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it seems like I have a rush of questions to ask before getting ready to send out the paperwork.

now i have a doubt. who files i- 485a and should I file it?

i need to adjust my status from j1 visa to married.


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11-29-2008 civil wedding

12-19-2008 application sent to the french consulate for "publication des bans"

01-20-2009 package sent (AOS, AP, EAD, I-130)

01-21-2009 package received by USCIS

01-30-2009 checks cashed

02-03-2009 NOA1 received in the mail for I-130 and AP: I-131

02-07-2009 Biom. appointment (02/27/09) and two RFE's received in the mail

02-11-2009 Initial evidence package mailed to DHS

02-13-2009 Initial evidence package received by DHS

02-27-2009 Biometrics appt in Seattle, WA

03-30-2009 French family book and french marriage certificate received

04-02-2009 EAD card received in the mail valid on 03/23/09

04-03-2009 SSN name change & knowledge test passed at the DMV

04-11-2009 new SSN card arrived in the mail

04-20-2009 interview date letter received in the mail

06-18-2009 interview in Seattle, WA approved!

06-18-2009 card production ordered

07-06-2009 green card received in the mail!

03-23-2011 I-751 sent to CSC

03-28-2011 NOA received

05-02-2011 biometrics appointment in Seattle

06-15-2011 approved: conditions removed

06-21-2011 new green card received

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it seems like I have a rush of questions to ask before getting ready to send out the paperwork.

now i have a doubt. who files i- 485a and should I file it?

i need to adjust my status from j1 visa to married.

Read the instructions! really, is not that hard :)

http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-485supainstr.pdf

The following people must file I-485A (From the instructions):

A. Alien crewmen;

B. Aliens who work without authorization;

C. Aliens in unlawful immigrant status;

D. Aliens who fail to continuously maintain a lawful status since entry into the United States;

E. Aliens who were admitted in transit without visa;

F. Aliens admitted as nonimmigrant visitors under section 212(l) of the Act or under the Visa Waiver Program

G. Aliens admitted as a nonimmigrant described in section 101(a)(15)(S) of the Act; or

H. Aliens seeking employment-based adjustment of status who are not in lawful nonimmigrant status.

So in other words unless you violated the terms of your J-1 visa (overstay, working illegaly, etc..) you do not need to file I-485a


AOS Timeline (From H1-B)

09/27/2008 Sent AOS package (I-130/I-485)

09/28/2008 USPS delivered package

10/03/2008 NOA I-130, I-485

10/14/2008 Received Biometrics letter

10/16/2008 *TOUCH* I-130

10/17/2008 *TOUCH* I-130... The suspense!

10/25/2008 Biometrics appointment.. easy peasy!

10/27/2008 *TOUCH* I-485

12/29/2008 Interview Notice Date

03/02/2009 AOS interview.. Approved!

03/06/2009 Welcome letter received today! (Letter is postmarked March 4th)

01/05/2011 Applied for removal of conditions (I-751)

01/07/2011 USPS delivered package

05/19/2011 I-751 approved

10/15/2012 Applied for Naturalization (N-400)

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