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Hi there. I read the VJ step by step guide on how to file for AOS. It says there I need to submit only the marriage certificate. However, I browsed the forum section and some people mentioned that they submitted many other evidences of marriage and cohabitation like photos, insurances and bank accounts.

What is the SOP?

Should I also include these other evidences? I'm afraid it will take me and my husband more time to generate these other evidences. Whereas if we need the marriage certificate only, we can submit my application for AOS very soon. Thanks.

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Just the marriage certificate is fine :)


K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                         AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/09/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                       12/09/18.....ROC window opens

 

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Check out this website:

http://dennyeyberg.wixsite.com/filipino-am-visa/aos---where-do-i-start

It will help you a lot. Yes, you need to submit more information than just your marriage certificate. I did not include any photos, but they do ask for an affidavit of support.

Here are some of the documents I submitted:

1. Copy of spouse's (fiancée) U.S. Visa

2. Passport photos of USC (2)

3. Passport photos of foreign spouse (6)

4. Copy of your marriage certificate

5. Copies of the biographic page of USC and spouses passport and the entry stamp into US

6. Copy of I-94

7. All other signed documents (G-325A one each for you and another for fiancee, I-131, I-485, I-765, I-864)

8. Money Order to Department of Homeland Security for $1070

9. Copy of I-129F Approval (i.e. I-797 NOA)

10. Copy of Tax Transcripts and W-2s for last 3 years.

11. Copy of Vaccination Report from USEM.

12. Copy of any divorce decrees for you or spouse

13. Copies of Birth Certificates of you and spouse

14. Cover page

You need to hurry and submit your AOS ASAP because the fees go up on December 23, 2016. They increase by about $250.

If you submit the I-485, the I-765 (Employment Authorization Document), and the I-131 (Advance Parole) you pay only 1 fee the $1070. If you submit separately or submit some at a later date then you will pay for each document. It is about 1 year to receive your permanent resident card. So if you want to work or travel before you receive it I would highly recommend you submit all documents at the same time.

Hope that helps!

Edited by LJ2016

K-1 Visa Journey

Spoiler

K1

Sent I-129F: May 20, 2016

USCIS received: May 25, 2016

NOA1 Notice Date: May 27, 2016

NOA2 Approval Date: August 29, 2016

Time from NOA1 to NOA 2 (94 days)

NOA2 Hard Copy received: September 2, 2016

NVC received: September 8, 2016

NVC Case Number assigned: September 13, 2016

Interview: September 29, 2016

US VISA Issued: October 26, 2016

POE (Dallas, TX): November 4, 2016

Wedding: December 10, 2016

 

Adjustment of Status Journey

Spoiler

AOS

Sent AOS: December 20, 2016

USCIS delivered: December 23, 2016

USCIS received: December 27, 2016

I-765 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

I-131 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

I-485 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

Biometrics Date: February 10, 2017

I-765 Approved: March 30, 2017 (93 days)

I-131 Approved: March 30, 2017 (93 days)

I-485 Approved: June 6, 2017 (161 days)

I-90 Notice Date: June 15, 2017 (_____)

 

 

Removal of Conditions Journey

Spoiler

ROC

Will Send I-751: March 8, 2019

 

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Will recommend you to use this one better then the list above.

http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1k3aos


K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                         AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/09/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                       12/09/18.....ROC window opens

 

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Thanks so much! I will file my AOS soon :)

Good luck!... Just follow the guides and you will do perfectly fine!


K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                         AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/09/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                       12/09/18.....ROC window opens

 

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Will recommend you to use this one better then the list above.

http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1k3aos

While I agree that the list you provided contains more information, the list above is identical, just shorter.


