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Hi everyone,

 

Finally, after ~2 months on and off preparation and countless re-prints, we are going to mail out our application package today. Background story, I'm currently in valid F-1 status working full time with my STEM OPT extension EAD (will expire end of April 2018) and got married to a U.S. citizen (last week). Thank you to everyone who have answered my questions in the past.

 

My application in a nutshell

 

  • Filed for optional applications (I-765 & I-131)
  • Photos are placed in ziploc bags and clipped to respective forms (Name and A-number (if any) written on the back with pencil).
  • I organized my application package into folders
  • Each form is paper clipped.
  • Forms and evidences are binder clipped to the respective folder, so they won't fall out.
  • My husband's family member agreed to joint sponsor, because my husband's income is insufficient.
  • During the past five years, my husband had period of unemployment (full time student), so I went ahead and wrote "None-Student" on his I-130.
  • In regard to the evidence of bona fide marriage, I definitely front-loaded our application package with plenty of secondary evidences. For example, list of all past shared trips and gifts exchanged.  I paper clip evidence from the same trip( i.e. hotel reservation, flight reservation, car rental reservation, photos) and made cover letter for it.
  • Similarly, items included in my I-485 were not all required items per I-485 instructions, such as the entry stamps and copy of I-20s. Per page 11 #7 of the instruction document, I-94 Arrival - Departure record should be sufficient.

 

The whole package weighs 3 lbs 3 oz. and I will mail them with a priority mail envelope.

 

Alternative scenarios:

  • Instead of joint sponsor, I can use my income (intending immigrant) by showing proof that my income will continue from the same source after getting the green card. 
  • I could have use my saving accounts by submitting bank statements covering the last 12 months
  • Get the medical examination (I-693) done closer to the interview date to avoid the risk of a Request for Evidence (RFE) asking for a new I-693, if case is pending for more than one year from priority date.
  • Certified copy of marriage certificate is not required, but I had an extra, so I am sending it with the I-130.

 

Please let me know if you see anything missing from my application package. Otherwise, hopefully these photos could help future applicants.

 

All Folders.jpg

Evidence of Bonafide Marriage.jpg

Form -I 693.jpg

I-130 Cover Letter.jpg

I-485 Cover Letter - 1.jpg

I-485 Cover Letter - 2.jpg

Passport Photo - Beneficiary.jpg

Passport Photo - Petitioner.jpg

Thickness reference.jpg

Travel Evidence.jpg


Aug 2011 - Arrived on F1 visa

09/06/2015 Started exchanging messages

10/24/2015 We met in person

07/01/2017 We got engaged!

10/31/2017 We got married!

11/08/2017 AOS Package (I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131) sent via USPS - Chicago Lockbox

                      (Priority Mail - USPS autocorrected zipcode to 60680-4187)

11/12/2017 Package delivered (Delayed due to USPS mistakenly took it to 60624 and Veteran's Day) 

11/21/2017 Received 4 e-mails & 4 text notifications (01:30 AM EST); checks cashed

11/28/2017 Received 4 NOA1 hard copies

12/09/2017 Received Biometrics Appointment Letter (for i-485 and i-765)

12/21/2017 Biometrics Appointment

01/08/2018 **I-765 and I-131 Approved** (61 days)

01/16/2018 %%Received combo card%% (tracking shows USCIS sent it on Jan 11 from MO, then Jan 15 USPS closed for MLK day) 

01/20/2018 Received approval letters for EAD and AP

 

Side note: I turned my maiden name into second middle name. In the combo card, my given name is First Firstmiddleinitial, however on the back of the card, they attempted to list my second middle name. 

 

My application package:

 

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1 hour ago, tato2017 said:

ohh yeah for sure.

 

Good job for OP to prepare the application in this way.

 

21 hours ago, Coco8 said:

That seems like a bureaucrat's dream

Thank you very much!! Definitely hope they agree ^_^

 


Aug 2011 - Arrived on F1 visa

09/06/2015 Started exchanging messages

10/24/2015 We met in person

07/01/2017 We got engaged!

