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Filed: Timeline

Hi everyone!

I'm extremely grateful for these forums and everyone's wonderful community spirit. I hope that once I begin my own visa journey I will be in a position to help out with advice of my own.

We've just put together our application and intend to send it early next week. We are concurrently filing AOS I-130, I-485, I-131 and I-765, and would be grateful for any suggestions the VJ community may have for our cover letter, below. Also, how do you feel about our evidence of a bona-fide relationship? We're both young (been together 8 years) so have no investments or real financial obligations thus far.

PS - some of the formatting turned out weird when I pasted into the forum.

Thanks everyone!

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Dear Sir/ Madam:

Please kindly find enclosed concurrent filing of forms:

Concurrent Filing of I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) for my husband, I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status), I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization), I-131 (Application for Travel Document) and supporting documents.

Petitioner (U.S. Citizen): Zoe

Beneficiary (Alien Spouse/Intending Immigrant): Zac

Contents include:

Package for I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative)

  1. Cover Letter
  2. $420 Money Order made payable to U.S Department of Homeland Security

3. Form G1145 E-Notification of application/petition acceptance

4. I-130 Petition For Alien Relative

• US Citizen’s birth certificate

  • US Citizen’s passport (including biographical and stamp pages)
  • Intending immigrant’s birth certificate

• Intending immigrant’s passport (including biographical and stamp pages)

• Copy of marriage certificate

• G325A signed and dated by US Citizen

• G325A signed and dated by intending immigrant

TWO Passport Photo of US Citizen with full name on back and name on plastic bag

• Two passport-type pictures of intending immigrant (placed in a small plastic bag, labeled with full name of intending immigrant & alien #)

5. Evidence of Bona fide Marriage

  • Information about US Citizen’s Australian De Facto Spouse Visa issued on basis of relationship with intending immigrant
  • Dated receipt from Australian Department of Immigration showing details of US Citizen’s De Facto Spouse Visa application
  • Notification of approval from Australian Department of Immigration for US Citizen’s Australian De Facto Spouse Visa issued on basis of relationship with intending immigrant
  • US Citizen’s Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status issued by Australian Department of Immigration
  • Email from US Citizen to intending immigrant discussing 2008 Australian De Facto Spouse Visa application
  • Email from intending immigrant to US Citizen discussing 2008 their future together
  • Statutory Declaration written in 2008 by intending immigrant’s mother, in support of US Citizen’s 2008 application for Australian De Facto Spouse Visa
  • Intending Immigrant’s 2014 Australian Health Care Card, showing US Citizen as spouse
  • Selection of annotated photographs (58 in total) documenting the relationship
  • Notes exchanged between US Citizen and Intending immigrant, including:
    - Valentines Day card
    - 2 romantic letters
    - Explanation of “The Daily Face - 2012” tradition
    - 5 emails sent from US Citizen to Intending Immigrant
  • Evidence of shared US address, including:
    - 2009 Teleflora receipt
    - 2009 Griffith University shipping notice
    - 2008 Wells Fargo bank statement
    - 2009 Amazon shipping confirmation
  • Evidence of travel together and to each other, including:
    - 2007 Itinerary showing Intending Immigrant’s travel from Los Angeles to Brisbane
    - 2009 Itinerary showing Intending Immigrant’s travel from Brisbane to Los Angeles
    - 2009 Itinerary showing Intending Immigrant’s travel to Prague
    - 2010 Itinerary showing US Citizen’s travel from Los Angeles to Brisbane
    - 2010 Itinerary showing US Citizen’s travel from Brisbane to Los Angeles
    - 2012 Itinerary showing US Citizen’s travel from Los Angeles to Brisbane
    - 2011 Itinerary showing joint ticketing for travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco
    - 2011 Itinerary showing joint ticketing for travel from Brisbane to Bangkok
  • Evidence of financial co-mingling, including:
    - Explanation of financial co-mingling
    - Bank statement showing US Citizen transferring money to Intending Immigrant
    - Proof of joint bank account

Package for I-485 (Application To Register Permanent Residence Or Adjust Status)

  1. Cover Letter
  2. $1070 (including $85 biometrics fee) Money Order made payable to U.S Department of Homeland Security

4. I-485 Application To Register Permanent Residence Or Adjust Status

  • Copy of passport page with biographical information
  • Copy of passport page with non-immigrant B2 visa and entry stamp
  • Full copy of passport

