Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Pabs

More and more questions (Evidence)

6 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Hi everybody... Sorry again for being such a bother but I'm trying to get all my paperwork ready and there are a lot of things that I'm confused about... Any help will be greatly appreciated... Here are my questions: (FYI: I'm a F1 student applying for AoS thru marriage to a USC)

1. The VJ guide says that in my I-485 package I should include a photocopy of my passport (bio page and entry stamps), a copy of my marriage cert and a copy of my I-94... In the instructions for the I-485 none of these documents are listed. There is mention of the passport page if a visa was obtained in the last year but my visa was obtained a few years ago... Should I send these documents anyway? Will it hurt my application if I send them?

2. A few of the posts in the forums say that students should send a copy of their I-20s... I couldn't find anything about that in the instructions either. Should I send them too?

Thanks and sorry again for being such a pest...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Singapore
Timeline

Hi everybody... Sorry again for being such a bother but I'm trying to get all my paperwork ready and there are a lot of things that I'm confused about... Any help will be greatly appreciated... Here are my questions: (FYI: I'm a F1 student applying for AoS thru marriage to a USC)

1. The VJ guide says that in my I-485 package I should include a photocopy of my passport (bio page and entry stamps), a copy of my marriage cert and a copy of my I-94... In the instructions for the I-485 none of these documents are listed. There is mention of the passport page if a visa was obtained in the last year but my visa was obtained a few years ago... Should I send these documents anyway? Will it hurt my application if I send them?

2. A few of the posts in the forums say that students should send a copy of their I-20s... I couldn't find anything about that in the instructions either. Should I send them too?

Thanks and sorry again for being such a pest...

I included my visa page, but not I-20. Worked for me - no RFE. :star:


08/22/06 - First entered USA on F-1

02/14/09 - Met The One

08/15/09 - Graduated with Masters degree

09/28/09 - Started OPT employment

01/15/10 - Engaged!

02/06/10 - Legally married (wedding not till 09/05/10)

05/04/10 - Mailed I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131 via Priority Mail

05/07/10 - Packet delivered to Chicago

05/11/10 - NOA1 via text and email

05/12/10 - Checks cashed

05/13/10 - NOA1 received in mail

05/17/10 - Biometrics letter in mail

06/08/10 - Scheduled Biometrics @ St Paul, MN office

06/25/10 - Interview letter received!

07/15/10 - EAD and AP approved

07/20/10 - AP received

07/26/10 - Scheduled interview - APPROVED!

07/29/10 - EAD and welcome letter received

08/09/10 - Green card received! :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

As I recall, when I was doing my I-485 (from a K-1 visa) I noticed the discrepancies you mentioned between the guides and the I-485 instructions. So I sat down and made two lists: the evidence required per the guides, and the evidence required per the I-485 instructions, and crossed off everything they had in common, to try to reconcile them.

The VJ guides include everything you need but they shift some things around from form to form. For example, the I-485 does not need the photocopy of your passport, but the I-131 does use most of that under the headings "Photo Identity Document" [which can be satisfied with a copy of the biographical info page from your foreign passport] and "Documents issued by USCIS showing current status in the US" [which is satisfied by, in addition to your I-94 and K-1 visa, the photocopies of the pages of your passport showing previous entries to the US].

The only completely extra thing I made as a result of paying more attention to the VJ guides than the form instructions when doing my photocopying was one extra copy of my K-1 visa, which I included anyways. I included it in the back of the AOS packet anyways and it didn't seem to make any difference. Approved in less than 90 days with no RFE or interview.

Either the I-485 instruction or the form itself (you have to check both, they sneak a couple of "attach this" notes onto the form itself that aren't in the instructions) did specify the marriage license if you are adjusting from a K-1 entrance. I believe the I-94 is listed this way as well.

If you have more than 6 months of out of status time you shouldn't even bother doing an I-131, since it would screw up your life to leave the country, AP document or no. Since the I-131 is what actually needs the passport photocopy, you almost certainly don't need to include it.

The problem with the I-485's instructions is that, as I recall, they don't seem designed to account for the specific possibility of adjusting from a student visa. In your shoes I probably wouldn't bother with the passport photocopy, but I would include the marriage license, as well as the copy of your visa and I-94, as those do seem directly relevant to documenting your current status in the US and your grounds for adjustment, both of which will be relevant to the AOS adjudicator's interests. Including extra documentation will certainly not hurt, in any case.

I have no idea if you should include an I-20 or not, never having done an AOS from a student visa, but if it is germane to your current status in the US and your grounds for adjustment, it should probably be included, and even if it isn't, it almost certainly wont hurt and since others in your situation have gotten good results by including it, I would say go for it.

Edited by HeatDeath

DON'T PANIC

"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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I got my GC recently. I was on F1 visa before. You DON'T need to send a copy of your I-20. As for passport pages, if you are sending I-485 with I-130 AND I-785 (maybe? EAD one) then that requires copies of your passport pages which includes the copy of visa (does not matter how old), entry stamps etc.


AOS Timeline from F1

Sent AOS on April 17

Received and signed on April 19

Got 3 NOAs April 26

Biometrics Appointment Letter received May 1 - dated May 26

Walk-in biometrics rejected May 12

Biometrics Appointment May 26

Interview letter received June 11 - for July 19 APPROVED

EAD Received July 9

GC RECEIVED August 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
“;}
×
×
  • Create New...