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My husband and I just filed the AOS (I-485 with concurrent I-130) eleven days ago t the Chicago lockbox. We filed the form to receive electronic notification of acceptance. We haven't received either an e-notification or anything by mail. Our tracking through USPS shows that the package was delivered. My husband called the National Service Center yesterday and they said keep waiting. I was going to email the Chicago Lockbox Support, but the USCIS website says that we shouldn't notify them until 30 days have passed without notification. Usually I'd be inclined to just be patient, but my husband is in his 60 day grace period after his F-1 expired. We couldn't file sooner because we were abroad (not in his country) for work and could not establish residence status in order to do a consular filing. His grace period ends in two days, which means he needs to leave the country, right? And then what? We have to withdraw the application, or we wait and if it's approved he can come back? Is there a way to avoid him leaving the country? Anyone have any experience with something like this or have any advice?

AOS and I-130 filed concurrently to Chicago Lockbox 08/07/2015

NOA1 08/12/2015

Biometric appointment for EAD 08/28/2015

Successful walk-in at Houston Service Center 08/31/2015

RFE (I-864) 08/31/2015

Notice RFE Received 09/08/2015

Day 76, 10/26/2015, submitted service request re: EAD, informed that 90 day timeline restarted 09/08/2015

Day 79 (10/29/2015), EAD ordered for production, i-765 case approved

Day 85 (11/4/2015), received notice that EAD was mailed

Day 88 (11/7/2015), EAD in hand! Husband starts work in two weeks!

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First, calm down. He does not need to leave. Just wait for the mail from USCIS.

Aldo know that the notifications are spotty at best. Some receive all their notifications promptly, some people receive some notifications, and others receive none at all. Don't rely on it.




03/24/11 - Got married in the Boogie-Down Bronx, NYC!
04/21/11 - Mailed I-130,I-765, I-485, I-864 and I-693 - Day 00

04/23/11 - Application delivered - Day 02
04/28/11 - NOA (most forms) - Day 07
05/03/11 - Checks cashed - Day 12
05/31/11 - Biometrics completed in the Bronx, NYC - Day 40
06/24/11 - Received someone else's employment authorization card!!! What the...? - Day 64
07/01/11 - Mailed the poor lady's card back after calling USCIS - Day 71
07/07/11 - Received poor lady's interview notice! What??? - Day 77
07/15/11 - Received my own EAD card - Day 85
08/12/11 - Interview. Approved on the spot! - Day 113
08/18/11 - Received card in the mail - Day 119

05/28/13 - Mailed I-751 - Day 00

05/30/13 - Application delivered - Day 02

05/31/13 - NOA I-797 - Day 03
06/04/13 - Check cashed - Day 07

06/06/13 - NOA delivered to my home/Biometrics letter generated - Day 09

06/10/13 - Received Biometrics letter in the mail - Day 13

06/27/13 - Biometrics completed in Milwaukee, WI - Day 30

09/10/13 - Application approved! - Day 105

09/14/13 - 10 year Green Card received! - Day 109


05/10/16 - Mailed N-400 - Day 00

05/12/16 - Application delivered - Day 02

05/13/16 - Credit card payment accepted - Day 03

05/17/16 - Received text & email update - Day 07

05/20/16 - Received 1st NOA (dated 05/13/16) & created ELIS acct - Day 10

05/21/16 - Received 2nd NOA (dated 05/16/16) confirming my DOB and address - Day 11

05/22/06 - Biometrics scheduled (online update) and appt letter was mailed on 05/20/16 - Day 12

05/24/06 - Biometrics letter became viewable online (appt scheduled for 06/07/16) - Day 14

05/27/16 - Received Biometrics letter in mail - Day 17

05/31/16 - Was denied walk-in fingerprints with just 1 person left in line. Milwaukee office, boo! - Day 21

06/07/16 - Biometrics completed in Milwaukee, WI - Day 28

12/21/16 - Passed Citizenship test/Interview was successful! - Day 197

01/26/17 - I am a US citizen!!! - Day 233

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You have filed for AOS. He does not need to leave even if his current legal status is expiring soon, that's an advantage of marrying a US citizen. Just wait. Even if you receive the notification late, the receipt date on the notification will be the date USCIS received your application. So don't worry.


2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

2015-10-05: NVC assigned Case number, Invoice ID & Beneficiary ID

2016-06-30: DS-261 completed, AOS Fee Paid, WL received

2016-07-05: Received IV invoice, IV Fee Paid

2016-07-06: DS-260 Submitted

2016-07-07: AOS and IV Package mailed

2016-07-08: NVC Scan

2016-08-08: Case Complete

2017-06-30: Interview, approved

2017-07-04: Visa in hand

2017-08-01: Entry to US






2016-05-10: N-400 Sent

2016-05-16: N-400 NOA1

2016-05-26: Biometrics

2017-01-30: Interview

2017-03-02: Oath Ceremony

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