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Work Authorization and Adjustment of Status

Old Jan 29th 2001, 9:02 am
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Hi, I entered the USA on a K1 visa and was not given the employment stamp at the point of
entry. The customs official there asked me when we planned to marry, I said the next
couple of days, she then told me it was best not to apply for the temporary (90day) work
authorization, once married apply for the work permit with the adjustment of status. Our
documents were received by the Arlington VA office on Jan 2 and we have heard nothing
since. We have attempted contact but have been told its not possible to phone them and
that work permits take 30-90 days. Were we right to take the customs officials advice?
Should we have applied for the 90 authorization first? Can we still do that? Many thanx in
advance...
 
Old Jan 30th 2001, 6:08 pm
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>Hi, I entered the USA on a K1 visa and was not given the employment stamp at the point of
>entry. The customs official there asked me when we planned to marry, I said the next
>couple of days, she then told me it was best not to apply for the temporary (90day) work
>authorization, once married apply for the work permit with the adjustment of status. Our
>documents were received by the Arlington VA office on Jan 2 and we have heard nothing
>since. We have attempted contact but have been told its not possible to phone them and
>that work permits take 30-90 days. Were we right to take the customs officials advice?

It was actually an INS official. When you come to the US, you first go through immigration
(INS) where your passport is checked, and then through customs, where they check if you
smuggle drugs and the like.

I think it doesn't really matter if you accepted her advice or not because if the office
takes that long to give you a work permit (by the way, a very normal time frame), it would
likely take them just as long to issue the K-1 work permit. And you'd end up getting it on
the day it expires.

>Should we have applied for the 90 authorization first? Can we still do that?

I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. For reliable advice, please consult with a
professional immigration attorney.

For further information, check the following frequently-requested links.

For many questions, you may find answers at http://travel.state.gov/visa_services.html
(Department of State)

or http://ins.usdoj.gov (INS).

For consular policies and visa reciprocity fees, find your consulate in
http://travel.state.gov/links.html

For DOL Faxback status information: http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/

For information on affidavit of support for marriage to US citizens (I-864), go to
http://travel.state.gov/i864gen.html and http://travel.state.gov/checklist.html

For information on entering the US as a K-1: http://www.k1poelist.com/

For poverty levels, see http://aspe.os.dhhs.gov/poverty/00poverty.htm

For information on H/L/O/P visa extensions at Dept. of State in St. Louis, MO, see
http://travel.state.gov/revals.html

For non-official information, check:

(When using these sites, and any Web sites, please watch out for privacy, as I do not know
all site operators.)

http://www.visalaw.com http://www.shusterman.com http://www.immigration.com
http://members.aol.com/MDUdall http://www.murthy.com/ http://www.getusavisa.com
http://greencard-lottery.virtualave.net/ http://www.jcvisa.com (H-1B)
http://www.h1bresources.com (marriage and fiancee) http://www.kamya.com/misc/ (marriage
and fiancee) http://www2.apex.net/users/thehydes http://www.formshome.com
http://www.workpermit.com

This is not an endorsement of any of these Web sites. I am not affiliated with any of the
Web site owners and do not receive nor accept payment in return for listing them, and
typically don't even know them.

(if believe you have a good immigration-related Web site and want your Web site listed
here, please e-mail me).
 

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