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Hey guys,

I would like to ask for your opinions. I will send in my AOS package in the second week of August and am preparing everything now to try to stay ahead of it a bit. I am adjusting from J-1 and that is still valid until 09/19, but I will get married on 08/08 and will send in my application as soon as I get the marriage certificate.

So if you have time, I would be VERY thankful if you could look over this list and tell me if it is complete or if there are errors in it...Thank you!!!

1 coverletter for the whole package (all of it together)

1 coverletter for I-130 (this package includes the I-130, the G-325 A for both my fiance and me)

1 coverletter for I-485 (this package includes I-485, G-325A for me, I-693, I-864-EZ)

1 coverletter for I-765

my fiance (then husband) the USC has to complete:

G-325 A (all 4 pages) with 2 passport-pictures

I-130 with a copy of the birth certificate, a copy of the marriage certificate and a check for $355 (do we have to attach any pictures here as well?)

I-864-EZ with the W2 of 2008, the 3 most recent tax returns and either the last 6 paystubs or a letter from the employee, confirming the employment and salary

I read somewhere that the I-864-EZ has to be notarized, is that correct?

I have to complete:

twice the G-325 A (all 4 pages) with 2 passport-pictures (1 for I-130 package and 1 for I-485 package?)

I-131

I-485 with 2 passport-pictures, a copy of the international birth certificate, a copy of the pass (all pages, including the J-1 visa, the I-94 and all empty pages), a copy of the marriage certificate and a check for $1010

I-765 with copy of passport pages biographics and J-1 visa, copy of I-94 front and back, copy of marriage certificate and 2 passport-pictures

I-693 in the sealed envelope from the civil surgeon (I will go next monday to do the medical exam!)

Now I have another question...I read somewhere that the USC must copy all pages of the passport (including empty pages) and attach it as well. But which form do I need to attach it to?

So all together I would need 2 pictures of the USC and 6 of myself, right?

As you can probably tell, I am confused :-/

Thank you!!!


Shoot for the moon - even if you miss, you'll land among the stars...

AOS completed in 11/2009

ROC completed in 06/2012
Received BBG from Germany in 02/2013

Passed N-400 interview and civics test 06/07/2013

Oath ceremony some time in July

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Hello!

According to the guides, it's one passport type photo with each G-325A in the I-130 package, and two with yours in the I-486 package, and that's it. I hope that's correct, since it's what we sent! I also don't think you're supposed to send a cover letter with the I-765, but an attachment, but everything else sounds right to me (I may be wrong, though - we only sent our package last week and haven't heard anything but that they have it).


Christian & Erika

10/10/06 - We meet in an online forum.

4/23/07 - We are officially a couple. <3

7/17/07 - First meeting in person - Rochester NY (several visits back and forth follow).

12/15/08 - Our daughter, Annika, is born.

4/1/09 - Christian comes to visit on the VWP (5th visit to US, POE is Newark, no hassles).

5/26/09 - We get married! Small wedding, planned in a month, but very nice. :)

Adjustment of Status

7/3/09 -- Mailed I-485,I-130,I-765,I-131, Medical - certified mail

7/6/09 -- Delivery confirmation on USPS website

7/14/09 -- Receipts arrive.

7/16/09 -- Can pull up case with receipt numbers on USCIS website.

7/25/09 -- RFE. Our joint sponsor did not provide proof of citizenship or enough proof of his income.

8/17/09 -- Received AP document.

8/19/09 -- Biometrics appointment.

8/28/09 -- Received EAD card.

9/29/09 -- Interview - APPROVED!!!

10/3/09 -- Welcome letter.

10/9/09 -- Green card in hand!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Latvia
Timeline

This is what we included when we filed on 5/28. As you can see from signature, things are going along nice... so far!

All in one big envelope and I basically followed the guidelines posted here.

I-485 Envelope:

Table of Contents

Check for $1010 paypable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security

I-485

Copy of Wife's passport (all pages)

Copy of Wife's I-94

Copy of Wife's Birth Certificate, translated, and original

Copy of marriage certificate

Two passport photos for Wife

G325a for Wife

I693

I765

Two passport photos of Wife

I864

Copy of 2008 tax return

Copy of 2008 W2s

I-130 Envelope:

Table of Contents

Check for $355 payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security

I-130

Copy of Wife's passport (all pages)

Copy of my passport (all pages)

Copy of Wife's Birth Certificate, translated, and original

One passport photo of Wife

One passport photo of Me

G325a for Wife

G325a for Me

Evidence of Marriage

Marriage certificate

Copy of Bank Statement (has her maiden name, they would not allow married name without Social Security card)


Timeline:

03/03/2009 - Arrival in the US!

05/03/2009 - Married!

05/28/2009 - Filed I-130, I-485, I-765!

06/04/2009 - Checks cleared!

06/08/2009 - I-765/I-130 NOA Received!

06/10/2009 - I-485 NOA Received!

06/11/2009 - Biometrics appointment letter, scheduled 06/23/2009

06/17/2009 - I-765/I-130 Touched!

06/19/2009 - Attempted early biometrics... they said nope!

06/23/2009 - Biometrics completed.

07/07/2009 - EAD card production ordered.

07/13/2009 - EAD card production ordered, again.

07/14/2009 - I-765 - Approval notice sent.

