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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Canada
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-Currently in the process of K1 (Canada to US). Was a week from our interview in March before it was canceled.

 

-Advice from attorney: Abandon K1, file concurrent I-130 and I-485 (along with other necessary forms) from within the US. 

This is based off the fact she has been in the US with me since borders closed in March. She can only be here for 6 months total, and we don't want her to have to go back and not be able to reenter. He also based his reasoning on the fact that he thinks the borders will remain closed for a long time along with the embassies.

 

Good or bad idea?

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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19 minutes ago, Pickle_slushy said:

-Currently in the process of K1 (Canada to US). Was a week from our interview in March before it was canceled.

 

-Advice from attorney: Abandon K1, file concurrent I-130 and I-485 (along with other necessary forms) from within the US. 

This is based off the fact she has been in the US with me since borders closed in March. She can only be here for 6 months total, and we don't want her to have to go back and not be able to reenter. He also based his reasoning on the fact that he thinks the borders will remain closed for a long time along with the embassies.

 

Good or bad idea?

A doable idea


YMMV

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Russia
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50 minutes ago, ThomasNC1988 said:

It is a fine idea if she is willing to stay the required few months with no travel and now work.

Presumably she is because they were applying for a K-1 which would have the same requirement, though a surprising number of people are not ...


K-1                             AOS
NOA1 Notice Date: 2018-05-31    NOA1 Notice Date: 2019-04-11
NOA2 Date: 2018-11-16           Biometrics Date: 2019-05-10
Arrived at NVC:  2018-12-03     EAD/AP In Hand: 2019-09-16
Arrived in Moscow: 2018-12-28   GC Interview Date: 2019-09-25
Interview date: 2019-02-14      GC In Hand: 2019-10-02
Visa issued: 2019-02-28
POE: 2019-03-11
Wedding: 2019-03-14

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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What I would do.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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I assume the lawyer also mentioned you have to be married first. You didn’t mention that. The I-130/I-485 adjustment of status option is not valid for a fiancé, you have to be legally married first. 
 

The marriage can be a simple courthouse affair. 


Timeline in brief:

Married: September 27, 2014

I-130 filed: February 5, 2016

NOA1: February 8, 2016 Nebraska

NOA2: July 21, 2016

Interview: December 6, 2016 London

POE: December 19, 2016 Las Vegas

N-400 filed: September 30, 2019

Interview: March 22, 2021 Seattle

Oath: March 22, 2021 COVID-style same-day oath

 

Now a US citizen!

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*~*~*moved from “K-1 fiancé visa process and procedures” to “adjustment of status from work/study/tourist visas” as the question relates to AOS, not applying for a visa*~*~*


Timeline in brief:

Married: September 27, 2014

I-130 filed: February 5, 2016

NOA1: February 8, 2016 Nebraska

NOA2: July 21, 2016

Interview: December 6, 2016 London

POE: December 19, 2016 Las Vegas

N-400 filed: September 30, 2019

Interview: March 22, 2021 Seattle

Oath: March 22, 2021 COVID-style same-day oath

 

Now a US citizen!

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On 7/10/2020 at 5:05 PM, Pickle_slushy said:

since borders closed in March.

Note that Canadian citizens can still return to Canada via land, air, and sea. Also, she could return to visit the US via air:

The CBP restrictions are only for land entry and ferry service: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/03/24/2020-06217/notification-of-temporary-travel-restrictions-applicable-to-land-ports-of-entry-and-ferries-service

On 7/10/2020 at 5:05 PM, Pickle_slushy said:

file concurrent I-130 and I-485 (along with other necessary forms) from within the US.

It's an available option after you marry. An alternative is to file I-130 (after you marry) to start CR-1 visa path instead. Both options have certain Pros and Cons.

AOS
    Expensive (filing fees and Civil Surgeon exam fees) and requires a lot of paperwork
    Spouse can not leave the US until she/he receives approved Advance Parole (expect longer delays due to upcoming USCIS furloughs)    
    Spouse can not work until she/he receives EAD (expect longer delays due to upcoming USCIS furloughs)    
    Some people have had problems with driver licenses, leases, bank account during this period. Also ineligible for SSN before EAD.    
    Spouse will not receive Green Card for many months after Adjustment of Status is filed.

  

CR-1
    Less expensive than AOS
    Spouse can immediately travel outside the US    
    Spouse is authorized to work immediately upon arrival.    
    Spouse receives Social Security Card and Green Card within 2 or 3 weeks after entering the US    
    Opening a bank account, getting a driver's license, etc. are very easily accomplished with GC, SS card, and passport.

    Spouse has legal permanent Resident status IMMEDIATELY upon entry to US.

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