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Hi,

I have a somewhat silly question. I am putting together the documents for applying for AOS. I have bunch of doucments such as passport ( front and back), birth certificate( front and back) like that we have 2-3 pages.

I wanted to know if I should staple them or just put a paper clip?

Right now I have them with paper clip, but since the pages are just 2 or 3 they slip out of paper clip more easily compared to if I had stapled them.

Advice? How did you people here put them together?

Thanks!

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Paper clip is always a good idea. From what I understand they put all the file in their own format, scan docs etc. So they probably remove the staples anyway. In doubt, it is much easier to remove paperclips than stapples...


Good luck in your visa journey!

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I used paper clips and it went through fine.


K1 Visa
08.04.10 sent I-129F to Vermont Service Center
08.12.10 NOA1
08.18.10 Touched
10.03.10 Touched
01.27.11 NOA2 Notification Text & Email
02.01.11 NVC Received
02.03.11 Received NOA2 Hard Copy by Mail
02.03.11 NVC Sent case to US Embassy in Singapore
02.09.11 Consulate Received
02.10.11 Consulate sent out Packet 3
02.16.11 Packet 3 Received
02.18.11 Medical Appointment (Passed)
02.22.11 Sent in Packet 3 checklist
02.22.11 Waiting on Interview date
03.16.11 Interview Scheduled (Approved)
04.07.11 Visa in Hand
04.14.11 Arrive in USA (POE Chicago / No problems)
04.21.11 Civil Wedding
AOS
05.18.11 Filed AOS/EAD/AP
05.24.11 NOA 1 AOS/EAD/AP Received Hard Copy 05.31.11
06.15.11 AOS case transferred to CSC Received hard Copy 06.18.11.
06.20.11 Biometrics done today as a walk in. No problems. (The actual appointment was scheduled for 07.12.2011)
07.23.11 EAD Card/Document Production & AP Post Decision Activity
07.28.11 Second notification on EAD Card / Document Production
07.29.11 Third notification on EAD Card / Approval (Still no word on AP.)
08.01.11 Received EAD/AP Combo card in the mail.
08.04.11 Email Notification that GC is approved. (This came one year to the day that I sent the K1 package in.)
08.08.11 Received Welcome letter in the mail.
08.10.11 Greencard in Hand (It was actually dated 07.29.11 my wife's birthday!!)
ROC
05.23.13 I-751 sent to Vermont Service Center
05.31.13 Check Cleared (We are on our way!)
05.29.13 NOA1 (Received 06.03.13)
06.11.13 Early Bio Metrics done today. No problems. (The actual appointment was scheduled for 06.28.2013)
09.27.13 Transferred to CSC for quicker processing

10.29.13 Approved

11.06.13 10 Year Greenscard in Hand

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I 2 hole punched at the top and used acco fasteners


6/5/13: Sent via UPS AOS package: I-130, I-485, I-765, I-864

6/7/13: Package received at Chicago Lockbox

6/15/13: NOA Received for I-130, I-485, I-765

7/6/13: Received Biometrics appt. notice. Code 3

7/12/13: Biometric early walk in Cleveland: Successful!smile.png

7/15/13: Waiting...ranting33va.gifClockWatch2.gif

7/25/13: I-485 TOUCH!!! Changed from Acceptance to Interview and Testing!

7/31/13: I-485 TOUCH!!! Interview scheduled for: SEPTEMBER 3!smile.png

8/2/13:I-485 Interview appointment notice received! smile.png Scheduled for 9:00 AM at Cleveland.

8/8/13: I-765 APPROVED! smile.png Only email I got was that Card Production Was Ordered, No Approval email

8/14/13: I-765 Card Production Ordered Again... ranting33va.gif

8/15/13: I-765 Card mailed; Called USCIS, talked to ISO, Got tracking number! smile.png

8/XX/13: Waiting for EAD so I can apply for replacement SS Card with my married last name. goofy.gif

8/17/13: Received EAD

8/29/13: Received new SS Card

9/3/13: I-485 Interview. Approved!!! took less than 30 mins.

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No staples. And the instructions for the Chicago lockbox say no acco and no paper punching holes.


AOS for my husband
8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

ROC:
5/23/12: Sent out package
2/06/13: APPROVED!

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No staples. And the instructions for the Chicago lockbox say no acco and no paper punching holes.

I already punched holes in all the papers. Will they still accept it?


6/5/13: Sent via UPS AOS package: I-130, I-485, I-765, I-864

6/7/13: Package received at Chicago Lockbox

6/15/13: NOA Received for I-130, I-485, I-765

7/6/13: Received Biometrics appt. notice. Code 3

7/12/13: Biometric early walk in Cleveland: Successful!smile.png

7/15/13: Waiting...ranting33va.gifClockWatch2.gif

7/25/13: I-485 TOUCH!!! Changed from Acceptance to Interview and Testing!

7/31/13: I-485 TOUCH!!! Interview scheduled for: SEPTEMBER 3!smile.png

8/2/13:I-485 Interview appointment notice received! smile.png Scheduled for 9:00 AM at Cleveland.

8/8/13: I-765 APPROVED! smile.png Only email I got was that Card Production Was Ordered, No Approval email

8/14/13: I-765 Card Production Ordered Again... ranting33va.gif

8/15/13: I-765 Card mailed; Called USCIS, talked to ISO, Got tracking number! smile.png

8/XX/13: Waiting for EAD so I can apply for replacement SS Card with my married last name. goofy.gif

8/17/13: Received EAD

8/29/13: Received new SS Card

9/3/13: I-485 Interview. Approved!!! took less than 30 mins.

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No staples. And the instructions for the Chicago lockbox say no acco and no paper punching holes.

Hi Harpa

What's the source?

(Attorneys filed my H1-B petition with acco fasteners)

Edited by Go-Kart Mozart

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The source? The horse's mouth.

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=72a927c382f39110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=1958b0aaa86fa010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD

3. Take the following steps to avoid delays in processing applications or petitions through the Chicago Lockbox.
  • Do NOT send original passports or other valuable personal documents. Make sure that copies of original passports or personal documents are made on standard white letter-sized paper (8.5” x 11”)
  • Use paperclips when attaching supporting personal documents to forms (do NOT use “ACCO” fasteners; staples are acceptable when attaching fees).
Edited by Harpa Timsah

AOS for my husband
8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

ROC:
5/23/12: Sent out package
2/06/13: APPROVED!

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The deal is that USCIS is going to undo whatever you do. I have read the mailroom procedures and they are very detailed. They have a certain way of organizing everything, so let them do it their way. People make the mistake of thinking that the package as they send it is moved around, and that it stays that way the whole time. In reality, USCIS puts it all in their own folders their own way. So I don't think it's smart to make them unstaple everything, make them take your pages out of sheet protectors, go through binders, or anything. I don't think it's smart to punch holes in the pages, what if you mispunch? Just send a stack of papers organized by clips and let them do it their professional way.

My opinion on immigration lawyers is that they like to think they have "special knowledge" so they do secret things that a normal person wouldn't do to help feed into this story. I don't buy it.

I am sure that they have industrial punchers and can punch your pages in a few seconds (if that is what they do). Doing it for them won't make your petition faster and risks messing your pages up.


AOS for my husband
8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

ROC:
5/23/12: Sent out package
2/06/13: APPROVED!

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