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2 minutes ago, Scottish Mernymph said:

....is what seems to be the advised way.....

If we've managed to pop along to the couthouse & get married in that time period would that make any difference to this please?

I would ideally like to obtain SSN & work permit asap.

 

Once married you can file for AOS, EAD, and AP at same time.

 

EAD/AP combo card is taking about 4-7 months right now. It can be expedited if you have an official job offer and can show USCIS it but how long it takes to expedite i'm unsure of.

 

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2 minutes ago, Scottish Mernymph said:

....is what seems to be the advised way.....

If we've managed to pop along to the couthouse & get married in that time period would that make any difference to this please?

I would ideally like to obtain SSN & work permit asap.

If you're a female and trying to apply for an SSN in your married name, you would undoubtedly run into problems.

The "advised way" is to apply for your SSN at DAY 14 after POE, wait for your SSN to come, get married and then file for AOS (plus EAD and AP) anytime after that. Of course, if you want to work ASAP, the sooner the better. EAD/AP is taking 4 to 6 months to approve currently with most having to wait 5.5 months.

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You can apply for a SS number right after arrival.  I would wait to apply and submit the I-485 (adjustment of Status), I-131(Advance Parole) , and I-765 (EAD) together....to avoid extra fees.


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32 minutes ago, missileman said:

....to avoid extra fees.

To avoid what fees? The I-765 and/or I-131 can be filed for free with a photocopy of the I-485 receipt notice if the I-485 was already filed; https://www.uscis.gov/news/questions-and-answers/uscis-issue-employment-authorization-and-advance-parole-card-adjustment-status-applicants-questions-and-answers:

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Q5. How much does this card cost?

A5. If you submitted an application for adjustment of status on or after July 30, 2007 (or on or after August 18, 2007, for employment-based cases), you will pay only one fee to file Form I-485, Form I-765 and Form I-131. The fee for Form I-485 is <outdated fee> and there is no separate fee for Forms I-765 and I-131 associated with a Form I-485. For those cases that were filed under the old fee structure, the costs for this card will equal the combined costs of filing Forms I-131 and I-765, which is a total of <outdated fee>. Visit www.uscis.gov/fees for more information.

 

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8 minutes ago, accumbyte said:

To avoid what fees? The I-765 and/or I-131 can be filed for free with a photocopy of the I-485 receipt notice if the I-485 was already filed; https://www.uscis.gov/news/questions-and-answers/uscis-issue-employment-authorization-and-advance-parole-card-adjustment-status-applicants-questions-and-answers:

 

The OP stated he/she wants to file for SSN & EAD asap.  There was no mention of filing the I-485 first or even at the same time.  If he/she files the EAD first, then a fee would have to be sent.  That's why I stated that I would file the EAD along with AOS......but you are correct that application for the EAD could be made AFTER the AOS without an additional fee.


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You don’t need a ssn to get married.

Ssn can be requested at day one, with everything being electronic you’re likely to show up on the database right away. To be on the safe side you can wait the two weeks and go.

 

to start working you’d need an ead and the best way to file for it isn’t alongside aos, and you’ll need your marriage certificate first in order to apply. 

 

Its taking around 5 months or more to get the ead after filing just FYI 


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1 minute ago, p-ana said:

to start working you’d need an ead and the best way to file for it isn’t alongside aos,

Really?  


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48 minutes ago, p-ana said:

You don’t need a ssn to get married.

Ssn can be requested at day one, with everything being electronic you’re likely to show up on the database right away. To be on the safe side you can wait the two weeks and go.

 

to start working you’d need an ead and the best way to file for it isn’t alongside aos, and you’ll need your marriage certificate first in order to apply. 

 

Its taking around 5 months or more to get the ead after filing just FYI 

That will be expensive


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@Scottish Mernymph do not wait for social security 14 days after POE. you would have wasted 14 days for no reason. The manual verification can take few days and if you are lucky SS# can be issued as far as i know in 10 days the quickest or about latest 8 weeks. This is from VJ members. My wife had hers in 4 weeks.

 

 


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3 hours ago, Scottish Mernymph said:

....is what seems to be the advised way.....

If we've managed to pop along to the couthouse & get married in that time period would that make any difference to this please?

I would ideally like to obtain SSN & work permit asap.

 

The two week wait on SSN was back from when you filled out an I-94 arrival card on the plane and the airport had to send to a data center, then somebody had to manually enter and upload to the SAVE database. Now the info comes from scanning your passport so it's automated and available immediately. Your I-94 arrival record is online to download and print. If you find that online, then your arrival is already recorded.

 

The deal with the SSN is that some offices have clueless workers who just don't understand immigration. A K1 is eligible for a SSN up until two weeks before their 90 days are up, married or not. But uninformed workers have told people "Oh, you got married so you are now a K3 and not eligible". BS!  Your visa can't magically change to a different visa. 

 

 Best bet in case you happen to get a clueless person is just don't bring up marriage or ask for the social in any new name. Apply in the exact name printed on your I-94 even if they run together your middle names like JOHNDAVID SMITH. It happens. Be JohnDavid. They have to find the name immigration has recorded, or they do manual verification which takes time being mailed off to USCIS. Get the SSN and sort the names out later. That is easy to do once you have EAD or a greencard. If given any flack, ask for a supervisor who should know the rules and don't leave until they let you see one. I was already married and had sent off AOS before going to the Social Security office. Had a good worker and the card received in the mail within a week.

 

Do not spend the money to apply for a K1 EAD by itself. It is only good for your 90 days after POE. It will take longer than 90 days to get approved, so will do you no good because if you got it, it would be expired already. Apply for AOS and get EAD/AP filing for free. Three separate applications going in the same envelope. Each has it's own set of documentation and each asks for 2 photos so read the directions of each form as a separate submission, even thought you mail in one packet. 

Edited by Wuozopo

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Hey guys,

 

I got to the states December 29th and today we went to get a SSN but the lady in the desk told us I cant apply for one without first filing the I-765 form. We are getting married in 3 weeks. 

So I’m so confused and lost because after reading comments about this topic I thought I could get a SSN before marrying but now that she said I can’t, I don’t know if we should wait after we are married or just try again next week... 🤷🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️

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5 minutes ago, Icamarn said:

I got to the states December 29th and today we went to get a SSN but the lady in the desk told us I cant apply for one without first filing the I-765 form. We are getting married in 3 weeks. 

So I’m so confused and lost because after reading comments about this topic I thought I could get a SSN before marrying but now that she said I can’t, I don’t know if we should wait after we are married or just try again next week... 🤷🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️

Unfortunately, you got somebody who doesn't know the rules surrounding K-1 status. Spin the wheel again.

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Timelines:

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10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

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10/25/17: Biometrics

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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

 

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12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

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4 hours ago, missileman said:

Really?  

 

3 hours ago, little immigrant said:

That will be expensive

On mobile and typed it wrong. My bad.

 

best way to get the ead IS filing alongside aos


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Can only get a SS card once EAD is approved otherwise, if issued it will reflect in bold. "Employment not authorized".

Save yourself the hassle to replace at a later date.

SSA offices are always packed, worse than DMV.

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