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About maisfree

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  1. @twilighthorse Wow, that's great that you managed to convince the officer to interview you there! I know you will still have to wait for a while but hopefully you will receive a positive update from the new jurisdiction office. Keep us posted. I wish this was the case for us too, but unfortunately our officer said having different MAILING address and RESIDENTIAL address was all too confusing (how? ) and there is nothing she can do for us other than to transfer the entire case to Boston. Will try calling them after Thanksgiving holidays and see what they say.
  2. Hi @twilighthorse, When is your interview and have you gone already? I was in the same exact situation. My AOS interview was scheduled on Oct 7th in Hartford CT (closer to my MAILING address with my in-laws) and not in Boston MA where we actually live. We attended, and the immigration officer told us she can't interview us because our resident address is outside of her jurisdiction. She updated the mailing address to be our residential address in Boston MA and now waiting for the interview to be rescheduled in Boston .... been over a month now and no news. We made a two hour trip for this interview that basically did not happen, even stayed overnight for this. Looks like you'd have to make an even longer trip. I'd hate to see you have the same terrible experience as we did!
  3. My case update says that the AOS interview was scheduled as of today!! Waiting for the letter with an actual interview date. We currently live in Boston but the case is being handled in Hartford, CT. Initially it was scheduled to be on April 29th and got canceled due to covid.
  4. If you want to stay in F1 status and be able to finish your degree, I think the safest option would be to not let your institution know about your AOS case at this point, and work only on-campus which does not require the AOS EAD. If you let the institution know about your AOS, you risk losing your F1 status and you may have to leave the program - that's my understanding. I was in a similar situation, but I was on F-1 STEM OPT. I ended up not using AOS EAD until my STEM OPT EAD expired.
  5. If I-20 expires AFTER you file for AOS, you will be fine. Make sure to plan ahead so you at least have the notice of action letters from the USCIS before your I-20 expires. Two and a half months should be plenty of time. Yes, you can stay in the U.S. as your AOS will be pending at that time. I see. I understand. That's such a horrible situation - they should've supported you given the circumstances. As for employment or traveling outside the U.S., you will have to wait for up to 5 months or so for EAD/AP combo card.
  6. I just want to say as a fellow former PhD student, I am so sorry that you are in this situation. I absolutely hear you when you say you just had enough. But on a positive note - Congratulations on your engagement!! I definitely would like others to comment on this, but from my understanding, you should be able to file for concurrent I-130/I-485/I-765/I-131 after you get married. I'd suggest you do this while you are still in F-1 status with an unexpired I-20. Definitely avoid traveling outside the U.S. after you apply for AOS until you get your EAD/AP combo card. Regarding whether you will have trouble with not completing the PhD ... as an immediate relative of USC, what you need to prove to the USCIS most importantly is your bona fide marriage. A friend of mine ended up not passing her PhD qualifying exam, left with a terminal Masters degree and worked under OPT then filed for AOS after getting married to a USC spouse. She got a GC last year. Her situation might not be exactly the same as yours, but I don't believe she got any RFEs on not getting a PhD from being on F-1 visa. Just in case though, it might be wise for you to go for consultation with an immigration attorney and ask if there will be any issues. Some will do for free while others will charge ~$100, it does not mean you are hiring them to work on your case. As for your PhD program giving you a hard time about classes being "expired" and requiring you to take more classes - personally I think that's absolutely ridiculous. I assume you spoke to your thesis committee or department chair and they aren't being helpful either? There's a supportive community for PhD students on Twitter (follow @academicchatter, @openacademics, #PhDchat...) - you could ask them about your issue even anonymously and see what they suggest. I wish you the best of luck!!!
  7. Same here as well!!! Got the combo card two weeks ago. I am checking the case status every single day...
  8. I fully agree with this suggestion. I also applied for F1 OPT (STEM extension in my case) before applying for AOS EAD. You have a while until you get married in May. If you apply for F1 OPT EAD now, you'll be able to start working sooner.
  9. Mine was $200 for exam plus extra for one shot and lab tests. My husband's insurance didn't cover any of the vaccines or lab tests - thanks to the ridiculously high deductible that is nearly impossible to meet. If you have a high deductible like us (or crappy health insurance), It's good to call your insurance ahead of time to check whether your particular insurance covers the shots and/or tests. Most places where I am (Boston, MA) give you the choice of whether you pay up front or they billing the insurance. I unfortunately had to go with the first choice.
  10. Wow, that's fast. Mine actually took a week. I think it depends on where you go.
  11. I just received this same exact letter last month. From my understanding, receiving this courtesy letter means that the status will soon change to "the case is ready to be scheduled for an interview." After I received the letter, it took three days for my status to change to that. Since an interview can be scheduled at any time (I think they give you at least four weeks advance notice), I scheduled my medical exam right away. It takes up to two weeks to get the completed form by a civil surgeon, so you should find a civil surgeon near you to schedule it as soon as possible.
  12. @Grant & Bri Still waiting for interview. Our status changed to "ready to be scheduled for interview" as of Dec 13. Got EAD/AP two weeks ago.
  13. @AffableAndy Great news! Thankfully, my I-765 got approved as of this morning! I just checked the status online and says new card is being produced!!! While I am relieved that it is not necessary to submit my expedite request in the end, I want to thank you for all your input and advice involving this process which may be helpful for others in a similar situation. Thank you again. I hope you have a great week! Sincerely, Mai
  14. @MrsH23 and @Redvan I am on the same boat. My PD is Aug 6 2019. Updated to the case ready to be scheduled for interview 3 weeks ago and no movement. It hit 153 days and no update on EAD. I really need the EAD to be approved soon as I will lose my job if it doesn't come on time. Lots of reasons to be anxious, but sending positive energy for all of us. 🌻
  15. @Boiler Thank you for your input! Yes, I will submit my expedite request under financial hardship this week. I will work on collecting supporting documents. I do agree that at this point, this is all I can do other than to wait. I will also try reaching out to congressperson. Thanks, Mai
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