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Do we need the welcome notice for anything? It's been 8 days since we got the approval email. We got the green card but no welcome notice. I figure since we have the card, we're in the clear, but is there any important information on the welcome notice that would make us want to try to chase it down?


08/28/2004 Engaged

09/22/2004 I-129F submitted

10/01/2004 I-129F Approved

12/15/2004 K1 Issued

12/30/2004 Arrival in US

02/19/2005 Married

01/30/2006 Conditional Green Card Approved

01/15/2008 Conditions Removed and 10 Year Card Issued

03/28/2009 N-400 mailed to Lockbox

07/17/2009 Interview Denver USCIS office RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL

08/28/2009 Naturalization Ceremony - US District Court - Denver, Colorado[/b][/u]

09/04/2009 Applied for passport

09/22/2009 Passport approved and mailed

09/24/2009 Passport received

08/26/2009 Naturalization Certificate and Name Change Petition arrive back from State Department

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We never got the letter either. We were in the same boat as you.... biometrics AGAIN after the interview.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Basically, all the letter says is welcome and tells you to keep your A # somewhere handy as this is the number you will use anytime you need to contact USCIS. Your A# will be on your NOA's too.

It also tells you to apply to have the conditions removed on your PR status in two years (less three months).

Other than that, it just gives you the USCIS Service Centre Number.

And you don't need it for anything. Your Green Card is all you need.


"THE SHORT STORY"

KURT & RAYMA (K-1 Visa)

Oct. 9/03... I-129F sent to NSC

June 10/04... K-1 Interview - APPROVED!!!!

July 31/04... Entered U.S.

Aug. 28/04... WEDDING DAY!!!!

Aug. 30/04... I-485, I-765 & I-131 sent to Seattle

Dec. 10/04... AOS Interview - APPROVED!!!!! (Passport stamped)

Sept. 9/06... I-751 sent to NSC

May 15/07... 10-Yr. PR Card arrives in the mail

Sept. 13/07... N-400 sent to NSC

Aug. 21/08... Interview - PASSED!!!!

Sept. 2/08... Oath Ceremony

Sept. 5/08... Sent in Voter Registration Card

Sept. 9/08... SSA office to change status to "U.S. citizen"

Oct. 8/08... Applied in person for U.S. Passport

Oct. 22/08... U.S. Passport received

DONE!!! DONE!!! DONE!!! DONE!!!

KAELY (K-2 Visa)

Apr. 6/05... DS-230, Part I faxed to Vancouver Consulate

May 26/05... K-2 Interview - APPROVED!!!!

Sept. 5/05... Entered U.S.

Sept. 7/05... I-485 & I-131 sent to CLB

Feb. 22/06... AOS Interview - APPROVED!!!!! (Passport NOT stamped)

Dec. 4/07... I-751 sent to NSC

May 23/08... 10-Yr. PR Card arrives in the mail

Mar. 22/11.... N-400 sent to AZ

June 27/11..... Interview - PASSED!!!

July 12/11..... Oath Ceremony

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I don't think the welcome letter would really be a problem. It doesn't have much on it that you don't already know (ie the next steps to take, A# and receipt #) Though saying that, knowing the USCIS annoying processes, they'll ask for a copy of it when filing for removal of conditions. Ugh.

But honestly, I wouldn't worry if you already have your card!

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Though saying that, knowing the USCIS annoying processes, they'll ask for a copy of it when filing for removal of conditions. Ugh.

I looked over the requirements for the I-751 and N-400. They want a photocopy of the front and back of the card, but not the approval notice. So it looks like we won't have any problems even if we don't have the welcome notice (as long as we don't lose the card).

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08/28/2004 Engaged

09/22/2004 I-129F submitted

10/01/2004 I-129F Approved

12/15/2004 K1 Issued

12/30/2004 Arrival in US

02/19/2005 Married

01/30/2006 Conditional Green Card Approved

01/15/2008 Conditions Removed and 10 Year Card Issued

03/28/2009 N-400 mailed to Lockbox

07/17/2009 Interview Denver USCIS office RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL

08/28/2009 Naturalization Ceremony - US District Court - Denver, Colorado[/b][/u]

09/04/2009 Applied for passport

09/22/2009 Passport approved and mailed

09/24/2009 Passport received

08/26/2009 Naturalization Certificate and Name Change Petition arrive back from State Department

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I got my Welcome Letter a few days before receiving the actual Green Card, and I was a little disappointed...I was expecting something fancier, while it's really just a NOA of approval. Don't worry about it, there's nothing special in it, it pretty much contains the same instructions that you receive with the Green Card.

The only thing you might find interesting in it, is that it contains the code (CF6, CR6, etc.), so you could verify whether it was or wasn't the same as the one on your wife's Green Card.

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Interesting that it shows the code on the welcome notice... Does the welcome notice show the status you adjusted from as well? Just curious....


08/28/2004 Engaged

09/22/2004 I-129F submitted

10/01/2004 I-129F Approved

12/15/2004 K1 Issued

12/30/2004 Arrival in US

02/19/2005 Married

01/30/2006 Conditional Green Card Approved

01/15/2008 Conditions Removed and 10 Year Card Issued

03/28/2009 N-400 mailed to Lockbox

07/17/2009 Interview Denver USCIS office RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL

08/28/2009 Naturalization Ceremony - US District Court - Denver, Colorado[/b][/u]

09/04/2009 Applied for passport

09/22/2009 Passport approved and mailed

09/24/2009 Passport received

08/26/2009 Naturalization Certificate and Name Change Petition arrive back from State Department

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jsnearline:

This is what my Welcome Letter says:

as I said, it's a simple NOA, so on top it has the Receipt Number, Receipt Date, Notice Date, the case type (I485 Application to Adjust to Permanent Resident Status), Alien #, etc.

Then it says:

Notice Type: Welcome Notice

Section: Adjustment as direct benefiaciary of immigrant petition

COA: XXX (that is, CF6, CR6, etc.)

In the middle it states:

WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

This is to notify that your application for permanent residence has been approved. It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to permanent resident status in the United States.

Etc, etc, etc.

The rest is the same instructions that came with the Green Card.

Hope it helps!

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Thanks. It would have been nice to get a notice, but I'd rather have the green card with no notice than a notice with no green card.


08/28/2004 Engaged

09/22/2004 I-129F submitted

10/01/2004 I-129F Approved

12/15/2004 K1 Issued

12/30/2004 Arrival in US

02/19/2005 Married

01/30/2006 Conditional Green Card Approved

01/15/2008 Conditions Removed and 10 Year Card Issued

03/28/2009 N-400 mailed to Lockbox

07/17/2009 Interview Denver USCIS office RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL

08/28/2009 Naturalization Ceremony - US District Court - Denver, Colorado[/b][/u]

09/04/2009 Applied for passport

09/22/2009 Passport approved and mailed

09/24/2009 Passport received

08/26/2009 Naturalization Certificate and Name Change Petition arrive back from State Department

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