank you. 


K-1 Process: 

August 15th, 2016 - Form I-129f Petition sent to Dallas.

August 23rd, 2016 - NOA 1 received/re-routed to California Service Center.

October 3rd, 2016 - NOA 2 received.

November 2nd, 2016 - NVC received. 

December 8th, 2016 - Medical Exam

December 15th, 2016 - Interview (Approved)

Adjustment of Status:

January 19th, 2017 - POE (Detroit)

February 10th, 2017 - Received Social Security Card in Mail

March 4th, 2017 - Wedding!!!

May 9th, 2017 - AOS NOA 1.

May 26th, 2017 - RFE received and sent back same day. 

May 31st, 2017 - Biometrics.

June 1st, 2017 - RFE Response Received by USCIS.

June 7th, 2017 - EAD Expedite Requested.

June 15th, 2017 - EAD Online Case Status Change-New Card Being Produced. 
June 20th, 2017 - EAD Online Case Status Change-Card Was Mailed. 
June 22nd, 2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card received in mail. 
July 13th, 2017 - Case Is Ready To Be Scheduled For An Interview.
August 18th, 2017 - Case Scheduled for Interview.
September 21st, 2017 - AOS Interview in Detroit-APPROVED!!! (Case Status Updated 6 hours After Interview-Didn't receive on spot approval). 
September 25th, 2017 - "Welcome to the United States" letter/Written confirmation of green card approval arrived in mail. 
September 26th, 2017 - Online status change to "My Card Was Mailed to Me."
September 29th, 2017 - Green Card Received! 

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Technically you can apply and interview, but naturally as you said you cannot actually work until EAD in hand which may mean you won't get many interviews since on a lot of applications it asks if you can legally work which you would have to answer "No" to and again probably not get a call back.

 

As to a walk-in for biometrics, I don't think many offices like that as when we did ours there was a specific time slot and if you showed up even right on time they could bump you back an hour to the next slot. Generally they are pretty busy.

 

Expediting EAD really only happens when you have a job offer and can supply a letter from the employer showing you have work lined up.

Edited by Ben&Zian

08/15/2014 : Met Online

06/30/2016 : I-129F Packet Sent

07/08/2016 : NOA 1 Received

08/25/2016 : NOA 2 Received (48 days)

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

11/18/2016 : Visa in hand

11/23/2016 : POE - Dallas, Texas

From sending of I-129F petiton to POE - 146 days.

 

02/03/2017 - Married 

 

02/24/2017 - AOS packet sent

03/06/2017 - NOA1's received via text

03/31/2017 - Biometrics appointment Completed

06/01/2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received in mail

12/06/2017 - I-485 Approved

12/14/2017 - Green Card Received in mail - No Interview

 

 

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3 hours ago, Ben&Zian said:

Technically you can apply and interview, but naturally as you said you cannot actually work until EAD in hand which may mean you won't get many interviews since on a lot of applications it asks if you can legally work which you would have to answer "No" to and again probably not get a call back.

 

As to a walk-in for biometrics, I don't think many offices like that as when we did ours there was a specific time slot and if you showed up even right on time they could bump you back an hour to the next slot. Generally they are pretty busy.

 

Expediting EAD really only happens when you have a job offer and can supply a letter from the employer showing you have work lined up.

What about if there's a question like "Are you eligible to work in the US" vs "Are you authorized to work in the US"? They may sound the same, but legally there's a difference. Just wondering. I have selected yes to those questions so far. Hope it doesn't cause any trouble.

Would it be smarter to call the company ahead of applying and explain and then submit?

 

Is it possible to expedite an EAD before the biometrics appointment if you have a supply letter from the employer?

 

Sorry for asking a lot.

Edited by Alan&Rachelle

K-1 Process: 

August 15th, 2016 - Form I-129f Petition sent to Dallas.

August 23rd, 2016 - NOA 1 received/re-routed to California Service Center.

October 3rd, 2016 - NOA 2 received.

November 2nd, 2016 - NVC received. 

December 8th, 2016 - Medical Exam

December 15th, 2016 - Interview (Approved)

Adjustment of Status:

January 19th, 2017 - POE (Detroit)

February 10th, 2017 - Received Social Security Card in Mail

March 4th, 2017 - Wedding!!!

May 9th, 2017 - AOS NOA 1.

May 26th, 2017 - RFE received and sent back same day. 

May 31st, 2017 - Biometrics.

