I'm Ilyes, French guy in love with a beautiful and amazing PA girl. We are getting married soon and will send the AOS Package right after the JOP is done.
We bought the guide for AOS from Nolo, which is very helpful, but also a bit confusing from time to time.
Let me tell you a bit about me, which should help you figuring what I'm doing and why.
I came in the US 4 years ago as an au pair (J-1 visa not subject to the 2 year rule). Stayed legal for a year and a half then visa got canceled when I left the program. Lived on my own for about 2 years than met my fiance (gosh I love saying that word). Instant love basically, 3 dates later, we were sleeping at each others place everyday of the week. A month and a half later, we moved in (7 months ago), it is just getting better every single day.
-I'm gonna submit the AOS soon, though we are still waiting on her tax transcript from last year. I am not sure it will come in time, should I send the packet anway with a letter stating the transcript is on its way or wait until I get it.
-We live in NYC and it seems the processing time is quite long from start to finish, any experience for the same situation.
-The Nolo guide implied we would have to submit many copies of the same forms, but when download the form online, I only get a copy of each (I-130, I-485, I-765, I-864EZ, G-325A). Except for the G-325A that has a copy for each application, do I need multiple copies of the others?
Here is the packet as I'm going to send it:
Folder 1, I-130 Application:
G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance
Check for $420 made payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Filing fee for I-130)
Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
Copy of Petitioner's Birth Certificate (Front and Back)
Copy of Petitioner’s US Passport
Copy of Beneficiary’s French Birth Certificate
Copy of Beneficiary’s Birth Certificate Translation
Copy of Beneficiary’s Passport (Biographical page)
Copy of Beneficiary's I-94, DS-2019
Copy of Petitioner and Beneficiary Marriage Certificate
Form G-325A, Biographic Information of Petitioner
1 Passport Style Photographs of the Petitioner (Placed in a plastic bag, attached to a paper)
Form G-325A, Biographic Information of Alien Spouse
1 Passport Style Photographs of the Beneficiary's (Placed in a plastic bag, attached to a paper)
Copy of lease
Joint Checking Account of Petitioner and Beneficiary
Various notes, invoices
Selection of Photographs
Folder 2, I-485 Application:
Check for $1070 made payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Filing fee for I-485 + Biometrics Fee)
I-485 Application To Register Permanent Residence Or Adjust Status
Copy of Passport's Biographical page
Copy of Passport Page with J-1 Visa
Copy of DS-2019
Copy of I-94 Card (Front and Back)
Copy of Birth Certificate/Translation
Copy of Marriage Certificate
G325A signed by intending immigrant
2 Passport Style Photographs of the Intending Immigrant (Placed on a plastic bag, attached to a paper)
I-693 Medical Eximanation (Completed by a Civil Surgeon sealed in an envelope)
I-864 Affidavit Of Support, Petitioner
Copy of Letter of Employment
Copies of Pay Stubs for the Period April 2013 – November 2013
Copy of Petitioner's Federal Income Tax Transcript
Copy of Petitioners W2 for 2012
Copy of Petitioners State and Federal Tax Return for 2012
Folder 3, I-765 Applcation:
I-765 Application for Employment Document
Copy of Passport's Biographical Page
2 Passport Style Photographs (Placed on a plastic bag, attached to a paper)
Copy of I-485 Form
Thanks for reading and your help.