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Filed: Other Country: Cameroon

Good day all,

I (the principal beneficiary) have all necessary USCIS forms for AOS however there are areas on these forms I still do not understand how to fill.


1 - the forms request employment history but I was a research student (masters & Phd) abroad for the last six years and we weren’t authorized to seek employment, or paid to be TAs while we did research during that time. I currently have a legal status here in the US but not authorized to seek employment until I can adjust my status accordingly. How do I reply to the employment section of the forms?

2- My wife (USC) has a son. We do not have a child together yet. I do not have a child outside our marriage. Do I still get to list her son as my step-child (form I-485, page 8, part 6) ?

3- I was a student member of several academic research associations based in the US and in the last 5 years I had the opportunity to attend & present several research papers at their annual seminars here in the US. Is this information relevant to (I-485, page 9, part 8, item 1)? 

4- Finally, do I leave all sections not applicable to me blank, or do I print “N/A” or “NONE” (for numerals). 


Thank you. 

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54 minutes ago, 麦肯2019 said:

Thank you

1. Fill out any and all jobs that paid you to work - within or outside the US does not matter, you have to list it (I believe the form specifies this too). I was an F1 to J1, and I listed my MS, PhD positions as employments because well, they are. I worked abroad briefly, and I mentioned this too.

2. Hopefully some else can help you on this one.

3. No.

4. I left all non applicable sections blank but some people have done N/A... I don't think it will matter either way.


Good luck with your process!

Marriage based, concurrent filing of 130+130A, 485, 693, 765, 864+864A
07-14-2018: Priority date
07-17-2018: Checks cashed
07-31-2018: Biometric review complete
07-31-2018: RFIE (I-864 related)
08-08-2018: RFIE received
11-29-2018: Case ready for interview
11-29-2018: EAD approved; card being produced
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