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So I just got an email saying that our I-485 has been RFE'd. I'm pretty sure we gave them everything they wanted -

wife just had the surgeon exam days before mailing off the application;

earn well above 125% of poverty guidelines and 1040 from 2005 were above as well;

checks for the correct amount;

pretty sure we signed everything.

Only thing I can think of is that the photos are not satisfactory...the kid at CVS didn't seem to know what he was doing...

Any other ideas? I'm a little concerned...Anyone else get one within 10 days of the receipt notice??


9/4/06 - AOS package accepted at Chicago

9/11/06 - ND AOS package

9/14/06 - NOA AOS, AP and EAD

9/16/06 - Biometrics letter received

9/18/06 - All touched

9/19/06 - AP and EAD touched

9/20/06 - RFE notice by email (verify income and employment)

9/23/06 - Biometrics

9/25/06 - NOA I-130 (finally)

9/26/06 - Touched AOS and EAD

10/4/06 - Returned RFE materials by USPS Express mail

10/5/06 - RFE materials signed for by D Atwell

10/12/06 - E-Mail notification RFE material received 10/10/06

11/3/06 - Received interview notice (for 12/18/06)

12/18/06 - Approved with letter in hand (no stamp)

1/3/07 - GC in hand Remove conditions 9/18/08

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Sometimes they request something that you already sent. There is no way of telling you just have to wait. :whistle:

Good luck,

Peter Miami


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Colombia / U.S.A.

I-129F / K-1 Fiancee Visa

08-20-02 - Met Johanna in Armenia, Colombia

10-05-05 - K-1 Sent to TSC

10-14-05 - Received NOA1 by E-Mail (Day 9)

12-22-05 - Reveived NOA2 By E-Mail & Mail (Day 78)

03-03-06 - Interview Date! (Day 149) Approved

03-10-06 - Johanna Arrived

05-27-06 - Married

I-485 / AOS (Did not applied for EAD or AP)

06-05-06 - Sent I-485 application to Chicago via USPS (Day 1)

06-06-06 - AOS Package Delivered at 12:29PM

06-12-06 - Received NOA1 by Mail

06-14-06 - Check Cashed

06-22-06 - Received Appointment Notice for Biometrics

06-26-06 - "Request for Additional Evidence" Online, waiting for letter

06-29-06 - Biometrics Done!

06-30-06 - Received RFE Letter by mail. (Missing Birth Certificate)

07-10-06 - Sent RFE by Express Mail USPS

07-11-06 - RFE Delivered @ 10:54AM Sign by D. Atwell

08-28-06 - AOS Transferred to CSC E-mail & USCIS Website (Day 85)

08-30-06 - Touched #1

08-31-06 - Touched #2

08-31-06 - E-Mail from CRIS & USCIS-CSSO - CSC received AOS Application

09-01-06 - Touched #3

09-01-06 - NOA by Mail Regarding Transfer to CSC

09-05-06 - Touched #4

09-07-06 - Touched #5

09-13-06 - Touched #6

09-15-06 - AOS Approved by Online Status & E-mail

09-21-06 - Received GC and Welcome Letter (Day 109)

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My money's on the I-864 stuff, seemed like everyone gets one of them nowadays!!! :D

I just hope you didn't follow the "new guidelines" for the I-864 and ONLY attached the 1020 and W-2 for 2005, and didn't attach proof of income including employer letter and pay stubs etc...

cos if you didn't you WILL get a RFE for that!

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My money's on the I-864 stuff, seemed like everyone gets one of them nowadays!!! :D

I just hope you didn't follow the "new guidelines" for the I-864 and ONLY attached the 1020 and W-2 for 2005, and didn't attach proof of income including employer letter and pay stubs etc...

cos if you didn't you WILL get a RFE for that!

I attached copies of returns from the past three years. Two returns were filed while I was still a poor student so I didn't make the 125% cutoff for at least one of those two years (I don't know off hand how much I made in the other year).

I did enclose copies of paystubs from the last six months. No employer letter though, but that wouldn't be so bad.

I have read that they've asked for certified copies of the returns. That would really be annoying, especially in view of my current earnings.


