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Hi all VJ friends!!!

After working so hard for 2 weeks (with all the help from all of you :blush: ), I believe I have ALL the documents ready for I-485 and I-130. Now the question is: how do I organize all the documents in one package??? My husband filled out the I-130 and I filled out the I-485, will send them all in one package. I am going to send out tomorrow morning through USPS Express Mail.

QUESTIONS: Should I put paper clips to separate each forms? OR I should put 1 giant paperclip for I-130, 1 for I-485, 1 for I-765, and 1 for I-131.

Or, the I-20, should I staple all of them together? and the photos for G-325A, should I staple on the blank paper and put at the back of G-325A??

Little info. about me:

F-1 student ---> graduated ---> OPT ----> back to school ---> OPT (expiring Jan'09) ---> married to my husband 3 weeks ago

If you guys don't mind, please check the following documents I have prepared! THANKSSSSS!!! :star:



Enclosed please find my Form I-130, Petition for Alien Spouse for [my name] and supporting documents. Contents include:

1. Check in the amount of US$355.00 (filing fee)

2. Form I-130: Petition for Alien Relative

3. A copy of all pages of [uS husband's name] US passport

4. A copy of [uS husband's name] Driver License

5. A copy of [my name] birth certificate along with its English translation

6. A certified copy of [uS husband's name] and [my name] marriage certificate

7. G-325A: Biographic Information filled out by [husband's name] signed and dated

8. One (1) passport-type photo of [husband's name] in a labeled plastic bag

9. G-325A: Biographic Information filled out by [my name] signed and dated

10. One (1) passport-type photo of [my name] in a labeled plastic bag

11. Evidence of a Bona Fide Marriage

a. Joint account statement from Bank A

b. Joint credit card verification letter from Bank B

c. Pictures of us and family on wedding day and travel



Enclosed please find Form I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization, Form I-131 Application for Travel Document and all supporting documents for [my name].

My eligibility to adjust from F-1 status to permanent resident status is based on marriage to a U.S. Citizen.


1. Check in the amount of US$1010.00 (biometrics fee included)

2. Form I-485: Petition for Alien Relative

3. Copy of [my name] passport's biographical page

4. Copy of [my name] valid I-94 form (front and back)

5. Copy of [my name] F-1 student visa page with entry stamps

6. Copies of all [my name] I-20

7. Copy of [my name] Social Security Card

8. Copy of [my name] birth certificate along with its English translation

9. Certified copy of [uS husband's name] and [my name] marriage certificate

10. Two (2) passport-type photos of [my name] in a labeled plastic bag

11. Form G-325A: Biographic Information filled out by [my name] signed and dated

12. Form I-693: Medical Examinations of Aliens Seeking Adjustment of Status in a sealed envelop provided by [Doctor's name]

13. Form I-864: Affidavit of Support filled out by [husband's name]

a. 2005 Tax Return Information

b. 2006 Tax Return Information

c. 2007 Tax Return Information


1. Form I-765: Applicant for Employment Document

2. Two (2) passport-type photos of [my name] in a labeled plastic bag

3. Copy of [my name] passport's biographical page

4. Copy of [my name] valid I-94 form (front and back)

5. Copy of [my name] F-1 visa page with entry stamps

6. Copy of [my name] 2006 Employment Authorization Card

7. Copy of [my name] 2008 Employment Authorization Card


1. Form I-131: Applicant for Travel Document

2. Explanation for Eligibility on a separate sheet dated & signed

3. Two(2) passport-type photos of [my name] in a labeled plastic bag

4. Copy of [my name] passport's biographical page

5. Copy of [my name] valid I-94 form (front and back)

6. Copy of [my name] F-1 visa page with entry stamps

Also, I have to say a BIG THANKS to GueraYTavo (especially you), sweetpiano, pushbrk, fwaguy, confusedf1, and sweetpink!!! You guys helped me a lot!!!! :thumbs:

08/2002 Arrived US with F-1 Student Visa

01/01/08 EAD received (Student OPT)

08/01/08 Got married


08/31/08 USPS Express Delivery I-485, I-130, I-131, I-765 to Chicago Office

09/02/08 USCIS received the package

09/04/08 USCIS sent NOA1 by mail

09/08/08 Received all (4) NOA1 for I-130, I-131, I-485 & I-765

09/12/08 Received Biometrics appointment letter

10/03/08 Appointment for Biometrics

11/04/08 Received Interview NOA by mail

11/10/08 InfoPass for AP

11/12/08 AP Approve Notice Sent , EAD Card Production Ordered

11/17/08 AP received

11/25/08 EAD received

12/11/08 Appointment for Interview - APPROVED

12/27/08 GREEN CARD received


11/16/10 USPS Express Delivery I-751 to California Service Center

11/17/10 USCIS received the package, Notice of Action dated same day

11/19/10 Check was cashed

11/23/10 Received NOA

12/11/10 Green Gard expired

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Hi there!! GOod luck in advance for your application..One thing on your I-485 application its not petition for alien relative its adjustment of status application..With regards to organizing the forms I used big paperclips in each form..thats all..for more detailed info here is the link in uscis http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD

In this link it specifically states Use paperclips when attaching supporting personal documents to forms (do NOT use “ACCO” fasteners; staples are acceptable when attaching fees).

