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Hello everyone,

I've been working for weeks on getting our AOS package together, but am now realizing perhaps I've done EVERYTHING WRONG. :( :(

Can someone please help me clarify all of this? (trying not to have a mini panic attack/frustrated meltdown involving lots of cake eating) I have two main questions:

1. I have spent the last few weeks preparing our package as though it were one big package, and not two separate packages, that is, I-485 and I-765 as one package (we're not applying for AP), rather than separate documents for the I-485 and the I-765.

What I mean by that is, I've seen some excellent threads on here suggesting that even though we're filing for the I-485 and the I-765 at the same time, we should treat them as separate packages, meaning, a separate G-1145 for both applications, separate passport pictures for both sections, separate copies of the K-1 visa and passport biographical pages for both sections.

To be clear, I didn't do that. Thus far, I've kept everything together as one package, as I thought was suggested by the guides, but I could be completely wrong.

Did anyone else do this? Should I treat them as separate applications, even though we're sending them in together?

2. If we aren't applying for AP, is the fee for filing different? Or is it still $1070?

Thank you all so much. Gah! So much paper. But it'll all be worth it in the end right?


All that we are and all that will be we dedicate to the One who brought us together

Timeline:

K-1 Journey:

Petition sent: 03/27/2014

Interview date!!! 10/06/2014

AOS:

Packet received at Chicago Lockbox: 2/2/2015

EAD approved! 2/26/2015

AP approved! 2/26/2015

Green card received!! 09/24/2015

ROC: 

I-751 sent off to CSC: 7/25/2017

NOA1: 7/27/2017

Filed Inquiry into Biometrics status: 9/18/2017

10 Year Green Card Approved!!! 10/22/2018

 

Next Stop, Citizenship! 

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Additionally, if we count each packet as separate, do we need to send in 6 passport photos???


All that we are and all that will be we dedicate to the One who brought us together

Timeline:

K-1 Journey:

Petition sent: 03/27/2014

Interview date!!! 10/06/2014

AOS:

Packet received at Chicago Lockbox: 2/2/2015

EAD approved! 2/26/2015

AP approved! 2/26/2015

Green card received!! 09/24/2015

ROC: 

I-751 sent off to CSC: 7/25/2017

NOA1: 7/27/2017

Filed Inquiry into Biometrics status: 9/18/2017

10 Year Green Card Approved!!! 10/22/2018

 

Next Stop, Citizenship! 

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Hi. Don't panic! :)

I treated the I-485 and the I-765 as two separate packets. But! You only need one G-1145. You send everything together.

The filing fee is still the same $1070

You will need 4 passport photos, since you are not filing for AP. It's 2 passport type photos for each application.

Good luck!

Edit: And to answer your last question in the first post... Yes! It's worth it! :)

Edited by vanmar820


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20 Aug 2012: Got engaged! (L)

K-1 VISA

28 Jan 2013: K-1 sent

07 Feb 2013: NOA1

04 Jun 2013: NOA2

?? Jun 2013: NVC Received

20 Jun 2013: Consulate Received

?? ??? 2013: Packet 3 Requested in CDJ (Never received!)

03 Oct 2013: Interview- Requested Petitioner's presence :(

30 Oct 2013: 2nd interview- Eligible for I-601 waiver

20 Nov 2013: I-601 waiver sent

?? Apr 2014: RFE

21 Jul 2014: RFE mailed

29 Jul 2014: K-1 approved :dancing:

08 Aug 2014: 2nd med required

25 Aug 2014: CEAC status- ISSUED

28 Aug 2014: Visa arrives @ DHL

02 Sep 2014: Visa in hand

03 Sep 2014: POE- LAX

05 Sep 2014: Married! :wub:

AOS

28 Oct 2014: I-485, I-131, I-765 sent

04 Nov 2014: Case #'s for I-485, I-131, I-765 assigned

07 Nov 2014: NOA 1 arrive for I-485, I-131, I-765

12 Nov 2014: Letter for biometrics appointment arrived

25 Nov 2014: Biometrics appointment

26 Jan 2015: I-131 approved; I-765 sent to be produced

29 Jan 2015: Card mailed out

30 Jan 2015: Combo card received! :dancing:

20 Feb 2015: DMV- Written test passed! Temporary License issued (Had MXN Lic.) :)

25 Feb 2015: USCIS Letter- Possible Interview Waiver!

12 Mar 2015: CA License obtained (Passed Behind-the-wheel test) :dancing:

06 Aug 2015: GC approved! :dancing: (Welcome to U.S. letter received 8/10)

19 Aug 2015: GC received in mail (2 year Conditional Residence)

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This link helped me out a lot when I filed AOS for my husband.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FIsgnb7Tfj7tcRNnqRMKUOXQdEfR6HTUDY2vX6zKqqU/mobilebasic?authkey=CNXN_oQH&pli=1

I got it from this post on VJ (as your read through the thread, that link comes up.)