• Copy of valid electronic I-94

  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of marriage certificate

• G325A signed and dated

• Two passport-type pictures of intending immigrant (placed in a small plastic bag, labeled with full name of intending immigrant)

  • I-693 Medical Examination of Aliens Seeking Adjustment of Status (Completed by a Civil Surgeon sealed in an envelope)

5. I-864 Affidavit Of Support

  • Written explanation regarding absence of tax returns
    - Supporting medical document showing diagnosis
    - Supporting correspondence from medical clinic
  • Letter confirming employment of US Citizen, signed and dated by employer

6. I-765 Application For Employment Document

• Copy of passport’s biographical page

• Copy of passport page with non-immigrant F1 visa

• Copy of Form I-94 form (front & back)

• Two (2) Passport-type photos

7. I-131 Application For Travel Document

• Explanation for Eligibility on a separate sheet dated & signed

• Copy of passport’s biographical page

• Copy of passport page with non-immigrant F1 visa

• Copy of Form I-94 form (front & back)

• Two (2) Passport-type photos

Signature

Date

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ukraine
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WOW . . . quite an exhaustingly thorough cover letter.

Thanks for laying it all out !!

I haven't done this submission yet, so I will let those experienced comment on the contents, etc.

But, 20 years ago in an English composition course we were discouraged from writing this:

"Please kindly find enclosed concurrent filing of forms:"

The professor noted it is like asking your recipient to go on a search to 'find' items you have hidden in your packet.

Simpler . . . Enclosed are the following items/documents:



- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Time Line - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

10 YEAR GREEN CARD PROCESS

July 22, 2017  ROC packet sent to Vermont.

July 24, 2017  ROC packet signed for in Vermont.

August 8, 2017  NOA received at house.  15 days since ROC signed for in VSC.

August 12, 2017 ASC appointment received. 19 days since ROC in VSC.

August 25, 2017 BIO completed. 32 days since ROC received in VSC.

August 11, 2018  18 month 'Courtesy Copy' extension letter received.  Critical number  297

October 20, 2018 18 month 'Official' extension letter received.  Critical number 297

December 4, 2018  USCIS Account shows: We approved your Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, 

December 4, 2018, ordered your new card for Receipt # EAC17297003XX, and will mail to the address you gave.

491 days from NOA issued by VSC until Petition approved.

December 7, 2018 USCIS sent notice:  Card mailed.

December 12, 2018 Ten year Green Card received from Lees Summit, MO

499 days from NOA issued by VSC until Green Card received.

- - - - - - - - - - 

CITIZENSHIP PROCESS

December 6, 2018 submitted N-400 application on-line.  Estimated Completion Time: 8 months or August 2019.

December 8, 2018 received notice on USCIS that Biometrics scheduled . . . but the actual date was not yet shown.

December 11, 2018 saw in 'Documents' section of USCIS that Bio scheduled for 24 December 2018.

December 21, 2018 saw on USCIS website that they will be closed 24 December 2018 as extra holiday.

January 9, 2019 went for re-scheduled BIO appointment.  33 days after N-400 submitted on-line.

February 19, 2019 received letter in US mail that Citizenship interview scheduled for 26 March 2019. 74 days after submission on-line.

March 26, 2019 Citizenship interview scheduled for.  109 days after N-400 submitted on-line.

March 26, 2019 Passed Citizenship interview.

April 12, 2019  Received notice that Oath Ceremony had been scheduled for 24 April 2019.  17 days after interview.

April 24, 2019  Oath Ceremony completed.  29 days after interview.     139 days after N-400 submitted on-line.

April 25, 2019  USA Passport Application submitted.

May 3, 2019     USA Passport received.    149 days after N-400 submitted on-line.

May 9, 2019     Certificate of Naturalization and Citizenship returned in mail.

 

 

 

 

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Haiti
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You have done an excellent job with the requirements based on my research. I just filed for my wife and got notice from FedEx that our I-130, I-485, and I-765 were delivered. Now waiting on the NOA1.

Reading your list I notice I did not put any photographs - which I'm not too worried about. If they want to see us physically together they can send an RFE and I will send them photos.

I believe you have plenty of evidence and everything required. My comments would be you don't need to send them that many photos. I think a few per year you have been together would do just fine.

One important piece you did not list is the actual boarding passes for your itnierary. While I doubt they will not consider your submitted itinerary's I have read elsewhere that the only real evidence considered for travel is a boarding pass. I'm not sure how true that is however if you did save the boarding passes you should add a copy.