All in all i think youre good to go :thumbs:



July 21, 2008---(ORIGINAL) NOA1 for AOS & EAD

July 29, 2008---"WALK-IN" BIOMETRICS DONE (AOS & EAD-1)

Oct 14, 2008---EAD1 CARD ARRIVES! Approval date is Oct. 2, 2008



Jan 9, 2009---CARD RECEIVED FINALLY! Approval date 12-10-08..expires on 12-10-10




Sept 10,2011---Application for citizenship


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The checklist looks good.

Photos - don't forget to write your names on the back in pencil or felt tip pen. Put them in ziplock bags and then paper-clip them to the G-325A.

Check - paper clip to the I-130 and I-485.

I used paper folders to separate the major forms: one file for the I-130 and evidence, one file for the I-485, the other forms and evidence. Inside the folders, the forms and other multi-page documents were paper-clipped.

Hope this helps.

10-Apr-08...Filing date for I-130/AOS/EAD/AP


31-Jul-08...EAD Card received

15-Sep-08...Interview (APPROVED)

27-Sep-08...GC received

03-Aug-10...Filed I-751 (Removal of Conditions)

06-Aug-10...NOA 1-yr Extension Letter


02-Dec-10...ROC approved! (Card production ordered)

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05/01/08 Green Card in mailbox!!

06/05/10 Real GREEN Card RECEIVED!

01/17/13 Sent application for US Citizenship!!!

01/19/13 Arrived to Arizona Lockbox

01/24/13 Notice of Action

01/25/13 Check cashed

01/28/13 NOA received by mail and biometrics letter mailed as per uscis.gov

02/14/13 Biometrics appointment

03/18/13 In-line for inteview

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I did it the same way as sweetpiano, and at my interview the IO commented on how organised my files were and how much that helps...:)

Concurrent I-130 and AOS

Nov 30 2007 - I enter US as a tourist to spend the ski season with my sweetie and figure out what we both want outta life - we plan on ending up in Canada, but...

Jan 30 2008 - We get married in Vegas! We decide to stay in the US.

Feb 08 2008 - File I-130, I-485, AP and EAD

Feb 11 2008 - Package arrives in Chicago

Feb 19 2008 - Receive NOA 1 for everything except I-485. NOA date Feb 15th

Feb 19 2008 - Touch I-130, AP, EAD

Feb 21 2008 - Receive I-485 NOA 1. NOA Date Feb 15th

Feb 22 2008 - Receive Biometrics notice, dated Feb 20th, for appointment March 11th

Feb 27 2008 - Walk in to Denver field office and have Biometrics taken early as the 11th March I'll be away

Apr 16 2008 - EAD card production ordered

Apr 16 2008 - AP approval sent

Apr 21 2008 - AP received in mail

Apr 21 2008 - EAD card production email received again - strange

Apr 24 2008 - EAD card approval notice sent email

Apr 26 2008 - EAD card received

May 03 2008 - Interview notice received -June 27th

May 22 2008 - Touch on I-485

June 09 2008 - I-130 finally shows up online and shows a touch that day, so does I-485

Jun 27 2008 - Interview - approved, stamped, received card production email. Ya-hoo!!!!

July 10 2008 - Card received

Total time from filing - approval: 4.5 months


Lifting of Conditions

June 11 2010 - Package mailed

June 16 2010 - NOA date

July 2 2010 - Bio letter received - July 27th date

July 9 2010 - Early biometrics walk in San Marcos CA

Sept 16 2010 - Card production ordered

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If you really want to help them you can even punch two holes at the top of the papers.

I think we used those little tabs that stick to the paper and are easy to remove as well as paper clips.

Keep the papers relevant to each form with it.

Besides that don't go too crazy because they have their own way to organize things anyway.

A cover letter can help to find each element too.

08.2006: Entered with a B-2 visa.

07.06.07: Civil Wedding

07.17.2008 AOS approved with interview. It took 367 Days!

11.08.08: Big family wedding

09.18.09-10.03.09: First trip to France with Hubby


04.19.10: Package sent to Vermont

04.21.10: Delivered in Vermont

04.22.10: NOA date

04.23.10: Check cashed

05.17.10: Received biometrics appointment letter

06.07.10: Biometrics Appointment

06.26.10: Touched

07.07.10: Card Production Ordered!

07.17.10: Card in the mail :) Done until citizenship

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I just saw in I-485 cover page "a copy of social security card".

Do I need to add it too?

No. It's not mentioned in the instructions for any of the forms. I didn't have one and got approved in 2 months with no interview.

Edited by HeatDeath


"It says wonderful things about the two countries [Canada and the US] that neither one feels itself being inundated by each other's immigrants."

-Douglas Coupland

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