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This is based on our biometrics appointment April 23, 2012.

If you have sent in forms I-485 and/or I-765, as well as others, you'll receive a letter to report for your biometrics appointment. They will fingerpint and photograph you, and have you fill out a very simple form. This department is typically separate from other USCIS offices.

Some actually try early walk-ins, hoping it will speed up the entire process. Some are turned away, others are allowed to just drop-in, especially if they tell the guards they have a scheduling conflict. We just went at the scheduled time, though we were rewarded for showing up early. They processed us as soon as we entered. It's the only government agency I can recall that moves with such speed!

This is a very important tip: If you have a name change, such as using a new married name, you must bring legal proof of that name, in addition to the legal ID requirements. Your marriage certificate is an example. You must present a certified certificate, not a photocopy! They will give it back to you, so it's okay to bring an original. If you do not, you might get an RFE or you might have to be processed with your maiden name.

And don't forget to bring the appointment letter, the one with the barcode for the appointment.

One more tip: there is a lot of information around the web stating that you are not allowed to bring any electronics. This is not true. You can enter with a phone or a laptop, however they must be powered off the entire time.

Edited by AtariBaby

12/24/2010 I proposed. She accepted and stayed.

02/25/2011 Married!

03/19/2012 FINALLY submitted the AOS paperwork: I-130, I-485, I-765, etc.

03/23/2012 Received notification that USCIS has received everything.

03/26/2012 Biometrics Appointment Notice: April 23, 2012.

04/02/2012 NOA's received. Now we wait...

04/23/2012 Biometrics completed.

05/18/2012 EAD card mailed but not yet received.

06/06/2012 Rough interview but we think we're approved! Website says i485 status "Card Production".

06/12/2012 We received the "Welcome the United States" letters! Website says Green Card was mailed.

LIMBO: Green card lost in mail. Facing the possibility of paying hundreds in fees and basically repeating the entire process.

All good now! USPS lost it, then found it.

04/24/14 Back to VJ to get help with I-751, Removal of Conditions.

05/31/14 Mailed I-751 finally, with less than a week to deadline!

06/02/14 NOA1 (that was fast!)

07/01/14 Biometrics

7/25/14 Approved for Removal of Conditions

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This is based on our biometrics appointment April 23, 2012.

If you have sent in forms I-485 and/or I-765, as well as others, you'll receive a letter to report for your biometrics appointment. They will fingerpint and photograph you, and have you fill out a very simple form. This department is typically separate from other USCIS offices.

Some actually try early walk-ins, hoping it will speed up the entire process. Some are turned away, others are allowed to just drop-in, especially if they tell the guards they have a scheduling conflict. We just went at the scheduled time, though we were rewarded for showing up early. They processed us as soon as we entered. It's the only government agency I can recall that moves with such speed!

This is a very important tip: If you have a name change, such as using a new married name, you must bring legal proof of that name, in addition to the legal ID requirements. Your marriage certificate is an example. You must present a certified certificate, not a photocopy! They will give it back to you, so it's okay to bring an original. If you do not, you might get an RFE or you might have to be processed with your maiden name.

And don't forget to bring the appointment letter, the one with the barcode for the appointment.

One more tip: there is a lot of information around the web stating that you are not allowed to bring any electronics. This is not true. You can enter with a phone or a laptop, however they must be powered off the entire time.

Thank you very much! This is really helpful. My bio is coming up soon and I was gonna bring my passport (with maiden name) and letter only. Good thing you mentioned about the marriage cert that shows my new last name. :)


02/20/12 MARRIED
03/20/12 Sent application (I130,I485,I765)
03/27/12 Checks cashed
04/02/12 Bio appt rcvd
04/26/12 Bio done (in/out in less than 10mins)
05/09/12 Emai rcvd-Interview sched 6/13
05/11/12 Appt letter rcvd
05/16/12 Email rcvd-EAD in prod
05/21/12 Another email EAD in prod
05/22/12 2 emails - EAD mailed and USPS picked up EAD
05/24/12 RCVD EAD
06/13/12 AOS INTERVIEW -APPROVED :)(DAY 88)
06/13/12 EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS FOR I-130 AND I-485 RECEIVED
06/15/12 EMAIL "CARD PRODUCTION" RECEIVED :))
06/18/12 RCVD HARD COPY OF I-130 & I-485 APPROVAL
06/18/12 EMAIL NOTIFICATION CARD MAILED AND CARD PICKED UP BY USPS YEHEY!
06/20/12 GC ON HAND! PRAISE GOD!
TOOK 96 DAYS FROM SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION TO GC ON HAND. PRETTY SMOOTH AND QUICK PROCESS. I PRAY THIS HAPPENS TO EVERYONE AS WELL. GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS! KEEP THE FAITH!

