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April 10, 2011 / thegirlwhotooktheleap

AOS Updates!!!

As you may not be aware of, Tim and I have spent our entire March not just planning for the wedding but for my adjustment of status as well. We got everything ready by March 29th and we brought it with us to VT so that we could send it in once we got the certificate. We were married on April 2nd (see previous blog post for highlights) and on April 4th, Monday, we headed to the town clerk to get our marriage certificate. It honestly took about 20 minutes tops. So a tip to everyone, try to personally hand in your signed license to the clerk and tell them you’ll wait for it, instead of having them mail it back to you. It will save you time and allow you to send your AOS packet right away.

Once we got it, we tried looking for a UPS or Fed Ex but they do not seem to exist in Vermont so we finally gave up and just drove home and decided to just mail it the next day. A day won’t hurt, right?

So on the morning of April 5th, we mailed our AOS packet via UPS Overnight Delivery.

On April 6th, It was received at 10:05 am and signed by CHWBA.

On April 7th, about 5:30 in the afternoon, I received three text messages and emails from USCIS saying that they received my petition for AOS, EAD and AP and will begin processing and that I should receive a NOA1 in the mail within 7-10 days. I got my receipt number too. How exciting!!!!!!!!

On April 8th, they cashed the check. We used a personal check so that we could track it.

Well that’s it.. So far so good, though I am still waiting for my NOA1 hardcopy. Hope it comes soon!!!!! 🙂


On April 11, Monday, I received the NOA1 hardcopy for AOS/EAD/AP in the mail!!!!


On April 16th, Saturday, I received the biometrics letter set for May 10th at the Philadelphia Service Center!!

PS. they spelled my name wrong!!



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  1. Camila / Apr 10 2011 11:17 pm

    Hello, Steph! Congratulations! You had a very beautiful ceremony and you were a very beautiful and delicate bride!
    I’m going through the K1 process, 1,5 month ago received a RFE, 6 months total. Ok, that’s not the big issue… I can wait! My fiance comes to work and visit me every 3 to 5 weeks. My doubt, and I think maybe you can help me with some guidance and experience (!!) is: we had made plans on having the church ceremony in my country on September. However, I realized maybe we will have no time to get the Advance Parole in this timeframe. I mean, according to our expectations, maybe (and only God knows!!) we would have the K1 visa by end of June. And an Advance Parole is impossible to be issued in less than 1,5 month, isn’t it? I am about to put the religious ceremony on hold… and not deciding anything else until I have applied for AOS, AP, EAD…
    Well, that’s it! Your photos are very nice (I’m photographer!) and God bless you always!!!

    • thegirlwhotooktheleap / Apr 11 2011 10:36 am

      Hey Camilla, nice to meet you! its really impossible to plan right now until you know when your POE is.. there are a lot of factors to consider.. first of all, keep in mind that the usual time frame for EAD and AP to be approved is 2 months from date of AOS filing.. that’s without RFE’s too. I am expecting mine maybe sometime in June if I don’t have any RFE. Also, it depends on how soon you marry and file AOS. Keep in mind as well that all states have different guidelines on getting the marriage certificate. I was lucky enough to be married in VT, and they allow you to personally hand in the signed marriage license and wait for the certificate. Other states require that it be mailed to you and it can take about 4-6 weeks to receive the certificate, which is required for AOS. So you need to research on your state laws too. I don’t think Sept is impossible if you get your NOA2 this month and you can have an interview right away and be in the US by June, married by July.. It’s definitely cutting it close but its certainly not impossible. My best advice would be to probably move it to a further date so that you are not under any time constraints.. Goodluck and I wish you guys all the best in your k1 journey!!!! 🙂

  2. immigrationworkvisa / Jan 19 2012 6:44 pm

    This is very valuable information for brides who are going through the adjustment of status process, thanks!

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