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Hello everyone,

I recently got married to my sweetie of 6 years. I am a British citizen who is in the US to get a master's degree with an F-1 student visa.

I am currently filling out the millions of forms needed to both adjust my status, apply for permanent residency and work authorization (Visa Journey's guides are SO useful). As a British citizen, I was wondering if anyone knew whether I needed to attach any other documents specific to British citizens (such as a copy of all of my passports and etc)?

I have also been told I have to attach an original copy of both my birth certificate and wedding certificate? Can anyone confirm?

Any help is appreciated, especially if your story is similar to mine!


Pre AOS

September 2011: Comes to the US for a year study abroad
August 2013: Returns to the US (went back to the UK to finish my undergraduate in 2012) and starts master's degree program
December 2014: Get married to my now husband after being together for 6 years :)
AOS
January 2015: Starts working on application
02/10/15: I-130, I-485, I-131, I-765 received by lockbox
02/23/15: AOS returned because they couldn't find my I-485 check ... bloody ********
02/24/15: AOS mailed back out
02/27/15: AOS delivered to Chicago Lockbox
03/06/15: Case accepted and routed to USCIS NBC (National Benefits Center) for processing
03/09/15: Checks cashed by USCIS
03/14/15: Hard copies received in the mail for NOA1 for I-485, I-131 & I-765 (waiting on I-130)
03/21/15: Received notice for biometrics, scheduled April 3rd
3/23/15: Received RFE :(
04/03/15: Went and did my fingerprints
04/11/15: Supporting evidence for RFE for Initial Evidence received by USCIS
04/20/15: Case status online for I-485 updated to 'ready to schedule interview' :)
5/14/15: EAD approved
5/16/15: Received notice for interview, scheduled for July 7th! (moved from June 17th)
5/21/15: Received EAD
7/7/15: Had interview
9/2/15: Received my green card! :)

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Follow the guide: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?autocom=custom&page=i130guide2

You will need to submit a photocopy of a certified copy of your marriage certificate (for the I-130), a photocopy of your birth certificate (for the I-485), and if you have obtained a US visa within the past year, a photocopy of that visa (also for the I-485).


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AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

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Follow the guide: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?autocom=custom&page=i130guide2

You will need to submit a photocopy of a certified copy of your marriage certificate (for the I-130), a photocopy of your birth certificate (for the I-485), and if you have obtained a US visa within the past year, a photocopy of that visa (also for the I-485).

Hi Hypnos,

Thank you for your reply!

So we only need photocopies of the mentioned documents? A friend of mine who went through the same process said that she was told to submit an original copy of her birth certificate.

Thanks again for the help.


Pre AOS

September 2011: Comes to the US for a year study abroad
August 2013: Returns to the US (went back to the UK to finish my undergraduate in 2012) and starts master's degree program
December 2014: Get married to my now husband after being together for 6 years :)
AOS
January 2015: Starts working on application
02/10/15: I-130, I-485, I-131, I-765 received by lockbox
02/23/15: AOS returned because they couldn't find my I-485 check ... bloody ********
02/24/15: AOS mailed back out
02/27/15: AOS delivered to Chicago Lockbox
03/06/15: Case accepted and routed to USCIS NBC (National Benefits Center) for processing
03/09/15: Checks cashed by USCIS
03/14/15: Hard copies received in the mail for NOA1 for I-485, I-131 & I-765 (waiting on I-130)
03/21/15: Received notice for biometrics, scheduled April 3rd
3/23/15: Received RFE :(
04/03/15: Went and did my fingerprints
04/11/15: Supporting evidence for RFE for Initial Evidence received by USCIS
04/20/15: Case status online for I-485 updated to 'ready to schedule interview' :)
5/14/15: EAD approved
5/16/15: Received notice for interview, scheduled for July 7th! (moved from June 17th)
5/21/15: Received EAD
7/7/15: Had interview
9/2/15: Received my green card! :)

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The instructions of the forms state to send only photocopies to USCIS, but you should then take the original certified copies to the interview as they may ask to see them (to compare to what you have submitted, so they can see they are identical).


Widow/er AoS Guide | Have AoS questions? Read (some) answers here

 

AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

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The instructions of the forms state to send only photocopies to USCIS, but you should then take the original certified copies to the interview as they may ask to see them (to compare to what you have submitted, so they can see they are identical).

Ah, I see. That makes sense! Thank you so much again, what a weight off of my chest!


Pre AOS

September 2011: Comes to the US for a year study abroad
August 2013: Returns to the US (went back to the UK to finish my undergraduate in 2012) and starts master's degree program
December 2014: Get married to my now husband after being together for 6 years :)
AOS
January 2015: Starts working on application
02/10/15: I-130, I-485, I-131, I-765 received by lockbox
02/23/15: AOS returned because they couldn't find my I-485 check ... bloody ********
02/24/15: AOS mailed back out
02/27/15: AOS delivered to Chicago Lockbox
03/06/15: Case accepted and routed to USCIS NBC (National Benefits Center) for processing
03/09/15: Checks cashed by USCIS
03/14/15: Hard copies received in the mail for NOA1 for I-485, I-131 & I-765 (waiting on I-130)
03/21/15: Received notice for biometrics, scheduled April 3rd
3/23/15: Received RFE :(
04/03/15: Went and did my fingerprints
04/11/15: Supporting evidence for RFE for Initial Evidence received by USCIS
04/20/15: Case status online for I-485 updated to 'ready to schedule interview' :)
5/14/15: EAD approved
5/16/15: Received notice for interview, scheduled for July 7th! (moved from June 17th)
5/21/15: Received EAD
7/7/15: Had interview
9/2/15: Received my green card! :)

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I am also a British citizen married to a USC and adjusting from F1. I submitted all my documents in early November and we have our interview scheduled for February.

