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arrowI-131 Questions from an H1B Worker
October 5, 2015, 9:15 pm Last comment by nonohmic

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Hi all,


I am about to submit my AOS. But have some questions on the I-131.


Should i be applying for Advanced Parole or a Reentry Permit as an H1B. This is not clear. i.e., am I a conditional resident yet even though I am submitting this with my AOS.


Also, they say that for the I-131 under advanced parole i need to go home for an emergency or to further humanitarian reasons, public benefit etc. Does this mean I can't just go home if I want to see my family?


Thanks in advance,



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arrowCan someone update the guide information?
October 5, 2015, 6:57 pm Last comment by Sean and Kristina
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So there is a broken/expired link on this page on visajourney.com http://www.visajourney.com/content/otheraos 


It apparently goes to the Cornell webiste, but there is an error message. I'm really just interested in finding out the information described below. As I've come to learn a ton about AOS for my husband on an F-1 visa, it turns out I know nothing about those who are trying to immigrate based on merit and not simply through a family member. I'm trying to help our friend learn what her options are while she's on a J-1 visa with a 2-yr HRR since she is going to marry her non-USC fiance soon who is at the same school as her on an F-1 visa. I'd like to help point her in the right direction so she does not have to be separated from her soon-to-be husband. 


check.gif   General information regarding J-1 visa: Some J-type visas have a 2-year home residency requirement (2-yr
HRR). Anyone who is considering marriage on a J-visa needs to confirm whether they are subject to the HRR.
If the J-1 visa holder IS subject to the 2-yr HRR, he/she needs to obtain a waiver prior to marriage.

THIS URL lists the 3 bases for J-1 holders being subject to the two-year HRR requirement, and the 4 methods
of getting a waiver. Actually, there is a 5th method for physicians, the "Conrad State 20" method based on job
commitments in areas in which there is a shortage of health care professionals. The government-funding base
for the 2-year obligation could apply to a citizen of any country. The skills-list base for the 2-year obligation only
applies to citizens or residents of certain countries. There is a link to the skills list on the State Department
website. The graduate medical education base for the 2-year obligation could apply to a citizen of any country.

Marriage to a U.S. citizen is not relevant to any of the 4 methods of getting a waiver, except perhaps
exceptional hardship. Exceptional hardship has to be really extreme, not just a lack of employment
opportunities, or problems in adjusting, for the U.S. citizen spouse, It is recommended that one hire an attorney
in order to obtain a waiver.

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arrowUS Passport renewal
October 2, 2015, 9:07 am Last comment by Sean and Kristina
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Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that I am a USC and recently applied to renew my passport due to name change. Here is my timeline thus far for anyone else who may find this helpful:


9/22/2015 - Mailed passport renewal package from Boston, MA via USPS with tracking to standard processing PO pox (Usually takes 4 - 6 weeks for regular service)

9/23/2015 - Best friend calls and invites me to travel to London for the Rugby World Cup--PANIC because I didn't apply for expedited service. Call 1-877-487-2778 and get a live human being almost immediately. I ask her if it's possible to upgrade from standard processing to expedited processing even though I didn't include that fee in the check I mailed. She assures me that I can and it shouldn't be a problem, but wait until they receive my passport in their system which usually takes 5 - 7 days after delivery.

9/24/2015 - Passport renewal package is received in Philadelphia, PA

9/25/2015 - According to online passport status tracking, my passport has been received and marked for standard processing

9/28/2015 - Check cashed

9/28/2015 - I call the same number again and tell them my situation. Give credit card number over the phone to pay additional $74.85. Representative tells me that they will not charge my card until they are sure that they can meet my travel dates and give me a passport.

9/29/2015 - Apple Pay alert that credit card has been charged

10/1/2015 - E-mail from State Department at 6:50 PM:
"We have finished processing your passport, and it has been mailed to you.

Your passport application locator number is **********************.

You paid for overnight delivery. This means you should receive your passport on or about 10/04/2015."


Online status updated to:

"Thank you for submitting your application for a U.S. passport book!

Your passport application locator number is *******************************.

We have finished processing your passport, and it has been mailed to you using overnight delivery.

You should receive your passport on or about 10/04/2015."


This went INCREDIBLY fast and I'm really impressed/shocked by it considering I didn't use any private service or need to provide proof of booked travel. Figured these data points may be helpful to someone else down the road. Hopefully it gets delivered today.



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arrowPhotos of married couple
October 1, 2015, 11:54 am Last comment by Elf
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Hey guys, I'm in the final stages of compiling all our documents to submit our packet tomorrow. We're applying for my husband's AOS from an F-1 visa. I see a lot of people who are adjusting from fiancee visas include photographs and such in their application to prove their relationship. However, since we're already married and including all those important documents pertaining to shared lease, joint bank accounts, credit card statements, renter's insurance, auto insurance, and health insurance policies that list both of our names...should we just wait to bring the photos, old e-mails, airline tickets of trips taken together, etc. to the actual interview? 

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arrowI-485 Pending, Major Delays, EAD running out. Help!
September 24, 2015, 11:13 pm Last comment by Pitaya

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We were originally due for an answer in December last year 2014, but that came and went and nothing happened. I have been calling on a numerous occasions throughout this year, first person that talk to asaid that my 485 was being processed in ST Paul, and that they are having delays, then I called back when those delays were up, then the next person said that my 485 was being processed at at Lee's Summit MO and the processing times were around July and August nothing happened so I called back again. I called back on the 19th of Aug (just to be safe) and they set up a request form for me and told me to wait, the following week i received a letter stating that the request was made and that due to factors not related to my case they anticipate delays.. and that was it, no estimated time, nothing.. on top of that my online case status has not been updated since December.


I am feeling concerned it almost feels like my I-485 has been lost in the system, my friends who lives in the same town who applied 3 months after I did got theirs back months ago, and now my EAD card is expiring in less than 2 months.

Is anyone else experiencing the same issues?
Do I have to pay the $400 do renew my EAD card even though they admitted it was not my fault?
I am due to call back in the next two days to chase up, Is there anything I can do or request to help my situation?

Thanks in advance! 

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