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Everyone goes through AP. Some short, some long. Usually background checks happen at the AP stage.


For my I-129F and K-1 detailed timelines, please refer to my timeline page :)

 

AOS + EAD + AP

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1 March 2018 (Thu): FedEx 2-Day 10.30 AM to Chicago, IL.
5 March 2017 (Fri): Delivered to Chicago, IL. <Signed for by: J. Chyba>
10 March 2018 (Sat): NOA1 hardcopy's date.
12 March 2018 (Mon): Check cashed.
13 March 2018 (Tue): Received text and e-mail notifications.
16 March 2018 (Fri): NOA1 hardcopy via normal mail.

16 March 2018 (Fri):: Biometrics appointment letter's date.

22 March 2018 (Thu): Biometrics appointment letter via normal mail.

5 April 2018 (Thu): Biometrics appointment at 9.00 am.

 

AOS Updates Post-Biometrics

19 July 2018 (Thu): Text and email notifications stating that as of 17 July 2018, case is ready to be scheduled for an interview and a notice will follow.

 

EAD + AP Updates Post-Biometrics

6 August 2018 (Mon): NOA2 hardcopy's date.

6 August 2018 (Mon): Text and e-mail notifications received. New card is ordered and being produced.

9 August 2018 (Thu): Text and e-mail notifications received. Card is picked up by USPS.

10 August 2018 (Fri): NOA2 hardcopy via normal mail.

11 August 2018 (Sat): Combo card sent from Lee's Summit, MO via Priority Mail and no signature was required at delivery. Mailman dropped it in the mailbox like regular mails.

** Approved in 158 days **

 

 

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Every case goes through AP. For a K-1, it will also switch between immigrant and non-immigrant during the process until it is finally changed to "ISSUED" in CEAC.

 

As for what it is, that's hard to say. Any processing after the interview is part of AP. That could mean verification of documents or statements, background checks, additional review needed, etc.


Timelines:

Spoiler

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

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

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

 

NVC

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

 

K-1

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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As others have said, everyone goes through some period of AP. In Morocco, long periods of AP can be common. In our case, we were in AP for all of 2 days as the visa was being processed and printed. Others are not so lucky and wait weeks or months. Unfortunately it can be difficult to predict AP timelines at the Casablanca consulate... If the interview goes well and the officer says the case is approved, AP tends to only be a few days unless there is a missing document. If the interview has a negative or even just a neutral outcome (as in the officer didn't directly say the case was approved), these cases tend to turn into denials after months of waiting and hearing no response. If you are given the DS-5535 to submit (seemingly random applicants are selected, not sure how or why), expect to wait in AP anywhere from a few weeks to a few months before being issued the passport with the visa inside. 


K1 Visa Process                                                                                                   

Spoiler

 

December 19, 2016: NOA1 receive date 

May 5, 2017: NOA2 hardcopy (still listed as 'received' online...)

May 23, 2017: NVC case number assigned

July 10, 2017: Interview
July 14, 2017: Visa in hand
July 27, 2017: POE at ORD

August 5, 2017: Married!

 

See my 'About Me' section on my profile for a more detailed step by step journey of our K1 Journey through the Casablanca consulate in Morocco

 

AOS Process  

September 8, 2017 : Mailed AOS Packet

September 16, 2017 : NOA1 text/emails (receive date Sept. 12)

October 2, 2017 : Biometrics Appointment

October 13, 2017 : RFIE letter received in mail (they want an English translated Birth Certificate, which we included in the original petition...)

January 24, 2018: EAD/AP Combo Card in hand

August 9, 2018: AOS Interview (Approved)

August 9, 2018: "Card in Production"

August 16, 2018: Green card in hand

 

May 2020: ROC!

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1 minute ago, RJandHamid said:

As others have said, everyone goes through some period of AP. In Morocco, long periods of AP can be common. In our case, we were in AP for all of 2 days as the visa was being processed and printed. Others are not so lucky and wait weeks or months. Unfortunately it can be difficult to predict AP timelines at the Casablanca consulate... If the interview goes well and the officer says the case is approved, AP tends to only be a few days unless there is a missing document. If the interview has a negative or even just a neutral outcome (as in the officer didn't directly say the case was approved), these cases tend to turn into denials after months of waiting and hearing no response. If you are given the DS-5535 to submit (seemingly random applicants are selected, not sure how or why), expect to wait in AP anywhere from a few weeks to a few months before being issued the passport with the visa inside. 

