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2 minutes ago, geowrian said:

For family-based immmgrarion, there is no fee waiver for the I-485. Any application that requires an I-864 sponsor does not qualify for it.

 

Secondly, it doesn’t make much sense that one can sponsor an immigrant with an I-864 but cannot afford the fee.

Just thinking the same thing

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6 minutes ago, geowrian said:

For family-based immmgrarion, there is no fee waiver for the I-485. Any application that requires an I-864 sponsor does not qualify for it.

 

Secondly, it doesn’t make much sense that one can sponsor an immigrant with an I-864 but cannot afford the fee.

I thought I was reading this post incorrectly....thinking the same thing....

 

12 minutes ago, RevGreen said:

Technically I earn well above poverty guideline, but there is no chance we can afford the AOS fee

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8/14/17 --- AOS sent I-485, I-765, I-131

8/16/17 --- AOS Packet received Chicago USCIS Day 0

8/21/17  --- Received email & text notification 

8/23/17  --- Received hard copy of NOA  

9/01/17  --- Biometrics letter notice for I-485 & I-765 & I-131  

9/11/17  --- Biometrics Appointment Done

10/17/17 - Case Is Ready To Be Scheduled For An Interview

11/30/2017 - EAD/AP Approved
12/01/2017 - Card in Production
12/05/2017 - Received Approval Notice in the Mail
12/06//2017 - Card Mailed (Priority Mail) to Me
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You don't see how someone can earn above than the poverty line, but still live paycheck-to-paycheck? Not farfetched when you have bills, debts, and are the only income-earner in the household.

 

 

65% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings. I think you guys may need a bit a wakeup call.

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12 minutes ago, geowrian said:

For family-based immmgrarion, there is no fee waiver for the I-485. Any application that requires an I-864 sponsor does not qualify for it.

 

Secondly, it doesn’t make much sense that one can sponsor an immigrant with an I-864 but cannot afford the fee.

Priorities.

 

OP, how long will it take to save up? Will the I-94 expire before then? Looks like entry was in June.

 

I would not normally recommend using credit card for anything that is not to be paid back at the end of the month but, if you want to make sure your spouse is in authorized stay you can have the AOS fee withdrawn from a credit card instead of a bank account. It will end up making AOS even more expensive though.


Swedish/American couple, met at university, eventually filed the I-129F petition last year.

K1 NOA1: 9/12/2017. NOA2: 3/10/2018. Case # Assigned: 3/28/2018. Embassy Received: 3/29/2018. Medical: 4/18/2018. Interview: 5/3/2018. VOH: 5/8/2018. US Entry (POE JFK): 5/24/2018.

 

AOS Package Sent: 6/4/2018. NOA1/Received Date: 6/5/2018. e-Notified: 6/11/2018. NOA1 Hardcopy: 6/14/2018. Biometrics Appt: 6/28/2018. I-485 Ready to be Scheduled for Interview: 7/25/2018. I-765 Card in Production: 9/19/2018. I-765 Card Mailed: 9/21/2018. I-765/I-131 Combo Card Received: 9/25/2018. GC Interview Scheduled: X/XX/2019. GC Interview: X/XX/2019.

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3 minutes ago, LizM said:

OP, how long will it take to save up? Will the I-94 expire before then? Looks like entry was in June.

 

 

Realistically? A few months. If I had $1500 to spare I obviously wouldn't be making this post. I don't know why people are criticizing me.

We are to marry this week, but she just wants to start working and having her own money sooner rather than later. Also we need to travel back to Thailand later this year.

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2 minutes ago, RevGreen said:

You don't see how someone can earn above than the poverty line, but still live paycheck-to-paycheck? Not farfetched when you have bills, debts, and are the only income-earner in the household.

 

 

65% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings. I think you guys may need a bit a wakeup call.

Well, we have bill, debt and even businesses, but we made it thru.

 

if I am not mistaken, another poster said entry was in June, this expense should have been already assumed by the sponsor and he/she should have prepared for it.

