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I posted this in the NVC forum, but didn't get a response so I shall try it here. Thanks!

I've scanned all of my documents to reasonable sized PDFs, but I'm concerned about the quality not being good enough. Particularly the I-864. All entries are legible, but the 2D barcode at the bottom is certainly not clear enough to be scanned. But this is true even at optimum resolution. For those who successfully went through electronic processing, how high was the quality of your scans?

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I posted this in the NVC forum, but didn't get a response so I shall try it here. Thanks!

I've scanned all of my documents to reasonable sized PDFs, but I'm concerned about the quality not being good enough. Particularly the I-864. All entries are legible, but the 2D barcode at the bottom is certainly not clear enough to be scanned. But this is true even at optimum resolution. For those who successfully went through electronic processing, how high was the quality of your scans?

I think it sounds like you already know to try to scan that again so the barcode comes through clearly. That might be a good gauge on whether it is clear enough. I don't remember the size of my documents BUT I did get a checklist for my one son's I-864 because the dollar amount apparently didn't match the tax return. It absolutely did match, however, I think the scan made it slightly fuzzy and the person reading it couldn't be bothered to really look at it. My other son and I both had the exact same document sent but ours were accepted. So... I think that once you scan it, a great test is to print it and see how it looks as well. I assume they receive the electronically and then print them for the files and that's where they look at them. So scan and then print. Make sure it is clear.


USCIS - 40 DAYS
2012-10-30: FedEx delivered I-130 to Chicago Lockbox Mail Room
2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC
2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30
2012-12-11: NOA2


NVC - 26 DAYS
2013-01-02: Rec'd case#, IIN, BIN & OPTIN emails for EP sent
2013-01-03: Submitted DS-261 (x3)
2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us
2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email
2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email
2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email
2013-01-18: Son#1 CASE COMPLETE - Son#2 checklist - saying $ on I-864 don't match tax return (but they do)-resubmitted
2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE
2013-01-28: ALL 3 OF OUR CASES ARE NOW COMPLETE
2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email

MEDICAL ~ CONSULATE ~ POE REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS - 160 DAYS NATURALIZATION
2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox
2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12-22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA
2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-24: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics
2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter
2013-03-25: SSNs arrived 2015-05-27: Approved 2016-03-22: Interview
2013-04-01: Green Cards arrived 2015-06-03: New Green Cards arrived 2016-04-15: Oath Ceremony

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Thank you so much for telling me about your experience. If I scan the pages on the highest quality, they come out nicely when reprinted. But then each page is 8MB, so just the I-864 is 70MB. Any time I lower the resolution and print them as smaller PDF's, the quality goes way down. I think I might just give up and mail everything in the old fashioned way. I'm sure it doesn't make that big of a difference. I hope, anyway.

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Thank you so much for telling me about your experience. If I scan the pages on the highest quality, they come out nicely when reprinted. But then each page is 8MB, so just the I-864 is 70MB. Any time I lower the resolution and print them as smaller PDF's, the quality goes way down. I think I might just give up and mail everything in the old fashioned way. I'm sure it doesn't make that big of a difference. I hope, anyway.

Noooooo don't mail them lol. Can you scan them on high quality and then adjust the size for email after? OR just scan that main page on a higher quality and not worry so much about the rest. I just pulled my AOS file and it was 10MB total. The bar code on the actual AOS form looks crummy, too. So maybe that's not so much a concern. The bar code on your cover page is the important one. The one on the AOS form is probably nothing now that I'm looking at it. I say go for it, just make sure the numbers written in are legible. Make sense?


USCIS - 40 DAYS
2012-10-30: FedEx delivered I-130 to Chicago Lockbox Mail Room
2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC
2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30
2012-12-11: NOA2


NVC - 26 DAYS
2013-01-02: Rec'd case#, IIN, BIN & OPTIN emails for EP sent
2013-01-03: Submitted DS-261 (x3)
2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us
2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email
2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email
2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email
2013-01-18: Son#1 CASE COMPLETE - Son#2 checklist - saying $ on I-864 don't match tax return (but they do)-resubmitted
2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE
2013-01-28: ALL 3 OF OUR CASES ARE NOW COMPLETE
2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email

MEDICAL ~ CONSULATE ~ POE REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS - 160 DAYS NATURALIZATION
2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox
2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12-22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA
2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-24: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics
2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter
2013-03-25: SSNs arrived 2015-05-27: Approved 2016-03-22: Interview
2013-04-01: Green Cards arrived 2015-06-03: New Green Cards arrived 2016-04-15: Oath Ceremony

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The paid AOS barcode sheet is perfect because I was able to print it directly from my email as a PDF, and is only 10kb or something. So that's good. It's just the I-864 that is not very clear. Every entry is readable, but I am so paranoid about this whole thing I can hardly believe it.