K-1 Visa Journey

Spoiler

K1

Sent I-129F: May 20, 2016

USCIS received: May 25, 2016

NOA1 Notice Date: May 27, 2016

NOA2 Approval Date: August 29, 2016

Time from NOA1 to NOA 2 (94 days)

NOA2 Hard Copy received: September 2, 2016

NVC received: September 8, 2016

NVC Case Number assigned: September 13, 2016

Interview: September 29, 2016

US VISA Issued: October 26, 2016

POE (Dallas, TX): November 4, 2016

Wedding: December 10, 2016

 

Adjustment of Status Journey

Spoiler

AOS

Sent AOS: December 20, 2016

USCIS delivered: December 23, 2016

USCIS received: December 27, 2016

I-765 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

I-131 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

I-485 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

Biometrics Date: February 10, 2017

I-765 Approved: March 30, 2017 (93 days)

I-131 Approved: March 30, 2017 (93 days)

I-485 Approved: June 6, 2017 (161 days)

I-90 Notice Date: June 15, 2017 (_____)

 

 

Removal of Conditions Journey

Spoiler

ROC

Will Send I-751: March 8, 2019

 

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That subject is really personal preference. It's been discussed and debated several times here. i personally, sent in some marriage evidence, ie.. health insurance coverage form, joint bank statement, etc. Some feel it helps waive the interview. Others think it's a waste of time. It literally took me 15 minutes to photocopy a couple papers and include them in my cover letter. To each his own.

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That subject is really personal preference. It's been discussed and debated several times here. i personally, sent in some marriage evidence, ie.. health insurance coverage form, joint bank statement, etc. Some feel it helps waive the interview. Others think it's a waste of time. It literally took me 15 minutes to photocopy a couple papers and include them in my cover letter. To each his own.

True. Totally agree with you. For us OCD folks, I think it stresses us out. Hahahaha


K-1 Visa Journey

Spoiler

K1

Sent I-129F: May 20, 2016

USCIS received: May 25, 2016

NOA1 Notice Date: May 27, 2016

NOA2 Approval Date: August 29, 2016

Time from NOA1 to NOA 2 (94 days)

NOA2 Hard Copy received: September 2, 2016

NVC received: September 8, 2016

NVC Case Number assigned: September 13, 2016

Interview: September 29, 2016

US VISA Issued: October 26, 2016

POE (Dallas, TX): November 4, 2016

Wedding: December 10, 2016

 

Adjustment of Status Journey

Spoiler

AOS

Sent AOS: December 20, 2016

USCIS delivered: December 23, 2016

USCIS received: December 27, 2016

I-765 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

I-131 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

I-485 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

Biometrics Date: February 10, 2017

I-765 Approved: March 30, 2017 (93 days)

I-131 Approved: March 30, 2017 (93 days)

I-485 Approved: June 6, 2017 (161 days)

I-90 Notice Date: June 15, 2017 (_____)

 

 

Removal of Conditions Journey

Spoiler

ROC

Will Send I-751: March 8, 2019

 

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HaHa!! I think you just outed me! lol Yes, I am OCD. And after what we went through to get our K1 approved, I'm extra cautious

I can only imagine. I see some of the posts from people and it breaks my heart. So, I'm with you on this one! Overly cautious for sure and more is better. LOL


K-1 Visa Journey

Spoiler

K1

Sent I-129F: May 20, 2016

USCIS received: May 25, 2016

NOA1 Notice Date: May 27, 2016

NOA2 Approval Date: August 29, 2016

Time from NOA1 to NOA 2 (94 days)

NOA2 Hard Copy received: September 2, 2016

NVC received: September 8, 2016

NVC Case Number assigned: September 13, 2016

Interview: September 29, 2016

US VISA Issued: October 26, 2016

POE (Dallas, TX): November 4, 2016

Wedding: December 10, 2016

 

Adjustment of Status Journey

Spoiler

AOS

Sent AOS: December 20, 2016

USCIS delivered: December 23, 2016

USCIS received: December 27, 2016

I-765 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

I-131 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

I-485 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

Biometrics Date: February 10, 2017

I-765 Approved: March 30, 2017 (93 days)

I-131 Approved: March 30, 2017 (93 days)

I-485 Approved: June 6, 2017 (161 days)

I-90 Notice Date: June 15, 2017 (_____)

 

 

Removal of Conditions Journey

Spoiler

ROC

Will Send I-751: March 8, 2019

 

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So we shall see if it works or we still end up with an interview. Due to our waiver filing circumstances, I think we will anyway. My husband thinks they should have more than they need to prove we are legit. I'd be interested in some statistics of those who were still interviewed after sending stuff in vs those who didn't.