June 1st, 2017 - RFE Response Received by USCIS.

June 7th, 2017 - EAD Expedite Requested.

June 15th, 2017 - EAD Online Case Status Change-New Card Being Produced. 
June 20th, 2017 - EAD Online Case Status Change-Card Was Mailed. 
June 22nd, 2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card received in mail. 
July 13th, 2017 - Case Is Ready To Be Scheduled For An Interview.
August 18th, 2017 - Case Scheduled for Interview.
September 21st, 2017 - AOS Interview in Detroit-APPROVED!!! (Case Status Updated 6 hours After Interview-Didn't receive on spot approval). 
September 25th, 2017 - "Welcome to the United States" letter/Written confirmation of green card approval arrived in mail. 
September 26th, 2017 - Online status change to "My Card Was Mailed to Me."
September 29th, 2017 - Green Card Received! 

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Depending on the job or company, I would do the searching and if it works the interview, but at that time you have to be honest with them and inform them of your status and your expected timeline for being able to legally work.

 

to answer your original question, yes, you can search and yes you can interview.

 

Good Luck!


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6 hours ago, Alan&Rachelle said:

Hey everyone,

 

so I sent out my packet on May 3rd and it arrived at USCIS on the 5th. 

 

I have received my receipts for the forms.

 

My questions are:

 

1. Can I apply for jobs and go have interviews? (Not going to start working until I actually have the EAD in hand, I am aware of that.)

I applied ahead and answered yes as I knew I would be. It was never a problem. You will usually get asked when you would be available to start working. That's a good point to explain that you are awaiting the document in an estimated so and so time.

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2. I haven't received the biometrics appointment letter yet, can I just do a walk-in?

You can do a walk-in, but not until you have an appointment scheduled. Prior to that you won't be in their system at the USCIS office/application support center you will be going to. Nor will you know for sure which one you will be scheduled at. I suppose in some places that would be quite obvious though :D I did an early walk-in for medical reasons and there was no problem I did research on it before hand and apparently, Wednesdays and Fridays after 1-2 pm were supposedly the best due to how their work week and scheduling is done. I got there a Wednesday at 1 pm - and there was no one ahead of me. I walked in and was out in 15 min. Impossible to say how it would be at your specific centre.

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3. I heard about the option to expedite my EAD. Can I do that without biometrics? How do you expedite your EAD?

There is a list of reasons you can expedite under, the "easiest" of which to be granted is for a job offer, which falls under "financial loss". You can call the USCIS service desk and start up the expedite, they will let you know what documents you need to send them. They will send you a letter about this, but sometimes they also give you the information over the phone together with a fax number you can directly fax those documents to. To get a job offer expedite to progress as fast as possible it is advised to use your local congressman's office. You call them and explain and you will fill out a privacy release form and fax/send documents to them and they will do it for you.

 

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K1 Visa & AOS

Spoiler

2016-03-19         i-129F Sent
2016-03-24         i-129F NOA1
2016-06-14         i-129F NOA2
2016-07-08         NVC Rec'd
2016-07-12         Case #
2016-07-13         NVC Left
2016-07-14         Consulate Rec'd
2016-07-19         Medical
2016-08-11         Interview Date (approved)
2016-09-06         Issued
2016-09-09         Visa In Hand
2016-10-19         POE Dallas Fort-Worth
2016-10-30         Our Halloween Wedding

2016-11-16         AOS package sent (i-485, i-131, i-765, i-864, g-325a, DS-3025)
2016-11-17         AOS package delivered to Chicago lockbox
2016-11-23         NOA1's by e-mail and text (@ 10:30 pm CT)
2016-11-26         NOA1 hard copies
2016-12-03         Biometrics appointment in mail
2016-12-07         Biometrics (Early walk-in Desoto, appointment was for Dec 13th)

2017-02-17         Notice of card in production by email and text (@8:00 am CT, i-765) - Day 92

2017-02-22         Notice of approval by email and text (@1:00 pm CT, i-765 and i-131) - Day 97

2017-02-22         Notice of card being mailed by email and text (@7:00 pm CT, i-765) - Day 97

2017-02-25         EAD/AP combo card arrived in mail - Day 100

2017-03-03         Notice of green card in production by email and text (@4:00 pm CT, i-485) - Day 106

2017-03-03         Notice of approval by email and text (@6:00 pm CT, i-485) - Day 106

2017-03-11          Green card arrived in mail  - Day 113

2018-12-03          First day to file for ROC (i-751)

 

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Thank you, everybody. You all have been VERY helpful!