Another thing that I read here in the forum guides is a lot of certifying of copies. Instructions directly from USCIS clearly go out of the way to state there is no need for certified copies unless specifically requested. I sent them regular photocopies of everything except the actual forms that needed to be signed by myself.

Good job, good luck.

- maxx


Her: Ukraine

Me: USC

Met online: 07/2013

Met in person- Ukraine: 11/2013

We were not serious but just friends.

She visited 05/2014

Engaged 07/2014

Married 08/2014

Mailed I-130, I-485, I-765, G-1145: 11/22/2014

Electronic text/email NOA1 with 3 receipt numbers: 12/02/2014

NOA1 - I-797 in mail: 12/05/14

Biometrics Notice I-797c: 12/12/14

Biometrics Taken: 12/23/14

Email interview notice: 01/06/15

I-765 EAD Approved: 02/03/15

Interview Date: 02/10/15 - Approved notice and card ordered via email 4 hours after interview.

I-130 approved: 02/10/15

I-485 approved: 02/10/15

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Filed: Timeline

Leo7777, I think you're right on that one. It's probably better to just get down to business :-)

Thanks Maxxnys! For sure boarding passes would be better, but they've either all been thrown out by now or are hiding in a draw somewhere back home in Australia, inaccessible from here in the US. I'm hoping that they will see the corresponding entry stamps in our passports/i94 record.

We held back on getting our copies certified because of the cost, and we do have the originals should they request to see them.

Congrats on your delivered AOS, I bet just having sent it is a huge weight off your shoulders!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ukraine
Timeline

Another thing that I read here in the forum guides is a lot of certifying of copies. Instructions directly from USCIS clearly go out of the way to state there is no need for certified copies unless specifically requested. I sent them regular photocopies of everything except the actual forms that needed to be signed by myself.

- maxx

Maxx, would you please post a URL here that shows the USCIS position on copies as you have stated? Thanks, Leo



- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Time Line - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

10 YEAR GREEN CARD PROCESS

July 22, 2017  ROC packet sent to Vermont.

July 24, 2017  ROC packet signed for in Vermont.

August 8, 2017  NOA received at house.  15 days since ROC signed for in VSC.

August 12, 2017 ASC appointment received. 19 days since ROC in VSC.

August 25, 2017 BIO completed. 32 days since ROC received in VSC.

August 11, 2018  18 month 'Courtesy Copy' extension letter received.  Critical number  297

October 20, 2018 18 month 'Official' extension letter received.  Critical number 297

December 4, 2018  USCIS Account shows: We approved your Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, 

December 4, 2018, ordered your new card for Receipt # EAC17297003XX, and will mail to the address you gave.

491 days from NOA issued by VSC until Petition approved.

December 7, 2018 USCIS sent notice:  Card mailed.

December 12, 2018 Ten year Green Card received from Lees Summit, MO

499 days from NOA issued by VSC until Green Card received.

- - - - - - - - - - 

CITIZENSHIP PROCESS

December 6, 2018 submitted N-400 application on-line.  Estimated Completion Time: 8 months or August 2019.

December 8, 2018 received notice on USCIS that Biometrics scheduled . . . but the actual date was not yet shown.

December 11, 2018 saw in 'Documents' section of USCIS that Bio scheduled for 24 December 2018.

December 21, 2018 saw on USCIS website that they will be closed 24 December 2018 as extra holiday.

January 9, 2019 went for re-scheduled BIO appointment.  33 days after N-400 submitted on-line.

February 19, 2019 received letter in US mail that Citizenship interview scheduled for 26 March 2019. 74 days after submission on-line.

March 26, 2019 Citizenship interview scheduled for.  109 days after N-400 submitted on-line.

March 26, 2019 Passed Citizenship interview.

April 12, 2019  Received notice that Oath Ceremony had been scheduled for 24 April 2019.  17 days after interview.

April 24, 2019  Oath Ceremony completed.  29 days after interview.     139 days after N-400 submitted on-line.

April 25, 2019  USA Passport Application submitted.

May 3, 2019     USA Passport received.    149 days after N-400 submitted on-line.

May 9, 2019     Certificate of Naturalization and Citizenship returned in mail.

 

 

 

 

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada
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It is found in the instructions that accompany the forms. Read them closely and you will see what is needed.