10/31/2017 We got married!

11/08/2017 AOS Package (I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131) sent via USPS - Chicago Lockbox

                      (Priority Mail - USPS autocorrected zipcode to 60680-4187)

11/12/2017 Package delivered (Delayed due to USPS mistakenly took it to 60624 and Veteran's Day) 

11/21/2017 Received 4 e-mails & 4 text notifications (01:30 AM EST); checks cashed

11/28/2017 Received 4 NOA1 hard copies

12/09/2017 Received Biometrics Appointment Letter (for i-485 and i-765)

12/21/2017 Biometrics Appointment

01/08/2018 **I-765 and I-131 Approved** (61 days)

01/16/2018 %%Received combo card%% (tracking shows USCIS sent it on Jan 11 from MO, then Jan 15 USPS closed for MLK day) 

01/20/2018 Received approval letters for EAD and AP

 

Side note: I turned my maiden name into second middle name. In the combo card, my given name is First Firstmiddleinitial, however on the back of the card, they attempted to list my second middle name. 

 

My application package:

 

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Just want to share my biometric letter in case anyone is wondering what it looks like.

 

https://imgur.com/a/vlgd2

 

I made my maiden name as a second middle and my husband's last name as current last name, so I'm really excited to see the appointment letter listing all 4 names (first 1stmiddle 2ndmiddle last)


Aug 2011 - Arrived on F1 visa

09/06/2015 Started exchanging messages

10/24/2015 We met in person

07/01/2017 We got engaged!

10/31/2017 We got married!

11/08/2017 AOS Package (I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131) sent via USPS - Chicago Lockbox

                      (Priority Mail - USPS autocorrected zipcode to 60680-4187)

11/12/2017 Package delivered (Delayed due to USPS mistakenly took it to 60624 and Veteran's Day) 

11/21/2017 Received 4 e-mails & 4 text notifications (01:30 AM EST); checks cashed

11/28/2017 Received 4 NOA1 hard copies

12/09/2017 Received Biometrics Appointment Letter (for i-485 and i-765)

12/21/2017 Biometrics Appointment

01/08/2018 **I-765 and I-131 Approved** (61 days)

01/16/2018 %%Received combo card%% (tracking shows USCIS sent it on Jan 11 from MO, then Jan 15 USPS closed for MLK day) 

01/20/2018 Received approval letters for EAD and AP

 

Side note: I turned my maiden name into second middle name. In the combo card, my given name is First Firstmiddleinitial, however on the back of the card, they attempted to list my second middle name. 

 

My application package:

 

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I would like to start with enormous Thank You note for taking your time to share this information. I am also on F1 visa currently on OPT and sent my AOS package to the USCIS  yesterday (Got married in October 2018). I never write comments, but your post has been extremely helpful and was my #1 guide for preparing and putting together all the documents.  I have read a lot about immigration procedures before and also others' posts about AOS and I would like to say that your file is the most detailed and professional compared to anything I have come across the internet.

 

I hope all is well with your application. Please, post any updates. I will do the same.

 

Thank you once again!


1/17/2018 AOS sent I-130, I-485 and I-765

1/19/2018 AOS package received Chicago USCIS [Priority Date]

1/24/2018 Email and text notification received

1/25/2018 Checks cashed

1/29/2018 NOA1

1/30/2018 Expedite Request on EAD

2/2/2018 Expedite Request cannot be completed without biometrics [ e-mail]

2/2/2018 Biometrics Appointment Letter in mail

2/2/2018 Biometrics done (early walk in)

2/8/2018 Second EAD expedite request submitted.

2/12/2018 Received E-mail notification requesting employment termination letter.

2/12/2018 Fax sent for Employment termination letter.

2/22/2018 Case is assigned to an officer. Case is currently on hold while they request case file (Only applies to expedite request).

