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My wife was fingerprinted in Manila and at her point of entry on a K-3 Visa. She's in the states, but now we are looking at her working and obtaining permanent residency. For that, we are to file an I-485 and I-765. I was told we do not need to file this within 90 days of her entry, so we have plenty of time, but it would be nice if she could help with the bills especially with her bored as she sits at home unable to work while I'm at work and she's unable to drive yet. She even needs a SSN to get a credit check for a phone to keep in touch with friends, other than the internet. The form links were broken on the USCIS site when I went to download the forms we need, so I called the form hotline. Our form I-765, from the form hotline, is dated 8/11/01! Why did they send us such an old form? That's a month before 9/11.

Anywho, I'm at my mothers now to download an update from the ancient file the government sent us. Looking through the required documents, they want a lot of repeat information on the I-485. I'm looking through her forms and she has an NBI Clearance and Police Clearance from Manila with her fingerprints on those documents... these things that she needed for the interview and I-129F, as my wife. Why can't we send copies of these clearances in and avoid a $70 biometrics fee? Then again, that would be logical. No need for that here. We still have to send in another Bigraphical sheet, another Affidavit of Support, the Marriage Certificate that we used with the I-130 which we will be sending a NOA for... yeah, highly repetitive but, heh, this time it costs MORE! :huh:

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Yep...We had a 7 hour round trip to Charlotte, NC just so I could be fingerprinted and photographed AGAIN ! This time though, every finger ! Just the way it is...Like everything else...Jobs for the boys and girls at USCIS ;) There's so much duplication in this process. A private company would have gone bust long ago !

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I see this was moved to a general family based immigration topic even though she is a k-3 nonimmigrant. That is so much like a thing the government would do! Thanks for making it harder to find! *hat tip* There was a reason I did not put it in this category. This is part of the k-3 process.

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I see this was moved to a general family based immigration topic even though she is a k-3 nonimmigrant. That is so much like a thing the government would do! Thanks for making it harder to find! *hat tip* There was a reason I did not put it in this category. This is part of the k-3 process.

Actually, it's part of the AOS process, which is why it was moved to this section. ;)

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We found ourselves in the same boat.

But yes, it does seem to be all of the same info.

We thought the same about the fingerprinting, but at the Embassy Annie only had two fingers done. Biometrics for AOS require all fingers and a photo.

Pay the fee, $70.00 is nothing compared to delays.

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The Employment Authorization form I-765 says, if my response to question 16 was (a)(9), then I should mail the application to:

USCIS

P.O. Box 7218

Chicago, IL 60680-7218

The Adjustment of Status form I-485 suggests I send info to:

U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

P.O. Box 805887

Chicago, IL 60680-4120

I thought I could send these forms along with another Affidavit of Support and supporting evidence together to one address but I am confused where to send it to now. I'm in Iowa...

She already had a medical in Manila, so I'm guessing I can just send copies of that paperwork...

Side note: My wife is still a nonimmigrant and cannot work. I don't see the point in moving the thread. The search engine isn't very functional on this site. I was looking in the other category for info like this before posting.

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If you are filling for AOS then your question belongs in here.... I guess if you not happy with it in here you could complain in the site related forum.....

You might like to read the guide here about K3 and AOS at the top of the forum.....

Kezzie

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this is the right place as your wife is a non immigrant but you are now in the AOS process.. Your K3 process has now finished and you are in the adjustment of status process, hence the move and hence the answers to your questions.

All submissions that you make go to the Chicago lockbox.

Send copies of your medical however be prepared in that you might need to get an I693a from a CS here if your wife has not had all of her vaccinations or if they get particularily officious.

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The Employment Authorization form I-765 says, if my response to question 16 was (a)(9), then I should mail the application to:

USCIS

P.O. Box 7218

Chicago, IL 60680-7218

The Adjustment of Status form I-485 suggests I send info to:

U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

P.O. Box 805887

Chicago, IL 60680-4120

I thought I could send these forms along with another Affidavit of Support and supporting evidence together to one address but I am confused where to send it to now. I'm in Iowa...

She already had a medical in Manila, so I'm guessing I can just send copies of that paperwork...

Side note: My wife is still a nonimmigrant and cannot work. I don't see the point in moving the thread. The search engine isn't very functional on this site. I was looking in the other category for info like this before posting.

The search is fine; use the advanced search page.

Her K-3 process is done. She needs to become a Permanent REsident now by either filing for Adjustment of Status or an Immigrant Visa. Make sure you understand the difference so that you do not pay twice; I sense that would be a problem for you. ;)

How she files the EAD will depend on which of the above steps your wife chooses to pursue.

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Garden of the Sleeping Giant,

The I-765 introduction page on the USCIS web site says (a)(9) is to send to the PO Box 805887 address. The introduction pages are invariably more current that the forms themselves because the forms are re-printed only periodically.

When there is a discrepancy between the form and the introduction page, be guided by the introduction page.

Yodrak

The Employment Authorization form I-765 says, if my response to question 16 was (a)(9), then I should mail the application to:

USCIS

P.O. Box 7218

Chicago, IL 60680-7218

The Adjustment of Status form I-485 suggests I send info to:

U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

P.O. Box 805887

Chicago, IL 60680-4120

I thought I could send these forms along with another Affidavit of Support and supporting evidence together to one address but I am confused where to send it to now. I'm in Iowa...

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