9/4/06 - AOS package accepted at Chicago

9/11/06 - ND AOS package

9/14/06 - NOA AOS, AP and EAD

9/16/06 - Biometrics letter received

9/18/06 - All touched

9/19/06 - AP and EAD touched

9/20/06 - RFE notice by email (verify income and employment)

9/23/06 - Biometrics

9/25/06 - NOA I-130 (finally)

9/26/06 - Touched AOS and EAD

10/4/06 - Returned RFE materials by USPS Express mail

10/5/06 - RFE materials signed for by D Atwell

10/12/06 - E-Mail notification RFE material received 10/10/06

11/3/06 - Received interview notice (for 12/18/06)

12/18/06 - Approved with letter in hand (no stamp)

1/3/07 - GC in hand Remove conditions 9/18/08

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We got the RFE very soon either. According to USCIS website our employer letter and explaination why we didn't have any W2 was sufficient, but they were not happy with it. We added a co-sponsor. I guess they want your employer letter, but just wait until you'll receive the letter.

When it comes to the affidavit, more supporting documents are better than just the requirement.

Also, who knows? Maybe the copy of the I-94 wasn't good or something else. Just wait and answer their request properly.

Btw CVS is the place where I got my pix done and I look horrible. My head is pear-shaped and odd, doesn't look like me, but they didn't RFE the ugly picture.

Good luck!

Anna


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8-4-2006 Date of NOA's

1-4-2007 Green Card in mail

Removal of conditions

9-29-2008 I-751 delivered to CSC

12-29-2008 Green Card ordered :)

Citizenship

10-15-2011 Package sent to NSC

10-17-2011 NOA Priority Date

11-25-2011 Biometrics done

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12-20-2011 Interview scheduled ...received letter 3 days later

01-24-2012 Interview & Oath

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I got an RFE for my wife's tax return stuff for the I-864, WHICH we had already sent in to begin with. This actually seems to be a common problem with the new I-864s so something is messed up on their end as far as I can figure. We just sent it again and it looks like they've taken it so far :)


Canadian on TN Status married to USC

07/18/06 - Forms (I-485, I-130, I-765) sent overnight to Chicago Lockbox

07/19/06 - Received Date

07/25/06 - Notice Date

07/26/06 - Cheques Cashed

07/31/06 - I-130, I-765 Added online (I-485 not online yet)

08/04/06 - Receive Appt. letter for FP/Bio

08/14/06 - FP/Bio taken / LUD on I-130, and I-765 / I-485 added online

08/18/06 - RFE sent for Tax Return stuff, which was already sent with application

08/25/06 - RFE received by me in mail

09/05/06 - RFE returned to USCIS

09/11/06 - RFE Received by USCIS

10/31/06 - InfoPass to check status on 485 and 765 - Apparently a push has been made on 765

11/06/06 - I-765 (EAD) Approved!

11/13/06 - Received EAD, Approval notice mailed for I-765?

11/20/06 - Receive Interview Letter

11/29/06 - TN Expired

01/04/07 - Interview! - APPROVED!!!!

01/22/07 - InfoPass Appt: Got I-551 stamp in passport

01/24/07 - I-485/I-130 Approval E-mails / Welcome notice sent

01/25/07 - Card ordered

01/29/07 - Received Welcome Notice/I-130 Approval

02/02/07 - Received 10 yr Green Card!!

Touches:

I-485: 08/14/06, 08/21, 09/12, 09/14, 11/11, 12/02, 12/14, 12/16, 01/25, 01/28, 01/31, 02/01

I-130: 07/31/06, 08/14, 08/19, 11/11, 12/02, 12/14, 12/16

I-765: 07/31/06, 08/14, 08/19, 11/01, 11/02, 11/07, 11/11, 11/14, 11/15, 12/02

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man, after reading this I went back and did some checking.

on the I 864 form it says this

You may include evidence supporting your claim about yourexpected income for the current year if you believe thatsubmitting this evidence will help you establish ability tomaintain sufficient income. You are not required to submitthis evidence, however, unless specifically instructed to doso by a Government official.

But in a completely different place, not in the I 864 package but as a preamble it says this...

All sponsors must submit the following documentation with their I-864:

Proof of current employment or self employment

How annoying is this!

I didn't send proof of her employer. If I get an RFE, i'll go ballistic. Hopefully whoever opens it will see her W2's, bank assets, real estate assets and realize that if we didnt work at all we still cover the poverty guidelines.

ARRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHH...why cant they get their instructions clear?


