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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Morocco

I just wanted to know how you packaged all your materials -- if you put them in a binder with tabs or just in an envelope loose with a cover sheet, stapled each sections etc.

Because of my chat logs (about 100 pages) my packet will be thick (hoping to send it monday) so I wanted to see what the best way to do this might be.

I was thinking a 3 ring binder (a smaller one) and sending it in a priority box.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Denmark

They don't want that.

They scan all the paper in and think about them they have to remove all the papers from that binder to do that.

Just one big organized pile with the check and G-1145 on top and you and good to go





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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Ghana

For the petition

I separated documents with paper clips and labeled with sticky notes. That seemed to be fine

For the interview we've bought 2 binders with sheet protectors and dividers.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Russia

My lawyer told me that the first thing the officer who receives your case does - makes two holes at the top of all your documents and puts a rope through it to keep everything together.

So as a courtesy, we did that for them.




08/19/2016 - I-485, I-130, I-765 sent to USCIS office in Chicago.

08/22/2016 - day 0 - package received and signed by CHYBA.

08/23/2016 - day 1 - priority date.

08/31/2016 - day 9 - electronic NOAs received via text and email, check is cashed.

09/06/2016 - day 15 - hard copies of NOAs received in the mail.

09/08/2016 - day 17 - biometrics appointment notice received in the mail (appointment date 09/19/2016).

09/13/2016 - day 22 - early biometrics walk in.

10/28/2016 - day 67 - EAD status changed to "New Card Is Being Produced".

10/28/2016 - day 67 - EAD status changed to "Case Was Approved".

10/31/2016 - day 70 - received EAD approval letter in mail.

11/10/2016 - day 81 - EAD status changed to "Card Was Mailed".

11/16/2016 - day 87 - EAD card received in mail.

02/10/2017 - day 173 - Submitted Change of Address request.

02/17/2017 - day 180 - Submitted a Service Request.

04/27/2017 - day 218 - online account said that response to service request has been sent, however no response received (to this day).

06/20/2017 - day 302 - At infopass appointment found out that my case was supposedly scheduled for interview in October, but because home country took forever to respond to security check request, it was postponed; case was in security check until 06/19/2017 & was returned a day before my infopass appointment.

06/27/2017 - day 309 - contacted the congressman office.

07/18/2017 - day 330 - heard back from congressman office; submitted Release of Information forms for both myself and my husband.

07/28/2017 - day 340 - finally received an interview appointment in mail (online status has not changed).

08/31/2017 - day 374 - Interview; I-485 status changed to 'New Card Is Being Produced'

09/05/2017 - day 379 - I-485 status changed to 'Card Was Mailed To Me'; received approval letters in mail for I-485 and I-130

09/08/2017 - day 382 - Greencard received in mail

06/20/2019 - day 1036 - ROC packet mailed

06/21/2019 - day 1037 - ROC packet received

06/29/2019 - day 1045 - NOA/Extension letter received in the mail (new GC expiration date is 2/28/2021)

01/17/2020 - day 1256 - biometrics appointment

06/03/2020 - day 1382 - N400 filed online



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In preparing your packet, please take note of the following:
  • Do not use binders or folders that cannot be easily disassembled.
  • Use ACCO fasteners to hold together thick or bulky applications or petitions. Two-hole punching the top of the material for easy placement in the file is appreciated.
  • The use of tabs assist in locating items listed as attachments. The tabs should be placed on the bottom and not the side for ease in filing.
  • Avoid using heavy-duty staples; instead use ACCO fasteners or heavy clips.
  • Avoid submitting originals unless specifically required. Avoid submitting oversized documentation when possible.
Edited by jacklynriquelme

