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Hi guys I hope I'm posting this at the right place... I had a question regarding the IV and AOS packages... I see some people are sending both packages right after paying IV fee and before AOS fee, is that ok to do? I can send those packages early? I read in the guides to send the packages once both fees are paid?

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Hello,

Have you already submitted the DS-261?


Service Center : Vermont Service Center

Consulate : Dominican Republic

Marriage (if applicable): 12/27/2013

I-130 Sent : 2014-05-26

I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-09

I-130 Approved : 2014-11-07

NVC Received : 2014-12-30

Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-01-16

Pay AOS Bill : 2015-01-20

Receive I-864 Package : 2015-01-16

Send AOS Package : 2015-03-19

Submit DS-261 : 2015-01-16

Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-06

Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06

Sent AOS/IV Package: 2015-03-19

Checklist: 2015-04-15

New Scan Date: 2015-04-17

CC: 2015-05-11

Interview: 2015-06-25

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I have personally seen many people on this website who have already payed the AOS fee and sent in there package. During the process of documents review they paid the IV fee and then completed the DS 260. My advice will be to first fill out the DS 261 and pay the AOS fee, once done, feel free to send all required documents. Hope this helps.


Service Center : Vermont Service Center

Consulate : Dominican Republic

Marriage (if applicable): 12/27/2013

I-130 Sent : 2014-05-26

I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-09

I-130 Approved : 2014-11-07

NVC Received : 2014-12-30

Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-01-16

Pay AOS Bill : 2015-01-20

Receive I-864 Package : 2015-01-16

Send AOS Package : 2015-03-19

Submit DS-261 : 2015-01-16

Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-06

Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06

Sent AOS/IV Package: 2015-03-19

Checklist: 2015-04-15

New Scan Date: 2015-04-17

CC: 2015-05-11

Interview: 2015-06-25

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It's sort of a double edge sword. Your better safe paying the AOS fee first and submitting the DS 261 before sending.


Service Center : Vermont Service Center

Consulate : Dominican Republic

Marriage (if applicable): 12/27/2013

I-130 Sent : 2014-05-26

I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-09

I-130 Approved : 2014-11-07

NVC Received : 2014-12-30

Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-01-16

Pay AOS Bill : 2015-01-20

Receive I-864 Package : 2015-01-16

Send AOS Package : 2015-03-19

Submit DS-261 : 2015-01-16

Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-06

Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06

Sent AOS/IV Package: 2015-03-19

Checklist: 2015-04-15

New Scan Date: 2015-04-17

CC: 2015-05-11

Interview: 2015-06-25

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In order to send your packages in, you need the bar coded sheet that you get after your fees have been marked as PAID on the payment portal. There is a bar coded sheet generated for the AOS and the IV, but they are the same. As soon as your AOS fee is paid, you can take that sheet and put it with both your AOS and IV packages and send them off.

Just keep in mind that it takes up to 30 days for your DS-261 to be reviewed, and your IV fee to be invoiced. Currently cases are being approved in as little as 16 (wow!) days, and the NVC operators are stating 30 days until your case gets reviewed, so if you're going to submit your packages early you need to be on top of getting your DS-261 reviewed so you can pay the IV and fill out the DS-260, or else you might get a checklist for the fee/form.

Hope this helps!


September 29, 2012 - First met through a writing forum
January 5, 2014 - Engaged!
June 27, 2014 - Married!

USCIS:
September 23, 2014 - Sent off I-130 package
September 29, 2014 - Priority Date
September 30, 2014 - NOA1
March 26, 2015 - NOA2
April 2, 2015 - Case shipped to NVC

NVC:
April 13, 2015 - Case Number/IIN received
April 15, 2015 - DS-261 submitted
April 15, 2015 - AOS fee paid
April 21, 2015 - AOS package submitted
April 21, 2015 - IV package submitted
April 21, 2015 - Scan date

April 30, 2015 - DS-261 reviewed over the phone

May 12, 2015 - IV fee paid (late due to "EP lock")
May 13, 2015 - DS-260 submitted

May 27, 2015 - AOS/IV packages still not reviewed, flagged for supervisor review

July 10, 2015 - Supervisor review does nothing, flagged for unit manager review
August 11, 2015 - Case Complete!

Interview:

October 6, 2015 - Medical

October 13, 2015 - Interview date (AP - need to submit copy of 2014 W2)
October 21, 2015 - Visa status changed to "READY" and then a few hours later "ISSUED"

October 28, 2015 - Passport received (was available for pickup Oct. 27)
October 28, 2015 - POE fee paid
October 30, 2015 - POE!