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man, after reading this I went back and did some checking.

on the I 864 form it says this

You may include evidence supporting your claim about yourexpected income for the current year if you believe thatsubmitting this evidence will help you establish ability tomaintain sufficient income. You are not required to submitthis evidence, however, unless specifically instructed to doso by a Government official.

But in a completely different place, not in the I 864 package but as a preamble it says this...

All sponsors must submit the following documentation with their I-864:

Proof of current employment or self employment

How annoying is this!

I didn't send proof of her employer. If I get an RFE, i'll go ballistic. Hopefully whoever opens it will see her W2's, bank assets, real estate assets and realize that if we didnt work at all we still cover the poverty guidelines.

ARRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHH...why cant they get their instructions clear?

Well I agree, these instructions are definetely NOT clear. But thanks for the information.... we will add then the employer letter to avoid any RFE :wacko:


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05/12/2006 Petition

05/27/2006 NOA 1

06/22/2006 RFE received & sent back (IMBRA)

07/10/2006 Case has been approved

07/14/2006 NOA 2

07/14/2006 NVC forwarded case to FRA

07/18/2006 Medical exam Hamburg

07/22/2006 Package 3

07/22/2006 Sent forms & checklist back to FRA

08/23/2006 Interview

08/25/2006 Picked up visa

08/26/2006 Flying home

09/08/2006 Applied for SSN

09/18/2006 Received SSN

09/23/2006 Wedding

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09/26/2006 Filed AOS

10/06/2006 NOA

10/17/2006 Case transferred to CSC (email)

10/23/2006 Case arrived at CSC (email)

10/24/2006 Touched

10/25/2006 Touched

11/02/2006 Biometrics

11/08/2006 Touched

11/14/2006 GC approved (email)

11/18/2006 GC & Welcome letter in mail

08/09/2008 File for Removal of Conditions

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man, after reading this I went back and did some checking.

on the I 864 form it says this

You may include evidence supporting your claim about yourexpected income for the current year if you believe thatsubmitting this evidence will help you establish ability tomaintain sufficient income. You are not required to submitthis evidence, however, unless specifically instructed to doso by a Government official.

But in a completely different place, not in the I 864 package but as a preamble it says this...

All sponsors must submit the following documentation with their I-864:

Proof of current employment or self employment

How annoying is this!

I didn't send proof of her employer. If I get an RFE, i'll go ballistic. Hopefully whoever opens it will see her W2's, bank assets, real estate assets and realize that if we didnt work at all we still cover the poverty guidelines.

ARRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHH...why cant they get their instructions clear?

Well I agree, these instructions are definetely NOT clear. But thanks for the information.... we will add then the employer letter to avoid any RFE :wacko:

I haven't received the RFE yet, but it seems like the employer letter could be the culprit. If so, this is really silly. Paystubs do have my employer's name on them, along with earnings to date, etc. I guess they can't make the inference.


9/4/06 - AOS package accepted at Chicago

9/11/06 - ND AOS package

9/14/06 - NOA AOS, AP and EAD

9/16/06 - Biometrics letter received

9/18/06 - All touched

9/19/06 - AP and EAD touched

9/20/06 - RFE notice by email (verify income and employment)

9/23/06 - Biometrics

9/25/06 - NOA I-130 (finally)

9/26/06 - Touched AOS and EAD

10/4/06 - Returned RFE materials by USPS Express mail

10/5/06 - RFE materials signed for by D Atwell

10/12/06 - E-Mail notification RFE material received 10/10/06

11/3/06 - Received interview notice (for 12/18/06)

12/18/06 - Approved with letter in hand (no stamp)

1/3/07 - GC in hand Remove conditions 9/18/08

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man, after reading this I went back and did some checking.

on the I 864 form it says this

You may include evidence supporting your claim about yourexpected income for the current year if you believe thatsubmitting this evidence will help you establish ability tomaintain sufficient income. You are not required to submitthis evidence, however, unless specifically instructed to doso by a Government official.

But in a completely different place, not in the I 864 package but as a preamble it says this...

All sponsors must submit the following documentation with their I-864:

Proof of current employment or self employment

How annoying is this!

I didn't send proof of her employer. If I get an RFE, i'll go ballistic. Hopefully whoever opens it will see her W2's, bank assets, real estate assets and realize that if we didnt work at all we still cover the poverty guidelines.

ARRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHH...why cant they get their instructions clear?

Well I agree, these instructions are definetely NOT clear. But thanks for the information.... we will add then the employer letter to avoid any RFE :wacko:

I haven't received the RFE yet, but it seems like the employer letter could be the culprit. If so, this is really silly. Paystubs do have my employer's name on them, along with earnings to date, etc. I guess they can't make the inference.

So I got the RFE today, and as everyone suspected, it's the I-864.

Couple questions:

First, they say "W-2s, 1099s and/or all schedules submitted to the IRS -- a copy of his/her Federal income tax return was submitted and/or the sponsor or joint sponsor requested an extension to file his or her Federal income tax return." This isn't even a sentence, is it? It seems like they want my W-2s. Stupidly, I don't have W-2s from three years back. Probably the best I can do is last years (2005).

Second - They want the return transcript. Should I order from IRS for $39? Order past three years, or just the past year?

Third - they want an employer letter, which should be easy enough.

Thanks in advance.


9/4/06 - AOS package accepted at Chicago

9/11/06 - ND AOS package

9/14/06 - NOA AOS, AP and EAD

9/16/06 - Biometrics letter received

9/18/06 - All touched

9/19/06 - AP and EAD touched

9/20/06 - RFE notice by email (verify income and employment)

9/23/06 - Biometrics

9/25/06 - NOA I-130 (finally)

9/26/06 - Touched AOS and EAD

10/4/06 - Returned RFE materials by USPS Express mail

10/5/06 - RFE materials signed for by D Atwell

10/12/06 - E-Mail notification RFE material received 10/10/06

11/3/06 - Received interview notice (for 12/18/06)

12/18/06 - Approved with letter in hand (no stamp)

1/3/07 - GC in hand Remove conditions 9/18/08

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man, after reading this I went back and did some checking.

on the I 864 form it says this

You may include evidence supporting your claim about yourexpected income for the current year if you believe thatsubmitting this evidence will help you establish ability tomaintain sufficient income. You are not required to submitthis evidence, however, unless specifically instructed to doso by a Government official.

But in a completely different place, not in the I 864 package but as a preamble it says this...

All sponsors must submit the following documentation with their I-864:

Proof of current employment or self employment

How annoying is this!

I didn't send proof of her employer. If I get an RFE, i'll go ballistic. Hopefully whoever opens it will see her W2's, bank assets, real estate assets and realize that if we didnt work at all we still cover the poverty guidelines.

ARRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHH...why cant they get their instructions clear?

Well I agree, these instructions are definetely NOT clear. But thanks for the information.... we will add then the employer letter to avoid any RFE :wacko:

I haven't received the RFE yet, but it seems like the employer letter could be the culprit. If so, this is really silly. Paystubs do have my employer's name on them, along with earnings to date, etc. I guess they can't make the inference.

So I got the RFE today, and as everyone suspected, it's the I-864.

Couple questions:

First, they say "W-2s, 1099s and/or all schedules submitted to the IRS -- a copy of his/her Federal income tax return was submitted and/or the sponsor or joint sponsor requested an extension to file his or her Federal income tax return." This isn't even a sentence, is it? It seems like they want my W-2s. Stupidly, I don't have W-2s from three years back. Probably the best I can do is last years (2005).

Second - They want the return transcript. Should I order from IRS for $39? Order past three years, or just the past year?

Third - they want an employer letter, which should be easy enough.

Thanks in advance.

I should look more closely.

I went ahead and requested the past three transcripts for free from the 1800 number.

From the searches I've made on VJ, it looks like this will be sufficient, and I won't need to dig up my W-2s. Someone please confirm?


9/4/06 - AOS package accepted at Chicago

9/11/06 - ND AOS package

9/14/06 - NOA AOS, AP and EAD

9/16/06 - Biometrics letter received

9/18/06 - All touched

9/19/06 - AP and EAD touched

9/20/06 - RFE notice by email (verify income and employment)

9/23/06 - Biometrics

9/25/06 - NOA I-130 (finally)

9/26/06 - Touched AOS and EAD

10/4/06 - Returned RFE materials by USPS Express mail

10/5/06 - RFE materials signed for by D Atwell

10/12/06 - E-Mail notification RFE material received 10/10/06

11/3/06 - Received interview notice (for 12/18/06)

12/18/06 - Approved with letter in hand (no stamp)

1/3/07 - GC in hand Remove conditions 9/18/08

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I should look more closely.

