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so i have asked this in a couple other threads along with other various questions, but this question keeps getting conflicting answers.  i just want to be sure this time cause i am about ready to mail in my form I-129F. this time i will include specific examples of my question.


the instructions say that nothing should be left blank, however, when trying to fill out certain fields on the form on my computer, it does not let me. i am aware that i can print it out and write in them things like NA or Not Relevant or something, but some have told me i ought to just leave these ones blank. as can be seen in the screen shot below of my form, on the left, very first page, first item, i am trying to fill out the alien registration number. there is none. i try typing NA or anything like it, and the little popup below item 1 says to only type numbers. yet to its right, item 7, i am able to type in NA to say that it does not apply in this case.


so this happens in a number of fields, such as the 2nd filed, of the USCIS account number. it does not let me type NA alone, another popup says i need to fill out the full 12 digit number. or in items 40-42 for example, it is asking about how i got my US citizenship, but after i put in item 40 i am a US born citizen, it does not allow for me to put NA in fields 41 and 42 saying things like my naturalization number and what not


i would guess personally that it would be ok in some of the cases i have come across (i have not listed them all, just the first few i ran into), but i want to be very careful. i have been told that it is easy to be rejected over the smallest missed details in this, so i want to be sure



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type what you can, fill in the rest VERY LEGIBLY in black ink

i 485, 130, EAD and AP

04/09/2019    NOA1 received/check cashed i 485 and 131

04/19/2019    Rec'd appointment letter for biometrics

05/02/2019    Biometrics

05/15/2019    Submitted initial request for EAD expedite 5/22 faxed info

06/05/2019    EAD APPROVAL!!!!!!!!!!  06/06/2019    AP Approval

06/13/2019    Combo Card Received in Mail

06/19/2019    Social Security Card received in mail

10/07/2019     Received interview date letter for 11/7/19

11/07/2019     AOS Interview-Norfolk

11/10/2019     APPROVED (notification rec'd 11/10, approval dated 11/8)

11/14/2019     Case status update that card is in mail ❤️ received 11/16



Filed everything ourselves from K1, then married, withdrew k1, decided to adjust directly and filed I-130 and AOS ourselves with no RFE's or delays.


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Anything that was not applicable I left blank.  I didn't put N/A anywhere (I guessed I missed that part of the instructions) and we got approved.  If you are putting N/A everywhere else though, I wouldn't leave anything blank or they might think you missed it.  I agree to just write it in with pen after you print it out.

2018 K1 Filing to Approval: 322 days (RFE 29 Days)


I-129F mailed: Jan 26 2018

NOA1: Jan 29 2018 (old site), Feb 2 2018 (new site)

RFE: Aug 30 2018 (old site updated 8/30; new site 8/31 w/email and text)

RFE hard copy: rec'd 9/4; ret'd 9/6 (old site updated 9/7; new site 9/10, no text/email)

NOA2: Oct 5 2018 [249 days]  (old site updated 10/5; new site 10/7, no text/email)

Case #: Oct 31 2018 [27 days] (called to get number, no email from NVC)

Left NVC: Nov 13 2018 

Consulate Rec'd (DHL): Nov 19 2018

CEAC 'Ready' status: Nov 29 2018

Interview: Dec 17 2018 [Approved!]

POE: Jan 10 2019 [Los Angeles]

Marriage: Jan 12 2019 :wub::dance:


2019 AOS Filing to Approval: 81 Days (No RFE, No Expedite)


AOS Mailed: Feb 19 2019

NOA1: Feb 25 2019 (I-485, I-765, I-131)

Biometrics Appt. Letter Rcv'd: Mar 8 2019

Biometrics Appointment: Mar 20 2019

Recv'd Interview Appt. Notice: Apr 15 2019 [I-485] (ready to schedule 4/10, scheduled 4/11; old site)

Interview: May 17 2019 [Cleveland, OH]

Approved: May 17 2019  :dance:

Green Card Received: May 24 2019





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I left everything blank that wasn't applicable and the form wouldn't let me type anything in, and we were approved last week. Don't worry too much about it.

K-1                             AOS
NOA1 Notice Date: 2018-05-31    NOA1 Notice Date: 2019-04-11
NOA2 Date: 2018-11-16           Biometrics Date: 2019-05-10
Arrived at NVC:  2018-12-03     EAD/AP In Hand: 2019-09-16
Arrived in Moscow: 2018-12-28   GC Interview Date: 2019-09-25
Interview date: 2019-02-14      GC In Hand: 2019-10-02
Visa issued: 2019-02-28
POE: 2019-03-11
Wedding: 2019-03-14


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Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.

Our journey:


September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*


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On 11/24/2018 at 10:59 AM, Halp said:

alright, thank you all so much! i kept hearing conflicting answers before and just want to get this right the first time.

If in doubt, go by the instructions. Since they DO NOT say anything about leaving blanks, leave blanks if not applicable. 

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I used Adobe Acrobat (full version) to insert text boxes over the fields and add N/A.  But writing in black pen after printing would work.


I didn't want to leave blanks based on what the instructions say:


"Answer all questions fully and accurately. If a question does not apply to you (for example, if you have never been married and the question asks “Provide the name of your current spouse”), type or print “N/A,” unless otherwise directed. If your answer to a question which requires a numeric response is zero or none (for example, “How many children do you have” or “How many times have you departed the United States”), type or print “None,” unless otherwise directed. "


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I don't know why an I129-F would ask for the petitioner's Alien number in first place, since only a USA citizen can file such a petition.


In my case, I left it blank (despite being naturalized and once upon a time having an A number), and our I-129F was approved.


I use the Preview app for my N-400 and I-129F, and anytime the form refuses input, I just add a text field and type what I want. Two times using that approach; two approvals. I also left the UScIS online account number field blank.


I left my Family and middle  name fields blank in the other names section. I "left in care of Name" blank in the "Your mailing address" section. I think you can sense a trend here. 


 I did put N/A on item 47: "What action did USCIS take on Form I-129F. " The reason is that for other questions I left blank, the question always qualified with the phrase "if any". Whereas line 43, asks if I ever filed Form I-129F for any other beneficiary. I selected No. Then after that, "If you answered "Yes" to item 43, provide responses to Item 44-46. Now, I am sure the form writer meant to write: "44-47", but since the writer said 44-46, I made sure item 47 was not blank.

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5 minutes ago, Mike E said:

I use the Preview app for my N-400 and I-129F, and anytime the form refuses input, I just add a text field and type what I want

I'l just note that this works for forms that don't use 2D barcodes, such as the I-129F and N-400.

Some forms in the AOS process (later) should not be completed this way. The 2D barcode would only reflect the information on the pre-set fields, causing the scan to not read in the information provided in the new text fields.

The same goes for writing in answers (don't mix and match) on those forms.



AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received





12/1/16: sent

12/14/16: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received



4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017



5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE



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