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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Thailand
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This is in regards to form I-765 but it applies to all forms I guess. Has anyone tried e-filing any forms at all and how was it? Almost every form requires supporting documents to be sent in, which I guess they will match up with your e-file record. Wouldn't it be better to send in everything together and not do e-file? Even if you do e-file (which gets the form to them faster) but if they don't get your supporting documents in the mail, it doesn't make the process go any faster right? I'm just trying to determine the benefit of e-filing. Any thoughts?

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AOS

12/19/06 AOS and EAD applications recieved at Chicago office

12/22/06 file sent to CSC

2/14/07 touched

3/2/07 touched

3/5/07 touched

3/13/07 file sent back to MSC

3/14/07 touched

3/21/07 touched

3/23/07 touched

6/06/07 Interview

6/18/07 Notified through email that card was ordered

6/26/07 Recieved card in the mail TODAY!!!!!!!

EAD

3/20/07 EAD touched

3/22/07 recieved email that card has been ordered.

3/26/07 EAD card recieved in the mail.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: India
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Elena,

I know someone who had e-filed I-765 and didn't have to send any supporting documents in the mail. and she got approved in exact 25 days....So, E-filing is faster than the mailing-in process.

Edited by shalz

K-1 Journey....

05/15/2006 - Sent to TSC (Day 1)

05/30/2006 - NOA 1

07/21/2006 - NOA 2

08/23/2006 - INTERVIEW SUCCESSFUL!! (Day 99)[/b]

08/24/2006 - Visa Issued......08/30/2006 --- Visa in HAND !!!

09/02/2006 - REUNITED

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09/07/2006 - Married

09/07/2006 - Applied for SSN

09/13/2006 - Picked-up Marriage Certificate's from the COURTHOUSE

09/13/2006 - Vaccinations DONE !!!

09/21/2006 - SSN received

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09/21/2006 - Mailed out I-485 Package to Chicago.

10/02/2006 - NOA recevied

10/06/2006 - Letter Received for Biometrics

10/10/2006 - Biometric's Done !!! Appointment for Biometric's originally was on 10/14/2006

10/23/2006 - Case Transfered to CSC

10/27/2006 - Case received at CSC

11/09/2006 - E-mail recevied from CRIS saying AOS Approved and welcome notice mailed.

11/14/2006 - An approval letter mailed.

11/15/2006 - Green Card Received !!

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8/15/2008 - Mailed out I-751 Package to Nebreska. (mail fwd to Cali)

8/21/2008 - Package delivered.

8/25/2008 - Check Cashed/Cleared.

8/29/2008 - NOA Received.

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Canada
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This is in regards to form I-765 but it applies to all forms I guess. Has anyone tried e-filing any forms at all and how was it? Almost every form requires supporting documents to be sent in, which I guess they will match up with your e-file record. Wouldn't it be better to send in everything together and not do e-file? Even if you do e-file (which gets the form to them faster) but if they don't get your supporting documents in the mail, it doesn't make the process go any faster right? I'm just trying to determine the benefit of e-filing. Any thoughts?

Benefit of e-filing, in my opinion, is that you can pay with a credit card. We had a hard time putting together all the money for the AOS package, so the e-file was a welcome option. I e-filed my I-765 (after filing for AOS), and had no problems at all. I wasn't required to send in any supporting documents for the I-765 either. So in my situation, e-filing worked out perfect.

Holly*


I-130/I-485/I-765 timeline

April 21, 2006- We get married in the Florida Keys

June 07, 2006- Medical done

June 26, 2006- We send off I-130 and I-485 Package concurrently

June 30, 2006- Received NOA1 for I-130 and I-485

July 13, 2006- Received Biometrics appt for 1-485

July 14, 2006- I-130/AOS Touch

July 16, 2006- sent 1-765 (e-file)

July 21, 2006- Received NOA for EAD

July 22, 2006- Received RFE in mail

July 24, 2006- Received Biometrics appt for EAD

July 27, 2006- Biometrics for AOS/AOS Touch

August 05, 2006- Biometrics for EAD

August 08, 2006- Sent RFE

August 11, 2006- Email that RFE was received/AOS Touch

August 16, 2006- AOS Touch

August 28, 2006- Letter in mail re: initial interview (Oct 16)

September 22/25, 2006- EAD Touch

September 26, 2006- EAD Approved!

September 30, 2006- EAD card arrived

October 02, 2006- Applied for SSN/EAD touch

October 07, 2006- Received SSN

October 09, 2006- Got a job!

October 16, 2006- AOS Interview. Approved pending name clearance.... ggrrr

October 21, 2006- I-485/I-130 Touch

October 22, 2006- I-765 Touch (why??)

November 18, 2006- I-485 Touch

January 22, 2007- I-130 and I-485 approved!!

Febrauary 02, 2007- Green Card in hand :)

January 15, 2009- request to remove conditional status sent

February 02, 2009- Our baby boy is born!! :)

March 13, 2009- Biometrics appt

June 3, 2009- request for more evidence received :(

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Thailand
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Thanks for your responses. However, I went to create an e-file account and this was part of the instructions after you file:

"You MUST contact the BCIS National Customer Service Center, if instructed to do so on your Confirmation Receipt notice, at 1-800-375-5283 [TTY 1-800-767-1833] to schedule an appointment with your local Application Support Center using your Confirmation Receipt notice or your official Receipt Notice (I-797). The Application Support Center will collect a digital photograph, signature, and fingerprint from you at your appointment."

I know it says "if instructed to" but does that mean that some people have to appear in person while other's don't? Is it just a random selection? Why would they collect photos, signatures and fingerprints from some people and not others? I don't understand. Does anyone know?