2/28/2018 "We received your request to expedite the decision on your application. Your case is currently under review. You will receive a decision or notice of further action shortly." (20 days since expeditious request was submitted...)

3/1/2018 EAD Approved! (Day 41)

3/6 "EAD Was Mailed to Me"

3/9 EAD in Hand

 

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On 1/17/2018 at 8:27 AM, kvito28 said:

I would like to start with enormous Thank You note for taking your time to share this information. I am also on F1 visa currently on OPT and sent my AOS package to the USCIS  yesterday (Got married in October 2018). I never write comments, but your post has been extremely helpful and was my #1 guide for preparing and putting together all the documents.  I have read a lot about immigration procedures before and also others' posts about AOS and I would like to say that your file is the most detailed and professional compared to anything I have come across the internet.

 

I hope all is well with your application. Please, post any updates. I will do the same.

 

Thank you once again!

 

Edited by Eat_Pray_Love

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I will add to this too, I pretty much followed this procedure, and I hope it works out as smooth too!

I hope I can get my EAD/AP combo card in 61 days!


12/16/2017 - Married

1/06/2018 - AOS Package (I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131) Sent via USPS - Chicago Lockbox 

1/10/2018 - AOS Package "Delivered" at Chicago Lockbox - After 2 delivery attempts.

1/12/2018 - Official Priority Date.

1/17/2018 - NOA1 electronic copy received - 4 Email and Text notifications (12:30am EST)

1/22/2018 - NOA1 Hard Copy Received

1/26/2018 - Biometrics Appointment letter received - 2/9/18 (For I-485/I-765)

2/09/2018 - Biometrics completed - Charlotte office - Very efficient!

5/30/2018 - Notification of i-485 Interview scheduled 

6/4/2018 - Interview notice arrived in Mail (July 9)

6/4/2018 - Called to request transfer case to Seattle (Moving June 25)

6/14/2018 - I-765 - Card is being Produced (Day 156)

6/21/2018 - EAD Card delivered (USPS tracking sent 2 days earlier)

6/28/2018 - Confirmation of Interview Cancellation

 

 

 

 

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On 1/20/2018 at 7:03 AM, AussieGuy12 said:

I will add to this too, I pretty much followed this procedure, and I hope it works out as smooth too!

I hope I can get my EAD/AP combo card in 61 days!

Hopefully USCIS processing time remains fast! Best of luck :)

 

On 1/18/2018 at 10:21 AM, Eat_Pray_Love said:

 

:)

On 1/17/2018 at 6:27 AM, kvito28 said:

I would like to start with enormous Thank You note for taking your time to share this information. I am also on F1 visa currently on OPT and sent my AOS package to the USCIS  yesterday (Got married in October 2018). I never write comments, but your post has been extremely helpful and was my #1 guide for preparing and putting together all the documents.  I have read a lot about immigration procedures before and also others' posts about AOS and I would like to say that your file is the most detailed and professional compared to anything I have come across the internet.

 

I hope all is well with your application. Please, post any updates. I will do the same.

 

Thank you once again!

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this, @kvito28! Your compliment made my day! I'm really glad I could help and layout the detail for everyone else. My latest update is the approval of EAD and AP in 61 days (detail in timeline and signature). Best of luck with your application :)


Aug 2011 - Arrived on F1 visa

09/06/2015 Started exchanging messages

10/24/2015 We met in person

07/01/2017 We got engaged!

10/31/2017 We got married!

11/08/2017 AOS Package (I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131) sent via USPS - Chicago Lockbox

                      (Priority Mail - USPS autocorrected zipcode to 60680-4187)

11/12/2017 Package delivered (Delayed due to USPS mistakenly took it to 60624 and Veteran's Day) 

11/21/2017 Received 4 e-mails & 4 text notifications (01:30 AM EST); checks cashed

11/28/2017 Received 4 NOA1 hard copies

12/09/2017 Received Biometrics Appointment Letter (for i-485 and i-765)

12/21/2017 Biometrics Appointment

01/08/2018 **I-765 and I-131 Approved** (61 days)

01/16/2018 %%Received combo card%% (tracking shows USCIS sent it on Jan 11 from MO, then Jan 15 USPS closed for MLK day) 

01/20/2018 Received approval letters for EAD and AP

 

Side note: I turned my maiden name into second middle name. In the combo card, my given name is First Firstmiddleinitial, however on the back of the card, they attempted to list my second middle name. 

