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After you get married, you can file from I-485 (Adjust her status from K1 to Lawful Permanent Resident), I-131 Advanced Parole (AP-travel document, allows her to travel and re-enter the US) and I-765 Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The EAD/AP takes 4-6 months. That is the earliest she can travel or work is after those are approved. Otherwise, she do volunteer non-paid work. 

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In the meantime while waiting for the EAD, she can fine-tune her resume, start to get settled in her new home, explore her new surroundings, start to put out "feelers" for possible employment (a good way to do that is starting off as a volunteer, sometimes), etc.


It's going to be a bit of a wait until she can legally work---one of the pitfalls of the K1 versus the CR-1 (where the spouse can work immediately).

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I was waiting 5 months to get my EAD after i applied, so it just depends where you're located and how fast the local office to you runs. 

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To answer your question....

It's hard to tell.

Since you don't have a timeline I can't tell at what stage you are in the process.

If your fiancee wants to work right away go with the CR1 instead of K1


Getting work permit after filing everything (EAD, AOS, AP) CURRENTLY is between 4-6 months-ish, but somewhere around 5 for sure... be careful with the CURRENTLY, by the time your fiancee moves and the two of you gather everything to file it might be more or less. Unfortunately it's a risk we are taking with the K1.


To be honest if money is not a pressing issue, from my point of view it was nice to be able to have 4-5 months break and get to know the city where I am going to live, event tho it was not my first time in the US I still appreciated the time to be able to acclimatize to the US and to my spouse and living together :))

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On 2/22/2019 at 3:31 PM, Emeryx said:

I was waiting 5 months to get my EAD after i applied, so it just depends where you're located and how fast the local office to you runs. 

EAD does NOT depend on the state you live in!!!!! It is processed in the National Benefits Center near Kansas City!


The AOS depends on the filed office after it is being processed at NBC first...

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The waiting time is a good opportunity to adjust to life in America which is vastly different from Haiti.

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Service Center : Texas Service Center   Transferred? California Service Center on 8/11/14

Consulate : Port au Prince, Haiti             I-129F Sent : 4/14/2014

I-129F NOA1 : 4/24/14                            I-129F NOA2 : 9/10/14

NVC Received : 9/24/14                          NVC Left : 9/26/14

Consulate Received : 10/6/14 CEAC status changed to ready

Packet 3 Received : 10/27/14 packet received by petitioner in USA ( beneficiary never received packet 3)

Medical: 10/30/14 Dr. Buteau                  Medical picked up: 11/3/14

Packet 3 Sent : 11/10/13.. Had to schedule interview appointment and attach confirmation receipt to packet

Packet 4 Received : never received ..does it even exist?

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Visa Received : 12/10/14 picked up at Jacmel location

US Entry : 12/15/14 Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Apply for Social Security Card: 12/30/14 Connecticut

Marriage: 1/26/15


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CIS Office : Hartford                                  Filed : 3/18/15

NOA : 3/25/15                                            Biometrics : 4/15/15

Approved: 8/31/15                                     Received: 9/8/15



CIS Office : Hartford                                  Filed : 3/18/15

NOA : 3/25/15                                            Approved: 6/12/15

Received: 6/20/15


Removal of Conditions I-751

Filed: 8/14/17 at VSC                                 NOA: 8/15/17 Received 8/21 by mail

Biometrics: Dated: 8/25/17   Received 9/2/17   Appointment 9/11/17 

Approved: 10/23/18 -no interview

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