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Some questions about I-765/I-131 renewal while I-485 is pending

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Italy



I'm adjusting my status from a K-1 Visa. I sent my AoS packet at the end of July 2018. I received my combo card in January 2019, but I'm still waiting for my GC interview, which according to the processing times of the Miami FO won't be happening anytime soon (average wait seems to be around 18 months and more). 

To avoid finding myself in a situation where my current CC expires in January 2020 while I'll still be waiting for my interview notice, I'm filing for a renewal of I-765 and I-131 to be mailed asap. 


A few doubts:

1) Is the fee waiver automatically granted or should I request it? This sentence on the USCIS website (here) confuses me:



"Renewal EAD

If you are still eligible for employment authorization but your EAD will be expiring or has expired, you should file for a renewal EAD by submitting a new Form I-765 and filing fee (if required), unless a fee waiver is requested and approved. Generally, you should not file for a renewal EAD more than 180 days before your original EAD expires."



2) Will I have to repeat the biometrics? 

3) Besides the copies of the I-485 NOA1, I-765/I-131 approval notices, copy of the current Combo Card, and 5x5 photographs, is there further evidence that I need to submit? 


Thank you very much for your time!

Facebook group for Italian K-1 filers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Italians.Who.Marry.Americans.K1.AoS/


04-10-2018 US ENTRY (K-1 Visa) 

08-06-2018 AoS NOA1 





09-04-2019 GREEN CARD IN HAND 

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Filed: IR-2 Country: Nicaragua
27 minutes ago, JMK_IT said:

To avoid finding myself in a situation where my current CC expires in January 2020

You mean your combo card? 


Filing for the renewal is free. Just add a copy of your I-485 NOA. You'll receive a letter with an automatic 180 day extension of the work authorization but your AP will not be automatically extended. 


We didn't need to repeat the biometrics as they were reused. The same biometrics were then used for the GC (not combo). BTW we never received the renewed combo card but had an interview and received the GC instead. We went in for the stamp after approval. 

Edited by little immigrant


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