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Do I need to send in a certified copy of my marriage license or can I send in just a photocopy of the certified marriage license? It's $20 per certified copy, so it would be nice to avoid that cost.

Please let me know what you did and if it worked. I read some places it needs to be the original certified copy and other places say a photocopy is fine. I just wouldn't want to get an RFE, but I also want to avoid an unnecessary cost.

Thanks!

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Sent a good color photo copy. No issue.


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Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

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Do I need to send in a certified copy of my marriage license or can I send in just a photocopy of the certified marriage license? It's $20 per certified copy, so it would be nice to avoid that cost.

Please let me know what you did and if it worked. I read some places it needs to be the original certified copy and other places say a photocopy is fine. I just wouldn't want to get an RFE, but I also want to avoid an unnecessary cost.

Thanks!

We included a certified copy for each package -- AOS, EAD, and AP. Although, certified copies were much cheaper for us! We spent about $20 for four copies.


Part One: The K-1 Visa Journey:

USCIS Receipt of I-129F: January 24, 2012 | Petition Approval: June 15, 2012 (No RFEs)
Interview: October 24, 2012 - Review | Visa Delivered: October 31, 2012



Part Two: Entry and Adjusting Status:

POE: November 18, 2012 (at SFO) - Review
Wedding: December 1, 2012 | Social Security: New cards received on December 7, 2012.
AOS Package (I-485/I-765/I-131) NOA1: February 19, 2013 | Biometrics Appt.: March 18, 2013
AP/EAD Approved: April 29, 2013 | Card Received: May 6, 2013 | AOS Interview Appt.: May 16, 2013 - Approved Review Card Received: May 24, 2013

Part Three: Removal of Conditions:

Coming Soon...

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my certified copy was $6.. but $3 extra cuz i used Credit card :(

http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1k3aos

read #8 on the Guide..

some have received RFE for Certified Marriage Cert. others have not.. so its your choice.. $20 vs Time Delay..


K101/17/2012.....I-129F ..... sent to Dallas, Texas

01/25/2012.....NOA1 (text & email) ..... sent to Vermont Service Center

01/28/2012.....NOA1 Hard Copy in Mail

07/31/2012.....NOA2.. 188 days update@USCIS

08/03/2012.....NOA2.. Hard Copy

09/04/2012.....Sent Email to Caracas Embassy for Interview date.. they had not contacted her

09/05/2012.....Embassy response.. with interview date!!

10/17/2012.....INTERVIEW @Caracas Embassy!

10/17/2012.....INTERVIEW @Caracas Embassy... APPROVED!!

12/31/2012.....POE.. Miami, arrived to AUSTIN next day smile.png

02/16/2013.....Married!!

AOS - K1

05/06/2013.....I-465 & I-765 sent USPS priority mail

05/14/2013......Email, Text of Receiving package on 5/11

05/16/2013......Hard Copy of NOA1 received: I-465 and _I-765 Application for employment

05/20/2013...... Bio-metric hard-copy.
05/29/2013...... Biometric scheduled. . Austin office

07/15/2013...... EAD card arrived in mail today smile.png

10/20/2013...... Green Card approved! NOA hardcopy received!

10/31/2013...... Green Card Delivered!!

ROC-I-751
07/21/15 90 day Window Opens

07/24/15 I-751 Mailed to Cali. Service Center
09/03/15 Biometeric scheduled and completed

01/26/16 ROC Letter arrived
01/30/16 10 yr Green Card arrived

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I sent a certified copy for AOS, and photocopies of it for EAD and AP. The IO gave me back my certified copy during my interview. I'm glad he did... that was not cheap either.


K-1 Visa Timeline AOS Timeline

- Aug 31st, 2011 - Mailed I-129F package - May 29th, 2012 - Mailed AOS/EAD/AP package

- Apr 13th, 2012 - Visa received - Aug 24th, 2012 - Green Card received

ROC Timeline

- May 19th, 2014 - Mailed ROC package to CSC

- Aug 8th, 2014 - Green Card received

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Do I need to send in a certified copy of my marriage license or can I send in just a photocopy of the certified marriage license? It's $20 per certified copy, so it would be nice to avoid that cost.

Please let me know what you did and if it worked. I read some places it needs to be the original certified copy and other places say a photocopy is fine. I just wouldn't want to get an RFE, but I also want to avoid an unnecessary cost.

Thanks!

If you send in a photocopy, it should be fine. I made the mistake of sending in a certifide marriage transcript. That was a costly error as I ended up getting an RFE. They wanted a copy of the marriage certificate. I sent them a photocopy of my marriage certificate back and was issued my GC 2 weeks later.

I put these 2 documents side by side and the only difference between the 2 was the wording.


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Final paperwork sent to lawyer - 14-Dec-2015

GC-Date: Resident Since 02/13/2013

Sent: N-400 Sent 12/21/2015
NOA: 12/24/2015

Biometrics: 01/20/2016
In Line: 01/25/2016
Int Ltr: 01/28/2016
Interview: 03/08/2016
Oath: 04/14/2016
Field Office: Buffalo NY

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Thank you everyone. Question, how long did the AOS process take for you guys? Like how long did it take to get the EAD/AP back and then how long did it take to get the GC?

