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Dual citizenship
5:00 pm April 20, 2024



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Hello all! I have a question regarding Spanish laws around dual citizenship with the US. I am from Spain, and I have been living in the US for 5 years. In a month ish I will be eligible to apply for citizenship (N-400) through marriage. My questions are:

Does Spain allow dual citizenship in the US? If so, is there anything I need to do/paperwork in Spain before or after applying? I m a bit lost in the process.

Thank you for your help!

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RFE's and Processing Location Changes
10:55 pm March 21, 2024


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Hello all -

My question relates to whether receiving an RFE changes the USCIS Office of where I-485's, I-131's, and I-765's are processed.

I filed my I-485 Package on February 7, 2024 and shortly thereafter received an RFIE on February 14.

I promptly responded and sent the documentation to the mailing address indicated in the letter - USCIS National Benefit Center, Lee Summit, MO.

Does this indicate that my applications will no longer be processed at the Chicago Service Center (which has much shorter processing windows), and will now be processed at the NBC Missouri Service Center (which has much longer processing windows)?

I noticed that a vast majority of I-765's are approved the next day after biometrics for filers from the Chicago Service Center, but we are still waiting close to one month after the bio appointment.

Any insight is appreciated!

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February 2024 - AOS Filers
8:55 pm February 8, 2024


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(Welcome Message copied from November 2023 group)

Hello February 2024 AOS filers: another month another round of AOS submissions, Please be aware that this checklist is NOT all-inclusive and you must consult the USCIS website to crosscheck this checklist against/with. The AOS process has been confusing since the pandemic hit, not to mention the added politics. So please I want to stress that you only use this check sheet as a starting point and guide if you will. The USCIS site will be the final guide. Please ensure that you check your forms for the correct versions and editions because if you use the wrong forms USCIS will reject your application and send it back to you. This is easily checked on the USCIS website prior to downloading your forms. You should also ONLY download your forms from the USCIS website. The current and correct fees can also be ascertained from the USCIS website.

Just a side note before we get started USCIS may decouple Forms I-765 and Form I-131 if filed jointly with Form I-485. Here is the quoted text taken directly from the USCIS website. "To improve efficiency and reduce Form I-765 processing times for Form I-485 applicants, USCIS may decouple Form I-765 from Form I-131 filed at the same time. Effective Feb. 1, 2022, when possible, we will adjudicate an applicant's Form I-765 first. If we approve it, we will issue an Employment Authorization Document without any notation about advanced parole. We will adjudicate Form I-131 separately and if we approve it, we will issue an advance parole document". I know this is old news, but I thought it would be good to include it here for your knowledge.

What this means is some people elect to include three (3) copies of their marriage license/certificates one attached to each form (I-485, I-765 and I-131 respectively). I do not know of anyone receiving an RFE for a marriage license/certificate missing on the I-765 or the I-131 since USCIS has started doing this new way of adjudicating the AOS (the marriage license/certificate with form I-485 is required though). This is an age-old concern that has been in play before this new way USCIS started adjudicating these forms. Some filers including me when I filed the AOS back in 2019 sent in three (3) copies of their marriage licenses/certificates. I did it then because of peace of mind and there were some RFEs given out for missing licenses/certificates (back then). USCIS also used to issue Combo Cards, Employment Authorization Document, and Advance Parole (EAD and AP combined in the same card). I've seen now where they have issued an EAD without the AP. Whether you include three (3) copies of your marriage license/certificate is going to be your individual call when you file your AOS. Having said that let's get into the checklist:

AOS Checklist

  • Cover Letter listing Table of Contents
  • Check Payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security - $1,225.00 (this includes the Bio-metrics fee, also be aware that fees are supposed to increase in the near future so please double-check before you send your packet off!)

Form I-485 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary)

  • Form G-1145
  • Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page
  • Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp
  • Copy of NOA2 Approval letter (from K1 process)
  • I-94
  • Copy of beneficiary's Birth Certificate
  • translation of birth certificate (if needed)
  • Certified copy of Marriage License or Certificate
  • Passport Photos (2) name written on the back
  • Copy of DS-3025

Form I-864 (completed and signed by USC) (goes with form I-485)

  • Proof of USC's citizenship (copy of birth certificate, copy of passport bio page, or other)
  • Current tax year 2022 and (optional 2021, 2020) Tax Return (with W-2) or Transcripts (transcripts are better if you can get them)
  • Employment Verification Letter (updated one - not the one used during the K1 process)
  • Pay stubs (last 3 months)

Form I-765 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary)

  • Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page
  • Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp
  • I-94
  • Passport Photos (2) name written on the back
  • Copy of NOA2 (from K1 process)
  • Be sure to use the correct filing code of (c)(9) if this code applies to you. The I-765 instructions explain all the codes in detail. If you are filing under a different code (other than (c)(9) the fee for your AOS will not be correct and USCIS will reject your entire packet.

Form I-131 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary)

  • Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page
  • Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp
  • I-94
  • Passport Photos (2) name written on the back
  • Copy of NOA2 (from K1 process

Be sure to double-check for the current fees as fees do sometimes increase and they can change on a dime so please check. Additionally, check the forms as listed above i.e., current version and or edition date, there have been many changes to various forms. Consider sending tax transcripts instead of the 1040, and W2s. Also, consider preparing a cover letter for each form in addition to the main cover letter.

Make sure you send long-form birth certificates and not the short form. Hope this helps in your preparation of your AOS. When in doubt ask questions.

Please consider filing the I-131 and the I-765 even if you don't think you'll need them right now. You never know what changes your life will have down the road, so I recommend you file these two forms from the start. There is no extra charge to file them with your AOS and it's better to submit them all at once. There has been much confusion coming out of USCIS, partly due to Covid-19 and partly self-inflicted. This confusion filters on down to the people filing for AOS. The above listing is subject to change at a moment s notice so please check, recheck, and check again BEFORE you send off your packet for any last-minute changes.

Congratulations on the successful submission of your AOS packet!

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Upcoming USCIS fees increases and changes on AOS
9:59 am January 24, 2024



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USCIS is expected to raise GC fee around March, in addition to making the EAD and AP no longer free when applying for them along with the GC

The AOS is going to go from $1,225 to almost $3,000, crazy

These changes will probably catch me since I won't be able to do AOS until April, so I'm considering applying for the GC only (it will cost $1540)

Am I okay if I only apply for the GC? Once I have the GC I will be able to work and travel, right?

Thank you

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Document review and possible lack of evidence
10:48 pm January 12, 2024


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Hi guys, I had my medical appointment yesterday morning and I submitted my paperwork to the embassy afterward. They specifically asked for the I-134 form, my fiance's tax transcript, and a few other documents. However, I did not realize I needed to submit her pay stubs with the I-134 and not just her IRS transcript (which we included with a note about her 2022 IRS transcript not reflecting her total annual income). I had everything with me, but the thing is that when she asked for specific evidence (I didn't really understand what she was referring to) I just started turning the pages of my folder and when she saw her IRS transcript she pointed at it and said that that should be enough, so I handed her the files (and I didn't know it wasn't enough).

Do you think I will be able to submit the rest of the paperwork at my interview date (January 30)? Or do you think I should try to contact the embassy to let them know that some paperwork is missing?

Thank you so much, my girlfriend is worried we will get rejected.

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