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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Argentina
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Just now, lovinglive said:

But during the time between the I-94 expiry and filing the I-485, they are vulnerable.

Yes. And it can happen, like the thread someone posted above. It does not happen frequently, but also not all of them report here in VJ. It is always good to enter into a period of authorized stay before your I-94 expires.

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October 17, 2019 AOS receipt date 

December 09, 2019: Biometric appointment

January 15, 2020 RFE received

January 30, 2020  RFE response sent

Feb 7: EAD approved and interview scheduled

March 18, 2020 Interview cancelled

April 14th 2020: RFE received

April 29, 2020 Approved without interview

May 1, 2020 Card in hand

 

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS

February 1, 2022 package sent

March 28, 2022 Fingerprints reused

July 18, 2023 approval

July 20, 2023 Card in hand

 

N400 

January 30,2023: Online filing

February 4th, 2023: Biometric appointment

June 15th, 2023: Case actively being reviewed

July 11th, 2023: Interview scheduled.

August 30th, 2023: Interview!

August 31st, 2023: Oath ceremony scheduled.

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17 minutes ago, Misscloud said:

there's always 50-50 chance. never know for sure. i personally saw in front of my eyes when it happened in the airport and it turned bad. there's officers ( not clear where are they from) removed 2 passengers out from the plane. i heard clearly it because of i-94 expiry date

 

 

Thanks, that's another good example.

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I-130 filed online:  July 8, 2022
I-485, 765 and 131 filed:  July 12, 2022
NOA1/I-797 received:  July 22, 2022
Biometrics appointment scheduled:  July 23, 2022

Biometrics appointment: August 11, 2022

EAD approved:  August 14, 2022

EAD returned to sender (USCIS):  August 31, 2022

EAD re-sent and delivered:  September 23, 2022

Approval of AOS:  October 11, 2022

Permanent Resident Status card received in the mail:  October 18, 2022

I-131 filed for Re-entry permit:  Nov 23, 2022

NOA1/I-797 for Re-entry permit:  Nov. 27, 2022

Submitted N-400 application for naturalization:  April 19, 2023

Naturalization interview:  July 31, 2023

Oath taking ceremony:  August 1, 2023

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19 minutes ago, Crazy Cat said:

Once an I-94 expires, the person is not authorized to even be inside the US.  Once a proper I-485 is submitted, the person is granted "authorized stay" until the I-485 is either approved or denied.  

Does the person have to wait for some kind of documentation of "authorized stay" or is it assumed once they have submitted their paperwork ?  Do they need to have some document to demonstrate that authorization?

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I-130 filed online:  July 8, 2022
I-485, 765 and 131 filed:  July 12, 2022
NOA1/I-797 received:  July 22, 2022
Biometrics appointment scheduled:  July 23, 2022

Biometrics appointment: August 11, 2022

EAD approved:  August 14, 2022

EAD returned to sender (USCIS):  August 31, 2022

EAD re-sent and delivered:  September 23, 2022

Approval of AOS:  October 11, 2022

Permanent Resident Status card received in the mail:  October 18, 2022

I-131 filed for Re-entry permit:  Nov 23, 2022

NOA1/I-797 for Re-entry permit:  Nov. 27, 2022

Submitted N-400 application for naturalization:  April 19, 2023

Naturalization interview:  July 31, 2023

Oath taking ceremony:  August 1, 2023

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1 minute ago, lovinglive said:

Does the person have to wait for some kind of documentation of "authorized stay" or is it assumed once they have submitted their paperwork ?  Do they need to have some document to demonstrate that authorization?

Your NOA1 receipt will act as 'proof' of authorized stay.

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1 minute ago, nastra30 said:

Your NOA1 receipt will act as 'proof' of authorized stay.

I think you get the receipt in the mail, right? and how long does it take?

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I-130 filed online:  July 8, 2022
I-485, 765 and 131 filed:  July 12, 2022
NOA1/I-797 received:  July 22, 2022
Biometrics appointment scheduled:  July 23, 2022

Biometrics appointment: August 11, 2022

EAD approved:  August 14, 2022

EAD returned to sender (USCIS):  August 31, 2022

EAD re-sent and delivered:  September 23, 2022

Approval of AOS:  October 11, 2022

Permanent Resident Status card received in the mail:  October 18, 2022

I-131 filed for Re-entry permit:  Nov 23, 2022

NOA1/I-797 for Re-entry permit:  Nov. 27, 2022

Submitted N-400 application for naturalization:  April 19, 2023

Naturalization interview:  July 31, 2023

Oath taking ceremony:  August 1, 2023

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3 minutes ago, lovinglive said:

I think you get the receipt in the mail, right? and how long does it take?