First Entered US with TN Status: 04/13/2012
Engaged: 08/24/2012
Married: 08/10/2013

Adjustment of Status from TN Status to Permanent Resident:
Day 00: AOS mailed by USPS priority Post: 05/19/2014
Day 02: AOS package arrived: 05/21/2014
Day 08: Text/email notice of acceptance: 05/27/2014
Day 11: NOAs for I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131 received, 05/30/2014
Day 14: Biometrics notice received with an appointment of June 17, 2914 at 3pm. 06/02/2014
Day 15: attempted walk-in successful after a very long wait 06/03/2014
Day 38: email notice that I-485 has moved to testing & interview! 06/26/2014
Day 77: EAD/AP - card production 08/06/2014
Day 84: EAD/AP card received 08/13/2014
Day 129: Infopass appointment for an update (very helpful!) 09/24/2014
Day 136: Email received with interview date 10/01/2014
Day 138: Interview notice received! 10/03/2014
Day 170: Green Card Approved on the Spot! 11/04/2014
Day 178: Green Card Received 11/12/2014

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS:

Day 00: ROC Package (Weighing 1.7kg -- 3lbs 13oz) mailed by USPS Priority Post: 09/13/2016

Day 03: ROC Package Received: 09/16/2016

Day 07: Check Cashed: 09/20/2016

Day Too many to count: Received Approval 02/05/2018

NATURALIZATION

Day 00: Submitted file online for N400 -- 07/31/2020

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Japan
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In addition to boarding passes, they accept immigration stamps in passports for international travel (which I see you included, so that will go nicely with your itineraries). You might want to spell that out for them in the cover letter, in case your officer skips over it.


Day 0 - 2 May 2012 Mailed AOS package overnight delivery
Day 139 - 17 September 2012 Interview & APPROVED on the Spot!! :)
Day 145 - 23 September 2012 Received Green Card!

ROC - Eligible June 19 2014

Day 0 - 18 June 2014 Mailed ROC package via 2 day priority

Day 42 - 29 July 2014 Approval and Card Production Email

Day 49 - 5 August 2014 Received Green Card

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In addition to boarding passes, they accept immigration stamps in passports for international travel (which I see you included, so that will go nicely with your itineraries). You might want to spell that out for them in the cover letter, in case your officer skips over it.

Good idea, I'll include that too. Thanks!

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Maxx, would you please post a URL here that shows the USCIS position on copies as you have stated? Thanks, Leo

Hey Leo7777, I tried to cut and paste the excerpt from the I-130 instructions for you, but it seems the document format won't even allow that. But here's the link, and the section appears on page 7:

http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-131instr.pdf

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Filed: Timeline

Hi! All looks well, but I would include some more items such as lease or house deed in both your names, life insurance beneficiaries, retirement beneficiaries, utility bills in both your names, etc.


Came to US on a TN "Visa" from Canada, fell in love, married USC, and now filing for AOS based on marriage to USC

TN Visa Approved at Border 3-1-2013 (Canadian Citizen)

May 2014 - Completed I-693 Medical Process with Civil Surgeon

6-7-2014 Married to USC

7-15-14 Sent AOS Package via USPS Priority Mail Day 1

7-17-14 NOA for all parts of AOS package, EAD, and AP Day 3

7-21-14 Checks cashed Day 6

8-13-14 Biometrics 8-13-14 Day 28 (Did not walk in early, went on scheduled day/time)

8-27-14 Online status showed case moved to Testing and interview Day 42

9-10-14 Status update - AP and EAD approved, card production ordered Day 55

9-17-14 AP and EAD Combo Card received Day 62

10-15-14 Online status change, assigning interview date DAY 90

11-1#-14 Interview, approved at end of interview, green card should arrive in 2-3 weeks per approval letter DAY 120

11-1#-14 Evening of interview - received "Card Production Ordered" email update DAY 120 (NO RFE throughout process)

Looking forward to:

8-1#-16 Begin Removal of Conditions Process

8-1#-17 Begin Naturalization Process

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Filed: Timeline

Hi! All looks well, but I would include some more items such as lease or house deed in both your names, life insurance beneficiaries, retirement beneficiaries, utility bills in both your names, etc.

Thanks!

Unfortunately we don't have any joint investments or payments etc as we've both lived with each other's families on and off for the length of our relationship. And until recently we've both been either broke students or broke travelers.

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