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Hello fellow Visa Journeyors!

I've just finished preparing my ROC Package and organized it with binder clips by sections (banking, taxes, etc). I am just sending the stack of paperwork (no folders, etc).

The trouble that I now seem to have is that the stack of paperwork is too thick and I'm not sure how to mail it.

I've stopped by USPS and I tried to use the largest bubble mailer that they had but some of the papers got bent in process and it was still a struggle to fit everything inside.

The gentleman at the counter recommended that I use a flat rate priority box. Does anyone know if USCIS accepts boxes?

For the medium size, the papers barely fit. Some of the edges might be curled upon opening.

For the large size box, everything fit perfectly, but there is so much extra room that I am afraid the papers will be damaged in transportation and I'm not certain if I can pack with bubble wrap.

If anyone could share how they sent their packages (I've estimated that mine is about 4 inches thick) or had any suggestions, I would be very grateful! :help:

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I sent mine with flat rate box, I remember it was medium barely fit on sides and for the little space on top I put bubble wrap, uscis received it and send me the letter already.


AOS based on a marriage with US citizen:

06/06/2012 - last entry in USA on J1 visa;

05/06/2013 - got married;

07/18/2013 - sent the package (I-130, I-485, I-765);

07/23/2013 - USCIS received the package;

07/29/2013 - received notifications for acceptance via e-mails and text messages;

08/02/2013 - received notifications for acceptance via mail;

08/08/2013 - received biometrics letter (appointment for 08/14) via mail, without any e-mail or text message notifications;

08/14/2013 - done with biometrics;

08/22/2013 - I-485 online status updated to "Testing and Interview";

08/28/2013 - I-485 online status says " On August 28, 2013, we mailed you an appointment notice for an interview for October 4, 2013...";

08/30/2013 - received notification for an Interview on October 04 2013, 8:30 am via mail;

09/23/2013 - I-765 online status updated to "Card/Document Production";

09/28/2013 - received EAD card;

10/04/2013 - interview day - approved on spot!

10/17/2013 - received my green card via mail

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The above advice is good. You might also find or fashion a plain cardboard box of the right size, slap some Priority Mail stickers on it, and mail it that way. The idea is to get it there.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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We sent ours in a flat rate priority box with return receipt the other day. I already receive the email/text that the box has been signed for by USCIS, so now it is just waiting game for our NOA1.

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If you're not happy with the box sizes at USPS, you could always go to one of those shipping shops and have them wrap it up for you, they'll probably have a bigger range of box sizes. Then just take it back to USPS and pay for the postage.


N-400 Application for Naturalization

07/15/16 - N-400 and supporting documents sent to Phoenix via FedEx

07/17/16 - Earliest accepted filing date

07/18/16 - Package delivered to Phoenix

07/21/16 - Check cashed

07/25/16 - NOA received via USPS (dated 07/21/16)

07/26/16 - Biometrics appointment notice available online

08/10/16 - Biometrics appointment

02/24/16 - Online status change to "Interview Scheduled"

02/27/17 - Interview appointment notice available online

03/31/17 - N-400 interview at Los Angeles office - Recommended for approval
03/31/17 - Online status change to "Oath Ceremony Scheduled"
04/03/17 - Oath ceremony notice available online

04/18/17 - Oath ceremony

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We packed our first I-751 wad o'papers, weighing in at six pounds, into a whatever size USPS priority flat rate box the contents would fit in. Placed generous amounts of bubble wrap where necessary to keep the precious contents from shifting around too much, and send it on to the USCIS minions at CSC. It was accepted without issue. Followed the same process for the follow-up RFE wad o'papers, weighing in at just under four pounds. It was also accepted without issue. My family got their 10-yr GCs one week after being delivered to CSC.

Like TBone said, "The idea is to get it there." :thumbs: :thumbs:

YMMV

Good luck on your immigration journey.


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What I've often done in similiar situations is take a Priority Mail envelope (or two) and seal the papers snugly inside, then put that inside a box. If need be, tape the envelope(s) to the inside of the box so it doesn't bounce around inside.

I'm sure the USCIS mailroom has seen every possible permutation of mailing packaging.

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We packed our first I-751 wad o'papers, weighing in at six pounds, into a whatever size USPS priority flat rate box the contents would fit in. Placed generous amounts of bubble wrap where necessary to keep the precious contents from shifting around too much, and send it on to the USCIS minions at CSC. It was accepted without issue. Followed the same process for the follow-up RFE wad o'papers, weighing in at just under four pounds. It was also accepted without issue. My family got their 10-yr GCs one week after being delivered to CSC.

Like TBone said, "The idea is to get it there." :thumbs: :thumbs:

YMMV

Good luck on your immigration journey.

i love the usps priority packs !

nota.bene.: if your local usps office not have appropriate sizes - hey ! get more for free online, over at usps.com . I also suggest to make an account there, and pay for postage online, as

you get a discount plus free tracking ! (an option you have to pay for when paying at a usps office).

Seriously, study the sizes online - you'll find the right pack for you ! And they are free !


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