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My wife is an F1 student located in the US seeking AOS. We plan to concurrently file I-130, I-485, and other forms. I have seen some good advice (including this guide) about assembling the forms and attachments. But I have a couple of questions: 

  • Should everything be single-sided, or double-sided, or what? Does the same rule apply to the official forms and the multi-page evidence (e.g. tax returns and bank statements)? 
  • How much should I divide the documents with clips? Should each form and its attachments get one clip? Or does each form get a clip, plus each attachment to that form also gets its own clip? Are clips annoying because they will just be removed and tossed? Etc. 

 

Do officers care about these things at all? We'll be submitting to a lockbox, if that matters. Thanks!

 

 

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2 minutes ago, USA_Vietnam said:

My wife is an F1 student located in the US seeking AOS. We plan to concurrently file I-130, I-485, and other forms. I have seen some good advice (including this guide) about assembling the forms and attachments. But I have a couple of questions: 

  • Should everything be single-sided, or double-sided, or what? Does the same rule apply to the official forms and the multi-page evidence (e.g. tax returns and bank statements)? 
  • How much should I divide the documents with clips? Should each form and its attachments get one clip? Or does each form get a clip, plus each attachment to that form also gets its own clip? Are clips annoying because they will just be removed and tossed? Etc. 

 

Do officers care about these things at all? We'll be submitting to a lockbox, if that matters. Thanks!

 

 

 

We followed the guide and had no issues at all.

 

We did everything single sided.

 

Also we simple seperated each section by clipping everything to the main form (I-485 , I-131, I-765). They most likely toss the clips afterwards but least it's sorted for them initially.


08/15/2014 : Met Online

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

07/08/2016 : NOA 1 Received

08/25/2016 : NOA 2 Received (48 days)

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

11/18/2016 : Visa in hand

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

03/06/2017 - NOA1's received via text

03/31/2017 - Biometrics appointment Completed

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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4 hours ago, USA_Vietnam said:

Thanks, everybody. Other questions: Did you 2-hole punch everything? And is it OK to highlight/circle/underline important info on forms? 

We simply used paper clips to separate the forms  / documents and we stuffed everything into the USPS envelope.

 

Do not highlight, circle, or underline official forms., use black or blue ink to fill it out or type it on the computer.


August 26, 2017 - Married

February 20, 2018 - AOS Package Sent

March 02, 2018 - AOS Package Received

April 03, 2018 - RFE for income requirement

April 09, 2018 - RFE replied with 2017 filed income tax

April 25, 2018 - REF Received

August 22,2018  - EAD Approved

September 05, 2018 - Received noticed of interview scheduled

October 02, 2018 - Interview (Approved) 

October 10, 2018 - Green Card Received

 

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1 minute ago, hell0w0rld08 said:

We simply used paper clips to separate the forms  / documents and we stuffed everything into the USPS envelope.

 

Do not highlight, circle, or underline official forms., use black or blue ink to fill it out or type it on the computer.

Thanks--is it OK to circle, highlight, or underline the supporting documents (e.g. a lease or bank account statement)? It seems like it might help to find key info on long documents. 

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1 minute ago, USA_Vietnam said:

Thanks--is it OK to circle, highlight, or underline the supporting documents (e.g. a lease or bank account statement)? It seems like it might help to find key info on long documents. 

yes, it's ok to circle and highlight on your own documents. 


August 26, 2017 - Married

February 20, 2018 - AOS Package Sent

March 02, 2018 - AOS Package Received

April 03, 2018 - RFE for income requirement

April 09, 2018 - RFE replied with 2017 filed income tax

April 25, 2018 - REF Received

August 22,2018  - EAD Approved

September 05, 2018 - Received noticed of interview scheduled

October 02, 2018 - Interview (Approved) 

October 10, 2018 - Green Card Received

 

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