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Hey everyone,

I thought I should post the list of documents and forms included to my AOS package. I found it very helpful when other people did this, so I want to contribute. For a background, I met my wife in Scotland back in 2005. We did long distance for almost a year, after which she moved to Finland for year and a half. Then we moved to the US in fall 2008, since we both went back to school. Now I am doing an OPT and we got married 01/01/2011. I filed my AOS package 02/01/2011 and you can find everything I included below. If you see something I've done wrong, please let me know, so I am prepared for problems :) Thanks.

Petition for I-485

Table of Content

1. Form I-485

2. Money order ($985 + Biometrics: $85)

3. Me:

- Copy of Birth Certificate and 2 passport-size photos

- Copy of Passport with I-94 and Visa

- Marriage Certificate

- Medical Examination Report in a sealed envelope(I-693)

- Form G-325A + attachment(ran out of space with work history)

6. Affidavit of Support (I-864)

- Form I-864

- Federal Income Tax Return (1040): 2008. 2009. 2010

- W-2: 2009, 2010

- Pay Stubs: From my wife's school

- Bank Statement showing the salaries paid to to my wife

- Letter from the employer: Verification of employment

7. Form G-1145: To receive e-notification of application acceptance

I-765

1. No application fee, since filed concurrently with I-485

2. Form I-765

3. Copy of my previous EAD

4. Two passport-size photos

I-131

1. Form I-131

2. Copy of NYS Driver License

3. Copy of EAD

4. Explanation of my qualification for advance parole document

Petition for I-30

Table of content:

1. Form I-130

2. Money Order ($420)

3. MY wife (Proof of U.S. citizenship)

- Copy of Birth Certificate

- Copy of Passport (all the pages)

4. Proof of Family Relationship

- Copy of Marriage Certificate

- Form G-325A with a passport-size photo (Wife)

- Form G-325A + attachment with a passport-size photo (Me)

- Evidence of Bona Fides of Our Marriage

-- Number of photos from the past years

- Our past two leases with both of our names on them

- Bank Statements showing our join account information

- Affidavit (Wife’s mother) letter confirming our relationship

Hopefully this will help someone! I just received my NOAs yesterday 02/12/2011.


AOS F-1 OPT married USC

01/01/2011 Wedding

02/01/2011 Mailed AOS package to Chicago

02/04/2011 Package delivered to Chicago

02/08/2011 USCIS Acceptance Confirmation by email

02/12/2011 NOA received for I-765, I-485, I-130, I-131

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
Timeline

Adjusting status from a student visa, not a K-Visa. Moving to AOS from STUDENT/Work/Tourist visa forum...


OUR TIME LINE Please do a timeline it helps us all, thanks.

Is now a US Citizen immigration completed Jan 12, 2012.

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Look here: A Candle for Love and China Family Visa Forums for Chinese/American relationship,

Visa issues, and lots of info about the Guangzhou and Hong Kong consulate.

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Adjusting status from a student visa, not a K-Visa. Moving to AOS from STUDENT/Work/Tourist visa forum...

...phew long list of items here - but then again, that's the normality of filing for AOS, did a quick scan of your list and it looks all good to me - not sure if they would want to see more of your employment history (you mentioned you ran out of space), but in either case believe this is no "break it or make it" point, things like that can get an RFE but you can also if not requested prior to an interview brought to that appointment then in case the IO has a question.

Good luck on your AOS journey!!!

Maxximus

p.s. will look more in depth of your list later, am just about to leave the house right now


10/13/2010 - Mailed in The Package (AOS, I-765, I-130)

10/17/2010 - USPS confirms delivery to USCIS

10/25/2010 - Check cashed

10/26/2010 - All applications been worked on aka touched

10/28/2010 - NOA1 Receipts for applications received

11/24/2010 - Received appointment for biometrics in the mail for 12/17 *yay*

12/17/2010 - 9.25 a.m. - 9.45 a.m. Biometrics done !!

12/23/2010 - EAD Approved and Card on its way - Email notification received *yay*

01/03/2011 - WOOOHOOO ...EAD Card in Hand!

01/04/2011 - Oh boy....Received Interview Letter today - February 3rd is the day! :)

02/03/2011 - Interview scheduled 12:45 p.m. - out of there before 1:30 p.m. - further review

Coming home, checking for touches at 5:30 p.m. - CARD PRODUCTION ORDERED !!!!

Thank you All on Visajourney for your inputs, experiences and thoughts!!!

02/09/2011 - Yup another e-mail saying that my card production was ordered.

02/10/2011 - E-mail notification "Approval letter was sent today"

02/14/2011 - Welcome Letter / Approval NOA and Card (separate envelope) received!!! :D

Late November 2012 (have to look up my receipts ;) - mailed in ROC I-751

12/12/2012 - NOA 1, status extension received

12/18/2012 - Biometrics appointment letter received

01/08/2013 - Biometrics done

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Romania
Timeline

did you include a cover letter?


My N-400 Journey

06-02-2017 - N-400 package mailed to Dallas Lockbox

06-06-2017 - Credit card charged; received text and email confirming that application was received and NOA is on its way

06-10-2017 - Received NOA letter from NBC dated 06-05-2017

06-16-2017 - Received Biometrics Appointment Letter for 06-28-2017

01-19-2018 - Interview Letter sent

02-27-18 - Interview and Oath Ceremony. Finally US CITIZEN! 