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The paid AOS barcode sheet is perfect because I was able to print it directly from my email as a PDF, and is only 10kb or something. So that's good. It's just the I-864 that is not very clear. Every entry is readable, but I am so paranoid about this whole thing I can hardly believe it.

I used 75dpi for all the civil docs to get them small enough to send in one email. I had to send civil docs in one email and AOS docs in a second. If the AOS in not clear try 100 dpi.


Married January 15, 2014

USCIS

I130 sent March, 11, 2014 NOA1 March 18

I129F sent April 7, 2014 NOA1 April 14

NOA2 September 10, 2014

NVC received October 1, 2014

NVC

Case # assigned October 17, 2014

Paid AOS and IV October 24, 2014

Submitted electronically November 19, 2014

December 11, 2014 received confirming email receipt of documents

January 26, 2015 checklist for AOS missing info and IV docs (say did not receive)

February 5, 2015 resubmitted IV docs

January 29 resubmitted AOS checklist docs

February 20, 2015 all docs received

February 20, 2015 case complete

February 27, 2015 Case complete email received.

March 2, 2015 Interview email received Interview Date April 17, 2015. Montreal

Medical scheduled April 10, 2015 Montreal

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April 2, 2015 Medisys calls to reschedule medical . ( there is no emoticon that could accurately represent my dismay)

April 6, 2015 Medical rescheduled to April 9

April 9, 2015 Medical complete.

April 17, 2015 Interview and approval.

April 23, 2015 visa received!

May 2, 2015 visa fee paid.

August 1, 2015 POE reunited with my husband.

September 2015 ; 2 year green card received.

ROC

May 4th 2017 package sent to CSC

May 6th 2017 Package received USPS tracking

May 16th 2017 Check cashed

May 18th 2017 NOA1 received dated May 8, 2017

May 27th 2017 Biometrics received appointment June 7th, 2017

June 5th 2017 early walk in biometrics New Orleans

 

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Photo to PDF does work a little better. What is the max size in MB I can include in an email to the NVC? I've seen 5MB and 30MB. Right now I can get my AOS around 10MB and IV is under 5MB. Is this okay?

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5 mb per attachment. I"m unsure of the total mb per email. send as many emails as you need.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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if you need to scan the I-864, then the pay stubs, etc.. all separately, then do that.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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If you use Outlook, it will only let you send a maximum of 24 MB per email. I just reduced my PDF sizes a little more (I had a ton of military records) and was able to send it all in one. You should be fine, as NLR said you can send them as many emails as it takes. Good luck!


ROC

01/18/2017   Sent in I-751

01/26/2017   Check cashed

01/28/2017   Received NOA dated 01/20/2017

02/16/2017   Biometrics done

10/24/2017   Traveled to Minneapolis for I551 stamp

02/26/2018     Case received by Field Office - S. Paul

05/012018     Case transferred to another USCIS office for processing 

N-400

02/02/2018    Filed N-400 online

02/05/2018    NOA online - NOA letter 02/09/2018

02/21/2018     Biometrics walk-in

 

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Thank you all so much for your help and patience! I think my moment of pure panic has passed. I have scanned everything and all looks good, and all attachments are under 5MB. I'm going to sleep on this and then hit "send" tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

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Thank you all so much for your help and patience! I think my moment of pure panic has passed. I have scanned everything and all looks good, and all attachments are under 5MB. I'm going to sleep on this and then hit "send" tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

Lol!! Well good luck with that (sleeping, that is!) I would be thinking about it too much!! I am sure you did just fine :) . Good luck with the rest of your journey!


ROC

01/18/2017   Sent in I-751

01/26/2017   Check cashed

01/28/2017   Received NOA dated 01/20/2017

02/16/2017   Biometrics done

10/24/2017   Traveled to Minneapolis for I551 stamp

02/26/2018     Case received by Field Office - S. Paul

05/012018     Case transferred to another USCIS office for processing 

N-400

02/02/2018    Filed N-400 online

02/05/2018    NOA online - NOA letter 02/09/2018

02/21/2018     Biometrics walk-in

 

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**Moved from Process & Procedures to Progress Reports, OP is asking for experiences and not making a general process query. Unanswered duplicate thread removed. Off topic hijack post also removed.**


Our journey:

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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