Jump to content
xxkala

Is it possible to file for i485 without a lawyer and still get approved?

11 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Hello, me and my husband (Singapore citizen), would like to begin the adjustment of status process. The i485, i130 and i765. Lawyers keep saying that we won’t be approved if we do it on our own but is it really worth paying $3000 for them to fill out forms you can do yourself?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, xxkala said:

Hello, me and my husband (Singapore citizen), would like to begin the adjustment of status process. The i485, i130 and i765. Lawyers keep saying that we won’t be approved if we do it on our own but is it really worth paying $3000 for them to fill out forms you can do yourself?

 

This is a DIY site so, yes you can do the paperwork on your own. Add in I-131 form also, it's for advanced parole so can travel while waiting for pending I-485.

 

Also, are you currently in the US now with your husband or?


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

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

 

 

giphy.gif     giphy.gif

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, people like my wife and I do it without a lawyer all the time and get approved.  In fact VJ is a self-help site where many many members do it themselves successfully.

 

Good Luck, and if your case is straightforward, ignore the lawyers.


Visa Received : 2014-04-04 (K1 - see timeline for details)

US Entry : 2014-09-12

POE: Detroit

Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

Oath Ceremony:  2018-06-11 - DONE!!!!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Ben&Zian said:

 

This is a DIY site so, yes you can do the paperwork on your own. Add in I-131 form also, it's for advanced parole so can travel while waiting for pending I-485.

 

Also, are you currently in the US now with your husband or?

Hello, thank you! Yes, I’m a u.s citizen and he’s here on a f-1 student visa with authorization to work. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, xxkala said:

Hello, thank you! Yes, I’m a u.s citizen and he’s here on a f-1 student visa with authorization to work. 

 

Then no issues. You can technically file at anytime, but not sure how that works with the F-1 whether it cancels it or if you should wait until his F-1 is near expiration. That can be answered though by some other members more knowledgeable in that area. 


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

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

 

 

giphy.gif     giphy.gif

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My husband and I did and we had no issues. No RFE, nothing. Approved on spot. My husband's cousin encouraged us to do it on our own since attorneys were charging us alot of money just to fill out the paperwork. Visa Journey helped us with our AOS and will help me in Aungust when I apply for Citizenship. 


Day 00: March 9- Mailed package to via USPS to USCIS.

Day 01: March 10-Package received by USCIS (signed for by J. Ibarra)/ Priority Date.

Day 12: March 21- Received Hard copies of NOAs (receipts dated March 17, 2016).

Day 25: April 2- Biometrics Appointment letter received.

Day 36: April 13- Biometrics Appointment.

Day 64: May 11- Received notification that name was updated for EAD on April 30 & approval granted for AP on May 2.

Day 83: May 30- Received notification that card was mailed on May 26.

Day 84: May 31- Card delivered by USPS.

Day 220: October 14- Interview Scheduled online for November 17, 2016.

Day 254: November 17-Interview Day... Approved on the spot :dance:

 

Waiting to begin my N-400 journey on August 19, 2019...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 minutes ago, xxkala said:

Hello, me and my husband (Singapore citizen), would like to begin the adjustment of status process. The i485, i130 and i765. Lawyers keep saying that we won’t be approved if we do it on our own but is it really worth paying $3000 for them to fill out forms you can do yourself?

People do it every day 


YMMV

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, Ben&Zian said:

 

Then no issues. You can technically file at anytime, but not sure how that works with the F-1 whether it cancels it or if you should wait until his F-1 is near expiration. That can be answered though by some other members more knowledgeable in that area. 

It's the same as adjusting from any other nonimmigrant status 


YMMV

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

Of course lawyers will say you need them no matter what---they want to make the big bucks.

 

Any questions you have about how to fill out the forms/what type of evidence to send can be answered through the USCIS instructions, or here (for free!) on the forums if you're left feeling confused about something.

 

Edited to add:  Btw, using a lawyer doesn't mean a case is a guarantee of being approved, either.  Lawyers have been known to mess things up for VJ members in the past by forgetting to include documents, giving out bad advice (or sometimes even advice that turns out to be against immigration laws), etc.

Edited by Going through

Applied for Naturalization based on 5-year Residency - 96 Days To Complete Citizenship!

July 14, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed online

July 21, 2017 (Day 07) -  NOA Receipt received in the mail

July 22, 2017 (Day 08) - Biometrics appointment scheduled online, letter mailed out

July 25, 2017 (Day 11) - Biometrics PDF posted online

July 28, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics letter received in the mail, appointment for 08/08/17

Aug 08, 2017 (Day 24) - Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed

Aug 14, 2017 (Day 30) - Online EGOV status shows "Interview Scheduled, will mail appointment letter"

Aug 16, 2017 (Day 32) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Interview Scheduled, read the letter we mailed you..."

Aug 17, 2017 (Day 33) - Interview Appointment Letter PDF posted online---GOT AN INTERVIEW DATE!!!

Aug 21, 2017 (Day 37) - Interview Appointment Letter received in the mail, appointment for 09/27/17

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Naturalization Interview--- read my experience here

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Oath Ceremony Notice mailed"

Sep. 28, 2017 (Day 75) - Oath Ceremony Letter PDF posted online--Ceremony for 10/19/17

Oct. 02, 2017 (Day 79) -  Oath Ceremony Letter received in the mail

Oct. 19, 2017 (Day 96) -  Oath Ceremony-- read my experience here

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thread is moved from General Immigration Discussion to the "AOS from WS&T Visas" main forum -- AOS will be from an F-1.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×
×
  • Create New...