We submitted no original documents, only copies. We'll take the originals to the interview. One thing I did make sure of was that I sent a copy of my long form birth certificate rather than the short form. The long form contains information about parents which I think I remember reading somewhere was required.


Adjustment of Status

Nov-07-2014 Sent I-130,I-485, I-131, I-765 to Chicago via USPS Express Mail

Nov-10-2014 AOS Delivered

Nov-14-2014 NOA Date

Dec-12-2014 (Day 35) Biometrics Taken

Jan-2-2015 (Day 56)Text MSGs received - interview date -2/5/15!

Feb-2-2015 - EAD/AP arrived

Feb-5-2015 - Interview day. GC in production

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Nice to meet someone else going through the same process! Thank you for the feedback; I will just submit photocopies and bring originals to the interview like you are doing. I was actually born in Hong Kong so I have a birth certificate from Hong Kong which I will bring along and make photocopies of. I am pretty sure it has my parents information on it (will have to double check as I am going to request an original copy from the HK government).

Thanks for your help and best of luck with the interview in February!

P.S. When did they contact you regarding the interview date?

I am also a British citizen married to a USC and adjusting from F1. I submitted all my documents in early November and we have our interview scheduled for February.

We submitted no original documents, only copies. We'll take the originals to the interview. One thing I did make sure of was that I sent a copy of my long form birth certificate rather than the short form. The long form contains information about parents which I think I remember reading somewhere was required.


Pre AOS

September 2011: Comes to the US for a year study abroad
August 2013: Returns to the US (went back to the UK to finish my undergraduate in 2012) and starts master's degree program
December 2014: Get married to my now husband after being together for 6 years :)
AOS
January 2015: Starts working on application
02/10/15: I-130, I-485, I-131, I-765 received by lockbox
02/23/15: AOS returned because they couldn't find my I-485 check ... bloody ********
02/24/15: AOS mailed back out
02/27/15: AOS delivered to Chicago Lockbox
03/06/15: Case accepted and routed to USCIS NBC (National Benefits Center) for processing
03/09/15: Checks cashed by USCIS
03/14/15: Hard copies received in the mail for NOA1 for I-485, I-131 & I-765 (waiting on I-130)
03/21/15: Received notice for biometrics, scheduled April 3rd
3/23/15: Received RFE :(
04/03/15: Went and did my fingerprints
04/11/15: Supporting evidence for RFE for Initial Evidence received by USCIS
04/20/15: Case status online for I-485 updated to 'ready to schedule interview' :)
5/14/15: EAD approved
5/16/15: Received notice for interview, scheduled for July 7th! (moved from June 17th)
5/21/15: Received EAD
7/7/15: Had interview
9/2/15: Received my green card! :)

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None of you needed to get the photocopies of the birth certificate notarized, right?


Pre AOS

September 2011: Comes to the US for a year study abroad
August 2013: Returns to the US (went back to the UK to finish my undergraduate in 2012) and starts master's degree program
December 2014: Get married to my now husband after being together for 6 years :)
AOS
January 2015: Starts working on application
02/10/15: I-130, I-485, I-131, I-765 received by lockbox
02/23/15: AOS returned because they couldn't find my I-485 check ... bloody ********
02/24/15: AOS mailed back out
02/27/15: AOS delivered to Chicago Lockbox
03/06/15: Case accepted and routed to USCIS NBC (National Benefits Center) for processing
03/09/15: Checks cashed by USCIS
03/14/15: Hard copies received in the mail for NOA1 for I-485, I-131 & I-765 (waiting on I-130)
03/21/15: Received notice for biometrics, scheduled April 3rd
3/23/15: Received RFE :(
04/03/15: Went and did my fingerprints
04/11/15: Supporting evidence for RFE for Initial Evidence received by USCIS
04/20/15: Case status online for I-485 updated to 'ready to schedule interview' :)
5/14/15: EAD approved
5/16/15: Received notice for interview, scheduled for July 7th! (moved from June 17th)
5/21/15: Received EAD
7/7/15: Had interview
9/2/15: Received my green card! :)

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No.


Widow/er AoS Guide | Have AoS questions? Read (some) answers here

 

AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

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Thanks for your help and best of luck with the interview in February!

P.S. When did they contact you regarding the interview date?

I got the text message on Friday of last week and the letter on saturday. Three weeks after my biometrics appointment.


Adjustment of Status

Nov-07-2014 Sent I-130,I-485, I-131, I-765 to Chicago via USPS Express Mail

Nov-10-2014 AOS Delivered

Nov-14-2014 NOA Date

Dec-12-2014 (Day 35) Biometrics Taken

Jan-2-2015 (Day 56)Text MSGs received - interview date -2/5/15!

Feb-2-2015 - EAD/AP arrived

Feb-5-2015 - Interview day. GC in production

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