Bottom line it s a wait wait game ;p lucky you are done and done. While I have you here, my Fiancee s English is not up the speed and prefers to interview in Moroccan. Is that possible and do you recommend it? On another note, I suggest either Immigration law or State Department as a career for you lol I am heading in one of those two directions myself. A late change in career but I am digging it despite the wait game here.


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3 minutes ago, Derick said:

Bottom line it s a wait wait game ;p lucky you are done and done. While I have you here, my Fiancee s English is not up the speed and prefers to interview in Moroccan. Is that possible and do you recommend it? On another note, I suggest either Immigration law or State Department as a career for you lol I am heading in one of those two directions myself. A late change in career but I am digging it despite the wait game here.

Yes she can do the interview in Arabic, but I very highly recommend doing the interview in English. The Moroccan COs who conduct the Arabic speaking interviews have a reputation of being much tougher than the English speaking officers. When my husband went for his interview, the questions that the Moroccan officers were asking applicants were much more difficult and detailed than the ones that he was asked by the American officer (his interview was in English). There were about 10 other people interviewing during the time my husband was there and only 2-3 of them got a verbal approval from the officer. 

 

I would love to help people with immigration questions a career, but I don't want to go to law school haha :P

For now I'll just stick to helping out on VisaJourney. 


K1 Visa Process                                                                                                   

Spoiler

 

December 19, 2016: NOA1 receive date 

May 5, 2017: NOA2 hardcopy (still listed as 'received' online...)

May 23, 2017: NVC case number assigned

July 10, 2017: Interview
July 14, 2017: Visa in hand
July 27, 2017: POE at ORD

August 5, 2017: Married!

 

See my 'About Me' section on my profile for a more detailed step by step journey of our K1 Journey through the Casablanca consulate in Morocco

 

AOS Process  

September 8, 2017 : Mailed AOS Packet

September 16, 2017 : NOA1 text/emails (receive date Sept. 12)

October 2, 2017 : Biometrics Appointment

October 13, 2017 : RFIE letter received in mail (they want an English translated Birth Certificate, which we included in the original petition...)

January 24, 2018: EAD/AP Combo Card in hand

August 9, 2018: AOS Interview (Approved)

August 9, 2018: "Card in Production"

August 16, 2018: Green card in hand

 

May 2020: ROC!

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11 minutes ago, RJandHamid said:

Yes she can do the interview in Arabic, but I very highly recommend doing the interview in English. The Moroccan COs who conduct the Arabic speaking interviews have a reputation of being much tougher than the English speaking officers. When my husband went for his interview, the questions that the Moroccan officers were asking applicants were much more difficult and detailed than the ones that he was asked by the American officer (his interview was in English). There were about 10 other people interviewing during the time my husband was there and only 2-3 of them got a verbal approval from the officer. 

 

I would love to help people with immigration questions a career, but I don't want to go to law school haha :P

For now I'll just stick to helping out on VisaJourney. 

Question:

EU Citizens, Canadians and other Westerners can visit the US without applying for Visas.

If they can marry their loved USC s while visiting, and without breaking any laws, why are they here discussing K1 Visas?

Most of them are approved in much shorter periods of time and without a sweat. I am just curious.

What are your thoughts?


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6 minutes ago, Derick said:

Question:

EU Citizens, Canadians and other Westerners can visit the US without applying for Visas.

If they can marry their loved USC s while visiting, and without breaking any laws, why are they here discussing K1 Visas?

Most of them are approved in much shorter periods of time and without a sweat. I am just curious.

What are your thoughts?

Entering on the VWP (and Canadians with B1/B2 status) with the intent to stay/adjust status is fraud. They can marry, but they still must intend to return home.

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Timelines:

Spoiler

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

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

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

 

NVC

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

 

K-1

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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Just now, geowrian said:

Entering on the VWP with the intent to stay/adjust status is fraud. They can marry, but they still must intend to return home.

