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Hi there,

 

We are still waiting for our NOA2, but I was wondering if it's possible for the beneficiary to take classes at a local college while waiting on the greencard and authorizations (after we are granted the K1 visa and beneficary is in the US).

 

 

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Sure. The specific institution may or may not treat them as an international student, though. International student tuition is significantly higher.


Timelines:

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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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: 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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My wife started taking classes at the community college 2 months after arriving in the U.S.  After supplying documentation for our marriage and her legal address in the county, she qualified for in-county tuition, which is about 1/2 the out-of-county rate. 

 

Sallie Mae does offer private education loans that the beneficiary may qualify for with a U.S. citizen co-signer.  The interest is a little higher.  These loans can also be used to take classes that do not lead to a certificate or degree.  My wife has her green card now, but got one of these loans for the Spring semester for a series of continuing education classes that don't qualify for standard student loans.

 

Good luck - Jason

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