AOS

12/19/06 AOS and EAD applications recieved at Chicago office

12/22/06 file sent to CSC

2/14/07 touched

3/2/07 touched

3/5/07 touched

3/13/07 file sent back to MSC

3/14/07 touched

3/21/07 touched

3/23/07 touched

6/06/07 Interview

6/18/07 Notified through email that card was ordered

6/26/07 Recieved card in the mail TODAY!!!!!!!

EAD

3/20/07 EAD touched

3/22/07 recieved email that card has been ordered.

3/26/07 EAD card recieved in the mail.

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Canada
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Thanks for your responses. However, I went to create an e-file account and this was part of the instructions after you file:

"You MUST contact the BCIS National Customer Service Center, if instructed to do so on your Confirmation Receipt notice, at 1-800-375-5283 [TTY 1-800-767-1833] to schedule an appointment with your local Application Support Center using your Confirmation Receipt notice or your official Receipt Notice (I-797). The Application Support Center will collect a digital photograph, signature, and fingerprint from you at your appointment."

I know it says "if instructed to" but does that mean that some people have to appear in person while other's don't? Is it just a random selection? Why would they collect photos, signatures and fingerprints from some people and not others? I don't understand. Does anyone know?

i think what they are talking about is the biometrics. They sent me a notice to let me know when to go to the application support centre. Most likely they'll send you a notice too. I think you'd be just fine to e-file your app.


I-130/I-485/I-765 timeline

April 21, 2006- We get married in the Florida Keys

June 07, 2006- Medical done

June 26, 2006- We send off I-130 and I-485 Package concurrently

June 30, 2006- Received NOA1 for I-130 and I-485

July 13, 2006- Received Biometrics appt for 1-485

July 14, 2006- I-130/AOS Touch

July 16, 2006- sent 1-765 (e-file)

July 21, 2006- Received NOA for EAD

July 22, 2006- Received RFE in mail

July 24, 2006- Received Biometrics appt for EAD

July 27, 2006- Biometrics for AOS/AOS Touch

August 05, 2006- Biometrics for EAD

August 08, 2006- Sent RFE

August 11, 2006- Email that RFE was received/AOS Touch

August 16, 2006- AOS Touch

August 28, 2006- Letter in mail re: initial interview (Oct 16)

September 22/25, 2006- EAD Touch

September 26, 2006- EAD Approved!

September 30, 2006- EAD card arrived

October 02, 2006- Applied for SSN/EAD touch

October 07, 2006- Received SSN

October 09, 2006- Got a job!

October 16, 2006- AOS Interview. Approved pending name clearance.... ggrrr

October 21, 2006- I-485/I-130 Touch

October 22, 2006- I-765 Touch (why??)

November 18, 2006- I-485 Touch

January 22, 2007- I-130 and I-485 approved!!

Febrauary 02, 2007- Green Card in hand :)

January 15, 2009- request to remove conditional status sent

February 02, 2009- Our baby boy is born!! :)

March 13, 2009- Biometrics appt

June 3, 2009- request for more evidence received :(

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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I efiled for the renewal of my EAD and my AP. The process was quite straight forward. They provide a confirmation receipt immediately after the efiled forms are accepted. I know I had to mail something in - I don't recall what or for which forms - but I had the receipt notices and was able to get everything together and mailed out the net day. I received back the letter advising me to phone and make my biometrics appointment, which I did, and about a week after the biometrics I received my new EAD. The AP came 3 weeks after that - but had been approved at exactly the same time. The benefit for me was the earlier I got the application filed the sooner I could get the biometrics appointment which for our ASC was about a 7 week wait. And I had proof right away that they had received the application - no waiting for the mail return receipt.


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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Thailand
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Biometrics are required for an EAD? I didn't know that. My husband is in the states on a K3 visa. He's not going to adjust status. His I-130 was approved so he's going to go back to his country for the interview and do CR-1. In the meantime, he wants to get his EAD so he can work while he waits for the immigrant visa. In his case, does he still need to do biometrics?

i think what they are talking about is the biometrics. They sent me a notice to let me know when to go to the application support centre. Most likely they'll send you a notice too. I think you'd be just fine to e-file your app.


AOS

12/19/06 AOS and EAD applications recieved at Chicago office

12/22/06 file sent to CSC

2/14/07 touched

3/2/07 touched

3/5/07 touched

3/13/07 file sent back to MSC

3/14/07 touched

3/21/07 touched

3/23/07 touched

6/06/07 Interview

6/18/07 Notified through email that card was ordered

6/26/07 Recieved card in the mail TODAY!!!!!!!

EAD

3/20/07 EAD touched

3/22/07 recieved email that card has been ordered.

3/26/07 EAD card recieved in the mail.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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I filed my initial EAD and AP with the AOS and both were processed extremely quickly. That was over 2 years ago though so I am not sure my experience is relevant for you. The problem with efiling the EAD while mailing off the AOS application is that the EAD is dependent on the AOS application having been received. The efiled EAD will arrive BEFORE the AOS does so it won't be eligible based on an AOS. You would have to wait until you know the AOS has been received before you can file the EAD so you might as well file both together as in this case that would be the fastest route.

Yes, if your husband submits a request for an EAD he is required to go for a biometrics appointment as the biometrics are incorporated right onto the actual EAD he receives. The EAD and AP are valid for one year and you need to apply for a renewal if your AOS doesn't look like it will be approved in time. Since your husband is doing the CR1 route, it will depend on if it looks like he will get his interview before the EAD expires. I am not as familiar with your visa route but from what I am reading I should think he wouldn't have to worry about a renewal - that his CR1 will be done within the time the EAD is valid. Of course, once he has the CR1 he won't need an EAD.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Thailand
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I am preparing for the next steps and wanted to know whether it is still faster to e-file? Also, if I am filing for AOS, do I still need to pay a fee to e-file or is it included with AOS fee?

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