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F1->AOS criminal history required? Document Timing?

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Hello,

I'm gathering up documents to adjust my status from F1. I read through the instructions and I just need someone to help me make sure that I understood things correctly.

I apologize if some of these questions may appear redundant, but this whole AOS business makes me nervous, which makes me keep doubting my comprehension of the written instructions!

Criminal history

1. Just to be absolutely clear, if I don't have any criminal history anywhere in the world, I do NOT have to include criminal record history. Correct? I just check "no" in the forms?

I ask this because I lived in Korea (native), Canada (student visa) and the US (F1) since I turned 16, so I wasn't sure if I need to add more documents regarding my stay in those countries other than my country of origin.

2. The form says that I don't need to include traffic violations that result in fines less than $500 or points. I had a traffic citation for Unsafe Movement related to a car accident, which was dismissed eventually. Later, the other party involved in the accident filed a lawsuit against me to scare my insurance company to pay more. This was eventually dismissed/dropped once the other driver and my insurance company reached a settlement.

Since the citation or lawsuit did not result in any arrest or actual fines over $500, I do not need include any documents related to this. Correct?

Timing

3. I know the photos have to taken within 30 days of the AOS application, but is there a similar limit on documents? That is, does it matter if I obtained my birth certificate 90 days before the actual AOS application submission?

4. Similar to the question #3, does the Medical Examination have to be within certain period from the date of submission?

Thank you!!

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1. That sounds right. If you have no criminal history, then you have nothing to report. That's how my wife and I did it and we were successful in getting a green card.

2. This is dependent upon circumstance, but the way you describe it sounds like everything was dismissed/dropped. A traffic accident resulting in an insurance payment is so common that I doubt USCIS wants to know about every fender-bender.

3. The 30 days is for photos, not for all the other documents (unless it's something specifically time-sensitive). If you have a valid birth certificate in your possession, it's still valid.

4. The medical exam should be close to the time of your submission. The doctor we went to for the exam said this is not a hard-and-fast rule, but it's better to send off your application soon after getting the I-693 done. Like a few weeks to a month. My doc has seen some cases where an applicant waits a long time (like many months) and then a picky bureaucrat wants to see a new I-693.

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During Biometrics, FBI will run a background check on you. If that fails, you must gather police reports from the the places that you've been living for the last 5 years.


The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Wife's journey.
Day 01 - 07/25/2012 - Mailed AOS package (I-130,I-131, I-485,I-765) via UPS Next Day Air.
Day 02 - 07/26/2012 - Package delivered by UPS.
Day 10 - 08/03/2012 - Got 4 emails confirm AOS package had been received. Checks cashed.
Day 13 - 08/06/2012 - Receipt Numbers are track-able on USCIS website.
Day 18 - 08/11/2012 - Biometrics Notice received (Dated: 8/8, Appointment: 8/29)
Day 20 - 08/13/2012 - Walk-in biometrics done.
Day 24 - 08/17/2012 - Received 4 NOA letters.
Day 27 - 08/20/2012 - 2nd Biometrics Notice received. Same day walk-in biometrics done.
Day 41 - 09/03/2012 - Email and txt notification of interview.
Day 43 - 09/05/2012 - Interview Notice in the mail. This is GREAT!
Day 63 - 09/25/2012 - EAD txt notification. I-765 online status updated.
Day 69 - 10/01/2012 - EAD Mailed.
Day 71 - 10/03/2012 - Interview. I-130 approved. I-485 will be approved after police clearance received. / EAD received. Wrong name. Wrong country of birth.
... waiting for Police Reports from Vietnam and current city's police dept.
11/01/2012 - RFE Police reports sent.
11/06/2012 - I-485 Approved. Card production email received.
11/09/2012 - Email notification. Card picked up by USPS.
11/15/2012 - GC received. Correct name. Still wrong country of birth.

Remove condition:

10/22/2014 - I-751 notice receipt received.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

My husbands I693 was done about 11 months before we submitted his AOS. We were nervous about it getting rejected, but it wasn't an issue. It's supposed to be good for a year.


AOS

5/16/2012 - Package delivered to Chicago Lockbox at 1:33pm

5/21/2012 - Email/text notifications received at 4:50 p.m.

5/26/2012 - NOA hard copies received for I-130, I-485 and I-765

6/19/2012 - Biometrics completed.

7/02/2012 - Text/email/hard copy notification of interview.

7/30/2012 - EAD card production ordered.

8/02/2012 - Interview @ 2:00

8/02/2012 - Email notification of GC production at 5:30pm

8/07/2012 - Second GC production email

8/07/2012 - EAD received.

8/08/2012 - GC mailed.

8/09/2012 - Welcome letter and I-130 approval letter received.

8/10/2012 - Green card received. :)

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I-693 medical exams are valid for one year from the date of certification by the civil surgeon, and will usually be accepted as valid even if your application is not adjudicated within that year, per this USCIS policy memo

Edited by Hypnos

Widow/er AoS Guide | Have AoS questions? Read (some) answers here

 

AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

Day 376 (1/14/19) Interview

Day 385 (1/23/19) Denied

Day 400 (2/7/19) Denial revoked; N-400 approved; oath ceremony set for 2/14/19

Day 407 (2/14/19) Oath ceremony in Dallas, TX

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1. That sounds right. If you have no criminal history, then you have nothing to report. That's how my wife and I did it and we were successful in getting a green card.