03/24/14 Mailed ROC packet

03/31/14 NOA1

05/06/14 BIO

10/14/14 APPROVAL NOTICE

10/22/14 MAILED CARD EMAIL

10/24/14 GC RECEIVED. PRAISE GOD!!!! THANK YOU!

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One more tip that I wish I knew before going to have Biometrics (you guys might already know this, but I didn't)

"Prepare yourself to look good" because they are going to take your photo that will appear in both of your EAD Card and Green Card.

well, it's not a big deal, but I think it would be better if I had my hair set.. :lol:

Edited by Maria TH

Naturalization

04/22/15 (Day 0) N-400 Package sent

08/03/15 Interview - Recommend for Approval

08/18/15 Oath Ceremony

ROC

12/17/2013 (Day 0) ROC Package sent

12/23/2013 (Day 7) NOA date

01/27/14 (Day 43) Biometric Appointment

03/14/14 Case transferred to CSC

05/16/14 New Card Received

AOS from B2
11/14/2011 (Day 0) AOS Package sent (I-130, I-485, I-765)
11/15/2011 (Day 1) Package received by USCIS

12/12/2011 Biometrics Appointment
01/28/2012 (Day 74) EAD Card in hands
02/02/2012 (Day 79) Received letter of Interview Notice
03/02/2012 (Day 108) Interview - Dallas
03/21/2012 (Day 127) Green Card in Hands!

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One more tip that I wish I knew before going to have Biometrics (you guys might already know this, but I didn't)

"Prepare yourself to look good" because they are going to take your photo that will appear in both of your EAD Card and Green Card.

well, it's not a big deal, but I think it would be better if I had my hair set.. :lol:

Awwww man! I wish I had known that! My picture turned out crappy! LoL


July 2005 - met my awesome, hot, amazing love in Lousiana.
July 2006 - Married said love and moved to Canada.
June 2011 - Entered US to visit family, decided to stay.
Feb. 2012 - Sent paperwork to Chicago.

May 2012 - Received green card.

Day 0 - Package sent to Chicago Lockbox - 02/27/2012
Day 2 - UPS Tracking Confirmation - 02/29/2012
Day 4 - NOA Emails Received - 03/02/2012
Day 7 - All Checks Cashed - 03/05/2012
Day 11 - Hard Copy NOA's Received - 03/09/2012
Day 11 - Biometrics Appointment Received - 03/09/2012
--------- - Booked for - 04/03/2012 (day 36)
Day 35 - Early Biometricts Walk-in - 04/02/2012
Day 44 - Received Appointment Letter - 04/11/2012
Day 58 - EAD Approval Online - 04/25/2012
Day 63 - EAD in the mail - 04/30/2012
Day 65 - EAD in hand - 05/02/2012
Day 77 - AOS Interview - 05/14/2012
Day 77 - AOS Approved!
Day 84 - Green Card In Hand - 05/21/2012

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hahaha you guys are awesome! I am going in a couple of hours. I have time to look good! Thanks again!


02/20/12 MARRIED
03/20/12 Sent application (I130,I485,I765)
03/27/12 Checks cashed
04/02/12 Bio appt rcvd
04/26/12 Bio done (in/out in less than 10mins)
05/09/12 Emai rcvd-Interview sched 6/13
05/11/12 Appt letter rcvd
05/16/12 Email rcvd-EAD in prod
05/21/12 Another email EAD in prod
05/22/12 2 emails - EAD mailed and USPS picked up EAD
05/24/12 RCVD EAD
06/13/12 AOS INTERVIEW -APPROVED :)(DAY 88)
06/13/12 EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS FOR I-130 AND I-485 RECEIVED
06/15/12 EMAIL "CARD PRODUCTION" RECEIVED :))
06/18/12 RCVD HARD COPY OF I-130 & I-485 APPROVAL
06/18/12 EMAIL NOTIFICATION CARD MAILED AND CARD PICKED UP BY USPS YEHEY!
06/20/12 GC ON HAND! PRAISE GOD!
TOOK 96 DAYS FROM SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION TO GC ON HAND. PRETTY SMOOTH AND QUICK PROCESS. I PRAY THIS HAPPENS TO EVERYONE AS WELL. GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS! KEEP THE FAITH!

03/24/14 Mailed ROC packet

03/31/14 NOA1

05/06/14 BIO

10/14/14 APPROVAL NOTICE

10/22/14 MAILED CARD EMAIL

10/24/14 GC RECEIVED. PRAISE GOD!!!! THANK YOU!

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