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/517167-aos-checklist/

Hope this helps you too!



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20 Aug 2012: Got engaged! (L)

K-1 VISA

28 Jan 2013: K-1 sent

07 Feb 2013: NOA1

04 Jun 2013: NOA2

?? Jun 2013: NVC Received

20 Jun 2013: Consulate Received

?? ??? 2013: Packet 3 Requested in CDJ (Never received!)

03 Oct 2013: Interview- Requested Petitioner's presence :(

30 Oct 2013: 2nd interview- Eligible for I-601 waiver

20 Nov 2013: I-601 waiver sent

?? Apr 2014: RFE

21 Jul 2014: RFE mailed

29 Jul 2014: K-1 approved :dancing:

08 Aug 2014: 2nd med required

25 Aug 2014: CEAC status- ISSUED

28 Aug 2014: Visa arrives @ DHL

02 Sep 2014: Visa in hand

03 Sep 2014: POE- LAX

05 Sep 2014: Married! :wub:

AOS

28 Oct 2014: I-485, I-131, I-765 sent

04 Nov 2014: Case #'s for I-485, I-131, I-765 assigned

07 Nov 2014: NOA 1 arrive for I-485, I-131, I-765

12 Nov 2014: Letter for biometrics appointment arrived

25 Nov 2014: Biometrics appointment

26 Jan 2015: I-131 approved; I-765 sent to be produced

29 Jan 2015: Card mailed out

30 Jan 2015: Combo card received! :dancing:

20 Feb 2015: DMV- Written test passed! Temporary License issued (Had MXN Lic.) :)

25 Feb 2015: USCIS Letter- Possible Interview Waiver!

12 Mar 2015: CA License obtained (Passed Behind-the-wheel test) :dancing:

06 Aug 2015: GC approved! :dancing: (Welcome to U.S. letter received 8/10)

19 Aug 2015: GC received in mail (2 year Conditional Residence)

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Hi. Don't panic! :)

I treated the I-485 and the I-765 as two separate packets. But! You only need one G-1145. You send everything together.

The filing fee is still the same $1070

You will need 4 passport photos, since you are not filing for AP. It's 2 passport type photos for each application.

Good luck!

Edit: And to answer your last question in the first post... Yes! It's worth it! :)

Gah!! thank you so so much!!! You are wonderful!

Just one more question: do we need to send two certified copies of our marriage license too? Or just one certified and one copy?


All that we are and all that will be we dedicate to the One who brought us together

Timeline:

K-1 Journey:

Petition sent: 03/27/2014

Interview date!!! 10/06/2014

AOS:

Packet received at Chicago Lockbox: 2/2/2015

EAD approved! 2/26/2015

AP approved! 2/26/2015

Green card received!! 09/24/2015

ROC: 

I-751 sent off to CSC: 7/25/2017

NOA1: 7/27/2017

Filed Inquiry into Biometrics status: 9/18/2017

10 Year Green Card Approved!!! 10/22/2018

 

Next Stop, Citizenship! 

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You should include what is required by each of the form's instructions. They are processed separately, so yes, they are separate form filings, but you mail them altogether.

I also strongly suggest you go ahead and send in the I-131. You never know how long it will take to get your green card, and sometimes things come up unexpectedly. I have seen too many posts here on here on VJ from people that did not file the I-131 and wished they had when they ended up needing it.

This is what you need for the I-765 and I-131. Neither one requires a copy of your marriage certificate, just the I-485. > http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/472439-evidence-for-756-and-131/?p=6723671

Edited by KayDeeCee

Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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You're welcome! I sent in one certified copy of the marriage certificate.


I also agree with KayDeeCee. You should apply for AP just in case. :)



event.png

20 Aug 2012: Got engaged! (L)

K-1 VISA

28 Jan 2013: K-1 sent

07 Feb 2013: NOA1

04 Jun 2013: NOA2

?? Jun 2013: NVC Received

20 Jun 2013: Consulate Received

?? ??? 2013: Packet 3 Requested in CDJ (Never received!)

