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So I have read that it's best to put the documents in two separate envelopes marking them as IV AND AOS and then put them in one big envelope. Is this right?

I have to put the a cover sheet with the barcode in each envelope? If that's the case say for example for the IV pack do I put a cross for that section and leave the boxes for the AOS section blank? Confused. Please help.

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Yes put in separate envelopes and put both together to send to NVC. Put each barcoded sheet with the correct package. I'm not sure what you mean by put a cross?


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use the document cover sheet for the outside of both packages. A personal cover letter can be used, you don't need the barcode cover sheets from the AOS and the IV to send the package.


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Thank you

With the NVC invitation letter we got a sheet titled "Document Cover sheet" that has all the documents that are needed listed. Next to each item requested there are three boxes enclosed, unavailable, not applicable so I have to put a cross in one.

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use the document cover sheet for the outside of both packages. A personal cover letter can be used, you don't need the barcode cover sheets from the AOS and the IV to send the package.

Of course you need to send the barcode cover sheet; the directions are specific about that.


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No because you can send the bar coded document cover sheet that covers both items. You can send the AOS and IV package as soon as you get that. You don't have to wait for the IV payment to send everything.

Unless you enjoy taking longer.


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This barcoded thing is confusing so many. There is the cover sheet that I think needs to be in the pack. The NVC letter says nothing about payment receipts!?! Correct me if I am wrong.

Edited by Medz70084

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This barcoded thing is confusing so many. There is the cover sheet that I think needs to be in the pack. The NVC letter says nothing about payment receipts!?! Correct me if I am wrong.

Youre right. Long ago we didnt get a document cover sheet with a bar code and the aos and IV packages were sent separately. The NVC has tried to streamline the process. Now you send with either the document cover sheet with the barcode or just the aos bar code sheet.

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From my experience since my case just got recently approved, I sent the Document Cover Sheet on top along with the AOS Checklist w/barcode under as well just to be safe. I've read a lot about people sending two packages, one for AOS and one for IV, but I honestly followed the checklist that was included in the Welcome Letter, sent one package, and the NVC stated everything was good to go. I asked just to ensure I didn't need to send anything else, but they just told me I needed to obtain originals since I had sent them initially with the original petition with USCIS (which I found out isn't necessarily required) and to ensure my spouse has her passport photos with her.

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Thank you for your help. When you say the NVC stated everything was good to go, do they confirm that or did you call them?

Apologies, I should have been more specific. By chance, I went on the NVC site to view my case (did this frequently) and under the AOS Fee portion which initially says "PAID" changed to "N/A" and after doing some browsing on VisaJourney, members stated that it usually means a case is complete. I called the NVC to ask them about it and once I gave the customer service rep my info, the rep stated that my case had been completed and was being prepared to be sent to the consulate in Tokyo.

*EDIT*

As I mentioned though, I was under the impression that USCIS would send all my originals to NVC, but they did not since that is what the customer service rep told me. I was a bit stressed out since I read that getting the originals back can be a hassle. I called them back to verify if they did receive originals or not and they told me that I can provide a typed up letter for my spouse to bring to the interview stating where the originals are. The rep told me that this occurs often so that's why a simple letter can be typed up. I told my wife to still obtain another copy of the originals just to be safe once we get news of the interview date.

Edited by mbunband

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Thank you so much for explaining all this.

Also, I keep forgetting to be more elaborate about originals. Obviously, documents requiring a wet signature will be the originals that need to be sent in regardless, like the I-864. I'm petitioning for my wife and stepdaughter in Japan, so I sent the original Japanese and English translation with notarizations documents of our marriage certificate and some other official documents to USCIS. Hopefully you don't or didn't make the mistake that I did lol. As I'm sure you're aware of as well, I would make another copy of your package in the event that anything may get lost in the process. Can never be to sure!

And you're welcome. Best of luck with the rest of your case!

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Good luck to you also. We did not send the originals to the uscis. We got approved in June. I have other issues including not having a birth certificate as my family arrived as refugees from Iran to the UK when I was young. So for the last month I have been searching heaven and earth on what they need. I don't want to get an REF. My husband a U.S. citizen is highly stressed at the system and how difficult it is.

By the way... On the NVC welcome letter it says nothing about the AOS bar code sheet.

And people also mention photos. There's no mention of photos in the NVC welcome letter either. ?!?!

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Perhaps your husband can call NVC and see what is an alternative in regards to the birth certificate if he can explain your situation? I can't say there is an alternative and somehow you may need to get one. I know sometimes USCIS or NVC can only provide so much information since they always state to seek legal representation and whatnot. But it doesn't hurt to ask and see what they might say. And I agree, it is a very tedious process.

Ah I see. I believe in the paragraph above the checklist it states "to place this sheet on top". As for the Document Cover Sheet, that is received when the IV fee is paid and would be generated at the receipt page. Or as everyone has been staring you can utilize the checklist which contains the barcode instead of waiting on paying the IV fee. I hope I'm not confusing you.

I can tell you from my experience with my case is that I did not send any photos with my package. The only photos that were in there were the copies of my spouse and stepdaughter's passport photo page.

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