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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Russia
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Svetlana and I are almost ready to submit our AOS package (408, 765, 131, etc.) but have a nagging feeling something is either missing or not filled out exactly correctly. These guides have been wonderful, but I guess it's natural to worry that not everything is done exactly the way it should be.

Finding a professional to simply to review our package for completeness has been --- as expected--- difficult (typical response is, "We will do the entire case or nothing at all.").

However, there is a paralegal service in my county that will review everything for $250. Has anyone on here ever gone that route? It's not cheap, but still better than the $1,500 my (former) lawyer wanted to do everything. Can you put a price tag on peace of mind?

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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Svetlana and I are almost ready to submit our AOS package (408, 765, 131, etc.) but have a nagging feeling something is either missing or not filled out exactly correctly. These guides have been wonderful, but I guess it's natural to worry that not everything is done exactly the way it should be.

Finding a professional to simply to review our package for completeness has been --- as expected--- difficult (typical response is, "We will do the entire case or nothing at all.").

However, there is a paralegal service in my county that will review everything for $250. Has anyone on here ever gone that route? It's not cheap, but still better than the $1,500 my (former) lawyer wanted to do everything. Can you put a price tag on peace of mind?

I'll do it for 50% of her fee


YMMV

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: South Africa
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Svetlana and I are almost ready to submit our AOS package (408, 765, 131, etc.) but have a nagging feeling something is either missing or not filled out exactly correctly. These guides have been wonderful, but I guess it's natural to worry that not everything is done exactly the way it should be.

Finding a professional to simply to review our package for completeness has been --- as expected--- difficult (typical response is, "We will do the entire case or nothing at all.").

However, there is a paralegal service in my county that will review everything for $250. Has anyone on here ever gone that route? It's not cheap, but still better than the $1,500 my (former) lawyer wanted to do everything. Can you put a price tag on peace of mind?

that's a lot of money - to be blunt she's taking you for a ride (although paralegals are the ones who do the work in the attorneys offices anyway).

Offer her $100, her main job is paying her under $20 an hour so she'll take the offer, make sure she knows what she's doing though (i.e. works for a good attorney who handles AOS regularly), I spoke to one paralegal here who offered to take a look at my documents and when I asked certain questions I realized that she had no clue.


03/01/2007 - POE - JFK (L-1 Visa)

01/15/2008 - Proposed

03/15/2008 - Married

09/02/2008 - Sent AOS Package (I-130, I-485, I-693)

09/03/2008 - Received - Signed by SMITH

09/04/2008 - Checks deposited

09/10/2008 - Checks cleared ($1010 + $355)

09/12/2008 - 2 NOA's received (I-130, I-485) - Dated 09/08/08

09/16/2008 - Received notice for biometrics appointment on 09/30/2008

09/20/2008 - Biometrics done - Walk in (Orlando) Took 10 minutes

09/22/2008 - I-485 viewable online (pending, of course)

09/30/2008 - Biometrics Appointment (2pm)

12/30/2008 - Received Interview Letter

02/25/2008 - Interview

03/06/2008 - Welcome Letter received (the website will clearly never send me updates!)

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Zambia
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I'd say the $250 is reasonable, since the fee goes to the paralegal firm, not to the individual employee. There is overhead of all kinds in any small business. But if these people haven't had experience in immigration matters, a paralegal's review will amount to proofreading at best. Since you have already done all the work, and you've checked it over a few times, put it away for a few days and then take one last look at it. Worst case, USCIS would simply ask for further information on something. That was the risk I took and there were no glitches at all.

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Svetlana and I are almost ready to submit our AOS package (408, 765, 131, etc.) but have a nagging feeling something is either missing or not filled out exactly correctly. These guides have been wonderful, but I guess it's natural to worry that not everything is done exactly the way it should be.

Finding a professional to simply to review our package for completeness has been --- as expected--- difficult (typical response is, "We will do the entire case or nothing at all.").

However, there is a paralegal service in my county that will review everything for $250. Has anyone on here ever gone that route? It's not cheap, but still better than the $1,500 my (former) lawyer wanted to do everything. Can you put a price tag on peace of mind?