03 Oct 2013: Interview- Requested Petitioner's presence :(

30 Oct 2013: 2nd interview- Eligible for I-601 waiver

20 Nov 2013: I-601 waiver sent

?? Apr 2014: RFE

21 Jul 2014: RFE mailed

29 Jul 2014: K-1 approved :dancing:

08 Aug 2014: 2nd med required

25 Aug 2014: CEAC status- ISSUED

28 Aug 2014: Visa arrives @ DHL

02 Sep 2014: Visa in hand

03 Sep 2014: POE- LAX

05 Sep 2014: Married! :wub:

AOS

28 Oct 2014: I-485, I-131, I-765 sent

04 Nov 2014: Case #'s for I-485, I-131, I-765 assigned

07 Nov 2014: NOA 1 arrive for I-485, I-131, I-765

12 Nov 2014: Letter for biometrics appointment arrived

25 Nov 2014: Biometrics appointment

26 Jan 2015: I-131 approved; I-765 sent to be produced

29 Jan 2015: Card mailed out

30 Jan 2015: Combo card received! :dancing:

20 Feb 2015: DMV- Written test passed! Temporary License issued (Had MXN Lic.) :)

25 Feb 2015: USCIS Letter- Possible Interview Waiver!

12 Mar 2015: CA License obtained (Passed Behind-the-wheel test) :dancing:

06 Aug 2015: GC approved! :dancing: (Welcome to U.S. letter received 8/10)

19 Aug 2015: GC received in mail (2 year Conditional Residence)

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You're welcome! I sent in one certified copy of the marriage certificate.

I also agree with KayDeeCee. You should apply for AP just in case. :)

Thanks vanmar820 and KayDeeCee!!

I would like to, but we only have four passport-size photos left! Well, we have more that look almost exactly the same as the others, but for some reason, when we tried to use them at the Embassy for our interview, they rejected them and took the ones we're using for the I-485 and the I-765. Can't figure out what they didn't like. Both sets are 2X2. I was nervous about using the other Embassy-rejected set for AP because I didn't want it to get rejected. Thoughts on that?

Thank you again, everyone!


All that we are and all that will be we dedicate to the One who brought us together

Timeline:

K-1 Journey:

Petition sent: 03/27/2014

Interview date!!! 10/06/2014

AOS:

Packet received at Chicago Lockbox: 2/2/2015

EAD approved! 2/26/2015

AP approved! 2/26/2015

Green card received!! 09/24/2015

ROC: 

I-751 sent off to CSC: 7/25/2017

NOA1: 7/27/2017

Filed Inquiry into Biometrics status: 9/18/2017

10 Year Green Card Approved!!! 10/22/2018

 

Next Stop, Citizenship! 

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Send the photos you have. Some people only send 2 total for all 3 and never get an RFE. It is rare to get an RFE for passport photos, but not a big deal if you do get one. Just get more photos and send those in. You can even make 2 more copies of the 4 good ones you have. You can scan them and print them out yourself even > https://www.epassportphoto.com/


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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Send the photos you have. Some people only send 2 total for all 3 and never get an RFE. It is rare to get an RFE for passport photos, but not a big deal if you do get one. Just get more photos and send those in. You can even make 2 more copies of the 4 good ones you have. You can scan them and print them out yourself even > https://www.epassportphoto.com/

This is perfect. Thank you so much. :)

I think we'll apply for AP! Thanks also for convincing us. I think some times the prospect of more forms makes me feel a bit tired, but this one doesn't look too bad. The only part I don't understand is that it asks for intended date of departure, and we don't have any travels planned at the moment. Any thoughts?

Thanks again!!!


All that we are and all that will be we dedicate to the One who brought us together

Timeline:

K-1 Journey:

Petition sent: 03/27/2014

Interview date!!! 10/06/2014

AOS:

Packet received at Chicago Lockbox: 2/2/2015

EAD approved! 2/26/2015

AP approved! 2/26/2015

Green card received!! 09/24/2015

ROC: 

I-751 sent off to CSC: 7/25/2017

NOA1: 7/27/2017

Filed Inquiry into Biometrics status: 9/18/2017

10 Year Green Card Approved!!! 10/22/2018

 

Next Stop, Citizenship! 

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Just leave those blank and then when you print out the form, hand-write 'Unknown' for those. Skip to part 7 from there(page 2) and check more than one trip, sign it and done. No reason needed, no explanation sheet, none of that. It is a really short form for adjustment applicants.

When you file for EAD and AP, you will receive a combo card that is good for both work and travel.

Edited by KayDeeCee

Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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Excellent. Man. Thank you all so much. SK glad to have this done. We'll put it in the mail this afternoon! :)

And KayDeeCee, thanks for being so active on VJ. I think this is the third time you've helped us with our questions. You rock! :)


All that we are and all that will be we dedicate to the One who brought us together

Timeline:

K-1 Journey:

Petition sent: 03/27/2014

Interview date!!! 10/06/2014

AOS:

Packet received at Chicago Lockbox: 2/2/2015

EAD approved! 2/26/2015

AP approved! 2/26/2015

Green card received!! 09/24/2015

ROC: 

I-751 sent off to CSC: 7/25/2017

NOA1: 7/27/2017

Filed Inquiry into Biometrics status: 9/18/2017

10 Year Green Card Approved!!! 10/22/2018

 

Next Stop, Citizenship! 

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Excellent. Man. Thank you all so much. SK glad to have this done. We'll put it in the mail this afternoon! :)

And KayDeeCee, thanks for being so active on VJ. I think this is the third time you've helped us with our questions. You rock! :)

You are welcome and I wish you luck with your AOS! :)


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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