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  1. You need to do some research, not just about the whole K-1 process but also the AOS process so you know what to do after arriving in the US. The forum has millions of thread and great guides and floor charts. I'm out.
  2. NVC sends out a letter with your case number on it, but many people never receive it. Doesn't matter, it's not needed for anything. Everything past NVC is country/embassy specific, so you would have to ask someone who knows your particular embassy about the rest.
  3. For USCIS you need to log into your online account and change the settings to receive notifications. If you used form g-1145 when you filed, then know that form is only to receive the acceptance text/email, it doesn't give you any further notifications after the acceptance one.
  4. Back when I filed we just called NVC to get the case number, back then we waited about 30 days from i-129f approval until we called as that's how long it took for NVC to receive the petition from USCIS. No idea what it's like these days. When you have your case number you can check the status here: https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx If still at NVC the status will simply say "At NVC". There's also "In Transit" and once the embassy has received the case it will say "Ready".
  5. You will have a hard time getting your citizenship application approved if you can't prove continuous residency. Any time spent outside the US that lasted for 6 months or more will be considered a break in the continuous residency, so they will ask you about this and you need to prove that you didn't break it.
  6. Under normal circumstances approved i-129f cases only stay at NVC for a few days before being shipped off to the different embassies. However, we are going through a pandemic (I'm still surprised by how many people have already forgotten about that) and K-1 visas haven't been processed at most embassies for almost a whole year or even more. People have still been able to file their petitions and have those processed, so now embassies will have to start working on the massive backlog of all the visa applications that were put on hold for so long. That means we don't know how massive that backlog is. You don't know how many cases are in front of you in line at this point. You can always contact the embassy and see if you can get an answer.
  7. Nothing is being uploaded at the NVC stage when you're going the K-1 route. The case goes there to get a case number and to be routed to the embassy. Depending on how backlogged your particular embassy is, it can take a very long time for the case to leave NVC.
  8. Like others said, it doesn't have to be the greencard itself, can be the EAD too. A ton of us K-1ers used our EADs to change name on the SSC. Not a biggie, she'll get the name changed eventually, the main thing is that she at least has an SSN and she can use it just fine even with her maiden name on it.
  9. It's sometimes difficult to move from a country where most things run smooth, to a country that is relatively backwards, like the US. Last time I was back in Sweden I received my passport within 24 hours of applying in person, and there's no such thing as "expedited", just regular processing for everyone. Seems like it can take up to 6 weeks for the application to show "in process" if you chose regular processing, yes.
  10. You only filed in October 2020, that's nothing. Expect the whole AOS process to take at least 1,5-2 years, be happy if it goes faster than that. If your field office is slow and the interview is ~2 years out, they have no reason to ask for biometrics early on. There's still plenty of time to get that done. EAD/AP can take up to 10 months right now.
  11. If your i-751 was approved then it's done and dusted, no matter if you got your physical greencard or not. The i-751 is no more. A ton of people are LPRs and have approved greencard petitions without having the physical card, it doesn't change anything other than that you need another form of proof of your status (the i-551 stamp). The N-400 is a separate petition and you no longer have a pending i-751, so they're in no way connected at this point.
  12. Was thinking the same thing. Just go get an i-551 stamp and move on.
  13. You can file under the 3 year rule if you haven't been an LPR for 5 years by then. If you by that time have already been an LPR for 5 years, then you automatically file under the 5 year rule. The 3 year rule is only for those who don't want to wait for 5 years (and who are eligible, of course). Anybody who has been an LPR 5 years or more by the time they file the N-400 is filing under the 5 year rule, no matter if they're married to a US citizen or not.
  14. It's possible the passport agency made a mistake, you need to call and have it corrected if so. They don't care if you actually get it expedited or not, they will just pay back the $60 that you paid extra if you call and complain once you're outside normal processing time. So you need to talk to them before that.
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