Now, I understand and I know that if one dares to even attempt to break any laws would be banned from entering the US for years, if not for life. Thank you,

1 minute ago, geowrian said:

Entering on the VWP with the intent to stay/adjust status is fraud. They can marry, but they still must intend to return home.

 


Honest-Love-Respect

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7 minutes ago, Derick said:

If they can marry their loved USC s while visiting, and without breaking any laws, why are they here discussing K1 Visas?

This link explains it pretty well....the consequences can be very serious...

https://www.soundimmigration.com/can-i-enter-on-a-visitors-visa-b-2-and-then-adjust-status-to-permanent-resident/


First career- 20 year Retired E-8, USAF Missileer,

Second career-Retired Registered Nurse, experience in Labor& Delivery, Home Health, Adolescent & Adult Psych

Third career-Retired IT Developer & Database Administrator for surgical services dept.

 

Immigration Journey:

  • Texas Service Center after transfer from Nebraska
  • Consulate :Taipei, Taiwan
  • Marriage: 7/30/2015
  • I-130 NOA1 : 4/27/2016
  • I-130 Approved :9/8/2016
  • Case received at NVC: 10/11/2016                               
  • Case # and IIN#: 10/24/2016
  • AOS Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • AOS Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • DS-260 Completed: 10/28/16
  • Scan Date:11/9/2016
  • Supervisor review: 12/21/16 
  • Checklist: 1/13/17 
  • Case Complete: 4/10/17
  • Interview Date: 5/8/17 
  • Visa  "ISSUED": 5/10/17
  • Visa and Passport in hand/Flight to USA Booked!!!: 5/12/17  
  • POE Dallas DFW on June 22, 2017
  • SS Card received : 7/3/2017
  • 2-year Green Card received in mail: 7/15/17
 

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5 minutes ago, geowrian said:

Entering on the VWP (and Canadians with B1/B2 status) with the intent to stay/adjust status is fraud. They can marry, but they still must intend to return home.

The more I visit this site, the more I learn; Perhaps, I d be ready to explore a law career soon. Thanks


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Just now, Derick said:

The more I visit this site, the more I learn; Perhaps, I d be ready to explore a law career soon. Thanks

Visa Journey is always a very educational place, and it sometimes a very entertaining place as well.  There are quite a few very skilled experts here such as @geowrian who you can rely upon to give good, accurate information.


First career- 20 year Retired E-8, USAF Missileer,

Second career-Retired Registered Nurse, experience in Labor& Delivery, Home Health, Adolescent & Adult Psych

Third career-Retired IT Developer & Database Administrator for surgical services dept.

 

Immigration Journey:

  • Texas Service Center after transfer from Nebraska
  • Consulate :Taipei, Taiwan
  • Marriage: 7/30/2015
  • I-130 NOA1 : 4/27/2016
  • I-130 Approved :9/8/2016
  • Case received at NVC: 10/11/2016                               
  • Case # and IIN#: 10/24/2016
  • AOS Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • AOS Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • DS-260 Completed: 10/28/16
  • Scan Date:11/9/2016
  • Supervisor review: 12/21/16 
  • Checklist: 1/13/17 
  • Case Complete: 4/10/17
  • Interview Date: 5/8/17 
  • Visa  "ISSUED": 5/10/17
  • Visa and Passport in hand/Flight to USA Booked!!!: 5/12/17  
  • POE Dallas DFW on June 22, 2017
  • SS Card received : 7/3/2017
  • 2-year Green Card received in mail: 7/15/17
 

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1 minute ago, missileman said:

Visa Journey is always a very educational place, and it sometimes a very entertaining place as well.  There are quite a few very skilled experts here such as @geowrian who you can rely upon to give good, accurate information.

I am very serious about attempting a career in either Immigration Law or Foreign Service. It is very interesting and I feel it is noble to assist those who are legit to either immigrate or visit this great country.


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we never were put in AP

denied 1st time on the spot

when approved, he was told and i had not heard from him and emailed the embassy and got an  answer back saying he was approved

i found out from embassy before he called me

don't be surrpised when K1 packet is returned to US/ Morocco is known for this / email embassy and ask if K1 packet is still at embassy / i certainly would

and best bet is to return to Morocco and marry

what you need to do for marriage in morocco can be found by googling "What does an American need to do to marry in Morocco?'

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