 

as far as people falling on hard times..... well. Every person creates and makes their own destiny. I would suggest a second job to pay the fees

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4 minutes ago, RevGreen said:

You don't see how someone can earn above than the poverty line, but still live paycheck-to-paycheck? Not farfetched when you have bills, debts, and are the only income-earner in the household.

I certainly do. But that doesn’t avoid the question on how one can meet the financial requirements for sponsorship and need a waiver. Keep in mind the financial requirements are more than just the minimum income levels to be eligible to file.

 


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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~)

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8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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4 minutes ago, RevGreen said:

 

Realistically? A few months. If I had $1500 to spare I obviously wouldn't be making this post. I don't know why people are criticizing me.

We are to marry this week, but she just wants to start working and having her own money sooner rather than later. Also we need to travel back to Thailand later this year.

Not critizing you, but you should have prepared for this a while ago.

 

this way people can bank (save up their money) for the furure expenses

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6 minutes ago, RevGreen said:

 

Realistically? A few months. If I had $1500 to spare I obviously wouldn't be making this post. I don't know why people are criticizing me.

We are to marry this week, she just wants to start working and having her own money sooner rather than later. And our understanding is it's already going to take 3+ months of processing before she can do that.

Yes, unfortunately it's looking more like 4-5 months before EAD is finished processing at the moment.

 

We've all gone through immigration in one way or another, and we know it's expensive. K1 is especially rough with that one spouse can't work for several months. I don't think people were trying to criticize you; it is just hard to imagine how one could qualify for a waived AOS fee, but then at the same be approved to sponsor someone for X amount of years, should it ever come to that. Financially, that doesn't make sense.

 

I wish you a happy wedding ceremony and I hope you can solve the AOS fee soon as well. Good luck.


Swedish/American couple, met at university, eventually filed the I-129F petition last year.

K1 NOA1: 9/12/2017. NOA2: 3/10/2018. Case # Assigned: 3/28/2018. Embassy Received: 3/29/2018. Medical: 4/18/2018. Interview: 5/3/2018. VOH: 5/8/2018. US Entry (POE JFK): 5/24/2018.

 

AOS Package Sent: 6/4/2018. NOA1/Received Date: 6/5/2018. e-Notified: 6/11/2018. NOA1 Hardcopy: 6/14/2018. Biometrics Appt: 6/28/2018. I-485 Ready to be Scheduled for Interview: 7/25/2018. I-765 Card in Production: 9/19/2018. I-765 Card Mailed: 9/21/2018. I-765/I-131 Combo Card Received: 9/25/2018. GC Interview Scheduled: X/XX/2019. GC Interview: X/XX/2019.

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AOS fee cannot be waived. The EAD (Employment Authorization Document) and AP (Advance Parole) fees though are waived if filed together with the AOS.


I-129F     17-Feb Petition sent via FedEx ~ 21-Feb Case received ~ 24-Feb NOA1 ~ 30-May NOA2 12-Jun NVC received / Case and Invoice numbers assigned ~ 20-Jun NVC left

K1 Visa   28-Jun Case ready (No packet 3 received) ~ 22-Jul Medical ~ 02-Aug Interview (APPROVED!) ~ 03-Aug Visa "Issued" ~ 08-Aug VOH ~ 14-Sep POE (Abu Dhabi) ~ 01-Oct Got married! 

EAD/AP   13-Oct Application sent via FedEx ~ 17-Oct Case received ~ 25-Oct NOA1 ~ 17-Nov Biometrics ~ 09-Jan Approved ~ 13-Jan Notice received ~ 18-Jan Combo card received

AOS         13-Oct Application sent via FedEx ~ 17-Oct Case received ~ 24-Oct Fingerprint fee received ~ 25-Oct NOA1 ~ 17-Nov Biometrics ~ 23-Nov Status "We are scheduling your interview" 

                 24-Jul-18 Status "We have scheduled your interview" ~ 28-Jul-18 Interview notice received in the mail ~ 29-Aug-18 Interview 30-Aug-18 Status "Case was approved"

 

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