I've been given my K-1 fiancé(e) visa and will be moving to the USA (Colorado) and marrying my fiancée this month.
A K-1 lets me enter the US for 90 days, marry, apply for a GC, and then "remain in the United States while USCIS processes the application." [https://www.uscis.gov/family/family-us-citizens/fiancee-visa/fiancee-visas]
I want to be able to answer the question in the situation that an official or police officer asks "how are you legally here?" at all stages of this process:
Before I'm married, I can say "I'm on a K-1 visa and about to get married". Easy.
Once I'm married, I'll apply for the Green Card. Until my 90 days runs out I can still answer "I'm on a K-1 visa, just got married, and am applying for a Green Card".
After the 90 days but BEFORE the GC application comes through (which can take months or even years), what do I say?
Once I get the GC after 6 months or so, I can say "I'm on a Green Card", easy.
As the K-1 will expire after being married but before receiving the Green Card, I am concerned an official not familiar with the process (such as a police officer on patrol) will say: "This visa stamp says it expired [date]. I don't care if you're 'waiting for your application to be approved', that means you haven't got one, you can't be in the US if you have neither a current visa or a GC".
Is there some name or legal title for myself, or some document I can show after my 90 days but before receiving the GC?
I would assume that the GC application give me a receipt of some kind but I haven't had this confirmed.
Thank you for your time