 

My application package:

 

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17 minutes ago, ColoradoBeauty said:

Hopefully USCIS processing time remains fast! Best of luck :)

 

:)

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this, @kvito28! Your compliment made my day! I'm really glad I could help and layout the detail for everyone else. My latest update is the approval of EAD and AP in 61 days (detail in timeline and signature). Best of luck with your application :)

Congratulations!! That is pretty fast. I hope mine can go as smooth as well. Do you mind me asking where your documents were re-routed for review?


1/17/2018 AOS sent I-130, I-485 and I-765

1/19/2018 AOS package received Chicago USCIS [Priority Date]

1/24/2018 Email and text notification received

1/25/2018 Checks cashed

1/29/2018 NOA1

1/30/2018 Expedite Request on EAD

2/2/2018 Expedite Request cannot be completed without biometrics [ e-mail]

2/2/2018 Biometrics Appointment Letter in mail

2/2/2018 Biometrics done (early walk in)

2/8/2018 Second EAD expedite request submitted.

2/12/2018 Received E-mail notification requesting employment termination letter.

2/12/2018 Fax sent for Employment termination letter.

2/22/2018 Case is assigned to an officer. Case is currently on hold while they request case file (Only applies to expedite request).

2/28/2018 "We received your request to expedite the decision on your application. Your case is currently under review. You will receive a decision or notice of further action shortly." (20 days since expeditious request was submitted...)

3/1/2018 EAD Approved! (Day 41)

3/6 "EAD Was Mailed to Me"

3/9 EAD in Hand

 

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Just now, kvito28 said:

Congratulations!! That is pretty fast. I hope mine can go as smooth as well. Do you mind me asking where your documents were re-routed for review?

Thank you! I hope so too!

What are you referring to as re-routed? My local office is Denver, but my combo card was sent from Lees Summit, MO.


Aug 2011 - Arrived on F1 visa

09/06/2015 Started exchanging messages

10/24/2015 We met in person

07/01/2017 We got engaged!

10/31/2017 We got married!

11/08/2017 AOS Package (I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131) sent via USPS - Chicago Lockbox

                      (Priority Mail - USPS autocorrected zipcode to 60680-4187)

11/12/2017 Package delivered (Delayed due to USPS mistakenly took it to 60624 and Veteran's Day) 

11/21/2017 Received 4 e-mails & 4 text notifications (01:30 AM EST); checks cashed

11/28/2017 Received 4 NOA1 hard copies

12/09/2017 Received Biometrics Appointment Letter (for i-485 and i-765)

12/21/2017 Biometrics Appointment

01/08/2018 **I-765 and I-131 Approved** (61 days)

01/16/2018 %%Received combo card%% (tracking shows USCIS sent it on Jan 11 from MO, then Jan 15 USPS closed for MLK day) 

01/20/2018 Received approval letters for EAD and AP

 

Side note: I turned my maiden name into second middle name. In the combo card, my given name is First Firstmiddleinitial, however on the back of the card, they attempted to list my second middle name. 

 

My application package:

 

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2 minutes ago, ColoradoBeauty said:

Thank you! I hope so too!

What are you referring to as re-routed? My local office is Denver, but my combo card was sent from Lees Summit, MO.

In the email that I received, it states that my documents were accepted and re-routed to the USCIS national benefits center. I wonder if this makes any difference. Also, how is local office determined? I am trying to look up processing times of local offices but I am not sure which one to look. Is there any tool to do so?