 

If I have any more questions, I will just post them here.


K-1 Process: 

August 15th, 2016 - Form I-129f Petition sent to Dallas.

August 23rd, 2016 - NOA 1 received/re-routed to California Service Center.

October 3rd, 2016 - NOA 2 received.

November 2nd, 2016 - NVC received. 

December 8th, 2016 - Medical Exam

December 15th, 2016 - Interview (Approved)

Adjustment of Status:

January 19th, 2017 - POE (Detroit)

February 10th, 2017 - Received Social Security Card in Mail

March 4th, 2017 - Wedding!!!

May 9th, 2017 - AOS NOA 1.

May 26th, 2017 - RFE received and sent back same day. 

May 31st, 2017 - Biometrics.

June 1st, 2017 - RFE Response Received by USCIS.

June 7th, 2017 - EAD Expedite Requested.

June 15th, 2017 - EAD Online Case Status Change-New Card Being Produced. 
June 20th, 2017 - EAD Online Case Status Change-Card Was Mailed. 
June 22nd, 2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card received in mail. 
July 13th, 2017 - Case Is Ready To Be Scheduled For An Interview.
August 18th, 2017 - Case Scheduled for Interview.
September 21st, 2017 - AOS Interview in Detroit-APPROVED!!! (Case Status Updated 6 hours After Interview-Didn't receive on spot approval). 
September 25th, 2017 - "Welcome to the United States" letter/Written confirmation of green card approval arrived in mail. 
September 26th, 2017 - Online status change to "My Card Was Mailed to Me."
September 29th, 2017 - Green Card Received! 

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On 5/18/2017 at 7:22 PM, Suss&Camm said:

There is a list of reasons you can expedite under, the "easiest" of which to be granted is for a job offer, which falls under "financial loss"

Just curious about whether this is effective for the OP's adjustment of status case. The sponsor(s) who filed the I-864 were required to explicitly prove that the applicant could be financially supported regardless of whether he/she works. The expedite case for a H-1B with a job offer seems more straightforward.


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Adjustment of Status (AOS) from F-1

  • Priority date: 2016-09
  • Initial interview for I-485: 2017-06. Approved on the same day.

 

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22 minutes ago, Allie D said:

Just curious about whether this is effective for the OP's adjustment of status case. The sponsor(s) who filed the I-864 were required to explicitly prove that the applicant could be financially supported regardless of whether he/she works. The expedite case for a H-1B with a job offer seems more straightforward.

These expedites are done for ppl with pending AOS/EAD all the time. IF you have a job offer it still falls under financial loss regardless if someone has signed an i-864.


K1 Visa & AOS

Spoiler

2016-03-19         i-129F Sent
2016-03-24         i-129F NOA1
2016-06-14         i-129F NOA2
2016-07-08         NVC Rec'd
2016-07-12         Case #
2016-07-13         NVC Left
2016-07-14         Consulate Rec'd
2016-07-19         Medical
2016-08-11         Interview Date (approved)
2016-09-06         Issued
2016-09-09         Visa In Hand
2016-10-19         POE Dallas Fort-Worth
2016-10-30         Our Halloween Wedding

2016-11-16         AOS package sent (i-485, i-131, i-765, i-864, g-325a, DS-3025)
2016-11-17         AOS package delivered to Chicago lockbox
2016-11-23         NOA1's by e-mail and text (@ 10:30 pm CT)
2016-11-26         NOA1 hard copies
2016-12-03         Biometrics appointment in mail
2016-12-07         Biometrics (Early walk-in Desoto, appointment was for Dec 13th)

2017-02-17         Notice of card in production by email and text (@8:00 am CT, i-765) - Day 92

2017-02-22         Notice of approval by email and text (@1:00 pm CT, i-765 and i-131) - Day 97

2017-02-22         Notice of card being mailed by email and text (@7:00 pm CT, i-765) - Day 97

2017-02-25         EAD/AP combo card arrived in mail - Day 100

2017-03-03         Notice of green card in production by email and text (@4:00 pm CT, i-485) - Day 106

2017-03-03         Notice of approval by email and text (@6:00 pm CT, i-485) - Day 106

2017-03-11          Green card arrived in mail  - Day 113

2018-12-03          First day to file for ROC (i-751)

 

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