2. This is dependent upon circumstance, but the way you describe it sounds like everything was dismissed/dropped. A traffic accident resulting in an insurance payment is so common that I doubt USCIS wants to know about every fender-bender.

3. The 30 days is for photos, not for all the other documents (unless it's something specifically time-sensitive). If you have a valid birth certificate in your possession, it's still valid.

4. The medical exam should be close to the time of your submission. The doctor we went to for the exam said this is not a hard-and-fast rule, but it's better to send off your application soon after getting the I-693 done. Like a few weeks to a month. My doc has seen some cases where an applicant waits a long time (like many months) and then a picky bureaucrat wants to see a new I-693.

Thank you! This really puts my mind at ease..!

I-693 medical exams are valid for one year from the date of certification by the civil surgeon, and will usually be accepted as valid even if your application is not adjudicated within that year, per this USCIS policy memo

Thanks! This is really helpful. I guess I can get things started right away!

During Biometrics, FBI will run a background check on you. If that fails, you must gather police reports from the the places that you've been living for the last 5 years.

Ok, I guess I should get the police clearance from all countries, just in case. Thanks!

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it's still a better idea to file soon after the medical. you have no idea if they decided to RFE you for it, and then you'll have to pay to get it done all over again. The civil surgeons only accept cash, and the cost to get an appointment alone is like $130-150 CASH.


Adjustment of Status from H-1B, Family-Based
07/26/2012 - 10/18/2012: 85 Days from Application Received to GC Received.
Removal of Conditions
07/22/2014 - 11/14/2014: 116 Days from Application Received to GC Received.
Naturalization
02/03/2016 - 05/31/2016 : 119 Days from Application Received to Oath Ceremony.

I am a United States citizen!

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The civil surgeons only accept cash, and the cost to get an appointment alone is like $130-150 CASH.

Not true, I used a credit card for mine without issue.

Edited by Hypnos

Widow/er AoS Guide | Have AoS questions? Read (some) answers here

 

AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

Day 376 (1/14/19) Interview

Day 385 (1/23/19) Denied

Day 400 (2/7/19) Denial revoked; N-400 approved; oath ceremony set for 2/14/19

Day 407 (2/14/19) Oath ceremony in Dallas, TX

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Not true, I used a credit card for mine without issue.

It's vary from office to office.


The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Wife's journey.
Day 01 - 07/25/2012 - Mailed AOS package (I-130,I-131, I-485,I-765) via UPS Next Day Air.
Day 02 - 07/26/2012 - Package delivered by UPS.
Day 10 - 08/03/2012 - Got 4 emails confirm AOS package had been received. Checks cashed.
Day 13 - 08/06/2012 - Receipt Numbers are track-able on USCIS website.
Day 18 - 08/11/2012 - Biometrics Notice received (Dated: 8/8, Appointment: 8/29)
Day 20 - 08/13/2012 - Walk-in biometrics done.
Day 24 - 08/17/2012 - Received 4 NOA letters.
Day 27 - 08/20/2012 - 2nd Biometrics Notice received. Same day walk-in biometrics done.
Day 41 - 09/03/2012 - Email and txt notification of interview.
Day 43 - 09/05/2012 - Interview Notice in the mail. This is GREAT!
Day 63 - 09/25/2012 - EAD txt notification. I-765 online status updated.
Day 69 - 10/01/2012 - EAD Mailed.
Day 71 - 10/03/2012 - Interview. I-130 approved. I-485 will be approved after police clearance received. / EAD received. Wrong name. Wrong country of birth.
... waiting for Police Reports from Vietnam and current city's police dept.
11/01/2012 - RFE Police reports sent.
11/06/2012 - I-485 Approved. Card production email received.
11/09/2012 - Email notification. Card picked up by USPS.
11/15/2012 - GC received. Correct name. Still wrong country of birth.

Remove condition:

10/22/2014 - I-751 notice receipt received.

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It's vary from office to office.

agreed. the one I went to wouldn't allow insurance to cover any missing vaccinations and only accepted cash.


Adjustment of Status from H-1B, Family-Based
07/26/2012 - 10/18/2012: 85 Days from Application Received to GC Received.
Removal of Conditions
07/22/2014 - 11/14/2014: 116 Days from Application Received to GC Received.
Naturalization
02/03/2016 - 05/31/2016 : 119 Days from Application Received to Oath Ceremony.

I am a United States citizen!

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Indeed, so saying "civil surgeons only accept cash" is incorrect.


Widow/er AoS Guide | Have AoS questions? Read (some) answers here

 

AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

Day 376 (1/14/19) Interview

Day 385 (1/23/19) Denied

Day 400 (2/7/19) Denial revoked; N-400 approved; oath ceremony set for 2/14/19

Day 407 (2/14/19) Oath ceremony in Dallas, TX

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