07/15/2009 - EAD card received!

07/20/2009 - SS Card applied for.

08/05/2009 - Received Interview letter - Scheduled 9/14!

09/14/2009 - Rescheduled because we moved to Dallas

10/14/2009 - Interview - approved!

10/23/2009 - GC Received.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Latvia
Timeline

To answer your other question, the only things that I actually "attached" to forms were the checks, and the photos. The rest I just put in the same order I have listed above. I put pictures in a ziplock bag, then I attached the check and zip lock bag with 2 passport photos of wife to the I-485. I attached 2 passport photos in zip lock bag to the I-765, and I attached a passport photo of my Wife and I to the I-130.

Here is the guide I used, it also has a checklist:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...page=i130guide2


Timeline:

03/03/2009 - Arrival in the US!

05/03/2009 - Married!

05/28/2009 - Filed I-130, I-485, I-765!

06/04/2009 - Checks cleared!

06/08/2009 - I-765/I-130 NOA Received!

06/10/2009 - I-485 NOA Received!

06/11/2009 - Biometrics appointment letter, scheduled 06/23/2009

06/17/2009 - I-765/I-130 Touched!

06/19/2009 - Attempted early biometrics... they said nope!

06/23/2009 - Biometrics completed.

07/07/2009 - EAD card production ordered.

07/13/2009 - EAD card production ordered, again.

07/14/2009 - I-765 - Approval notice sent.

07/15/2009 - EAD card received!

07/20/2009 - SS Card applied for.

08/05/2009 - Received Interview letter - Scheduled 9/14!

09/14/2009 - Rescheduled because we moved to Dallas

10/14/2009 - Interview - approved!

10/23/2009 - GC Received.

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Tank you Melian and Terry D., that helped a lot!

It's tough in the beginning to understand how everything works, takes some time to figure it out. :-)


Shoot for the moon - even if you miss, you'll land among the stars...

AOS completed in 11/2009

ROC completed in 06/2012
Received BBG from Germany in 02/2013

Passed N-400 interview and civics test 06/07/2013

Oath ceremony some time in July

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Filed: Other Country: Russia
Timeline

You don't have to copy all the empty pages of your passport, you only need to copy biographical page,visas, entry stamps. That is what it says on USCIS website in the instructions to I-485 form.

As far as passport photos, you send 1 of USC (for G-325A) and 5 of yourself( 1 for G325A, 2 for I-485 and 2 for I-765). For Advance Parole (if you are gonna apply in the future) you need 2 passport photos as well.

One cover letter for the hole package is fine (considering that a cover letter is not required at all by USCIS).

I-864EZ does not need to be notarized.

G-325A you need to submit 4 copies for you and 4 for your spouse with form I-130; another 4 copies of yours go with form I-485. Passport pictures are attached in baggies to G-325A's,or to a blank sheet of paper and attached behind G-325A's.

With the form I-130, don't forget that you need to put evidence of bona fides of your marriage such as bank statement showing your names, joint lease, insurance, car ownership, phone bill with both of your names, affidavits from friends and family,etc. For the AOS petition it has to be only ONE of those things (sending more is optional), but you will have to bring more evidence to the interview.. Good luck!


2-year green card application:

07/29/2009- Mailed I-130, I-485, I-693, I-864, I-864A, G-325A, I-765 via USPS.

08/02/2009- Package delivered to Chicago.

08/06/2009- Checks cashed.

08/10/2009- Received NOA's for I-485, I-130, I-765 (issued August 6th).

08/19/2009- Recieved Biometrics Appointment notice (bio apt 9/12 at 9am).

08/21/2009- Recieved RFE for I-485 (issued August 17th).

08/22/2009- Responded to RFE.

09/01/2009- Case processing resumed (RFE recieved on 8/27/2009).

09/01/2009- Walk-in biometrics at 1:00pm, in and out in 15mins.

09/09/2009- Recieved e-mail: EAD card production ordered on 09/08/2009.

09/14/2009- Recieved another e-mail: EAD card production ordered (AGAIN!) on 09/11/2009.

09/16/2009- EAD recieved in the mail.

09/21/2009- Applied for a SSN.

09/30/2009- Recieved SSC.

10/14/2009- Received interview notice (Interview on 11/16 at 9:35am)

11/16/2009- Interview,APPROVED and CARD production ordered e-mail!Yay!

11/19/2009- Welcome Notice Recieved and Card production ordered e-mail again!

11/27/2009- Received green card in the mail!

Removal of Conditions:

09/09/2011- Sent the package via Priority mail, with delivery confirmation.

09/12/2011- Package delivered.

09/13/2011- Check cashed.

09/14/2011- NOA issued and received on 09/17/2011.

09/15/2011- Biometrics appointment issued for 10/05

11/21/2011- Card production ordered.

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Why do you file I-485EZ instead of I-485?

I do file the I-485.

I file the I-864 EZ instead of the I-864, because my husband-to-be has a high enough income to sponsor me without assets and we meet the other criteria for this as well.


Shoot for the moon - even if you miss, you'll land among the stars...

AOS completed in 11/2009

ROC completed in 06/2012
Received BBG from Germany in 02/2013

Passed N-400 interview and civics test 06/07/2013

Oath ceremony some time in July

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