I went ahead and requested the past three transcripts for free from the 1800 number.

From the searches I've made on VJ, it looks like this will be sufficient, and I won't need to dig up my W-2s. Someone please confirm?

i didnt send in my W2's for AOS, only the transcripts. we were fine in that department, but as always, i am sure someone has a different experience!

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So I got the RFE today, and as everyone suspected, it's the I-864.

Couple questions:

First, they say "W-2s, 1099s and/or all schedules submitted to the IRS -- a copy of his/her Federal income tax return was submitted and/or the sponsor or joint sponsor requested an extension to file his or her Federal income tax return." This isn't even a sentence, is it? It seems like they want my W-2s. Stupidly, I don't have W-2s from three years back. Probably the best I can do is last years (2005).

Second - They want the return transcript. Should I order from IRS for $39? Order past three years, or just the past year?

Third - they want an employer letter, which should be easy enough.

Thanks in advance.

You got the EXACT same letter I did.

We actually didn't send in the transcripts, we just sent in copies again and they took it. They only want the past tax year so you should be good enough with that.

Basically, we just sent in THE SAME EXACT THING we sent in before.


Canadian on TN Status married to USC

07/18/06 - Forms (I-485, I-130, I-765) sent overnight to Chicago Lockbox

07/19/06 - Received Date

07/25/06 - Notice Date

07/26/06 - Cheques Cashed

07/31/06 - I-130, I-765 Added online (I-485 not online yet)

08/04/06 - Receive Appt. letter for FP/Bio

08/14/06 - FP/Bio taken / LUD on I-130, and I-765 / I-485 added online

08/18/06 - RFE sent for Tax Return stuff, which was already sent with application

08/25/06 - RFE received by me in mail

09/05/06 - RFE returned to USCIS

09/11/06 - RFE Received by USCIS

10/31/06 - InfoPass to check status on 485 and 765 - Apparently a push has been made on 765

11/06/06 - I-765 (EAD) Approved!

11/13/06 - Received EAD, Approval notice mailed for I-765?

11/20/06 - Receive Interview Letter

11/29/06 - TN Expired

01/04/07 - Interview! - APPROVED!!!!

01/22/07 - InfoPass Appt: Got I-551 stamp in passport

01/24/07 - I-485/I-130 Approval E-mails / Welcome notice sent

01/25/07 - Card ordered

01/29/07 - Received Welcome Notice/I-130 Approval

02/02/07 - Received 10 yr Green Card!!

Touches:

I-485: 08/14/06, 08/21, 09/12, 09/14, 11/11, 12/02, 12/14, 12/16, 01/25, 01/28, 01/31, 02/01

I-130: 07/31/06, 08/14, 08/19, 11/11, 12/02, 12/14, 12/16

I-765: 07/31/06, 08/14, 08/19, 11/01, 11/02, 11/07, 11/11, 11/14, 11/15, 12/02

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So I got the RFE today, and as everyone suspected, it's the I-864.

Couple questions:

First, they say "W-2s, 1099s and/or all schedules submitted to the IRS -- a copy of his/her Federal income tax return was submitted and/or the sponsor or joint sponsor requested an extension to file his or her Federal income tax return." This isn't even a sentence, is it? It seems like they want my W-2s. Stupidly, I don't have W-2s from three years back. Probably the best I can do is last years (2005).

Second - They want the return transcript. Should I order from IRS for $39? Order past three years, or just the past year?

Third - they want an employer letter, which should be easy enough.

Thanks in advance.

When I resubmitted, I submitted my *entire* tax return for 2005 - 1040EZ, W2s, 1099-T (tuition) -- which combined with 6 mo of pay stubs, letter from employer, and a letter from myself stating what I was expecting to claim on my income tax return for this year (extrapolating my income for the rest of the year from what I'd already made). seemed to be sufficient. Same for the co-sponsor. 3 years of returns not needed.


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22-01-2009 Biometrics Appointment Notice received

06-02-2009 Biometrics Appointment in Newark, NJ

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With the employer's letter, make sure that it mentions you have a permanent position along with its starting date and salary so that reinforces your position that you can support your spouse:-). Good luck.


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