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Hi, everybody! 

Thank you so much for your valuable posts. I am still in my process of receiving my J-1 waiver. So far, this is were my case goes. It took 3 months for my government send the NOS and USCIS to receive it. I have read about the rest of the process and I guess I have to wait until the 16 weeks are due. Times are really long!! 😫

I have some questions and hopefully someone of you can help me to clarify them, please.

-For the change of status in the checklist of the I-485, says:

"Documentation of immigrant category, such as a copy of Form I-797, Approval or Receipt Notice, for the Form I-130 filed on your behalf (unless you are filing your Form I-485 with the Form I-130 filed on your behalf)" is that the final notice that they send us to the mail? or we can download it from the website? 

 

- I am not pretty sure when I have to notify my J-1 sponsor that I got married and in the process of changing my status. Some people say I have to notify them when I send the adjustment of status papers,  other people say as soon as I get my waiver approved, but I really don't know. Any advice, please? Or could anyone tell me how did you do? I am really nervous thinking about it. I don't want it affects my adjustment of status process. ☹️ 

 

Thank you! 

 

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On 11/2/2019 at 3:19 PM, J1visa said:

-For the change of status in the checklist of the I-485, says:

"Documentation of immigrant category, such as a copy of Form I-797, Approval or Receipt Notice, for the Form I-130 filed on your behalf (unless you are filing your Form I-485 with the Form I-130 filed on your behalf)" is that the final notice that they send us to the mail? or we can download it from the website? 

This has nothing to do with J1 waiver. This is related to filing I-130 and I-485 concurrently, so you should send both I-130 and I-485 in the same package. See https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/concurrent-filing-form-i-485

If you have already sent I-130, then you will need to attach the I-130 approval or receipt notice with the I-485 form.

 

On 11/2/2019 at 3:19 PM, J1visa said:

- I am not pretty sure when I have to notify my J-1 sponsor that I got married and in the process of changing my status. Some people say I have to notify them when I send the adjustment of status papers,  other people say as soon as I get my waiver approved, but I really don't know. Any advice, please? Or could anyone tell me how did you do? I am really nervous thinking about it. I don't want it affects my adjustment of status process.

For your marriage status, you may want to update your sponsor since it may affect your health insurance and/or income tax withholding.

For adjustment of status, you don't really need to update anyone since your J1 visa is still valid. Once you have received EAD, then you may inform them to update I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification).

For the J1 waiver, you don't really have to notify the program sponsor unless your sponsor needs to be involved in the waiver process (e.g. government sponsored).

 

As far as the adjustment of status process, you just need either the DOS favorable recommendation letter OR the final USCIS I-612 approval notice. You will be receiving the DOS favorable recommendation letter first. Based on your timeline, I would expect you to received it within the next 1.5 months. 

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We have just received the physical DOS favorable recommendation letter, and it says at the bottom that the letter is also sent to

  • Your country's embassy
  • All of your program sponsors
  • You

So, they will all be notified of your waiver favorable recommendation.

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11 hours ago, PK_ said:

We have just received the physical DOS favorable recommendation letter, and it says at the bottom that the letter is also sent to

  • Your country's embassy
  • All of your program sponsors
  • You

So, they will all be notified of your waiver favorable recommendation.

I am glad you finally have it. Thank you for sharing with us. 

 

Thanks a lot!  

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My sponsor was aware that I got married because they gave me the day off :P We timed our AOS with the end of my DS-2019, so we sent it about a month before it expired. As I also learned from that experience, getting a waiver doesn't allow you to get your DS-2019 extended. I wanted to see if I could get an extension for the summer in order to reduce the time I couldn't work but it wasn't possible.

 

I also didn't have the actual waiver in my hands when I sent my AOS package because we were cutting it too close but we had the favorable recommendation. We brought it with us to our AOS interview but they never asked for it.


J-1 212 Residency Requirement Waiver                                                                    Removal of Conditions

08/22/2016 Advisory opinion request                                                                      07/01/2019 Package sent (I-751)

09/30/2016 Finding letter sent *subject*                                                                 07/03/2019 Package received at Pheonix, AZ Lockbox

09/30/2016 Documents received by DOS                                                                07/10/2019 Text notification of Case received, WAC#

12/13/2016 NOS Letter received                                                                               07/12/2019 Received NOA, 18 month extension letter.

01/25/2017 Favorable Recommendation Sent

02/02/2017 Case received by USCIS

02/23/2017 Married!

05/17/2017 Approval notice received

 

Adjustment Of Status from J-1

05/08/2017 Package sent (I-130, I-485 and I-765)

05/11/2017 Package received at Chicago Lockbox

05/18/2017 NOA received with case numbers via mail

06/06/2017 Had biometrics appointment in Pomona, CA

08/07/2017 Sent an online service request on I-765

08/17/2017 Letter in the mail saying case still under review

08/23/2017 Scheduled for an interview

08/26/2017 Sent second SR on I-765

08/26/2017 EAD New Card is Being Produced

08/29/2017 EAD card was mailed to me

08/31/2017 EAD card received in the mail

09/25/2017  Interview at San Bernardino office/GC approved

09/25/2017 GC is being produced

09/28/2017 GC was mailed to me

09/30/2017 GC received in the mail

 

 

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On 11/12/2019 at 6:11 PM, tamaara said:

My sponsor was aware that I got married because they gave me the day off :P We timed our AOS with the end of my DS-2019, so we sent it about a month before it expired. As I also learned from that experience, getting a waiver doesn't allow you to get your DS-2019 extended. I wanted to see if I could get an extension for the summer in order to reduce the time I couldn't work but it wasn't possible.

 

I also didn't have the actual waiver in my hands when I sent my AOS package because we were cutting it too close but we had the favorable recommendation. We brought it with us to our AOS interview but they never asked for it.

Tamaara, thank you so much.... Did you receive the favorable recommendation in paper as well? Do you speak Spanish? Can I ask you in Spanish if so, please? 

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33 minutes ago, J1visa said:

Tamaara, thank you so much.... Did you receive the favorable recommendation in paper as well? Do you speak Spanish? Can I ask you in Spanish if so, please? 

Of course, send me a private message.


J-1 212 Residency Requirement Waiver                                                                    Removal of Conditions

08/22/2016 Advisory opinion request                                                                      07/01/2019 Package sent (I-751)

09/30/2016 Finding letter sent *subject*                                                                 07/03/2019 Package received at Pheonix, AZ Lockbox

09/30/2016 Documents received by DOS                                                                07/10/2019 Text notification of Case received, WAC#

12/13/2016 NOS Letter received                                                                               07/12/2019 Received NOA, 18 month extension letter.

01/25/2017 Favorable Recommendation Sent

02/02/2017 Case received by USCIS

02/23/2017 Married!

05/17/2017 Approval notice received

 

Adjustment Of Status from J-1

05/08/2017 Package sent (I-130, I-485 and I-765)

05/11/2017 Package received at Chicago Lockbox

05/18/2017 NOA received with case numbers via mail

06/06/2017 Had biometrics appointment in Pomona, CA

08/07/2017 Sent an online service request on I-765

08/17/2017 Letter in the mail saying case still under review

08/23/2017 Scheduled for an interview

08/26/2017 Sent second SR on I-765

08/26/2017 EAD New Card is Being Produced

08/29/2017 EAD card was mailed to me

08/31/2017 EAD card received in the mail

09/25/2017  Interview at San Bernardino office/GC approved

09/25/2017 GC is being produced

09/28/2017 GC was mailed to me

09/30/2017 GC received in the mail

 

 

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