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Few Questions...Filing I-129F Petition Soon

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Hello all,

Long-time lurker, first-time poster here! My fiancee and I plan to file the I-129F petition early next week and I just had a few questions:

1.After college I stayed one year in the US working (post-completion OPT). Having received an Employment Authorization (EAD) card already, I am wondering whether or not the "USCIS Number" listed is the same as my "Alien Registration" or "A-Number". The 9 digit number on my card does not begin with A but I am afraid to leave this blank on the forms.

2. Is it better to send the documents in with the USPS as opposed to FedEx or UPS? I noticed on the USCIS website there is a different adress than the Dallas Lockbox Facility if using a courier service (Lewisville, TX). Reading this forum and ooking at the average processing times on VJ it seems there is a backlog at the TSC and I have read some persons documents are being processed at the CSC as a result. I'm just wondering if it's worth the slower mail to potentially have sped up processing?

Thanks for all the help in advance. I look forward to documenting my journey here and being as helpful as possible. Although new I have been through a lot of Visa processes (Multiple B1/B2 Visitor Visas, Multiple F-1 Student Visas, Unsuccessful H1-B process and now K-1 Fiance Visa).


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Because UPS and FedEx can not deliver to a PO Box, you use the Lewisville address. The USPS can deliver to a PO Box (obviously). I don't think there is any reason to believe that one way is going to be faster than the other from an approval standpoint. It ends up in the same pile. No matter which way you send it, make sure to send it using a method with a tracking number. USPS tends to be cheaper and I think I sent mine Priority (Not Express) and it still got there within a day.

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