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I'm a veteran with a 50% VA disability rating. I electronically filed through eBenefits to add my husband as a dependent to my claim on 9/14/2015 (one full year ago today). We got married a few weeks prior to that in August 2015. Unfortunately because were in the early stages of applying for my husband's US permanent residency he did not have a SSN. Therefore I could not apply using the seamless dependency claim process the VA keeps advertising. Instead, I had to fill out a different form only and attach a copy of our marriage certificate. No big deal, right?

Well, it turns out that US Immigration moves light years faster than the VA because not only did we get my husband's social security number in February 2016, he become a US permanent resident in April 2016.

Anyway, this is my question: will the VA retroactively pay (back pay) the money for his dependency from the time that I filed?

Here is the timeline:

9/14/2015 - Submit initial dependency claim on eBenefits (marriage certificate included)

2/18/2016 - Called VA and added husband's SSN to claim now that he was assigned one

4/27/2016 - Submitted Claim Decision Request on eBenefits which is a 5103 Notice Acknowledgement that you can file signifying that you have no more evidence to provide and you want a decision made ASAP.

9/14/2016 - Called VA and they said that there is no update to my dependency claim. No decision has been made yet and they could not provide me with an estimated completion date.

However, eBenefits estimated completion date range has changed several times. As of today it reads: 06/24/2016 - 04/13/2017

If anyone has gone through this process or has any information about retro/back pay for dependency claims, ANY help would be appreciated!

Here's a link to compensation rates if anyone needs them: http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/resources_comp01.asp

I wrote a full detailed account of our AOS process, timeline, AP use, and interview on my blog. You can read it here.

Read our experience clearing immigration with an expired green card and extension letter here.

F-1 AOS Journey


10/05/15 - Mailed AOS Package (I-130, I-485, I-864, I-693, I-131, I-765, G-325As, G-1145)

10/07/15 - AOS Package delivered to Chicago Lockbox

10/14/15 - Received four NOA1s via e-mail & text notifications that USCIS received our case. Routed to National Benefits Center for processing

10/15/15 - Checks cashed

10/19/15 - Received four hard copies of NOA1s in the mail

10/23/15 - Received biometrics appointment in the mail. Scheduled for 11/03

10/26/15 - Failed early walk-in attempt for biometrics at Boston location

11/03/15 - Biometrics appointment in Boston

11/10/15 - AOS case status changed to "Ready to be scheduled for interview"

12/21/15 - EAD/AP approved

12/24/15 - EAD/AP mailed

12/30/15 - EAD/AP delivered

03/17/16 - Interview scheduled for April 20th

04/20/16 - AOS Inteview - Boston, MA - APPROVED!

04/25/16 - Approval notice received in the mail

04/26/16 - Green card mailed

04/29/16 - Green card delivered




02/20/18 - Mailed I-751 Package

02/23/18 - I-751 delivered to CSC

02/28/18 - Check cashed

03/02/18 - NOA1 received in the mail

05/12/18 - Notice that previous biometrics will be reused

08/24/18 - Received 18 month extension letter (courtesy copy)

10/22/18 - Received the "revised notice" with the correct 18 month extension letter--on green paper this time.

02/27/19 - Card mailed notification via Case Tracker mobile app

03/01/19 - Both approval letter and new green card delivered




03/02/19 - Filed N-400 online

03/02/19 - NOA1 via online portal

03/09/19 - Biometrics scheduled

03/12/19 - Biometrics appointment appeared in Documents tab in online USCIS account

03/13/19 - Successful early walk-in for biometrics 

11/13/19 - Interview


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They should retroactively repay/pay back the amount.

But you obviously know you need to make sure they do incase there is some "mistake".

I have 10% disability from VA myself and I know how slow they can be.

But this should be like the same for when you apply for disability, even though can take 3-4 months before they begin to pay the disability, it actually begins the month you filed it originally. Took me about 3 months and they just did one payment for 3 months worth(back pay).

Also I did do dependants in while in the service, my mom and two nephews, but luckily was while active so was quick/immediate unlike VA. They should back pay it automatically; but again make sure keep up with them; You know how it goes.

08/15/2014 : Met Online

06/30/2016 : I-129F Packet Sent

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

11/23/2016 : POE - Dallas, Texas

From sending of I-129F petiton to POE - 146 days.


02/03/2017 - Married 

02/24/2017 - AOS packet sent

06/01/2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received in mail

12/06/2017 - I-485 Approved

12/14/2017 - Green Card Received in mail - No Interview



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