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Hello, I received the paper I-797 NOA1 in the mail a few days ago. It said the payment was processed and everything. It did not ask for any evidence or anything. However, I just received today in the mail the scrapbook i had sent in with a letter stating they are returning it because it is in a format they cannot place in my file folder for review by an officer during the adjudication process. This scrapbook had original plane tickets/boarding passes, original receipts from hotels and restaurants, and copies of photos of my fiance and me glued in it. Does this mean everything is okay but they just couldn't keep the scrapbook, or do they need me to somehow rip out all that stuff and send it again in like a bag or something? Thanks. 

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22 minutes ago, Jrock7 said:

Hello, I received the paper I-797 NOA1 in the mail a few days ago. It said the payment was processed and everything. It did not ask for any evidence or anything. However, I just received today in the mail the scrapbook i had sent in with a letter stating they are returning it because it is in a format they cannot place in my file folder for review by an officer during the adjudication process. This scrapbook had original plane tickets/boarding passes, original receipts from hotels and restaurants, and copies of photos of my fiance and me glued in it. Does this mean everything is okay but they just couldn't keep the scrapbook, or do they need me to somehow rip out all that stuff and send it again in like a bag or something? Thanks. 

What I did was xerox plane tickets/boarding passes, put photos into a ziplock bag when I send in my petition. Did you follow the guide on VJ?  

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Most of the time they won't accept binders because everything gets scanned into a computer and they will not use their time to unassemble the binder in order to scan it in, the way to submit things is on single pages with a cover sheet listing what is included. Sending anything back now is a hit or miss because it is not very likely to catch up with your petition you filed. Best bet is to hold on to everything until they ask for it via RFE, or until the interview where you can present the information there. This is how I understand it works, if I am off, I'm sure someone else that has done this before can chime in.

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If it was an issue, couldn't they have stated it in the NOA1, or even this new letter? They could have said something like "wrong format but you're good to go", or "can't put it in your file, please return in different format"? That would make things much easier.

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I followed the guide almost exactly, just didn't get copies of receipts and tickets/boarding passes. This scrapbook is like 15 pages. It should be plenty of evidence.

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26 minutes ago, Jrock7 said:

Hello, I received the paper I-797 NOA1 in the mail a few days ago. It said the payment was processed and everything. It did not ask for any evidence or anything. However, I just received today in the mail the scrapbook i had sent in with a letter stating they are returning it because it is in a format they cannot place in my file folder for review by an officer during the adjudication process. This scrapbook had original plane tickets/boarding passes, original receipts from hotels and restaurants, and copies of photos of my fiance and me glued in it. Does this mean everything is okay but they just couldn't keep the scrapbook, or do they need me to somehow rip out all that stuff and send it again in like a bag or something? Thanks. 

First of all, it is best to not sent original anything, unless it is explicitly asked for. 2nd of all, it is too late now. Your case was accepted, wait until you either get RFE requesting the information, or possibly a NOID if there is too much of it missing (unlikely) or they will approve it because they had enough evidence outside of what was in scrapbook. Do not overthink things, and keep it simple. Give to them what they ask for, not more not less. They are processing 100s of cases, think efficiency. Save the other staff for face to face interview. 

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4 minutes ago, Jrock7 said:

If it was an issue, couldn't they have stated it in the NOA1, or even this new letter? They could have said something like "wrong format but you're good to go", or "can't put it in your file, please return in different format"? That would make things much easier.

This is how process works: You send the stuff to Dallas Lockbox. This is basically a mail room and accounting office. They open up your case, make sure that bare minimum is there, bare minimum being 129F is signed, and check is cashable. If that is there, they generate ACH transaction against your check (they do not actually cash check traditional way), generate NOA1, and send notifications according to form G-1145. They scan everything else, put it into 2 hole binders (holes on top) and send it to California. That is it. They could not punch 2 holes through your scrapbook, so they returned it. They could've returned your entire case, but they have chosen not too probably knowing that RFE can always be generated later for missing items. 

 

At actual USCIS center your binder will sit for several months until it gets assigned to adjudicator who will be first person to look at it with any degree of scrutiny.  

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