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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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Neil (Preston, England) & Eva (North Carolina, USA)

27 September 2003 Church Wedding, England.

8 October 2004 -INTERVIEW---VISA GRANTED !!!

(Intervening time covered in VJ -Timeline Section)

10 Dec 2004 - Saturn finally came out of orbit and landed in NC !

(Check timeline for intervening period)

8th February 2006 - 'GREEN CARD' FINALLY GRANTED AT INTERVIEW IN CHARLOTTE, NC.

5th Wedding Anniversary due later this year, on 27th September 2008 - How time flies !

I am not a Lawyer and have never wanted or professed to be one. The views and comments I may express here are entirely my own and without any intended legal standing.

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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. ;)


2005

Sept 10 I-129F sent to TSC

2006

Interview - February 13th APPROVED! day 152

April 6 - wedding date day 204

May 15 - AOS sent (not filing for EAD or AP) day 1-total days 243

Aug 22 - AOS interview date day 101-total days 342

approved pending FBI name check, told name check initiated June 1

Sept 29 - green card arrives, done until June 2008 day 140-total days 381

2008

June 30 - I-751 mailed total days 1025

Aug 13 - Biometrics appointment total days 1068

2009

Feb 25 - Transferred from VSC to CSC total days 1265

March 9 - Removal of Conditions approved! total days 1277

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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.


2005 Aug 27 Happily Married

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:yes:

Peter Miami


Johanna & Peter

Colombia / U.S.A.

I-129F / K-1 Fiancee Visa

08-20-02 - Met Johanna in Armenia, Colombia

10-05-05 - K-1 Sent to TSC

10-14-05 - Received NOA1 by E-Mail (Day 9)

12-22-05 - Reveived NOA2 By E-Mail & Mail (Day 78)

03-03-06 - Interview Date! (Day 149) Approved

03-10-06 - Johanna Arrived

05-27-06 - Married

I-485 / AOS (Did not applied for EAD or AP)

06-05-06 - Sent I-485 application to Chicago via USPS (Day 1)

06-06-06 - AOS Package Delivered at 12:29PM

06-12-06 - Received NOA1 by Mail

06-14-06 - Check Cashed

06-22-06 - Received Appointment Notice for Biometrics

06-26-06 - "Request for Additional Evidence" Online, waiting for letter

06-29-06 - Biometrics Done!

06-30-06 - Received RFE Letter by mail. (Missing Birth Certificate)

07-10-06 - Sent RFE by Express Mail USPS

07-11-06 - RFE Delivered @ 10:54AM Sign by D. Atwell

08-28-06 - AOS Transferred to CSC E-mail & USCIS Website (Day 85)

08-30-06 - Touched #1

08-31-06 - Touched #2

08-31-06 - E-Mail from CRIS & USCIS-CSSO - CSC received AOS Application

09-01-06 - Touched #3

09-01-06 - NOA by Mail Regarding Transfer to CSC

09-05-06 - Touched #4

09-07-06 - Touched #5

09-13-06 - Touched #6

09-15-06 - AOS Approved by Online Status & E-mail

09-21-06 - Received GC and Welcome Letter (Day 109)

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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.


I 130 & I129F (K3) and AOS info in timeline

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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.


Now That You Are A Permanent Resident

How Do I Remove The Conditions On Permanent Residence Based On Marriage?

Welcome to the United States: A Guide For New Immigrants

Yes, even this last one.. stuff in there that not even your USC knows.....

Here are more links that I love:

Arriving in America, The POE Drill

Dual Citizenship FAQ

Other Fora I Post To:

alt.visa.us.marriage-based http://britishexpats.com/ and www.***removed***.com

censored link = *family based immigration* website

Inertia. Is that the Greek god of 'can't be bothered'?

Met, married, immigrated, naturalized.

I-130 filed Aug02

USC Jul06

No Deje Piedras Sobre El Pavimento!

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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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