A properly submitted application received by USCIS is all you need. The period between that and when you receive receipt is still considered authorized stay. The receipt is extra cushion.

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3 minutes ago, lovinglive said:

I think you get the receipt in the mail, right? and how long does it take?

Likely, a few weeks......but I would keep proof that the I-485 was sent.....

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I am sure your reason for wanting to travel after the expiry of the I-94 is a good and valid one. However, as others have said, merely existing in the US after the expiry of I-94 is risky in and of itself, and any random interaction with law enforcement runs the risk of pretty dire consequences for anybody who is not authorised to be in the country. I guess not flying would reduce the risk by some amount, but it is just not possible to reduce that risk down to zero, and frankly taking any amount of unnecessary risk with your ability to remain in the country is not worth it, imo.

 

Seems to me that small/Utah wedding and I-485 filing before expiry is the way to go - it will allow you to live a life with one less thing to have to worry over :)

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I came on the K1 visa, we had planned our big wedding for a little later, but to make sure we fulfilled the 90 day rule we first got legally married. Why don't you do that? we did everything in half a day! No appointments, nothing! We went to the county clerk to get our marriage license that we had to apply online before we went (just a quick online form)  and that took 30 min max incl the waiting in line, then we went to a UPS store that has a notary (make sure to call before if a notary is in, we had to wait an hour for him to start his shift), just bring marriage license and ID's, they will just sign your paper, then we just went straight back to the county clerk with the signed certificate, they registered us and gave us the official marriage certificate right away, filed AOS a few days after. That was in Tennessee so not sure if all of this works the same for you and I know the UPS store is not very romantic, but you can always have an official ceremony and reception after.

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In some of not most counties, getting married at the courthouse or county office isn’t as easy as it was pre-pandemic.

 

So this might be part of OP’s issue. OP is perhaps unaware of how easy it is to marry online through Utah county.  

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I agree with the advice to get married ASAP and send the AOS package immediately after that (while still being thorough, of course). If you're concerned about not having your dream wedding, you can still do that at a later date with loved ones.

 

I would not risk traveling domestically without the assurance of being authorized to stay in the U.S. 

K1 to AOS                                                                                   AOS/EAD/AP                                                                      N-400

03/01/2018 - I-129F Mailed                                              06/19/2019 - NOA1 Date                                              01/27/2023 - N-400 Filed Online

03/08/2018 - NOA1 Date                                                    07/11/2019 - Biometrics Appt                                   02/23/2023 - Biometrics Appt
09/14/2018 - NOA2 Date                                                    12/13/2019 - EAD/AP Approved                               04/03/2023 - Interview Scheduled

10/16/2018 - NVC Received                                              12/17/2019 - Interview Scheduled                          05/10/2023 - Interview - APPROVED!

10/21/2018 - Packet 3 Received                                      01/29/2020 - Interview - APPROVED!                  OFFICIALLY A U.S. CITIZEN! 

12/30/2018 - Packet 3 Sent                                               02/04/2020 - Green Card Received! 

01/06/2019 - Packet 4 Received                                     ROC - I-751

01/29/2019 - Interview - APPROVED!                           11/02/2021 - Mailed ROC Packet

02/05/2019 - Visa Received                                             11/04/2021 - NOA1 Date

05/17/2019 - U.S. Arrival                                                     01/19/2022 - Biometrics Waived

05/24/2019 - Married ❤️                                                    02/04/2023 - Transferred to New Office

06/14/2019 - Mailed AOS Packet                                    05/10/2023 - APPROVED!

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2 hours ago, Crazy Cat said:

Likely, a few weeks......but I would keep proof that the I-485 was sent.....

So do you think that having proof that the I-485 was sent (photocopies and registered mail receipt?) is sufficient then to travel?  Or is that still a risk?

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I-130 filed online:  July 8, 2022
I-485, 765 and 131 filed:  July 12, 2022
NOA1/I-797 received:  July 22, 2022
Biometrics appointment scheduled:  July 23, 2022

Biometrics appointment: August 11, 2022

EAD approved:  August 14, 2022

EAD returned to sender (USCIS):  August 31, 2022

EAD re-sent and delivered:  September 23, 2022

Approval of AOS:  October 11, 2022

Permanent Resident Status card received in the mail:  October 18, 2022

I-131 filed for Re-entry permit:  Nov 23, 2022

NOA1/I-797 for Re-entry permit:  Nov. 27, 2022

Submitted N-400 application for naturalization:  April 19, 2023

Naturalization interview:  July 31, 2023

Oath taking ceremony:  August 1, 2023

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