1/17/2018 AOS sent I-130, I-485 and I-765

1/19/2018 AOS package received Chicago USCIS [Priority Date]

1/24/2018 Email and text notification received

1/25/2018 Checks cashed

1/29/2018 NOA1

1/30/2018 Expedite Request on EAD

2/2/2018 Expedite Request cannot be completed without biometrics [ e-mail]

2/2/2018 Biometrics Appointment Letter in mail

2/2/2018 Biometrics done (early walk in)

2/8/2018 Second EAD expedite request submitted.

2/12/2018 Received E-mail notification requesting employment termination letter.

2/12/2018 Fax sent for Employment termination letter.

2/22/2018 Case is assigned to an officer. Case is currently on hold while they request case file (Only applies to expedite request).

2/28/2018 "We received your request to expedite the decision on your application. Your case is currently under review. You will receive a decision or notice of further action shortly." (20 days since expeditious request was submitted...)

3/1/2018 EAD Approved! (Day 41)

3/6 "EAD Was Mailed to Me"

3/9 EAD in Hand

 

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1 minute ago, kvito28 said:

In the email that I received, it states that my documents were accepted and re-routed to the USCIS national benefits center.  I wonder if this makes any difference.

Yes, mine is re-routed here too.

https://www.uscis.gov/archive/blog/2012/06/national-benefits-center-what-it-is-and

 

Also, how is local office determined? https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices 

 

I am trying to look up processing times of local offices but I am not sure which one to look. Is there any tool to do so? Not sure how accurate -> https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do

Answers above :)


Aug 2011 - Arrived on F1 visa

09/06/2015 Started exchanging messages

10/24/2015 We met in person

07/01/2017 We got engaged!

10/31/2017 We got married!

11/08/2017 AOS Package (I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131) sent via USPS - Chicago Lockbox

                      (Priority Mail - USPS autocorrected zipcode to 60680-4187)

11/12/2017 Package delivered (Delayed due to USPS mistakenly took it to 60624 and Veteran's Day) 

11/21/2017 Received 4 e-mails & 4 text notifications (01:30 AM EST); checks cashed

11/28/2017 Received 4 NOA1 hard copies

12/09/2017 Received Biometrics Appointment Letter (for i-485 and i-765)

12/21/2017 Biometrics Appointment

01/08/2018 **I-765 and I-131 Approved** (61 days)

01/16/2018 %%Received combo card%% (tracking shows USCIS sent it on Jan 11 from MO, then Jan 15 USPS closed for MLK day) 

01/20/2018 Received approval letters for EAD and AP

 

Side note: I turned my maiden name into second middle name. In the combo card, my given name is First Firstmiddleinitial, however on the back of the card, they attempted to list my second middle name. 

 

My application package:

 

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Here is the status of my I-485, so I don't think it's re-routed anywhere:

"Our National Benefits Center location is working on your case "


Aug 2011 - Arrived on F1 visa

09/06/2015 Started exchanging messages

10/24/2015 We met in person

07/01/2017 We got engaged!

10/31/2017 We got married!

11/08/2017 AOS Package (I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131) sent via USPS - Chicago Lockbox

                      (Priority Mail - USPS autocorrected zipcode to 60680-4187)

11/12/2017 Package delivered (Delayed due to USPS mistakenly took it to 60624 and Veteran's Day) 

11/21/2017 Received 4 e-mails & 4 text notifications (01:30 AM EST); checks cashed

11/28/2017 Received 4 NOA1 hard copies

12/09/2017 Received Biometrics Appointment Letter (for i-485 and i-765)

12/21/2017 Biometrics Appointment

01/08/2018 **I-765 and I-131 Approved** (61 days)

01/16/2018 %%Received combo card%% (tracking shows USCIS sent it on Jan 11 from MO, then Jan 15 USPS closed for MLK day) 

01/20/2018 Received approval letters for EAD and AP

 

Side note: I turned my maiden name into second middle name. In the combo card, my given name is First Firstmiddleinitial, however on the back of the card, they attempted to list my second middle name. 

 

My application package:

 

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