Married: 5-July-2015
I-130 Petition Sent: 11-May-2016
NSC Received (Our Priority Date): 12-May-2016
NOA2 Received: 30-September-2016 141 days for I-130 approval
NOA2 Hard Copy Received: 06-October-2016
Petition Sent to NVC: 17-October-2016 17 days for petition to be sent to NVC
NVC Received: 21-October-2016 4 days to be received at NVC
NVC Case Number Assigned: 31-October-2016 10 days for case number to be assigned
NVC Welcome Letter Received: 3-November-2016 @ 12:10 AM 3 days from case number assigned until Welcome Letter received and invoices unlocked
IV and AOS Fees Unlocked: 3-November-2016 @ 7:00 AM
IV and AOS Fees Paid: 3-November-2016
DS-260 Unlocked: 7-November-2016 2.5 business days for DS-260 to be unlocked
DS-260 Submitted: 8-November-2016
AOS and IV Documents Sent: 9-November-2016
Scan Date: 14-November-2016 5 days to receive scan date due to a holiday/weekend
Medical expedite requested: 14-December-2016
Medical expedite approved at consulate: 19-December-2016 Expedite approved with consulate but denied at NVC; still need to wait for case complete
Case on Supervisor Review: 22-December-2016
Case sent to the Review Department: 13-January-2017
Case Complete: 24-January-2017     10 weeks and 2 days at NVC before case completed
Case arrived at consulate/CEAC status "Ready": 1-February-2017
Interview: 21-February-2017   We scheduled our own interview because we had an approved medical expedite with the consulate. By sheer luck we got such a quick interview date because someone cancelled their appointment less than 20 minutes prior
Interview Result: Approved!!
Visa Issued: 21-February-2017     Visa issued same day as interview
DHL tracking information received: 22-February-2017     DHL tracking number appeared 28 hours after interview, scheduled for delivery the next day
Visa in hand: 23-Feb-2017
US POE (Minneapolis): 26-Feb-2017

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We double hole punched all pages and used an ACCO fastener.

Except for the G-1145, that and the check we paper clipped to the cover page.

For the passport photos, normally everyone paperclips them to a blank sheet of paper.

We actually stapled 1 layer of a zip lock bag to a blank sheet of paper. (so it can still be opened without removing it) To insure it wouldn't be lost.

You must write your name on the back of the photo, but we also labeled the bag and the paper with the corresponding name.

For the evidence, we made a statement page for each trip.

Stating what we did on various days and corresponded with exhibits and photos.

Example: On February 29th, 2016, Beneficiary entered the United States at xxx Airport. (exhibit A).

With the boarding pass and passport stamps being labeled as exhibit A with tabs placed at the bottom of the page.

Highlight all dates/names/important information to make it easier for the person reviewing your case.

Once it was all put together I put it in a plastic sleeve, just to make sure there would be no water damage on the way.

Then mailed it in a normal padded envelope.

Edited by Tieary

July 13th 2016 -Sent I-129F                                  Nov 07th 2016 -Applied for SSN
July 20th 2016 -NOA 1                                           Nov 12th 2016 -Received SSN in Mail
Sep 02nd 2016 -NOA 2                                          Jan 17th 2017 -Wedding
Sep 14th 2016 -Arrived at NVC                              Jan 23rd 2017 -Sent I-485, I-765, I-131
Sep 19th 2016 -Departed from NVC                      Jan 27th 2017 -NOA 1
Sep 21st 2016 -Arrived at Embassy                       Feb 24th 2017 -Biomentrics Appointment
Sep 23rd 2016 -Case Status: Ready                       April 27th 2017 -EAD/AP Approved!
Sep 29th 2016 -Medical                                         May 3rd 2017 -EAD/AP Combo Card In Hand

Oct 14th 2016 -Interview: Approved!                    Dec 6th 2017 -AOS Approved!

Oct 17th 2016 -Case Status: AP                            Dec 13th 2017 -Greencard In Hand

Oct 20th 2016 -Case Status: Issued

Oct 25th 2016 -Visa In Hand

Oct 30th 2016 -POE O'hare Airport

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