My ROC Journey

03-08-2012 - I-751 package mailed to VSC

03-10-2012 - I-751 package delivered

03-14-2012 - Check cashed

03-15-2012 - NOA received, dated 03-12-2012

04-27-2012 - Biometrics appointment

11-23-2012 - ROC approved

11-28-2012 - Approval letter received

12-06-2012 - 10 years Green Card received

My AOS Journey

04-17-09 I-130&I-485&I-765 received by USCIS

04-19-10 AOS Approved

04-29-10 Green Card received

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@ Maxximus1074, Sorry, I was being unclear. I have had more employers within the past five years than there were lines on the form, so I included attachment where they can find all the employment history. Happy to hear it looks good after a glance :)

@juliava. This is another thing I should have mentioned. This actually is my cover page (except I took off all the personal information). So the line "Petition for I-485" starts the cover letter for the I-485 and the line "Petition for I-30" starts the I-130 cover.

@Steven386. You are very welcome. If you have any questions/or need help. Let me know.

I know it's a long list, but I wanted to type everything down separately, since I was told to make sure you treat both packages (I-485 and I-130) as their own entities. So, I wanted write down that I have everything twice basically :) you know...


AOS F-1 OPT married USC

01/01/2011 Wedding

02/01/2011 Mailed AOS package to Chicago

02/04/2011 Package delivered to Chicago

02/08/2011 USCIS Acceptance Confirmation by email

02/12/2011 NOA received for I-765, I-485, I-130, I-131

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Thank you so much for this, it is really helpful! I am a Finnish citizen, currently in the United States on an F-1 visa. I graduate in May, and me and my husband have just gotten married here in NYC City hall, and are about to start our filing process. I opted not to do OPT but go straight for the residence permit and green card, since our wedding is going to take place in July anyways - we just had to do the legal civil ceremony here earlier, to be able to start the process now and hope to have my paperwork processed soon after the July wedding.

We are now in the process of filling out the forms and accumulating all the additional paperwork. I have just scheduled a doctor's appointment for next week, and things are starting to shape up..

One question I've been wondering about - I need to submit a copy (translated and verified by a notary, right?) of my birth certificate along with the application. I have it, but I was wondering if there ever is an issue in the U.S. with the Finnish birth certificate format - after all, all it really states is that my mother had a baby girl on my birthday, but of course it does not have a name or any other identification information in it. I know US birth certificates are very different from ours.. Do they usually require any additional proof of identity / nationality / citizenship?

Again, thank you for this very comprehensive list! Good luck to you, and I will let you know how our process goes :)

Btw - does anyone know the average processing times for concurrent filing of I-485 and I-130?


Adjustment of Status from F-1 to Legal Permanent Resident

02/11/2011 Married at Manhattan City Hall

03/03/2011 - Day 0 - AOS -package mailed to Chicago Lockbox

03/04/2011 - Day 1 - AOS -package signed for at USCIS

03/09/2011 - Day 6 - E-mail notification received for all petitions

03/10/2011 - Day 7 - Checks cashed

03/11/2011 - Day 8 - NOA 1 received for all 4 forms

03/21/2011 - Day 18 - Biometrics letter received, biometrics scheduled for 04/14/2011

03/31/2011 - Day 28 - Successful walk-in biometrics done

05/12/2011 - Day 70 - EAD Arrived, issued on 05/02

06/14/2011 - Day 103 - E-mail notice: Interview letter mailed, interview scheduled for July 20th

07/20/2011 - Day 139 - Interview at Federal Plaza USCIS location

07/22/2011 - Day 141 - E-mail approval notice received (Card production)

07/27/2011 - Day 146 - 2nd Card Production Email received

07/28/2011 - Day 147 - Post-Decision Activity Email from USCIS

08/04/2011 - Day 154 - Husband returns home from abroad; Welcome Letter and GC have arrived in the mail

("Resident since" date on the GC is 07/20/2011

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One question I've been wondering about - I need to submit a copy (translated and verified by a notary, right?) of my birth certificate along with the application. I have it, but I was wondering if there ever is an issue in the U.S. with the Finnish birth certificate format - after all, all it really states is that my mother had a baby girl on my birthday, but of course it does not have a name or any other identification information in it. I know US birth certificates are very different from ours.. Do they usually require any additional proof of identity / nationality / citizenship?

Hey, nice to see other Finns here too:). Sorry, haven't been able to reply for a few days.

I had my mom go to register office (Maistraatti) in Finland and they mailed me a Birth Certificate in English. My mom never got one when I was born, so I had never even seen a Finnish version of it before. However, I did some research, and it seems that other people have been fine with it. As long as it has the original stamp from Maistraatti you should be fine.(Or if you got it from the hospital and got it translated).

I don't know about the processing times for sure, but based on other people's timelines, I would guess it'll take about 4 months to receive the CG.

Anyways, let me know if you have any questions and I can try to help :). Good luck with the paperwork :)


AOS F-1 OPT married USC

01/01/2011 Wedding

02/01/2011 Mailed AOS package to Chicago

02/04/2011 Package delivered to Chicago

02/08/2011 USCIS Acceptance Confirmation by email

02/12/2011 NOA received for I-765, I-485, I-130, I-131

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