After POE:
November 9, 2015 - Received SSN (checked off option to apply on forms)
December 1, 2015 - Received Green Card

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A checklist for the IV fee or DS-260 is irrelevant. It does not slow down the process in any way, shape, or form.

A checklist for a mistake on the I-864 or with the civil documents does slow down the process.

Yes you can send the AOS and IV packages after paying the AOS fee. As the one poster mentioned, you want the bar coded cover sheet. Sometimes you'll get it in an email as a "document cover sheet" which you can also use to send the documentation.


Thanks for both of you replies ... Another question what do u mean by getting ds261 reviewed? Is that something I need to call them up to get it reviewed?

When the DS-261 Online choice of agent form is reviewed and added to your case, then the IV bill becomes available to pay. You can either wait for this to happen or call the NVC to ask them to review it, which they may or may not do. It takes about 15-30 days for that to be added and the IV invoice to become available.


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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A checklist for the IV fee or DS-260 is irrelevant. It does not slow down the process in any way, shape, or form.

Oh, wow. I had no idea. I assumed that a checklist was a checklist, and that the countdown would reset. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I feel relieved for my own situation now! Haha. :content:


September 29, 2012 - First met through a writing forum
January 5, 2014 - Engaged!
June 27, 2014 - Married!

USCIS:
September 23, 2014 - Sent off I-130 package
September 29, 2014 - Priority Date
September 30, 2014 - NOA1
March 26, 2015 - NOA2
April 2, 2015 - Case shipped to NVC

NVC:
April 13, 2015 - Case Number/IIN received
April 15, 2015 - DS-261 submitted
April 15, 2015 - AOS fee paid
April 21, 2015 - AOS package submitted
April 21, 2015 - IV package submitted
April 21, 2015 - Scan date

April 30, 2015 - DS-261 reviewed over the phone

May 12, 2015 - IV fee paid (late due to "EP lock")
May 13, 2015 - DS-260 submitted

May 27, 2015 - AOS/IV packages still not reviewed, flagged for supervisor review

July 10, 2015 - Supervisor review does nothing, flagged for unit manager review
August 11, 2015 - Case Complete!

Interview:

October 6, 2015 - Medical

October 13, 2015 - Interview date (AP - need to submit copy of 2014 W2)
October 21, 2015 - Visa status changed to "READY" and then a few hours later "ISSUED"

October 28, 2015 - Passport received (was available for pickup Oct. 27)
October 28, 2015 - POE fee paid
October 30, 2015 - POE!

After POE:
November 9, 2015 - Received SSN (checked off option to apply on forms)
December 1, 2015 - Received Green Card

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So when u guys got the cover sheet for AOS fee u just took a copy of that to attach to IV package too right? Also how did u guys know when the ds261 n AOS fee was available? When I called nvc today they said received mine from uscis on 4/27 and they will notify me when a case number becomes available? Is that so? Or should I be calling them? Thanks guys for all the replies

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When your case is at NVC you will do a lot more calling. They will tell you they will notify you with case number after a couple of weeks call them to get case number. they will tell you it takes 42 days to have the ds-261 review. Again call them and have them do that over the phone. If the NVC ever tell you to wait for notification after a while you need to call if not you will be waiting a long time


ROC
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-20
I-130 Sent : 2014-10-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-10-09
I-130 RFE for NSO copy of marriage certificate: 2014-11-03
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-11-18
I-130 Approved : 2014-12-07
NVC Received : 2014-12-23
NVC case number: 2015-02-04
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-02-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2015-02-05
Submit DS-261 : 2015-02-05
Sent AOS Package : 2015-02-09
Sent IV Package : 2015-02-09
Scan date : 2015-02-10
Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-03
Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06
Submit DS-260: 2015-3-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2015-03-20
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter: 2015-3-27
Medical complete: 2015-04-08
Interview Date : 2015-05-08
Interview Result : Approved
Visa Received : 2015-05-13

Date of US Entry : 2015-06-09
 

Date of Social Security card receive : 06-2015

Date of Green Card received 07-2015

Date of ROC FILE 05-19-2017

 I-751 NOA Date 05-26-2017

   

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when you have a case number assigned they will send an email. But this email may not arrive or be sent exactly when the case numbers are assigned so you can call to find out. It is best at this stage to call for the chance that they do NOT have an email on file for you, in which case they will be sending the information via postal mail.


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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Hey guys I just got the case number by mail but no ds261 or aos Bill... Thanks for the help guys... This is probably a dumb question but what's the difference between federal income tax returns vs irs tax transcript? What is proof of assets? For evidence of income what should I have in bank account? Is there a minimum amount that's needed?

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