AOS and AP will be approved in 2-3 months. The AOS timeline is highly variable. If you are scheduled for an interview, it may take 2-3 months. If you are waived from an interview, it takes a lot longer, up to more than a year. What is your local USCIS office? It may help to get an idea based on the timelines data on VJ... some offices almost always schedule interviews for AOS from K-1. Some almost never (too busy). Some others, it's 50/50. :)


K-1 Visa Timeline AOS Timeline

- Aug 31st, 2011 - Mailed I-129F package - May 29th, 2012 - Mailed AOS/EAD/AP package

- Apr 13th, 2012 - Visa received - Aug 24th, 2012 - Green Card received

ROC Timeline

- May 19th, 2014 - Mailed ROC package to CSC

- Aug 8th, 2014 - Green Card received

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Thank you everyone. Question, how long did the AOS process take for you guys? Like how long did it take to get the EAD/AP back and then how long did it take to get the GC?

patience..

i just sent mine off.. i don't care how long it takes.. its been sent.. weight off my shoulders!


K101/17/2012.....I-129F ..... sent to Dallas, Texas

01/25/2012.....NOA1 (text & email) ..... sent to Vermont Service Center

01/28/2012.....NOA1 Hard Copy in Mail

07/31/2012.....NOA2.. 188 days update@USCIS

08/03/2012.....NOA2.. Hard Copy

09/04/2012.....Sent Email to Caracas Embassy for Interview date.. they had not contacted her

09/05/2012.....Embassy response.. with interview date!!

10/17/2012.....INTERVIEW @Caracas Embassy!

10/17/2012.....INTERVIEW @Caracas Embassy... APPROVED!!

12/31/2012.....POE.. Miami, arrived to AUSTIN next day smile.png

02/16/2013.....Married!!

AOS - K1

05/06/2013.....I-465 & I-765 sent USPS priority mail

05/14/2013......Email, Text of Receiving package on 5/11

05/16/2013......Hard Copy of NOA1 received: I-465 and _I-765 Application for employment

05/20/2013...... Bio-metric hard-copy.
05/29/2013...... Biometric scheduled. . Austin office

07/15/2013...... EAD card arrived in mail today smile.png

10/20/2013...... Green Card approved! NOA hardcopy received!

10/31/2013...... Green Card Delivered!!

ROC-I-751
07/21/15 90 day Window Opens

07/24/15 I-751 Mailed to Cali. Service Center
09/03/15 Biometeric scheduled and completed

01/26/16 ROC Letter arrived
01/30/16 10 yr Green Card arrived

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I hope you are sending a copy of the marriage certificate, not the marriage license.

The questions was between sending a photocopy of a certified copy of the marriage license....or a certified copy. The original marriage license is filled at the local town hall, but each additional certified copy is $20.

I've not sent in my AOS yet since our wedding is in a week and a half. I was just curious as to how long it takes to get a GC.

I'm not sure which local USCIS I'll be sending to...Hartford, CT maybe?

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The questions was between sending a photocopy of a certified copy of the marriage license....or a certified copy. The original marriage license is filled at the local town hall, but each additional certified copy is $20.

I've not sent in my AOS yet since our wedding is in a week and a half. I was just curious as to how long it takes to get a GC.

I'm not sure which local USCIS I'll be sending to...Hartford, CT maybe?

* A marriage license is a permit to get married.

A marriage certificate is an actual proof that you got married.

You have to send a marriage certificate, not licence, in order to AOS based on marriage to a US citizen. That's what Harpa was pointing out.

* You will not send your paperwork to your local USCIS office, but to the Chicago lockbox (read the instructions for the detailed address). Your case will then be transferred to your local office if you are scheduled for an interview, or stay at the National Benefit Center if you are waived from an interview, and be adjudicated there.

* if your local office is Hartford, CT... well, timelines from people living in the same area are here: http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/aoslist.php?vtype=1&op8=Hartford+CT&xfr=&op1=&op2=&op3=&op4=1&op5=5%2C6%2C8%2C9%2C10%2C11&cfl=0

It seems that not many people are scheduled for an interview there... so I would expect a long wait.

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K-1 Visa Timeline AOS Timeline

- Aug 31st, 2011 - Mailed I-129F package - May 29th, 2012 - Mailed AOS/EAD/AP package

- Apr 13th, 2012 - Visa received - Aug 24th, 2012 - Green Card received

ROC Timeline

- May 19th, 2014 - Mailed ROC package to CSC

- Aug 8th, 2014 - Green Card received

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I used a certified copy without a problem. My county had a deal if you ordered more than one, you could get a discount. So I ordered three -- figured it'd be useful to have one in a safety deposit box, another for the naturalization or whatnot.


26 January 2005 - Entered US as visitor from Canada.
16 May 2005 - Assembled health package, W2s.
27 June 2005 - Sent package off to Chicago lockbox.
28 June 2005 - Package received at Chicago lockbox.
11 July 2005 - RFE: cheques inappropriately placed.
18 July 2005 - NOA 1: I-485, I-131, I-765 received!
19 July 2005 - NOA 1: I-130 received!
24 August 2005 - Biometrics appointment (Naperville, IL).
25 August 2005 - AOS touched.
29 August 2005 - AP, EAD, I-485 touched.
15 September 2005 - AP and EAD approved!
03 February 2006 - SSN arrives (150 days later)
27 February 2006 - NOA 2: Interview for 27 April!!
27 April 2006 - AOS Interview, approved after 10 minutes!
19 May 2006 - 2 year conditional green card.
01 May 2008 - 10 year green card arrives.
09 December 2012 - Assembled N-400 package.
15 January 2013 - Sent package off to Phoenix.
28 January 2013 - RFE: signature missing.
06 February 2013 - NOA 1: N-400 received!
27 February 2013 - Biometrics appointment (Detroit, MI).
01 April 2013 - NOA 2: Interview assigned.

15 May 2013 - Naturalization Interview, approved after 15 minutes.

10 June 2013 - Naturalized.

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