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I actually put a lot more evidence on the AOS packet I sent, even though it is not stated on any guidelines. I think it helped my case so much more, I am OCD when it comes to papers and organizing. I added health insurance, bank statements, congratulatory messages and wedding cards. My ocd-ness, I guess paid off and I got approved without any interview or any notice for interview waiver. So I think, a frontloaded packet helps.

Good luck :)


Adjustment Of Status Timeline:

09.01.2016 --- Received by USCIS

09.12.2016 --- NOA 1 Text Notification

09.17.2016 --- NOA 1 Letter Received

09.21.2016 --- Biometrics Letter Received

10.05.2016 --- Biometrics Appointment

11.05.2016 --- EAD/AP Approved

11.18.2016 --- Combo Card Delivered

11.25.2016 --- Green Card/I-485 Approved (No interview)

12.02.2016 --- Received NOA2 for I-485

12.02.2016 --- GC received

 

I-90 Timeline (USCIS Error: 10 Year GC given instead of 2 Years)

12.05.2016 --- I-90 Packet Sent to Phoenix

12.08.2016 --- I-90 Packet Received by USCIS

12.20.2016 --- NOA 1 Text & Email Notification

12.24.2016 --- NOA 1 Mail Received

01.03.2017 --- SSN (Without Restriction) Received

01.04.2017 --- I-551 Stamp Received (Valid for 1 Year)

01.14.2017 --- NOA1 for ELIS online account activation

01.20.2017 --- Biometrics Letter Received

02.01.2017 --- Biometrics Schedule

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I actually put a lot more evidence on the AOS packet I sent, even though it is not stated on any guidelines. I think it helped my case so much more, I am OCD when it comes to papers and organizing. I added health insurance, bank statements, congratulatory messages and wedding cards. My ocd-ness, I guess paid off and I got approved without any interview or any notice for interview waiver. So I think, a frontloaded packet helps.

Good luck :)

Great advice! I'll try to add some more things into my packet. I plan on sending my packet off tomorrow so I have another day to beef up my packet! LOL


K-1 Visa Journey

Spoiler

K1

Sent I-129F: May 20, 2016

USCIS received: May 25, 2016

NOA1 Notice Date: May 27, 2016

NOA2 Approval Date: August 29, 2016

Time from NOA1 to NOA 2 (94 days)

NOA2 Hard Copy received: September 2, 2016

NVC received: September 8, 2016

NVC Case Number assigned: September 13, 2016

Interview: September 29, 2016

US VISA Issued: October 26, 2016

POE (Dallas, TX): November 4, 2016

Wedding: December 10, 2016

 

Adjustment of Status Journey

Spoiler

AOS

Sent AOS: December 20, 2016

USCIS delivered: December 23, 2016

USCIS received: December 27, 2016

I-765 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

I-131 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

I-485 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

Biometrics Date: February 10, 2017

I-765 Approved: March 30, 2017 (93 days)

I-131 Approved: March 30, 2017 (93 days)

I-485 Approved: June 6, 2017 (161 days)

I-90 Notice Date: June 15, 2017 (_____)

 

 

Removal of Conditions Journey

Spoiler

ROC

Will Send I-751: March 8, 2019

 

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I actually put a lot more evidence on the AOS packet I sent, even though it is not stated on any guidelines. I think it helped my case so much more, I am OCD when it comes to papers and organizing. I added health insurance, bank statements, congratulatory messages and wedding cards. My ocd-ness, I guess paid off and I got approved without any interview or any notice for interview waiver. So I think, a frontloaded packet helps.

Good luck :)

Now others may comment that it was just coincidence and it had no bearing on the interview being waived. But i tend to agree with you. Welcome to the OCD club! lol

Oh, I did add wedding pics too.

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