Hi Btalley,

I also had that nagging feeling despite reading the guide here and the instructions on the application forms a hundred times. I became an OC for awhile and had to postpone again and again the date of submission. If something's missing, they will send you an RFE.

The price is too high.


N-400

March 21, 2014 - Application sent thru Expressmail

March 25, 2014 - Received/Priority Date

March 26, 2014 - Check cashed

March 27, 2014 - Notice Date

April 2, 2014 - Notice for Biometrics Appointment thru email

Aprill 22, 2014 - Biometrics

April 24, 2014 - In line for interview

August 25, 2014-Scheduled for Interview

September 30, 2014 - Interview and Oath-Taking :joy:

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: South Africa
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Svetlana and I are almost ready to submit our AOS package (408, 765, 131, etc.) but have a nagging feeling something is either missing or not filled out exactly correctly. These guides have been wonderful, but I guess it's natural to worry that not everything is done exactly the way it should be.

Finding a professional to simply to review our package for completeness has been --- as expected--- difficult (typical response is, "We will do the entire case or nothing at all.").

However, there is a paralegal service in my county that will review everything for $250. Has anyone on here ever gone that route? It's not cheap, but still better than the $1,500 my (former) lawyer wanted to do everything. Can you put a price tag on peace of mind?

Hi Btalley,

I also had that nagging feeling despite reading the guide here and the instructions on the application forms a hundred times. I became an OC for awhile and had to postpone again and again the date of submission. If something's missing, they will send you an RFE.

The price is too high.

And I can say with confidence that your resources on the forums and in the guides have probably made you more of an expert that most paralegals


03/01/2007 - POE - JFK (L-1 Visa)

01/15/2008 - Proposed

03/15/2008 - Married

09/02/2008 - Sent AOS Package (I-130, I-485, I-693)

09/03/2008 - Received - Signed by SMITH

09/04/2008 - Checks deposited

09/10/2008 - Checks cleared ($1010 + $355)

09/12/2008 - 2 NOA's received (I-130, I-485) - Dated 09/08/08

09/16/2008 - Received notice for biometrics appointment on 09/30/2008

09/20/2008 - Biometrics done - Walk in (Orlando) Took 10 minutes

09/22/2008 - I-485 viewable online (pending, of course)

09/30/2008 - Biometrics Appointment (2pm)

12/30/2008 - Received Interview Letter

02/25/2008 - Interview

03/06/2008 - Welcome Letter received (the website will clearly never send me updates!)

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Svetlana and I are almost ready to submit our AOS package (408, 765, 131, etc.) but have a nagging feeling something is either missing or not filled out exactly correctly. These guides have been wonderful, but I guess it's natural to worry that not everything is done exactly the way it should be.

Finding a professional to simply to review our package for completeness has been --- as expected--- difficult (typical response is, "We will do the entire case or nothing at all.").

However, there is a paralegal service in my county that will review everything for $250. Has anyone on here ever gone that route? It's not cheap, but still better than the $1,500 my (former) lawyer wanted to do everything. Can you put a price tag on peace of mind?

Hi Btalley,

I also had that nagging feeling despite reading the guide here and the instructions on the application forms a hundred times. I became an OC for awhile and had to postpone again and again the date of submission. If something's missing, they will send you an RFE.

The price is too high.

And I can say with confidence that your resources on the forums and in the guides have probably made you more of an expert that most paralegals

No, it does not made me an expert than most paralegals. I still have the jitters 'coz along the way of the processing, something might come up and they will send me an RFE. I just wanted to share that I, too, feel that there "is either missing or not filled out exactly correctly".

As of now, I am still praying that no RFE will come even though I have received my AP and EAD already.


N-400

March 21, 2014 - Application sent thru Expressmail

March 25, 2014 - Received/Priority Date

March 26, 2014 - Check cashed

March 27, 2014 - Notice Date

April 2, 2014 - Notice for Biometrics Appointment thru email

Aprill 22, 2014 - Biometrics

April 24, 2014 - In line for interview

August 25, 2014-Scheduled for Interview

September 30, 2014 - Interview and Oath-Taking :joy:

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